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.

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Forthcoming Meetings

With the holiday season in Europe almost over it is time for your IARU representatives to prepare themselves for the next sessions of CEPT and WRC-12 preparatory meetings.   The following shows the September meetings that need to be attended to protect existing amateur radio services and to progress WRC-12 agenda items.

22nd IARU Region 1 General Conference Sun City 2011

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The countdown has begun.....

The Calling Note for the 22nd General Conference of IARU Region 1 scheduled for 12 to 19 August 2011 at Sun City, South Africa, has been e-mailed to Member Societies, Chairmen of Working Groups and members of the Executive Committee of Region 1. A copy of the calling note can be requested from the Region 1 Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD)

Egypt announces the establishment of The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD) , the national official representative body for radio amateurs in Egypt. With the foundation of ERASD, EARA ceased to exist and that ERASD is now the IARU Member society.
 
Despite the fact that amateur radio has been present in Egypt since the early twenties of the last century, there was no officially recognized society to represent radio amateurs in Egypt for nearly the past eight decades. The earnest efforts by a steering group composed of seasoned radio amateurs (Greiss Sobhi, SU1GS - Said Kamel, SU1SK , Atef Osman, SU1AO - Hossam El Shenawy, SU1HM – Sayed Abdel Samie, SU1SA) had eventually borne fruit by the incorporation of ERASD on 7 June 2010 as the officially recognized representative body for radio amateurs in Egypt under the registration no. 7902 for the year 2010.

The newly elected board members are: Greiss Sobhi  (SU1GS) – President,   Sayed Abd El Samie (SU1SA) – Vice president,   Said Kamel  (SU1SK) – Secretary,   Atef Osman (SU1AO ) – Treasurer,   Hossam El Shenawy (SU1HM) - IARU Liaison.

4m Band authorization in Spain

The Spanish PTT has temporarily authorized the use of the 70.150 - 70.200 MHz. This segment can be used by all EA until July 1st, 2011.

Update your spectrum privileges

Having an updated overview of spectrum privileges is essential for our work in ITU and Regional Telecommunications Organisations. Member societies are kindly requested to verify their spectrum privileges especially for 600, 60, 6 and 4 meters. Please send any amendments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Relevant information on other parts of the spectrum is welcome too.

IARU International Amateur Radio Satellite Forum

The IARU International Amateur Radio Satellite Forum will this year be held in conjunction with the AMSAT-UK Colloquium which takes place in Guildford, England on the weekend of July 31 - Aug 1, 2010. The forum, chaired by IARU Amateur Satellite Advisor Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, takes place on the Sunday morning.

On the Agenda is a report back on the activities of the IARU Satellite Adviser and his Advisory Panel. There will be a brief presentation covering the ITU notification requirements for satellites operating in the amateur service and the requirement to be able disable transmissions should the signals interfere with other users of the radio spectrum. The forum is open to all delegates at the colloquium. Colloquium Info: http://www.uk.amsat.org/colloquium/

Oman on 6 meters

The Omani Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has now allocated the band 50-52 MHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis.