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.

Acquaint yourself with Amateur Radio activities - Introduction to Amateur Radio by SRAL

The SUOMEN RADIOAMATOORILIITTO ry (SRAL) of Finland just released an extra issue of RADIOAMATÖÖRI Journal promoting Amateur Radio. With this demonstration journal of Amateur Radio, SRAL reaches out to all those who are interested in electronics and radio. The target of the journal also includes those who are interested in languages, cultures and peoples with no regard to their age or sex.

SRAL have made an attempt to tell the readers about the most interesting aspects of Amateur Radio.  Even though, it is not possible to create a report with full coverage in view of the vast scope of the subject,  SRAL did a great job introducing the readers to the most significant sectors of activity.

Amateur Radio is a sum of many hobbies. Someone can freely choose your own ”mix” with a suitable amount of building, operating, contesting and club activities. Whatever the choice is, someone is just as good a ham as anybody else. Hams are connected by the fact that the word ‘radio’ has for every ham a very special, exciting meaning.

It is believed that building has always been the primary choice of all youth interested in radio. The joy is overwhelming, when a self-made device is working properly. And if someone's whole amateur radio station, be it even a modest one, is self-made and giving out good contacts, the self-esteem is rising high – you can do it!

Morse code is cool, when it is no more a compulsory requirement. Someone can learn Morse just the way he or she wants and as long as you are comfortable with it. It starts with studying Morse without a radio, and when skills are developing then it could be done with a friend on the radio. The happiest moments are those when you feel that you are improving your skills and the speed is getting higher slowly but surely.

A computer fan will add radio as a versatile accessory making contacts around the world an easy task. Any knowledge so far acquired will be a handy asset when bringing the computer and radio set into a seamlessly united circuitry.

Earning an amateur radio certificate and station license is achievable. Just a week-long training camp in the summer, a ham radio course organised by your local club or remote studying under supervision of an experienced teacher will give you quick results for your studies. You will receive an own call sign and an official license to be engaged in Amateur Radio. Please feel free to get in touch when your interest in Amateur Radio has kindled – I and many other hams are ready to help you to reach your goal!

Full version of the extra issue of RADIOAMATÖÖRI Journal is now available for Download (10MB)