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.


URA (Unió de Radioaficionats Andorrans) celebrates its 30th Anniversary


On Sunday, November 21, 2010 I had the honor and the pleasure to represent IARU R1 and its president at the URA anniversary which took place at the magnificent Naturlandia where they have the longest slide in Europe. For the very first time a representative of IARU visited URA in Andorra; It was great and all URA appreciated that visit. During the ceremony, URA president Joan said that URA and its member appreciate a lot the work of IARU officers and that they have a great respect for them. He also said that IARU will always have their support. The event was attended by various national authorities as the MI Foreign Minister, Mr. Xavier Espot, a good friend of mine who attended both as a member of MI Government of Andorra as well as honorary president of the association. Also attended by the Hon. Minister of Sports of Sant Julia de Loria, Mr. Oliver Alís and Mr. Alexander Beening director at Andorra Telecom. The event was also attended by traditional partner of URA, REF represented by Gerard Debelle F2VX and Paul Granger F6EXV, URE represented by Pere Espunya EA3CUU. During the ceremony we exchanged gifts I received a silver badge (25 years partner member of URA) I presented them a sand painting picture with the Logo of 30th anniversary of URA on behalf of IARU and myself.

500 kHz transmissions in Spain

The Spanish administration has authorized six stations to use the band 501-504 kHz until 31 May 2011 with a bandwidth of 100 Hz and a power of 5 Watts.

IARU participation in ITU Working Party 5A

From 8-17 November 2010 the IARU participates in ITU Working Party 5A meetings in Geneva.

Working Group 1 under chairmanship of Ken Pulfer VE3PU deals with amateur services, focussing on WRC-12 Agenda Item 1.23 (to consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415-526.5 kHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis, taking into account the need to protect the existing services). The main products of the working group for this WP5A are documents on characteristics, compatibility and experimental operations. IARU Region 1 participants include Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, Colin Thomas G3PSM and Ulrich Müller DK4VW

meeting, photo PB2T

photo left to right: Ulrich Müller DK4VW, Colin Thomas G3PSM, Ken Pulfer VE3PU, Mr Nur Serinken (Canada), Brennan Price N4QX

New 500 kHz permit in the Czech Republic

Lubomir OK2BVG tells us that he has been given permission to operate between 501-504 kHz with maximum power of 20W ERP.   This permission is valid until the 1st September 2011.   Lubomir would like to thank the executive staff of the Czech Telecommunications Office and OK1HH of the Czech Radio Club for their assistance.

This means that 11 countries in Region 1 are now known to be authorised in this part of the 500 kHz band and details can be found on this website at

With WRC-12 only 14 months away and negotiations continuing in Geneva between November 8th-19th, Member Societies are reminded that any updates and new permissions should be advised to your negotiating team via the Region 1 Secretary.

Happy 95th Birthday Bert, ZS6HS

Bert Howes, ZS6HS, celebrates his 95th birthday on Sunday 17 October 2010.

Bert is no doubt one of the oldest and most active radio amateurs in the world. He was first licenced in 1935 as ZS1AL in Cape Town. Bert has had unbroken membership of the SARL for 75 years and in 2008 was awarded the President\'s Award by the SARL. During his 75 years as a radio amateur, Bert has been most active on the 5 and 6 metre band, VHF, UHF and Moon bounce and has been an inspiration, especially to those who are active on the higher frequencies. Bert is still very active on the bands. 

As ZS1AL he was the first to pick up the BBC TV sound on 41,5 MHz in 1937 in the Union of South Africa and the longest TV distance at the time as confirmed by the BBC. In earlier days, he also pioneered 5 metre transmissions from Table Mountain, and the first to work a 6 metre DX station when he hooked up with MD5KW in 1947. Colonel Bert Howes served in the North Africa campaign in WW2, 1939 to 1945, as the right hand communications man to General Dan Pienaar and only retired as a professional soldier in 1980.  Bert and his wife Jenny will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary in December 2010, and they still live in their own home. Birthday wishes can be sent to Bert via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ATU elects a new secretary General

African Telecom Union (ATU ) held the third ordinary conference in Brazzaville between September 21-25th 2010 at the kind invitation of the government of Congo Republic.

Dr Hamadoun Toure, HB9EHT  attended  all the  meeting amongst  different  topics  on the Agenda. There  was  election of  the new  secretary general and after three (3)  rounds of balloting, Mr Adoulkarim SOUMAILA from NIGER won the  election with  17 votes against 8 Votes for Mr Shola TAYLOR from NIGERIA.

AC meeting 2010

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 1-2 October 2010 in Salinitas, El Salvador. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations. Here is a summary of the discussions and actions.

MARP voted in as IARU member

MARP, the Montenegrin Amateur Radio Pool is accepted as IARU Member Society. 65 votes were returned to the International Secretariat with 63 votes in favor of admission and 2 abstentions.