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 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.

Agreed recommendations from the interim meeting become IARU Region 1 policy on an interim basis until the next triennial conference when they are submitted for ratification. Details of the proceedings from the 2019 Interim Meeting will be published on the IARU Region 1 website in due course.

Some 60 representatives from European IARU Member Societies attended the meeting, along with some IARU Region 1 Executive Committee members and Permanent Committee Chairs.

IARU continues its work in the interests of the amateur service and its volunteers continue to devote enormous time to the furtherance of IARU objectives. More offers of help to further strengthen the IARU work are always sought – please contact the President of IARU Region 1 if you think you can help.