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.


August 2006

The IARU Region 1 Website has been updated to include pages of interest to the casual reader, who wants to know more about amateur radio. Pages have been added describing amateur radio, what radio amateurs do, how to become a radio amateur, and how to listen to radio amateurs.

June 2006

Turkish society TRAC has completed the installation of amateur radio equipment at the Antalya Directorate of Agriculture (also used as an emergency operation centre). Comprehensive HF and VHF communication facilities have been installed, which will further strengthen the capability of amateurs in Turkey to support other services at times of natural disasters.

IARU Region 1 Societies approve changes to the Region's Constitution & Bye-Laws

Following the decisions at the Davos Region 1 Conference last September, a ballot has now been completed to seek Member Society ratification of the changes to the Constitution and Bye-Laws of the Region. The closing date for the ballot was 10th May 2006, and the necessary number of votes in favour of all the Resolutions were received by that date.

IARU makes input on Euroloop proposals


In 1996 the International Railway Organisation, UIC, made proposals to CEPT for spectrum approval for the development a high-speed data-communication system for railway rolling stock. The proposals were a technical solution to improve management of trains by giving the train drivers early notice of the forward signal status. This apparently would avoid less braking & acceleration with the result that trains could to run faster and closer together.

Foresight Project launched

Following the presentation made at the 2005 Region 1 Conference at Davos, the Foresight Project has been launched, under the direction of Bob Whelan, G3PJT. The project plans to develop a clearer view of the future direction and options for amateur radio, and will involve a number of Member Societies around the Region. For details of the Terms of Reference of the project, click here. Member Societies have been mailed an invitation to participate.

HST Championship Software now available on the Region 1 Web

The Region 1 HST Working Group has made available all the software to be used in receiving tests in future HST Championships. It can be downloaded from the HST Working Group page.

The software includes a special version of "Morse Runner", the pile-up training software, developed and made available by by Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA. There is also the "Rufz" program by Mathias Kolpe, DL4MM and Alessandro Vitiello, IV3XYM, and the custom-designed HST software by Andrei Bindasov, EU7KI.