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.

Deadly Typhoon heads back

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The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has reactivated its emergency net for Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) because its path has changed and may hit the archipelago again.

Vice Chief Operating Officer of PARA, Ramon J. Anquiln DU1UGZ, said the typhoon was particularly headed towards to northern Luxon.

He said, as always, please disseminate to all hams to steer clear of 7.095 MHz except for emergency health and welfare traffic.

PARA will be using the frequency as its emergency channel for the duration of the re-entry of the typhoon to the country.

The powerful typhoon has already killed hundreds of people and wreaked devastation when it hit the southern Philippines last week.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee)