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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HST Competition in Italy

Every year in mid-March, thousands of radio amateurs gather in picturesque Italian town of Montichiari at HAM RADIO organized there. In fact it is a small copy of well known festival in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

But this year there was something new in the program. Piero Begali, I2RTF, well known producer of Morse keys/keyers initiated a HST event. The aim was evident – to attract new radio amateurs to CW and to the sport High Speed Telegraphy (HST). Many hams from different countries took part in the competition.

The winners:

Age category up to 25 (only two participants – obviously much has to be done to attract youngsters in CW):

1. Gabriele Del Sonno, IU2FQW

2. Enrico Lorenzoni, IU4AZC 

Age category 26 - 50:

1. Valery Petrov, R5GA

2. Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO

3. Dino Maria, IK1LJK

Age category more than 50:

1. Ivan Ivanov, LZ1PJ

2. Helga Ferrante, IN3FHE

3. Panayot Danev, LZ1US

The organizers promised that event to be held every year. Combined with the HAM RADIO, the beauty of Montichiari and Italian hospitality it is worth to be visited.

 

Belgian Amateurs on 60 Metres

From March 1st 2016 Belgian radio amateurs holding Class A (HAREC) licences can now use 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz.   All modes are permitted with a maximum power of 15 Watts EIRP.

This permission is in line with the decision agreed at WRC-15.

(Source: BIPT)

Zdravka, LZ1ZQ SK

It is with great sadness that the BFRA must announce that Zdravka Buchkova, LZ1ZQ, passed away at the age of 68.

Zdravka was the Secretary of BFRA for more that 25 years. R.I.P.

Vienna Interim Meeting 2016

The next interim meeting of the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/MW Committee, the HF Committee and the EMC Committee will be convened on 16th and 17th of April 2016 at the InterCity Hotel in Vienna. The Austrian society, ÖVSV, has kindly invited us to Vienna.

Any contributions for this meeting shall be received by ON4AVJ (VHF/UHF/MW) , DK4VW (HF) and DL9KCE (EMC) no later than 16 January 2016. The contributions and the draft meeting agenda will be distributed to member societies before 6 February 2016.

More details here

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Member Societies will commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday 3 December 2015.

 

In case your society is planning any event, please send that information to Riri Azrak, OD5RI, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 November 2015. For any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

PA0EZ - Silent Key

It is with great sadness that VERON informs you that Arie Dogterom, PA0EZ, has passed away last week Thursday (24 Sept) at the age of 78.

Arie has been Chairman of C5 for a great many years. Based upon his great work for the VERON he was nominated Member of Honour of the VERON in 1998.

The funeral will take place on Friday October 2nd.

ZS2ACP and ZS6WAB established new record on 8 metres

Andre Botes, ZS2ACP, in Port Elizabeth worked Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane on 40,682 MHz FSK441 via meteor scatter on 6 August 2015. This is a distance of 1 184 km that is a new South African Radio League record as well as a world record. Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, and Willem, ZS6WAB set up the first-ever record on this band, over a Tropo distance of around 300 km. 

First ZS to ZS Contact on 8 Metres

Radio amateurs in South Africa have had access to 40,675 to 40,685 MHz for many years, but is was only really noticed earlier in 2015 when the new radio regulations were promulgated by ICASA, the South African Regulator.

In a telephone conversation, Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, informed the South African Radio League about the first-ever ZS to ZS contact on 40,675 MHz. It was made on Sunday 16 August 2015 between Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, in Johannesburg (KG33xv) and Willem, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane (KG46rc) using FSK441 and covering a distance of 288 km. Both stations are equipped with a three element Yagis and 100 Watts.