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.


PZK celebrates its 80th Anniversay and the 85th IARU Anniversary

Jubilee ceremony on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Polish Amateur Radio Union – PZK (Polski Związek Krótkofalowców) and the 85th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union

On 26th February 2010, the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) celebrated the 80th anniversary of its founding. It is to be remembered that the PZK was formally established on 24th February 1930, at the Radio Research Institute in Warsaw. A solemn ceremony on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the PZK took place in the District Centre of Cultural Promotion in Warsaw.

The celebration was officially opened by Ms Anna Streżyńska – President of the Office of Electronic Communications. Among all the present guests, many persons of merit were decorated with organisational medals and distinctions by PZK President – Piotr Skrzypczak, SP2JMR. Moreover, Tim Ellam VE6SH – President of the IARU conveyed in the meantime on the air his best occasional congratulations to the PZK. On the one hand the whole event was full of atmosphere of nostalgia, and on the other hand – ambitious plans for the future.

More information on PZK Homepage

EC Meeting 2010


On World Amateur Radio 2010, the IARU Region 1 EC held its annual meeting. Due to volcanic eruptions on Iceland most of the European airspace was closed and only five (shown on the photo 6W1KI, LZ1US, OE1MCU, HB9JOE and ZS4BS) made it to Sofia the capital of Bulgaria. The rest of the EC had either to return home or to stay at their home QTH and participated in the EC meeting through WebEx (a remote meeting application). IARU Region 2 President YV5AMH was unfortunate enough to be stuck in Budapest. He dialed in from his hotel room. The meeting went well and most of the agenda could be covered. Expect a meeting report soon. The EC members in Sofia enjoyed a World Amateur Radio Day dinner hosted by BFRA, the Bulgarian national society.

Iceland Volcano disrupts IARU Region 1 Executive Committee meeting

Destination: Sofia, Bulgaria. Event: IARU Region 1 Executive Committee meeting from April 17-18, 2010.  Participants: Hans - PB2T, Tafa - 6W1KI , Dennis - ZS4BS, Andy - HB9JOE, Panayot - LZ1US, Betty - F6IOC, Nikola - 9A5W, Hani - OD5TE, Colin - G3PSM, DK4VW - Ulli, OE1MCU - Michael, YV5AMH - Reinaldo and LA2RR - Ole.

IARU Region 1 Executive Committee members and WG chairmen participating at the yearly Executive committee meeting struggled to reach Sofia from various parts of the World due the Iceland Eyjafjallajokull's volcanic ashes.

From flight cancelations, to airport closures and participants stranded in airports, only few people made it to Sofia  (Tafa - 6W1KI, Dennis - ZS4BS, Andy - HB9JOE, Panayot - LZ1US, OE1MCU - Michael) and the rest are either stranded at the transit airport or on the way back home in any possible mean of transportation.

Giving enough time for everyone to be back, the meeting will now take place on Sunday April 18, through a webconference.

World Amateur Radio Day 2010

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded. In 2010, the theme of the event is "Amateur Radio: Combining communication experience with modern digital techniques."

Amateur radio has truly entered the 21st Century. In less than 100 years amateur radio communications has evolved from crude spark-gap technology to digital signal processing and software-defined radios. The amateur's HF choice between voice and CW has been expanded to a broad range of communication choices from television to spread spectrum.

Amateur digital communications has evolved. At the end of World War II until the early 1980's, radioteletype, also known as RTTY, was the only HF digital mode available to amateurs. In the 1980's, AMTOR made its debut along with the increased popularity and availability of personal computers. AMTOR was the first amateur digital communication mode to offer error-free text transmission.

JY5FX, Al Jazeera News Anchor, Jamal Rayyan on the air from Qatar

ictQATAR has granted today JY5FX - Jamal Rayyan an amateur radio license to operate from Qatar under A71/JY5FX.  Jamal, a prominent Al Jazeera News Anchor, was granted today the first reciprocal Amateur Radio license for a foreigner to operator in Qatar. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of QARS and the Hams in Qatar. Congratulations Jamal!

Check the following link on youtube where Jamal announces on the air his Jordanian Amateur Radio Callsign (JY5FX).

Doha Regional Conference on Amateur Radio a Big Success

The Regional Conference on Amateur Radio, hosted by the The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) in Doha, Qatar was one of the largest regional conferences of amateur radio in the Middle East. It took place on April 4-6 2010 under the patronage of His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah (A71AU), Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman of the Qatar Amateur Radio and in cooperation with the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Check the QARS official Conference final statement and recommendations (Arabic) . You can also view the Photo Gallery for pictures related to the conference.

The scale of the conference, the hospitality and the generosity of the State of Qatar, QARS, and the Qatari Hams were unmatched. All delegates felt at home while away from home.

The Conference program consisted of presentations on regulatory issues, amateur radio emergency and disaster communication, national regulations of amateur radio in the GCC states combined with panel discussions and workshops with the aim to assist in building and maintaining good working relationships between the National Regulators and the Amateur Radio Societies.

Major improvements to amateur licences in Bahrain

Licensing of the amateur services in the Kingdom of Bahrain has taken a major step forward with the release of new regulations by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

New additions for General Class licensees include 135.7-137.8 kHz with a power limit of 10W (10 dBW), an extension of the 160M band changing the upper limit of 1850 kHz to 2000 kHz, the inclusion of the 40M band extension up to 7200 kHz plus the 30M band.  Above 30 MHz new additions include 50-52 MHz and improved access to bands at 430 MHz and above.   With the exception of the segment 50-50.5 MHz which is Primary all new allocations have been granted on a secondary basis Permitted power to the antenna on all bands except 136 kHz is 1500W (32dBW).

A new Intermediate Class licence has also been introduced which permits operation at 28 MHz and above with power output to the antenna of 100W (20 dBW).

Aeronautical Mobile, Maritime Mobile, Mobile and Portable operations are also permitted within the terms of the new licence. Congratulations should be offered to those who negotiated these new regulations.   Negotiations continue for the use of other bands in use within Region 1.

CEPT Meetings in Istanbul

Members of the IARU Region 1 ERC will take part in two separate CEPT European Communications Office meetings that will take place in Istanbul over the coming weeks.   Panayot Danev LZ1US will represent IARU Region 1 at the annual Civil/Military meeting of the Frequency Management Working Group (FMWG) that takes place over the 30th and 31st March 2010 and this will be closely followed by a meeting of the WRC-12 Conference Preparatory Group Project Team C which takes place between the 6th and 9th April 2010.

While there are no immediate matters to concern the amateur services during the Civil/Military meeting it is always a good opportunity to have a presence in case matters arise that could affect our interests.   The fact that the meeting Chairman is Russian and Panayot speaks the language is an added bonus.

The Project Team C (PT-C) meeting will discuss, amongst other things, WRC-12 Agenda Item 1.23 which is the IARU proposal for a secondary frequency allocation around 500 kHz.   Ulrich Mueller DK4VW the Region 1 HF Manager will represent DARC in the German delegation while John Gould G3WKL will be in the UK delegation as the RSGB representative.   The CEPT Coordinator for this agenda item is Colin Thomas G3PSM.   There will also be a number of other licensed radio amateurs within their respective delegations representing either their administrations or organisations.

Perhaps this is a good opportunity to remind readers who are members of their national societies and have an interest in this agenda item that a 500 kHz discussion forum does exist within this website.   If you are interested in taking part in these discussions and can provide a technical input to prepare for WRC-12 please contact us via the "Contact Us" menu on the left side of this page.