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.

OD5F - Sixth Francophone Games Special Event Station

Lebanon will be hosting the Sixth Francophone Games, which will be held in Beirut from 27th of September to 6th of October 2009. The Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) will be sponsoring a special event Amateur Radio Station “OD5F” for the duration commemorating the event.

The Francophone games are held every 4 years, with the participation of 3,000+ athletes, youths and artists from 56 French speaking countries and 14 observer countries. It is a popular sports and art festival.

QSLs will be handled by the RAL QSL bureau. RAL will have a special QSL card for the event.

If you would like to participate or have more information on OD5F operation, please send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.