STARS - Support to the Amateur Radio Service

Background of STARS

The objective of STARS is to defend, protect, extend, develop and promote the amateur radio service. The work of STARS is specifically directed to those areas of the Region where amateur radio activity is low or non existent.

The Philosophy

The philosophy behind all this is that the IARU is at its most representative for the amateur radio service when it has member societies in all the ITU member countries and when those societies have good, friendly and regular contacts with their national regulatory authorities. The basis for an active, viable and truly representative society is the recruitment of members with the nationality of the country.

The Programme

The programme to put this philosophy into practice and achieve the aims of STARS would be to assist with the founding of a national society, to assist with the establishment of one or more club stations and to assist with the organisation of an educational programme.

The Means

The means therefore are the STARS projects sponsored (up to now mainly) by IARU Region 1's Development Fund and coordinated by STARS. This Working Group consists of a chairman appointed by the General Conference and responsible for the general coordination and logistics, sub-regional coordinators responsible for the prospection, establishing and maintaining relations with all the member-societies and telecom authorities in their sub-region, the planning, preparing and proposing of possible projects and, after their approval, for their implementation, coordination, follow up, evaluation, in short: for the support to the 'local people' in charge of the practical realisation of the project. Further members of the WG are the EC member appointed to liaise with STARS, the IARU-Region 1 Treasurer (in charge of the Development Fund) and representatives of all the interested IARU-Region 1 member societies.

The Ways to proceed are usually as follows:

1. Making contact with the local amateur radio operators (including expatriates who stay there for a longer term) and their national society (if any) and discussing with them the existing problems and the possible solutions;

2. Establishing good relations with the regulatory authorities and convincing them of the respectability and usefulness of the amateur radio service by explaining such aspects as technical training (both in electricity and electronics as well as operating practice, human relations and civics, international understanding, emergency communications and disaster relief, etc. Eventually, some changes in their Radio Regulations might be suggested (in a very diplomatic way): Radio Amateur Examination, licence fee, novice or restricted licensing, etc.;

3. Looking for a good place to set up a project (probably a technical school, high school, university,...);

4. Working out a possible project with the 'local people' and the competent authorities, including the solution of such problems as import of equipment, need for trainers, etc.;

5. Proposing the detailed project (including the budget) to the STARS-WG.

For more Information contact:

IARU Region 1 STARS Coordinator
IARU Region 1 Vice-Chairman, STARS Working Group

or any of the following:

Sub-regional coordinator for Northern Africa & Middle East
Sub-regional coordinator for Western Africa
Sub-regional coordinator for Central Africa
Sub-regional coordinator for Eastern Africa
Sub regional coordinator for Southern Africa
Sub regional coordinator for Europe & Asia (Vacant)

Radio Spectrum/Regulatory Workshop South Sudan


workshop participants

On 15 November IARU Region 1 organised a Radio Spectrum/Regulatory Workshop with the aim to assist the South Sudanese administration with the implementation of amateur radio. The workshop was part of a goodwill project in cooperation with Radio Arcala, DX University, the YASME Foundation, ARRL, Rock City Investments Co, Yaesu Musen Co. Ltd of Japan and the European DX Foundation. The workshop took place on the compound of the European Union in Juba the capital of South Sudan. Most of the 21 participants work for the South Sudanese Radio Communications Agency, others came from the Ministry of  Interior.

Amateur Radio Exams in DR Congo

ARACOn 27 January 2012 the first Amateur Radio Exams took place in the ARAC clubhouse in Kinshasa Democatic Republic of Congo.

Pascal 9Q1PM, with assistance of Mr Henri and remote assistance of Henk ON4AHF, did an excellent job preparing the candidates for the test. All 21 candidates passed! The exam was supervised by Mr Mpatamana of the Ministère des Postes Nouvelles Technologies de Communication and observed by Pascal ON4CFC. The club has great plans to be on the air with their club station 9Q0AR on a regular basis.

XT2CEFIG on the air

Following a successful presentation in the press I am now happy to report that the ARBF (Burkina Faso) Board has decided to officially open their ham radio club to visitors. This event will take place on January 21, 2012. This radio club will have a special call sign XT2CEFIG. While waiting for STARS donated equipment the club will start operating with equipment borrowed from a kind radio amateur.  The gear will essentially consist of a wide band dipole, an HF transceiver and a VHF station to remote all the QSO to a local radio station. Numerous politicians are expected to attend this event.  We hope that many of you will be able to put XT2CEFIG in your logbook. Burkina Faso is back on the air again!

Look for them on 7.085 LSB on 40, 14.120 to 14.240, 21.120 and all the SSB part of the 10-meters. Be not too harsh with them; be indulgent because you will have to deal with novices without any experience. Good DX.

Hams radio of Burkina show themselves

Amateur radio of Burkina Fasso meet the press

The Association of the radio hams of the Burkina Faso (ARBF) met the press on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 in Ouagadougou, with the goal to present the structure and to display its activity program for 2011-2012. For its president Hugolin Pooda, XT2HB, it\'s time that the amateur radio of Burkina make themselves known through the organization of various activities. He so hopes to recruit and to train new members.

The radio hams are people who practice, without pecuniary interest, a technical leisure allowing to establish radio links with the other radio hams of the world. The activity allows to acquire technical skill and knowledge in the domains of radio and the  electronics, and develop friendship between radio hams. On the waves, the radio hams refrain to discuss politics and religion matters to avoid, according to them, useless divisions.

" If Japan and  America have the largest number of amateur radio worldwide, it is because they have understood that the amateur service can contribute considerably to the development of their countries. In France for example, this service was classified in the public interest ". It is strong of this conviction that the president of the ARBF indicated to the people of media that his association intends to bet on the youth, in the years to come. "If we were many on September 1st, 2009, we would be of a very big contribution during the big flood we faced, from the point of view of the coordination of the first aids ", indicated Hugolin Pooda.

That\'s why, in the next days, the ARBF intends to introduce training courses for the benefit of the journalists, the high school students and the academics of Ouagadougou so that this communications tool is within the reach of the largest number. " The cities Boho Dioulasso, Koudougou and Ouahigouya will receive us very soon ", Mr Pooda promised. Besides, the president of the ARBF explained that his structure intends to show solidarity with the persons in difficulties. "We are going to make various donations to an orphanage, because the radio hams are also persons with big heart".