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.

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.

All these technologies have the potential for harmful interference to radiocommunication services if not carefully managed, particularly the harmonics of the WPT systems. IARU has submitted formal studies on the impact on the amateur service and these have been incorporated into one completed report and will inform a new Recommendation being developed on emissions from WPT. IARU is advocating proper emission limits to protect radio services and is working with other spectrum users and administrations which share its concerns.

The ITU meetings discussed the emerging CISPR proposals for WPT-EV emission limits, where there is a level of concern that they fall short of providing the necessary protection to radiocommunications services.