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

New bands in Bulgaria

New amateur bands have been assigned in Bulgaria. In the future LZ hams will be able to use bands 472-479 kHz, 5250-5450 kHz, 70.0-70.5 MHz and in addition the 1.8 MHz band has been extended up to 2 MHz. All those bands have to be used on secondary basis.

5 MHz in Czech Republic

Following an earlier test in 2011, for 2014 ten Czech amateurs received perimission to use 5 MHz. The authorized SSB and CW frequencies are 5288.5, 5330.5, 5366.5, 5371.5, 5398.5 and 5403.5 kHz, with a maximum power of 100 watts ERP. 

5 MHz authorization in Spain

The Spanish PTT has authorized the use of several frequencies in the 5 MHz (60 m) band from January 1st to June 30th, 2014. The authorized frequencies are 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz, with a power of 100 W PEP. 

Spectrum news from Iceland

The national association of Icelandic Radio Amateurs, Í.R.A., is pleased to announce that as of January 16, 2013 Icelandic Radio Amateurs have been granted operating privileges on 472-479 kHz (630 meters). In addition, The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland (PTA), recently extended temporary permits as of January 1, 2013 on the following bands: 160 meters (1850-1900 kHz), 60 meters (5.260-5.410 MHz) and on 4 meters (70.000-70.200 MHz).

A NEW 630 METER ALLOCATION
This allocation is on 472-479 kHz. Access is granted on secondary basis. Maximum power is 5W EIRP and maximum bandwidth is 1 kHz. This new allocation is open to the “G” license class (higher). A previous temporary allocation on 493-510 kHz was closed on December 31, 2012.

160 METER ALLOCATION RENEWED
The temporary allocation on 1850-1900 kHz has been renewed for the calendar year 2013. Access is granted on secondary basis. This allocation may only be used during the duration of 10 designated international amateur radio contests. Licensees need to apply to the PTA for a special permit, which is open to both license classes.

60 METER ALLOCATION RENEWED
The temporary allocation on 5.260-5.410 MHz has been renewed for the calendar years 2013 and 2014. Access is granted on secondary basis. Permissible modes are USB, CW and PSK-31. Maximum bandwidth is 3 kHz. Power limit is 100W. Licensees need to apply to the PTA for a special permit, which is open to both license classes.

4 METER ALLOCATION RENEWED
The temporary allocation on 70.000-70.200 MHz has been renewed for the calendar years 2013 and 2014. Access is granted on secondary basis. Maximum bandwidth is 16 kHz and power limit is 100W. Licensees need to apply to the PTA for a special permit, which is open to both license classes.

5.3 MHz in Sweden

PTS has now started to issue permits for experimental transmitters in the 5MHz band. Presently the following frequencies apply: 5310-5313 kHz, 5320-5323, 5380-5383 kHz and 5390-5393 kHz. Bandwith is limited to 3 kHz independent of type of modulation.

Maximum output power is 100 watt pep. Mobile use is not permitted. Holders of call sign for amateur radio may use their amateur radio call sign. It is permitted to make contact with other permit holders. This operation must respect all other traffic in the band. It is very important not to disturb other traffic.

PTS requires a fee for the administration. The permits are limited in time to 6 months.

6m extended in Portugal

Now that terrestrial TV has been switched off the National Communications Authority of Portugal (ICP-ANACOM) has agreed to extend the 6m band. Starting 26 April 2012 category 1, A and B amateurs can use 50-52 MHz on a secondary basis with a maximum power of 25 Watts. 

500 kHz and 70 MHz in the Netherlands

Starting 1 January 2012 Dutch full license amateurs are allowed to operate on 500 kHz and 70 MHz. The new secondary allocations include the bands 501-505 kHz with a maximum power of 100 Watts in modes A1A, F1A, G1A and J2A and 70.0-70.5 MHz with a maximum power of 50 Watts in all modes.

5 MHz activity in SV

Following the last information on 5MHz activity from Greece we would like to spread the word. At first the beacon is ready and it has been tested for several days now. Frequency is 5398.5 MHz (CW) to avoid interference with normal use of the channel mostly in the UK. It runs 30W into a non resonant antenna for the moment.

You may look for it mostly between 1900-0600 z. It may be off for some days due to other HF activities at the test site, so try to listen regularly. The beacon is expected to run flawlessly from the beginning of 2012.  The beacon sends the following sequence at T+15 seconds (T= minute 00, 15, 30, 45 every hour)

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