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.




IARU Region 1 notes that there are two proposals under discussion in Europe as possible future Agenda Items at WRC 2023, which potentially could impact important amateur radio frequencies. The following sets out the current IARU position on these proposals.

ITU Study Group 1 meets in Geneva

The May/June ITU-R Study Group 1 meeting, together with its Working Parties has just completed its 2019 meeting in Geneva. IARU was represented for the whole seven days of meetings by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ.

The meetings spent a large amount of time discussing the emerging Wireless Power Transmission technologies and their applications.  Work was advanced on Reports on WPT at 100-148.5 kHz for low power charging of portable devices, for WPT for electric vehicles (WPT-EV) at around 20, 60 and 85 kHz and for “Beam” WPT for remote charging.

IARU Region 1 Executive Committee Meets in Vienna

tn C80A5106Prior to the Region 1 interim meeting in Vienna (see below) the Region's Executive Committee met for two days to progress the agenda which was set at the 2017 Triennial Conference.

Matters discussed included a financial review, consideration of the work of the Permanent Committees and Working Groups, WRC19 issues, the challenges facing amateur radio today, actions to further resource the Region, progress on the new suite of websites and plans for the Region 1 General Conference in late 2020.

Whilst in Vienna, the EC also took the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Austrian IARU member Society, OeVSV.

A full report on the discussions will be published shortly.. 

IARU Region 1 Member Societies meet in Vienna

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In between the IARU Region 1 triennial conferences, an “interim” meeting is held to progress agenda items of relevance to the amateur service. The 2019 Interim meeting was held in Vienna from 26-28 April.

Some 65 papers were considered by three conference groups, covering EMC issues, HF matters and VHF/UHF/Microwave frequencies.Topics of particular interest included the work leading up to World Radio Conference, the current position on plans for Wireless Power Transmission, band plans, contest adjudication and EMC threats and related actions.

G3PSM receives the G2BVN Memorial Trophy

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The 2017 Region 1 Conference agreed the award of the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, memorial trophy to Colin Thomas, G3PSM. The Trophy was formally presented to Colin by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, at the RSGB 2018 AGM held in Birmingham on 21st April. In making the presentation, Don outlined Colin's contributions to Amateur Radio, particularly with IARU in CEPT and ITU over several decades, as well as his extensive work with RSGB. In reply Colin recalled that one of his early mentors was Roy Stevens, who had guided him in his early years in international amateur radio forums. The award therefore had a particular resonance for him.

Only eleven G2BVN Memorial Trophies have been awarded since its inception some 35 years ago.     

G2BVN Memorial Trophy presented in Vienna

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The CEO of DokuFunk, Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, was presented with the G2BVN Memorial Trophy in Vienna at the end of November. The presentation was made by Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, on behalf of IARU Region 1.

Many know Wolf Harranth from his work managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

The G2BVN Memorial Trophy is the highest recognition that IARU Region 1 can award and is in memory of Roy Stevens, G2BVN who was the influential and globally respected Secretary of IARU Region 1 in the latter part of the 20th century.

The photograph shows Wolf (left) with Michael Kastelic.

Joint statement on meeting IARU and EURAO

Joint statement following a meeting between IARU and EURAO to discuss areas of common interest

EuraoA meeting was held on 2nd December between the President of IARU Region 1 and the President of EURAO. Also present were the Chair of IARU Region 1’s Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee and the Secretary-General of EURAO.

The meeting was held against a background of both IARU Region 1 and EURAO having LoUs with CEPT, enabling participation in the work of CEPT.  

The meeting was held to explore areas of common interest, recognising in particular the desire of CEPT for representative organisations to present a common amateur radio service position.

IARU Region 1 and EURAO exchanged views on their priorities for the Amateur Radio service after which a more detailed discussion took place on the ways in which they might cooperate in the interest of the future of amateur radio.

Both organisations accepted that they had shared objectives, identified some specific areas for interworking and will continue a constructive dialogue into the future.

D F Beattie, G3BJ                                                       Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ
President IARU Region 1                                            President, EURAO

Dave Court, EI3IO                                                       Joan-Carles Samaranch, EA3CIW
Chair IARU Region 1 Spectrum and                           Secretary-General, EURAO
Regulatory Liaison Committee

IARU News Release - Satellite Coordination

IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions

As the global federation of national associations of radio amateurs in more than 150 countries, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for many years has provided frequency coordination services for amateur satellites free of charge. Often these satellites are constructed by students at universities and other institutions as a part of their educational experience. In general, they have been licensed to operate in the amateur-satellite service, which is defined by the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as having the "...purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest."

Some administrations have issued experimental licenses for such satellites operating in amateur-satellite frequency bands. The IARU has coordinated these satellites as well, to reduce the possibility of harmful interference that might result from uncoordinated operation. Since 1 July 2014 it has not been possible to coordinate experimental satellites in the 144-146 MHz band because of the high probability of harmful interference in this heavily used band.

Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. In 2012 the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference took note of the proliferation of what in Resolution 757 (WRC-12) it called "nanosatellites and picosatellites" and invited WRC-18 (now scheduled for 2019) to consider steps to facilitate their deployment and operation. Two Reports, ITU-R SA.2312 (09/2014) and ITU-R SA.2348 (05/2015), are instructive regarding the characteristics, definitions, spectrum requirements, and notification procedures of and for such satellites, which generally must use spectrum below 1 GHz for operational reasons.

At the following WRC in 2015, in place of Resolution 757 the Member States of the ITU adopted Resolution 659 (WRC-15) in which it was noted that the use of 144-146 MHz and 435-438 MHz by non-amateur satellites is not in accordance with the definition of the amateur-satellite service in the Radio Regulations. Resolution 659 cites the two reports mentioned above and makes it clear that the spectrum needs of what are now called "non-geostationary satellites with short duration missions" should be met either within the service in which the space station is operating or within the space operation service. Further, if new or upgraded allocations to the space operation service are required, studies should be limited to the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

Accordingly, effective 1 August 2017 the IARU will be following revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination.

The strong preference is for all satellites using spectrum allocated to the amateur and amateur-satellite services to operate under amateur licenses and within the definition of the amateur-satellite service and the service-specific Article 25 of the Radio Regulations. The IARU believes the definition is sufficiently broad to encompass nearly all educational satellite projects that include giving students hands-on experience with radiocommunication and are conducted under an amateur license.

The IARU will only coordinate a non-amateur satellite if an administration directs in writing that it be operated in an amateur-satellite band under an experimental or other non-amateur license.

Satellites with combined amateur and non-amateur missions will continue to be coordinated.