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.

Radio Arcala Essay Contest


It was in February 2009 when the team at Radio Arcala, OH8X launched an essay contest to get some fresh ideas from today's youth and their elders to boost  recruitment to the ranks of Amateur Radio. Great  participation was ensured, and determining the winners took some effort from a multinational jury representing six nations.
A 19-year old Brit, Mark Dumpleton, 2E0NCG came out as winner by a fair margin while two U.S. hams, John Scott Anderson, KC9OQO and Brian Wood, W0DZ , finished in second and third place respectively. Argentinian Diego Salom, LU8DX was recognized for his submission of the best Spanish language piece. 

You can read Mark's piece and his interview at under the "Young People Terms" button and get your personal inspiration to do your share for Amateur Radio. 

Here is the winning text:


You want to talk to somebody abroad, how? Simple. Pick up your phone, or turn on your computer; right?


You can talk by phone or computer, but that's too simple and boring, isn't it?

As a 19-year old university student, I think Amateur Radio is a great hobby and great fun. Yes, I had to take a short multiple-choice test after revising from a book for a while. If I can pass the exam anyone can. But the hobby has given me the confidence to stand up and talk to people with ease.

I have spoken to people in 100 different countries - yes, one hundred - using 1/5 of the power it takes to light a lightbulb, and with just a small piece of plain old wire for an antenna. It's astonishing when you think that with such a simple bit of radio equipment, you can talk to someone on a tiny, remote island like Cocos in the Pacific Ocean, or someone in New Zealand. It's amazing when you play the 'name the countries' game and you beat everyone because you've spoken to somebody who lives there.J

The best bit? You can meet somebody on the radio, get talking to them, send letters and photos. You may even get invited to their country, there are so many opportunities. I have friends in Russia, Australia and on the Isle of Man, to name but a few.

Mobile phones and the internet are ordinary. Stand out from the crowd: switch on to Amateur Radio and there's a whole world of people waiting and wanting to talk to you.