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.

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.