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.


Junior HF contest in Russia

SOYUZ RADIOLYUBITELEI ROSSII (SRR)  successfuly completed refereeing the Russian national junior HF contest that took place on April 4th, 2009. 257 young Radio Amateurs aged between 9 and 19 years took part in the contest. 133 callsigns from  Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were heard on the air. This has been the most mass radiosport competition of juniors for the last 5 years.

SARL July issue of "HF Happenings" is released

The SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE (SARL) July 2009 issue of "HF Happenings" is released and available for download. HF Happening newsletter contains HF and DX related news.

Dr. Larry Price - W4RA named President Emeritus of IARU

At the HAM RADIO event in Friedrichshafen IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH announced that by decision of the IARU Administrative Council Dr. Larry Price - W4RA (Ex. president of IARU) is named President Emeritus of IARU for his outstanding contribution to IARU and the Amateur Radio Community. At the same event, Larry was knighted in the Norwegian order of the Golden Key by its Commander Ole Garpestad - LA2RR. Pictures from the event are available in the IARU Region 1 Photo Gallery.

International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs June 26-28, 2009

The International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs sponsored by Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club e. V. (DARC) will take place this year in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, Germany between June 26-28, 2009.

As part of the convention DARC will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Visitors will be able to attend a variety lectures and about meetings. Dr. Christof Rohner, Chairman of the AFM, will look back on six decades of amateur radio history in his lecture. On Saturday, contemporary witnesses will gather on the activity stage in the Foyer West. Radio impressions from the Antarctic will also be on the programme.

IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman - PB2T and Executive Committee member Hani Raad - OD5TE will be representing IARU Region 1 at the convention. Other IARU Region 1 Executive Committee (9A5W - Kiksa, G3PSM - Colin, LZ1US - Panayot, and HB9JOE - Andy) and Working Group Chairmen (DK2OM - Wolf, DK4VW - Ulli, DL9KCE - Thilo)will attend the event as well. IARU President VE6SH - Tim will also address the delegates on Future Amateur Radio Challenges.

For more information visit the convention official site and check the programme details.

News from Icelandic Radio Amateurs

The general meeting of Íslenskir radíóamatörar (Í.R.A.) was held at the club headquarters in Reykjavík on May 23,   2009. The following individuals were elected as members of the board for 2009-2010: Jonas Bjarnason TF2JB president; Gudmundur Sveinsson TF3SG vice-president; Gudmundur Löve TF3GL secretary; Erling Gudnason TF3EE treasurer; and Sveinn Bragi Sveinsson TF3SNN member. Deputy members: Jón Invar Oskarsson TF1JI; and Kjartan Bjarnson TF3BJ. IARU liaison: Kristjan Benediktsson TF3KB. Coordinator for emergency communications: Jon Thoroddur Jonsson TF3JA.

WRC-11 now WRC-12

Following the consultation process amongst its Members, the ITU Council agreed on new dates for the next WRC (17 January to 23 February 2012) preceded by the Radiocommunication Assembly (16 to 20 January 2012). Both meetings will take place in Geneva.