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.

Junior HF contest in Russia

SOYUZ RADIOLYUBITELEI ROSSII (SRR)  successfuly completed refereeing the Russian national junior HF contest that took place on April 4th, 2009. 257 young Radio Amateurs aged between 9 and 19 years took part in the contest. 133 callsigns from  Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were heard on the air. This has been the most mass radiosport competition of juniors for the last 5 years.