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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ITU-R Working Party 5A meeting in Geneva

itu logo2Three of ITU-R Study Group 5 Working Goups meet in Geneva 5-16 November 2018. Working Party 5A deals with the Land mobile service above 30 MHz (excluding IMT), wireless access in the fixed service and the amateur and amateur-satellite services. Working Group 5A1, responsible for amateur matters is chaired by Dale Hughes VK1DSH. The main topic is to develop a technical report to support the work for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1, considering an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1. The Working Group consists of a mix of radio amateurs from all three IARU Regions, administrations from all over the world and other interested parties like meteorologists and military.

Amateurs present in WP 5A include 5A1 Chairman Dale Hughes VK1DSH, IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad LA2RR, IARU repesentative Dave Court EI3IO, CEPT coordinator Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, ARRL representative Jonathan Siverling WB3ERA, DARC representatives Ulrich Mueller DK4VW and Bernd Mischlewski DF2ZC and JARL representative Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP.

IARU Administrative Council meets in Seoul

logo iaruThe IARU Administrative Council meets in Seoul, South Korea 8-9 September 2018. IARU Region 1 is represented by its President Don Beattie G3BJ and Secretary Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T.

World Amateur Radio Day

WARDEvery April 18th, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science; this is an opportunity for amateurs to show there expertise in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have “wireless communication” interests, but haven’t considered the association with Amateur Radio.

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

How the day is promoted is a matter for the individual member society and or Region.

Groups should promote their WARD activity on social media by using the hash tag #WorldAmateurRadioDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!

IARU Region 1 Conference opens

The 24th triennial Conference of IARU Region 1 opened Sunday 17th September 2017 in Landshut, Germany.

Speakers at the opening ceremony included Robert Mader, representing the city of Landshut, Tim Ellam, President of IARU, Thomas Weilacher, Chairman of CEPT WGFM and Mario Maniewicz, Deputy Director of the ITU Radicommunication Bureau. The opening ceremony was chaired by the President of IARU Region 1, Don Beattie, G3BJ.

The rest of the day was devoted to working groups concerned with a number of areas of amateur radio. The main work of the Conference starts Monday with the main committees meeting to consider the

143 papers that have been submitted to the Conference, mainly by Member Societies of IARU.

The Conference continues until Thursday evening, 21 September and a full report will be available shortly afterwards.

Top Table Low Res

Seen at the Opening Plenary of the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference - Mr Thomas Weilacher, of BNetzA, and Chairman of CEPT Working Group FM, Mr Don Beattie, G3BJ, President of Region 1, Mr Mario Maniewicz, the Deputy Director of the Radio Bureau of ITU, Mr Tim Ellem, VE6SH, IARU President, Mr Dennis Green, ZS4BS, Region 1 Secretary, Mr Robert Mader, member of the local parliament for Landshut and Mr Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, the Vice-President of the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club