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.

IARU Region 1 Medal awarded to Rudolf Rieder

Presentation of the IARU Region 1 Medal to Rudolf Rieder


The photographs below were taken at a dinner held in Geneva during WRC07, to celebrate the presentation of the IARU Region 1 Medal to Rudolf Rieder.

Rudolf has recently retired from his role with the Swiss regulator, BAKOM, (Federal Office of Communications) where he was Sektionschef Funkkonzessionen.


Over a number of years Rudolf Rieder consistently supported the radio amateur position in CEPT WGRA. Following WRC-03, Rudolf quickly and skillfully led a revision of CEPT radio amateur licence T/R 6101 and HAREC T/R 6102 so that radio amateurs could take advantage of the new privileges. Rudolf also introduced the CEPT Novice licence recommendation and the ECC report on an Entry Level licence

The citation for the Certificate accompanying the Medal said:

This certificate recognises the award of the IARU Region 1 Medal to Rudolf Rieder in appreciation of his longstanding support to the radio amateur position within CEPT WGRA and his skilful work to update the CEPT international radio amateur licence T/R 61-01 and HAREC T/R 61-02

Rudolf Rieder and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR Rudolf Rieder with the Medal

Bob Whelan, G3PJT, Rudolf Rieder and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR

Rudolf Rieder with the Medal

Rudolf Rieder and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR

Tafa Diop, 6W1KI, Rudolf Rieder and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR

Rudolf Rieder with the Medal

Bob Whelan, G3PJT, Rudolf Rieder and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR