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.

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IARU at Ham Radio 2018

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IARU will be at Ham Radio 2018 in Friedrichshafen from 1st to 3rd June 2018. We will be at stand A1-449 in the main hall.

At the stand, we are scheduling 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.

  • On Friday morning from 11:00 to 12:00, Ole LA2RR will be on the booth to give details on the ongoing discussions for the 50 to 54 MHz band extension in Region 1.
  • On Saturday morning, from 11:00 to 12:00 Greg G0DUB, is available to discuss Emergency Communications.
  • On Saturday afternoon, from 13:30 to 14:30, Lisa PA2LS will explain what is the IARU YOTA program and how it contributes to the future of amateur radio.
  • On Saturday afternoon, from 15:30 to 16:30, Don G3BJ will be available to explain the possible consequences of Wireless Power Transfer on our bands.

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South Africa gets 100 kHz on 60 Metres

On Friday 25 May, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60-metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 is a nearly 300-page document which covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The Frequency Plan is in Government Gazette 41650.  The SARL will carefully consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in place.

The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working on the 60 m band plan using Recommendation LA17_C4_REC_02 from the 2017 Region 1 General Conference as basis. Council will publish the band plan as soon as possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.

In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency. Due to licensing issues the SARL has kept low key on the 5 290 kHz beacon project. "We now can go full steam ahead", Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, the SARL Regulatory Manager said. "There are no longer any restrictions and no application for use of the 60-metre band is required."

Commenting on the 100 kHz 60 metre allocation, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL said that the SARL has worked on this for a long time. "Clearly our persistent interaction with ICASA has paid dividends. This is however not the end of the road as in the new band plan power on 5 MHz is restricted to the WRC-15 agreement of 15 watts e.i.r.p

SARL Amateur Radio Today reaches out to Africa

The South African Radio League (SARL) produces a weekly programme “Amateur Radio Today”, one hour of focus on amateur radio and the technology that drives it. It is broadcast on Sunday at 08:00 UTC on 7 205 and 17 760 kHz AM on power full transmitters by Sentech from the Meyerton broadcast site. The prime target is Africa and the Near East, although transmissions are heard in other parts of the world. It is also broadcast on 7 082 kHz LSB from Durban, South Africa. There is a repeat broadcast on Mondays at 16:30 UTC on 4 895 kHz AM.

Every week we cover Happenings on the HF bands, VHF and Satellite News as well as activities in South Africa and International News. Coming up in the next few weeks, we will look at - Tutorials on the Amateur VHF, UHF and Microwave bands, a three-part series on “Amateur Radio as a Vehicle for Technology Literacy” and Cycle 24, propagation and the weather.

Reception report and comments on the programme are invited, the e-mail address is . The programme is also available for download from the front page of the SARL web site at http://www.sarl.org.za Please promote the programme in your country. We also invite you to send us news about amateur radio and technology in your country. We would very much like to do interviews about amateur radio in your country. Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The Interviews are done on Skype.

Join us in front of your radio every Sunday or Monday evening.

73, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, SARL President

First ZS EME Record on 10 GHz (3 cm) 

On 22 October 2017 at 15:46 UTC, Alex Artieda, ZS6EME, recorded the first-ever Digital EME QSO with HB9Q on 10 GHz. This is the first Microwave EME QSO on such a high band from South Africa and operating the new digital mode QRA64D, while using only 50 Watts at the feed of his 1,5 metre dish. Later on 23 October Alex completed 10 more EME QSOs on 10 GHz.

Last but not least on 24 October, he was able to make the first-ever Digital EME QSO in 5,7 GHz (6 cm) in the RSA with PA3DZL at 11.56 UTC, and on the same day he completed 7 more QSOs on 5,7 GHz.

Hearty congratulations to Alex for his fantastic achievements and putting South Africa back on the world Microwave map.

IARU Presents the Amateur Radio Service position on key WRC items to CEPT

At the meeting of Project Team D of the CEPT World Radio Conference Preparatory Group, held in Vilnius, Lithuania week beginning September 11th, IARU presented further positions on two core WRC Agenda items, mainly the globally coordinated amateur allocation at 50 -54 MHz and the potential impact of spurious emissions from proposed high power wireless transfer systems for electric vehicles on the reception of both amateur and broadcast signals. Read more

 

RADIO DARC International Shotwave Broadcasts

During the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut, Germany, there will be a series of six consecutive special shortwave transmissions to keep the IARU Region 1 amateur radio audience up to date with news and background reports. The programs will be in the English language.

The RADIO DARC programmes will be compiled by Eva-Maria, DG9MFG, Christian, DL8MDW, Peter, HB9MQM and Rainer, DF2NU, the Editor-in-chief.

Several transmitters and shortwave bands are used to allow reception in different target regions of IARU Region 1. The broadcasting partner is the Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) in Moosbrunn near Vienna. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 17 September to Friday, 22 September 2017

17:30 - 18:00 UTC - 13 775 kHz with 300 kW for Africa
17:30 - 18:00 UTC - 9 790 kHz with 100 kW for Eastern Europe / Russia / Middle East
18:00 - 18:30 UTC – 6 070 kHz with 100 kW for Central, Northern and Southern Europe
18:00 - 18:30 UTC – 9 540 kHz with 100 kW for Western Europe

RADIO DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6 070 kHz for Europe. The programs contain DX news, technical features and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and some great music from the 70s and 80s. After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle and other SW stations, the weekly broadcasts of the DARC are one of the few remaining shortwave programmes from Germany.

New licensing arrangements for Tunisia

The Ministry of Telecommunications of Tunisia has approved and issued a decree orginising amateur radio activity in Tunisia. The decree has appeared in the Official Journal of the Tunisian Republic 2017-3215.

It is now possible for Tunisian hams to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licenses. Those who already have a foreign license can be granted licenses without passing an exam. Resident foreigners can also apply. Read more