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.


South Africa gets access to 7 000 kHz - 7 200 kHz

South African Radio Amateurs now have full access to the 40 metre band.  Today's Government Gazette has amended Annexure G of the Radio Regulations as follows:  The Amateur Radio allocation of the 40 metre band is now 7 000 kHz - 7 200 kHz 

ZR Licencees may now use more of the 20 metre band.  The new allocations is 14 225 - 14 350 kHz.

2009 IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 11-12, 2009)

The 2009 IARU HF World Championship Contest Rules are now posted. All licensed amateurs worldwide are invited to participate. The Objective of this contest is to contact as many other amateurs, especially IARU member society HQ stations, around the world as possible using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.

This contest takes place the second full weekend of July, beginning 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (July 11-12, 2009). Both Single and Multi operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period. Multipliers are The total number of ITU zones plus IARU member society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode). IARU officials represent a maximum of four multipliers per band (AC, R1, R2 and R3).

More information can be found on the ARRL Contest page.

IARU Region 1 Executive Committee meeting 2009

The first IARU Region 1 Executive Commitee (EC) meeting took place in London from 27 February - 2 March, 2009. Throughout the 3 days meeting the EC members agreed on the roles, responsibilities and set the objectives for the coming 3 years besides the discussion of various amateur Radio related matters. More details are available in the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee 2009 meeting minutes. 


Previous IARU Region 1 Executive Committee meeting minutes are available here.

EA8AK retires as MEP

EA8AKIn May 2009 Member of European Parliament Fernando Fernández Martín will retire. Fernando holds an amateur licence EA8AK and during his term as MEP he has supported the case of amateur radio whenever possible. In this respect we especially remember his proposals and amendments for the text of the R&TTE and EMC directives.

Besides these activities Fernando made it possible that the IARU Region 1 EUROCOM Working Group could have a one week exhibition in the  European Parliament in order to promote our case.

IARU Region 1 President PB2T took the opportunity to visit Fernado during his last week in Brussels and thanked him for his efforts. It was agreed that Region 1 will express its gratitude to EA8AK on a future occasion with more amateur radio friends being present.


LRMDThe Lithuanian Amateur Radio Society (LRMD)  kindly invites radio amateurs from all countries to attend their LY HAMFEST-2009 that will take place July 24-26, 2009. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to meet over 300 LY hams in the same place. More information (pictures, maps, etc.):

Radio Arcala Essay Contest


It was in February 2009 when the team at Radio Arcala, OH8X launched an essay contest to get some fresh ideas from today's youth and their elders to boost  recruitment to the ranks of Amateur Radio. Great  participation was ensured, and determining the winners took some effort from a multinational jury representing six nations.
A 19-year old Brit, Mark Dumpleton, 2E0NCG came out as winner by a fair margin while two U.S. hams, John Scott Anderson, KC9OQO and Brian Wood, W0DZ , finished in second and third place respectively. Argentinian Diego Salom, LU8DX was recognized for his submission of the best Spanish language piece. 


The 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) took place on Sunday 26th April in Athlone in the centre of Ireland.   The outgoing President Father Finbarr Buckley EI1CS reported a successful year with an increase in membership to 974.   This represents a good proportion of the estimated 1,500 radio amateurs licensed in Ireland.

There was very good support for the IARU and the incoming President, Paul Martin EI2CA stated that this would continue.   Paul will serve a 3 year term in this office.