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

Spain extends 4 m band and gains access to 60 m

Effective 27 October 2017 the 70 MHz amateur band was extended to 70.150-70.250 MHz. On the same date Spanish amateurs were granted access to the 60 meter band 5351.5-5366.5 kHz.

ITU-R Working Party 5A meets in Geneva

wp 5aA number of ITU-R Study Group 5 Working Goups meet in Geneva 6-16 November 2017. Working Party 5A (WP 5A) deals with the Land mobile service above 30 MHz (excluding IMT), wireless access in the fixed service and the amateur and amateur-satellite services. Working Group 5A1, chaired by Dale Hughes VK1DSH, is reponsible for the preparation of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1, considering an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1. The Working Group consists of a mix of radio amateurs from all three IARU Regions, administrations from all over the world and other interested parties like meteorologists and military.

Based on input documents -and there are lots of them- the meeting prepares the so-called CPM text, required for the Conference Preparatory Meeting to be held in February 2019. The CPM report forms the basis for decision taking at WRC-19.

Read more: ITU-R Working Party 5A meets in Geneva

Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SARLC)

The SARLC, although termed a “Committee” is in fact a group of individual experts who are personally involved in work for IARU in relations with regulatory and standards or-ganisations. Individually and collectively, under the leadership of the Chair of the SARLC, they establish the policy and strategic direction IARU Region 1 should take in the Inter-national Telecommunication Union (ITU) and in Region 1, Regional and Sub-Regional Telecommunication Organisations (RTOs) e.g. ASMG (Arab Spectrum Management Group), ATU (African Telecommunication Union), CEPT (Conférence Européenne des administrations des Postes et Télécommunications) and RCC (Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications) on matters of importance to the interests of the Amateur Services (e.g. spectrum management, licensing and spectrum engineering). The Chair identifies and commissions Region 1 experts to represent IARU at meetings/conferences of these organisations in accordance with the Terms of Reference and objectives. 

Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SARLC) Terms of Reference

The SARLC, although termed a “Committee” is in fact a group of individual experts who are personally involved in work for IARU in relations with regulatory and standards or-ganisations. Individually and collectively, under the leadership of the Chair of the SARLC, they establish the policy and strategic direction IARU Region 1 should take in the Inter-national Telecommunication Union (ITU) and in Region 1, Regional and Sub-Regional Telecommunication Organisations (RTOs) e.g. ASMG (Arab Spectrum Management Group), ATU (African Telecommunication Union), CEPT (Conférence Européenne des administrations des Postes et Télécommunications) and RCC (Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications) on matters of importance to the interests of the Amateur Services (e.g. spectrum management, licensing and spectrum engineering). The Chair identifies and commissions Region 1 experts to represent IARU at meet-ings/conferences of these organisations in accordance with the following Terms of Ref-erence and objectives. 

• Monitor and research developments in relevant regulatory forums which poten-tially impact the Amateur Service and Amateur-Satellite Service (the Amateur Services); 

• Advise the EC on the workings of RTOs affecting any matter which might impact the interests of the Amateur Services and process material and undertake actions dele-gated to it by the EC in respect of these bodies; Prepare submissions on regulatory and spectrum management issues detailing the views, concerns and objectives of the Amateur Services within the overall envelope of IARU’s global strategies;

• For ITU issues work closely with the IARU officers and experts from IARU Regions 2 and 3 to arrive at common positions to take in RTOs worldwide;

• Liaise with PRC on matters arising in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) of the European Commission; 

• Provide advice on regulatory concerns to IARU MS and coordinate actions in core areas in support of IARU Region 1 or IARU global spectrum strategies; 

• Liaise with EMCC concerning relevant issues raised in CEPT by ETSI and CENELEC, including any proposals to amend ETSI EN 301 783. 

Members of the SRLC, and particularly the Chair, shall work with other permanent Committees (PRC, EMCC, C4 and C5) to identify potential threats to the Amateur Ser-vices from regulatory pressures and agree with the PRC and other relevant permanent bodies, strategies and implementation to ensure that these threats are managed in a way that limits any adverse impact on the Amateur Services.

Spectrum and Band Plans

Spectrum and Bandplans

The latest IARU Region 1 HF and VHF/UHF/Microwave Band plans can be found under the Spectrum and Band Plans sub menu .

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