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.


Royal Honours for PA0LOU

8 May 2003

by Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV

PA0LOULou van de Nadort PA0LOU, retired Chairman of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 was recognised by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands this week for his outstanding contribution to Amateur Radio.

He was decorated with Member of the “Order of Oranje Nassau”. Lou was one of the 3594 people who were recognised this year by the queen when the Royal Recognition awards were announced on April 30, 2003, in Holland known as “Koningine dag”, the queens birthday .

Amateur Radio Satellite Frequency Coordination

Information for developers of satellites planned to use frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service
(IARU-R1) 26 January 2003

Careful and detailed mission planning — particularly radio frequency planning — gives satellite projects the best chances of success. Working out space station and Earth station operating frequencies and link operating parameters at the very beginning of the design process means:

Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Request

(IARU-R1) January 2003

Throughout its 100-year history, amateur radio has maintained a proud and effective tradition of self-regulation. An amateur license does not convey the exclusive right to use any particular frequency. It is generally recognized, however, that some types of amateur operation, including satellites, require frequency coordination to promote the efficient use of spectrum and minimize mutual interference.

PA0LOU Retires from IARU Region 1 Committee as Chairman after 28 Years

After almost 28 years at the helm of Region 1, the recent IARU conference was a momentous occasion for Lou van de Nadort as he will be retiring from active duty on the executive committee that steers the organisation between conferences at the 31 December when the new Chairman will take over.

" I have chosen the word active duty advisably as I will always have IARU and its work at heart and will continue to support the cause", he said in his farewell editorial in Region 1 News.