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.

50 MHz Contest allowed in DL

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With an update of the original 2006 decree the contest ban has been temporalily lifted within the frequency band 50.08-51 MHz, so German amateurs may participate in 6m contests in the time periode May - September.

All other provisions, which later modified the original 2006 decree, are still valid until the end of 2019.

This is reported by Ulrich Müller, DK4VW, DARC Frequency Manager.