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 band in Region 1

Radio amateurs around Region 1 will have seen the announcement about the outcome at WRC 2019, in which a Region-wide allocation in the Radio Regulations in the 50 MHz band has been agreed.

This has come about after over three weeks of discussions and negotiations at WRC in Egypt, where IARU alone was representing the amateur service. Some 14 people, both in the IARU delegation and some in national delegations, helped argue the IARU case – eventually to a satisfactory outcome.

I am sure everyone will join me in acknowledging the work done by the IARU team, and thank everyone involved for an outstanding effort over the last four years to achieve this result.  

Don Beattie, G3BJ, President IARU Region 1