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

G2BVN Memorial Trophy presented in Vienna

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The CEO of DokuFunk, Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, was presented with the G2BVN Memorial Trophy in Vienna at the end of November. The presentation was made by Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, on behalf of IARU Region 1.

Many know Wolf Harranth from his work managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

The G2BVN Memorial Trophy is the highest recognition that IARU Region 1 can award and is in memory of Roy Stevens, G2BVN who was the influential and globally respected Secretary of IARU Region 1 in the latter part of the 20th century.

The photograph shows Wolf (left) with Michael Kastelic.

Joint statement on meeting IARU and EURAO

Joint statement following a meeting between IARU and EURAO to discuss areas of common interest

EuraoA meeting was held on 2nd December between the President of IARU Region 1 and the President of EURAO. Also present were the Chair of IARU Region 1’s Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee and the Secretary-General of EURAO.

The meeting was held against a background of both IARU Region 1 and EURAO having LoUs with CEPT, enabling participation in the work of CEPT.  

The meeting was held to explore areas of common interest, recognising in particular the desire of CEPT for representative organisations to present a common amateur radio service position.

IARU Region 1 and EURAO exchanged views on their priorities for the Amateur Radio service after which a more detailed discussion took place on the ways in which they might cooperate in the interest of the future of amateur radio.

Both organisations accepted that they had shared objectives, identified some specific areas for interworking and will continue a constructive dialogue into the future.

D F Beattie, G3BJ                                                       Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ
President IARU Region 1                                            President, EURAO

Dave Court, EI3IO                                                       Joan-Carles Samaranch, EA3CIW
Chair IARU Region 1 Spectrum and                           Secretary-General, EURAO
Regulatory Liaison Committee

IARU Region 1 President at opening of Ham Radio 2017.

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, gave an opening address at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio 2017 event last week. He covered the spectrum challenges of today, and IARU's role in working for the future of amateur radio. A copy of the talk is available here

IARU at Friedrichshafen


IARU had a successful Friedrichshafen. The IARU stand was well-visited and was manned by a number of IARU volunteers. Members societies and others had the opportunity to discuss with IARU key issues about amateur radio and the progress towards WRC 2019.

IARU also gave a number of talks at the Friedrichshafen event which will be made available to IARU Member Societies. One presentation given by IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, is available here 


Radio DARC has released a Press Release announcing the way in which it will cover the IARU Region 1 Conference in September. You can read the details here


In February 2017, IARU Region 1 proposed that EURAO and IARU should meet to have an exchange of views about each organistion's priorities for Amateur Radio and also internal decision making processes. This against a background of needing to present a single message to regulators on amateur radio matters.

After a brief discussion at the Friedrichahafen Ham Radio event, EURAO has now agreed to meet, and the meeting is scheduled for December 2017. IARU Region 1 looks forward to a constructive discussion.    

EURAO and Friedrichshafen

IARU Region 1 is surprised and disappointed at the statement made by EURAO, asserting that IARU has refused to meet with EURAO at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event.

IARU has for many months been pressing EURAO to meet on a professional level to discuss and share views on amateur radio strategy. This against a background where CEPT has very little time to devote to amateur radio issues and certainly not to resolving differences of view between EURAO and IARU.

EURAO has shown itself reluctant to respond to this invitation, finally responding at the end of May proposing a meeting at Friedrichshafen and citing budget difficulties in meeting elsewhere.

It is totally impractical for IARU to hold the suggested one day meeting at Friedrichshafen and for EURAO to expect this to happen shows a misunderstanding of the depth of discussion required. Nor does electronic conferencing lend itself to this sort of meeting where establishing personal rapport is a key part of the objective.

With careful choice of meeting location, this can be done within one day, without overnight stays. IARU is deeply involved in the Friedrichshafen programme this year, but remains ready to hold the proposed meeting on another occasion anywhere in Europe.

For a fuller statement see:

IARU News Release - Satellite Coordination

IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions

As the global federation of national associations of radio amateurs in more than 150 countries, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for many years has provided frequency coordination services for amateur satellites free of charge. Often these satellites are constructed by students at universities and other institutions as a part of their educational experience. In general, they have been licensed to operate in the amateur-satellite service, which is defined by the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as having the "...purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest."

Some administrations have issued experimental licenses for such satellites operating in amateur-satellite frequency bands. The IARU has coordinated these satellites as well, to reduce the possibility of harmful interference that might result from uncoordinated operation. Since 1 July 2014 it has not been possible to coordinate experimental satellites in the 144-146 MHz band because of the high probability of harmful interference in this heavily used band.

Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. In 2012 the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference took note of the proliferation of what in Resolution 757 (WRC-12) it called "nanosatellites and picosatellites" and invited WRC-18 (now scheduled for 2019) to consider steps to facilitate their deployment and operation. Two Reports, ITU-R SA.2312 (09/2014) and ITU-R SA.2348 (05/2015), are instructive regarding the characteristics, definitions, spectrum requirements, and notification procedures of and for such satellites, which generally must use spectrum below 1 GHz for operational reasons.

At the following WRC in 2015, in place of Resolution 757 the Member States of the ITU adopted Resolution 659 (WRC-15) in which it was noted that the use of 144-146 MHz and 435-438 MHz by non-amateur satellites is not in accordance with the definition of the amateur-satellite service in the Radio Regulations. Resolution 659 cites the two reports mentioned above and makes it clear that the spectrum needs of what are now called "non-geostationary satellites with short duration missions" should be met either within the service in which the space station is operating or within the space operation service. Further, if new or upgraded allocations to the space operation service are required, studies should be limited to the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

Accordingly, effective 1 August 2017 the IARU will be following revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination.

The strong preference is for all satellites using spectrum allocated to the amateur and amateur-satellite services to operate under amateur licenses and within the definition of the amateur-satellite service and the service-specific Article 25 of the Radio Regulations. The IARU believes the definition is sufficiently broad to encompass nearly all educational satellite projects that include giving students hands-on experience with radiocommunication and are conducted under an amateur license.

The IARU will only coordinate a non-amateur satellite if an administration directs in writing that it be operated in an amateur-satellite band under an experimental or other non-amateur license.

Satellites with combined amateur and non-amateur missions will continue to be coordinated.