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.


With World Cup soccer coming to South Africa in 2010, hams in that country will commemorate the event starting in September 2009 with a special call sign: ZS10WCS. According to the South African Radio League (SARL) , that country\'s IARU Member-Society, the call sign will be used in two ways: In the months leading up to the Word Cup, to be held June 11-July 11, 2010, and for times during the event itself. SARL is requiring that clubs selected to use ZS10WCS before the event be on the air on weekends, Friday night through Sunday night. Clubs using the special call sign during the World Cup are expected to be on the air each day.

SARL will supply the special event QSL cards, and requests for direct QSLs will be handled by the SARL QSL bureau. Direct QSLs must include a self-addressed envelope and one IRC or US $1. Amateurs may also QSL via e-mail, but those hams sending an e-mail QSL will only receive an e-mail QSL in return, and not the commemorative printed QSL.

When the World Cup was in Germany in 2006, 38 different special event stations were on the air to celebrate the event. From May 13-July 16, 26 special district stations (DQ2006A to DQ2006Z) and 12 special stadium stations (such as DR2006B and DR2006C) at the various venues were on the air. The Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC) offered a gold, silver and bronze award for contacting each station; there is no word if SARL will offer an award in 2010. 

Extracted from the ARRL Letter Vol 28, No 34