The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

International Amateur Radio Union - Region 1

SP5FM receives Michael Owen award


Wojciech Nietyksza, SP5FM was presented the Michael Owen, VK3KI award for decades of exceptional service to the International Amateur Radio Union. The award was presented by IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR at the plenary meeting of PZK held in Warsaw on 17 May 2014. Wojciech began his long and intensive IARU involvement as a member of the IARU team attending the 1974 Maritime Mobile WARC in Geneva. Through WRC-2003 he was the most consistent face of the IARU at ITU and CEPT meetings and conferences. He served as Vice Chairman of IARU Region 1 from 1975 until 1999 and stayed on as member of the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee and Chairman of the External Relations Committee until 2002.


The 2014 Region 1 General Conference Papers

The Conference Papers for C2, C3, C4 and C5 have been uploaded to the Documents section of the Region 1 web site. Visit

They are 2014 GC C2 Papers, 2014 GC C3 Papers part 1, 2014 GC C3 Papers part 2, 2014 GC C4 Papers and 2014 GC C5 Papers.

The papers will also be available, a bit later this week, from

EC meeting 2014

EC 2014

The IARU Region 1 Executive Committee met for its annual meeting on 2 and 3 May 2014 in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores. Important topics on the full agenda were preparations for the IARU Region 1 General Conference, to be held in September and the defense of amateur spectrum, with World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 in particular.

The EC enjoyed the good weather, the excellent food and the friendship of the people of the Azores, their radio amateurs in particular. This meeting -in the most western part of Region 1- was made possible by SATA the Azorean airline and the Azores Tourist Board. Their official webpage is at 


World Amateur Radio Day activities

The following World Amateur Radio Day activities were announced:

A91WARD will be on the air 18-19 April 2014

HZ14WARD will be on the air 18-25 April 2014

SK89WARD will be on the air on 18 April 2014

World Amateur Radio Day 2014

WARD 2014 World Amateur Radio Day - “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication”

This day is celebrated each year on 18 April in recognition of the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925.

The primary purpose of WARD, as stated in IARU Resolution 94-3, is the “need for an annual focus on Amateur Radio and the benefits countries and communities derive from the service”.

Every year the IARU Administrative Council has attempted to select a theme both consistent with the role and purpose of amateur radio and at the same time representing a meritorious activity which, if promoted, could bring favourable credit to IARU and amateur radio generally.

At the Administrative Council meeting in September 2013, various topics were discussed and possible themes massaged. The theme “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” was put forward and after discussion was adopted by the Council for the forthcoming World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2014.

This is an opportunity for amateurs to show there expertise in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have “wireless communication” interests, but haven’t considered the association with Amateur Radio.

How the day is promoted is a matter for the individual member society and or Region. There have been many varied ways the day is recognised in scope, complexity and success.

The 472 kHz and 122,25 GHz bands available in Poland

As the National Table of Frequency Allocations has been amended, there are two new bands available to the Polish radio amateurs: the 472-479 kHz band (up to 1W e.i.r.p.), and the 122,25-123,00 GHz band - both allocated to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.

According to the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 27th December 2013 (Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland of 3rd February 2014, item 161), the relevant amendments will enter into force on 18th February 2014.

Landmark in South African VHF DXing

December saw a landmark in South African VHF DXing when Jan Pienaar, ZS6OB, applied for the DXCC award using only contacts made in the two metre band. Jan becomes the first amateur in Africa and the second in the southern hemisphere to achieve this feat. DXCC is issued by the American Radio Relay League for proven contact with at least 100 entities on a list. Most of these entities are countries, with a few additions that are regarded as separate, mostly for geographic reasons.

More than two thirds of two metre DXCC holders are in Europe, with their concentration of almost 70 countries in close proximity. North America features about a fifth of applicants, with about a tenth in Japan. Bob Mcquarrie, ZL3TY, was the first in Oceania and the southern hemisphere, with Jan, ZS6OB, being first in Africa. South America has yet to produce its first winner.

Jan used digital modes with a four-Yagi station. He has been working on his DXCC for a decade. His single-band award brings the number of bands on which South Africans have earned DXCC to eleven. Jan reports that several South Africans are working on repeating the feat on the 430 MHz band, but all are still a long way off. Only three stations have conquered this band, with all of them being in Europe.