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.

Latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter - No 17, Summer/Autumn 2016 - now available

Hi all,

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter – No 17, Summer/Autumn 2016 - is now available for free PDF download from the RSGB 5 MHz page at  

Wikipedia 60 Meter Band page ‘External Links’ section or directly from

This edition features 5 MHz news from Portugal, Finland, Luxembourg, Latvia, Belarus, Andorra and South Africa, Exercise ‘Blue Ham’ and Two Important Reminders for UK 5 MHz operators.


Paul Gaskell, G4MWO 
Editor, the 5 MHz Newsletter