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.


LY Hamfest 2010

lrmdRadio amateurs in Lithuania have a tradition every summer to meet somewhere in a beautiful place. Lithuanian Amateur Radio Society (LRMD) organize LY HAMFEST-2010 and kindly invite radio amateurs from all countries. It will provide excellent occasion to meet over 300 LY hams in the same place. More information (pictures, maps, etc.):

Date and Time:

July 23-25, 2010. Official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday at 12.00 noon, but, as always, we start gathering on Friday. Closing ceremony will take place Sunday afternoon but this would not mean the end of the gathering.


55° 45' 00" N, 23° 00' 30" E (between Siauliai and Kelme). LY HAMFEST-2009 will take place in tourism homestead “Azuolu slenis” (“Oak Valley"), near highway Riga-Siauliai-Kaliningrad section Kelme in 81-82 km. Turn right and go about 100 meters. If necessary, friendly LY amateurs will give you a lift from Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda or other places. Arrange it with us by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +370-688-01477.

SARL commemorates 85 years of service to amateur radio

The South African Radio League was formed on 20 May 1925 in Cape Town. To celebrate our 85th annivesary, the special call sign ZS85SARL will be activated during the rest of 2010. On Saturday 22 May, ZS85SARL, will be activated from the Air Force Museum at AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town. Activity will start at 06:00 UTC and end at 18:00 UTC. A special QSL card will be issued for contacts with the station. QSL cards via the SARL bureau.

Extension of 40 meter band in Kenya

The Communications Commission of Kenya has approved the use by amateurs in Kenya of the sub-band 7100 kHz to 7200 kHz.

Two South African Radio Amateurs die in Airbus Accident

The tragic Airbus accident in Tripoli claimed the lives of 2 well known South African amateur radio operators. Norbert Taferner, ZS6ANL, and his wife Paula and Anton Matthee, ZS6A, died in this accident.

Norbert will be remembered for his involvement with the Johannesburg Branch of years gone by and although retired was still active in teaching and lecturing to young and new amateur radio operators in helping them to obtain their licences.  As far as we know, Norbert is survived by a son and our condolences go out to his family.

Anton Matthee, ZS6A, lived in Stellenbosch and was a keen off road adventurer, painter and photographer.  From reports, he was an outgoing person with a great personality.  To his family our most sincere condolences.

Amateur Radio operation during World Cup Soccer

Operate Amateur Radio during June and July 2010 while in South Africa for the Soccer World Cup. Visitors to South Africa during the Soccer World Cup event may operate amateur radio while in South Africa using the prefix ZS10 in front of their own call sign, for example ZS10/G3XYZ

The South African Radio League negotiated an agreement with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to allow all licensed Radio Amateurs visiting South Africa during June and July 2010 to operate while in South Africa on condition that they register with the South African Radio League prior to arrival in the country.

Visit to download a registration form. After completion, e-mail the form together with a copy of the passport page showing the owners photograph and a copy of the current amateur radio license to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep a copy of this form and your license with you while in South Africa. Visit for more information about amateur radio activity in South Africa.

The SARL broadcasts news bulletins and an actuality programme Amateur Radio Mirror International on Sundays. It is on the air on Sundays at 08:00 UTC on 17 570 and 7 205 kHz AM, on SSB on 7082 kHz and many repeaters around South Africa. The programme is repeated on Mondays at 19:05 UTC on 3215. Reception reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

70 MHz band allowed in Romania

An updated Amateur Radio Service Regulation has been adopted in Romania. The most important updates are as follows: Since April, 14th, 2010 Romanian hams have access to 70 MHz band on secondary basis. Maximum allowed power is 20W and the national agency, ANCOM, must be notified before using this band.  All licensed amateurs have access on all bands with different power levels according national allocation table (great news for CEPT novice licensees!). Also CEPT 1 licensees must notify ANCOM before using 400 to 1000W power levels.

SARL elects a new council

At its General Assembly meeting held in Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE (SARL), elected Dennis Green ZS4BS as its new President with Mark  Zank  ZS6YES as Vice Chairman. Henry Chamberlain ZS1AAZ was appointed by the new Council as Secretary and Louw Erasmus ZS6LME as the legal adviser.

The Council will meet in the next two week to assign portfolios to the other councillors. Rassie Erasmus ZS1YT, the immediate past President will continue as Treasurer.

Elected council members are: Dennis Green ZS4BS, Laurie  Deveraux ZS5DL, Henry  Chamberlain ZS1AAZ,Hans  van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, Mark Zank ZS6YES, Francois  Botha ZS6BUU, Fred Scheepers ZS1FCS, Gerhard Coetzee ZS3TG, Ivan Newman ZS2ILN, John Willescroft  ZS6EF, Riaan Greeff ZS4PR, Frik  Wolff ZS6FZ, Willem Weideman ZS6WWJ,  Louw Erasmus ZS6LME.

More information is available on the SARL Homepage.

21st International Fair of Electronic Communication INTERTELECOM 2010 in Łódź, Poland

On 13th-15th April 2010, the 21st International Fair of Electronic Communication INTERTELECOM 2010 was organised in Łódź, in the center of Poland. INTERTELECOM 2010 took place under the patronage of the Ministry of Infrastructure, President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Marshal of the Łódź Voivodship and President of the City of Łódź.

On this occasion, the Łódź Regional Section of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) prepared a special exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of the PZK and the 85th anniversary of the IARU. On 10th-18th April 2010, a special event station HF21ITC was active on the air. See the photo gallery: