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.

International Amateur Radio Union - Region 1

IARU Region 1 Conference opens

The 24th triennial Conference of IARU Region 1 opened Sunday 17th September 2017 in Landshut, Germany.

Speakers at the opening ceremony included Robert Mader, representing the city of Landshut, Tim Ellam, President of IARU, Thomas Weilacher, Chairman of CEPT WGFM and Mario Maniewicz, Deputy Director of the ITU Radicommunication Bureau. The opening ceremony was chaired by the President of IARU Region 1, Don Beattie, G3BJ.

The rest of the day was devoted to working groups concerned with a number of areas of amateur radio. The main work of the Conference starts Monday with the main committees meeting to consider the

143 papers that have been submitted to the Conference, mainly by Member Societies of IARU.

The Conference continues until Thursday evening, 21 September and a full report will be available shortly afterwards.

Top Table Low Res

Seen at the Opening Plenary of the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference - Mr Thomas Weilacher, of BNetzA, and Chairman of CEPT Working Group FM, Mr Don Beattie, G3BJ, President of Region 1, Mr Mario Maniewicz, the Deputy Director of the Radio Bureau of ITU, Mr Tim Ellem, VE6SH, IARU President, Mr Dennis Green, ZS4BS, Region 1 Secretary, Mr Robert Mader, member of the local parliament for Landshut and Mr Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, the Vice-President of the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club

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