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.


IARU prepares for CEPT CPG

The final CEPT Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) prior to WRC 19 takes place from 26 August. There are several issues of particular interest to the amateur service to be discussed:

• 50 MHz: IARU hopes that the European Common Proposal for WRC-19 will be supported by member states, with as many as possible signing the optional footnote to allow primary access on a national basis over part of the band being proposed for amateur use.

• 144-146 MHz band: IARU has asked its member societies to explain to their regulators the concerns of the amateur service over the French proposal to propose a WRC-23 agenda item to study sharing the 144 MHz spectrum with aeronautical services. IARU has submitted a paper that includes background on amateur usage and regulatory concerns. It also includes a basic technical analysis showing the impracticality of such a proposal and believes there are much more appropriate parts of the spectrum for this study.

• 1296 MHz band: IARU has asked its member societies to discuss with their regulator the best way of resolving concerns about a few cases of interference to the Galileo navigation system that are specific to its 'E6' sub-band at 1260-1300 MHz from amateur signals. It is IARU’s firm view, and stated in the paper it has submitted, that this should be properly studied in CEPT, rather than proposed as an agenda item for WRC-23.

• 5 GHz and 47 GHz bands: IARU will be seeking support from Region 1 administrations for a ‘No change’ approach to the current regulatory situation in the 5650-5850 MHz and 47-47.2 GHz frequency bands. IARU experts will be present in CPG to explain the IARU position on these topics and monitor other agenda items of interest.

African Telecommunications Union meets in South Africa

The ATU African Preparatory Meeting (APM) prior to WRC 19 takes place 26-30 August. ATU is one of the four Regional Telecommunications Organisations in Region 1 and IARU will be present at the meeting. IARU has particular interest in the following issues being discussed:

  • 50 MHz: IARU hopes that the APM will build on existing provisions in the ITU Radio regulations for a number of African countries, to support 50 MHz primary allocations throughout the African continent, as part of the support for a Region-wide allocation to the amateur service harmonising with the allocations already in place in Regions 2 and 3.
  • 5 GHz and 47 GHz bands: IARU will be seeking support from Region 1 administrations for a ‘No change’ approach to the current regulatory situation in the 5650-5850 MHz and 47-47.2 GHz frequency bands.
  • There is no evidence yet that the 144-146 MHz and 1240-1300 MHz band issues being considered in CEPT will be discussed in the APM but IARU will be prepared should this happen.

Amateur Radio Representation in ITU

The following statement has been released by IARU globally:

IARU has participated in ITU conferences since 1927 and has been a sector member of ITU since 1932, playing an active role in the work of the ITU radiocommunication and development sectors. It can claim a number of achievements, including the introduction of the 10, 18, 21 and 24 MHz bands, the creation of the amateur satellite service and introduction of a number of new bands from LF to the millimetre waves along with the restoration of 7100-7200 kHz in Regions 1 and 3.

IARU is now pleased to record that another organisation will be joining the voice for amateur radio in ITU. EURAO has been accepted as a sector member of ITU at the recent meeting of the ITU Council.

IARU welcomes EURAO to ITU membership and hopes to work closely with its representatives in ITU Study Groups and Working Parties to present the arguments for amateur and amateur-satellite service spectrum. IARU believes that a strong degree of co-operation between our two organisations into the future will be in the best interests of the amateur service and is committed to working to make that happen.

Tim Ellam, President

IARU attends WPT meeting in Copenhagen

A further meeting on Wireless Power Tranmission was held in Copenhagen in week beginning 1st July 2019. This was a sub-group of CEPT Committee SE24 charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices.

Don Beattie, G3BJ, representing IARU, made input on its projections of harmful emissions from WPT systems (both generic and WPT-EV) operating at the existing harmonic emission limits defined by CISPR and ITU/CEPT. IARU also reported on tests carried out on small WPT devices, (with the full report to be consdered at the next meeting in September).

IARU continues to argue for tighter emission limits on harmonics and other spurious emissions from WPT systems, which have the potential to cause sustained harmful intereference to incumbent radio services.

CEPT Project Team meets in Switzerland

IARU was represented at the recent meeting in Switzerland of CEPT PTD. This was the last of the CEPT project team meetings preparing European Common Proposals (ECP) for a number of agenda items of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), which takes place during November 2019. From an amateur radio standpoint, WRC-19 agenda item 1.1, which addresses the possibility of an allocation in Region 1 of the 50 -54 MHz frequency band, was the key issue to be resolved.

PTD agreed the text of an ECP for WRC-19 which, if adopted at the WRC, would see an entry in the international table of allocations for Region 1 and would allocate the 50 – 52 MHz frequency band to the amateur service on a secondary basis. In addition a footnote to the international table was agreed which would permit individual CEPT countries to introduce a national primary allocation in the 50.0 – 50.5 MHz sub-band.

The final meeting of CEPT's Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) will take place in the week beginning 26 August and will finalise CEPT's input to WRC-19. IARU will attend the CPG to represent the views of the amateur service.

IARU asks Member Societies to support its WRC-19 work

The World Radiocommunication Conferece, WRC 19, is just five months away and Regional Telecommunications organisations and individual countries will shortly be finalising their positions for the Conference.

IARU Region 1 has now mailed every member society providing guidance on actions which they should take with their national spectrum regulator to advocate support for the amateur service position on relevant WRC Agenda Items.

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WRC-23 Agenda Items - update from CEPT


IARU was represented at the meeting of CEPT Project Team A (responsible for some aspects of the CEPT position for WRC-19), which has just finished in Prague. Of particular interest were discussions on two proposed Agenda items for WRC-23, concerning the sharing of the 1240-1300 MHz band with the Galileo navigation system and the proposal from France to study a range of frequencies, including the 144 MHz amateur band, for future aeronautical applications.