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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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.

MRSF QSL Bureau

The Mongolian Radio Sport Federation has opened a QSL Bureau. The address to use is MRSF QSL Bureau, PO Box 573, Ulaanbaatar 16092, Mongolia.

CQWW 160m band segment violations

It was disappointing to notice that numerous contest stations from Region 1 violated their national regulations by transmitting out of band during last weekend's CQ World Wide 160-Meter SSB Contest. While I can have some understanding that the IARU bandplan for top band is not followed during this major contest, I totally disagree that contest stations transmit outside bands allocated to the amateur service. For a station transmitting in LSB on 160 meters this is below 1813 kHz (for transceivers with carrier readout).

The amateur service has always been known as a self regulating service, which has helped us in our negotiations with administrations. A behaviour as shown last weekend will certainly not help us in the future. I call upon all contesters to reinstate our values.

Host for the 2011 High Speed Telegraphy World Championships

Following the decision made at the last High Speed Telegraphy Working Committee meeting, the IARU Region 1 HST Working Group is looking for an IARU Region 1 Member Society to host the ninth IARU High Speed Telegraphy World Championship in 2011. Read more in the document available on Documents and HST on the menu on the left. 

If your Society wishes to be considered to host this event, please send your official proposal not later than 30 August 2010 to the following address - HST WG Chairman Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO, Bul. Partizanski odredi 74/41, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Iceland gets access to 4 and 600 metres

Jónas Bjarnason, TF2JB, President of Islenzkir Radioamatorar (IRA) reports that Iceland has received access to the 4 and 600 m bands.

On 19 February 2010, the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland granted a temporary experimental access to the 4 metre band in Iceland. The permit is valid until 31 December 2010. The frequency span is 70,000 – 70,200 MHz. Access is granted on a secondary basis. Maximum bandwidth is 16 kHz and power limit is 100 W. Licensees need to apply to the PTA for a special license. The experimental license is open to both “N” and “G” license classes.

On 19 February 2010, the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland granted a temporary experimental access to the 600 metre band in Iceland. The permit is valid until 31 December 2010. The frequency span is 493 - 510 kHz. Access is granted on a secondary basis, CW only. Power limit is 100 W. Licensees need to apply to the PTA for a special license. The experimental license is open to both “N” and “G” license classes.

Regional Conference on Amateur Radio 2010 - Doha, Qatar

The Chairman of QATAR AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY (QARS) H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, A71AU, extends his invitation to IARU member societies to attend the Regional Conference on Amateur Radio 2010 (RCAR 2010), organized jointly with the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

RCAR 2010 will be held April 4 - 6, 2010 in Doha, State of Qatar and will be the biggest Regional Symposium on Amateur Radio in the Middle East in 2010. The symposium gives the delegates the opportunity to exchange information related to the Amateur Radio Service in the Arab World along with the regulatory aspects in connection with the Amateur Radio Service. Check QRAS RCAR 2010 related documents:  Event Program, Hotel and Visa information for delgates, General Information for delgates, Confirmation form.

During this event, participants will celebrate "Al-Doha Capital of Arab Culture 2010" with H.E. Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage. On the proposal of the Arab Group at UNESCO at a meeting of this Committee in 1995 announced the launch of the cultural capitals of the Arab and Doha is the capital of Arab culture in 2010.

More information about Doha can be found on (www.doha2010.com.qa) and about Qatar on (www.qatartourism.gov.qa) or (www.diwan.gov.qa). Welcome to Doha, the Capital of Arab Culture for 2010.

South Africa to Reunion Island on VHF and UHF

At 19:00 UTC on Tuesday 09 February 2010, Andre, ZS2ACP, of Port Elizabeth and Phil, FR5DN, on Reunion Island established a new record on 144,401 MHz, using the JT65b digital mode. The distance is 3 205 km and is a new SARL 2 Metre DX Digital record.

At 17:00 UTC on Wednesday 10 February, Derek, ZS5Y, in Scottburgh and Phil, FR5DN, completed the first ever Reunion to South Africa QSO on 70 cm. The contact was made using JT65B then Derek and Phil made a SSB QSO as well. Signal reports of 41 and 55 were exchanged. The distance is 2 655 km. Congratulations to Derek, ZS5Y, and Phil, FR5DN, on this achievement.