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.


Amateur Radio Representation in ITU

The following statement has been released by IARU globally:

IARU has participated in ITU conferences since 1927 and has been a sector member of ITU since 1932, playing an active role in the work of the ITU radiocommunication and development sectors. It can claim a number of achievements, including the introduction of the 10, 18, 21 and 24 MHz bands, the creation of the amateur satellite service and introduction of a number of new bands from LF to the millimetre waves along with the restoration of 7100-7200 kHz in Regions 1 and 3.

IARU is now pleased to record that another organisation will be joining the voice for amateur radio in ITU. EURAO has been accepted as a sector member of ITU at the recent meeting of the ITU Council.

IARU welcomes EURAO to ITU membership and hopes to work closely with its representatives in ITU Study Groups and Working Parties to present the arguments for amateur and amateur-satellite service spectrum. IARU believes that a strong degree of co-operation between our two organisations into the future will be in the best interests of the amateur service and is committed to working to make that happen.

Tim Ellam, President

IARU attends WPT meeting in Copenhagen

A further meeting on Wireless Power Tranmission was held in Copenhagen in week beginning 1st July 2019. This was a sub-group of CEPT Committee SE24 charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices.

Don Beattie, G3BJ, representing IARU, made input on its projections of harmful emissions from WPT systems (both generic and WPT-EV) operating at the existing harmonic emission limits defined by CISPR and ITU/CEPT. IARU also reported on tests carried out on small WPT devices, (with the full report to be consdered at the next meeting in September).

IARU continues to argue for tighter emission limits on harmonics and other spurious emissions from WPT systems, which have the potential to cause sustained harmful intereference to incumbent radio services.

CEPT Project Team meets in Switzerland

IARU was represented at the recent meeting in Switzerland of CEPT PTD. This was the last of the CEPT project team meetings preparing European Common Proposals (ECP) for a number of agenda items of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), which takes place during November 2019. From an amateur radio standpoint, WRC-19 agenda item 1.1, which addresses the possibility of an allocation in Region 1 of the 50 -54 MHz frequency band, was the key issue to be resolved.

PTD agreed the text of an ECP for WRC-19 which, if adopted at the WRC, would see an entry in the international table of allocations for Region 1 and would allocate the 50 – 52 MHz frequency band to the amateur service on a secondary basis. In addition a footnote to the international table was agreed which would permit individual CEPT countries to introduce a national primary allocation in the 50.0 – 50.5 MHz sub-band.

The final meeting of CEPT's Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) will take place in the week beginning 26 August and will finalise CEPT's input to WRC-19. IARU will attend the CPG to represent the views of the amateur service.

IARU asks Member Societies to support its WRC-19 work

The World Radiocommunication Conferece, WRC 19, is just five months away and Regional Telecommunications organisations and individual countries will shortly be finalising their positions for the Conference.

IARU Region 1 has now mailed every member society providing guidance on actions which they should take with their national spectrum regulator to advocate support for the amateur service position on relevant WRC Agenda Items.

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WRC-23 Agenda Items - update from CEPT


IARU was represented at the meeting of CEPT Project Team A (responsible for some aspects of the CEPT position for WRC-19), which has just finished in Prague. Of particular interest were discussions on two proposed Agenda items for WRC-23, concerning the sharing of the 1240-1300 MHz band with the Galileo navigation system and the proposal from France to study a range of frequencies, including the 144 MHz amateur band, for future aeronautical applications.

IARU R1 50/70 MHz Contest

contest timeDuring the next weekend there will be IARU R1 50/70 MHz Contest, you can find all detailed rules on the Contest Matters section of the web site; these rules are valid since 2018 till the next General Conference in 2020.

This year many stations will be on air during the contest for the first time, as they are now allowed to trasmitt on 50 MHz and/or 70 MHz; so let's hope for good participation and propagation.

Remember to send your log, it is really appreciated.

Enjoy the contest and Good Luck.



50 MHz Contest allowed in DL

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With an update of the original 2006 decree the contest ban has been temporalily lifted within the frequency band 50.08-51 MHz, so German amateurs may participate in 6m contests in the time periode May - September.

All other provisions, which later modified the original 2006 decree, are still valid until the end of 2019.

This is reported by Ulrich Müller, DK4VW, DARC Frequency Manager.


IARU at Ham Radio 2019

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IARU will be at Ham Radio 2019 in Friedrichshafen from 21st to 23rd June 2019. We will be at stand A1-599 in the main hall.

At the stand, we are available for a few informal discussions on important amateur radio matters. If you are at Friedrichshafen, please come and see us, to discuss IARU initiatives on the future of amateur radio.

We are going to take some great meetings and events, here is the program :

  • On Friday from 12:00 to 16:00, in Conference Center Est,  IARU Region 1 EMCOMM Meeting.
  • On Friday from 14:30 to 15:00, in Main Stage, IARU Region 1  VHF & Up Prizing Ceremony for all IARU Region 1 2018 Contest.
  • On Friday from 15:00 to 16:00, in Main Stage, YOTA Flag Handover : the South-African YOTA team will hand-over the YOTA flag as well as the official YOTA morse key to the Bulgarian team as start of the upcoming YOTA 2019 summer camp.
  • On Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 in Room Liechtenstein, IARU Region 1 International Meeting.
  • On Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 in Room Schweiz IARU Region 1 Monitor System Meeting.
  • On Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 in Room Liechtenstein, IARU Region 1 International Youth Meeting (YOTA)
  • On Saturday from 14:00 to 15:90, Greg G0DUB will be available at IARU booth to discuss Emergency Communications.

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