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.

RAYNET 50th Year Celebrations

The RSGB is hosting the RAYNET 50th Annniversary Emergency
Communications Convention in Birmingham, UK on Saturday 25 October.

Thi
s celebrates the formation of RAYNET, the UK's Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications Network 50 years ago this Autumn by RSGB.

In addition to this, special event station GB50RAEN - Radio Amateur
Emergency Network - will be on the air from 20th till the 31st
October. In addition to the usual modes it is also hoped to run some
SSTV. QSL via RSGB Bureau.