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.

HST Competition in Italy

Every year in mid-March, thousands of radio amateurs gather in picturesque Italian town of Montichiari at HAM RADIO organized there. In fact it is a small copy of well known festival in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

But this year there was something new in the program. Piero Begali, I2RTF, well known producer of Morse keys/keyers initiated a HST event. The aim was evident – to attract new radio amateurs to CW and to the sport High Speed Telegraphy (HST). Many hams from different countries took part in the competition.

The winners:

Age category up to 25 (only two participants – obviously much has to be done to attract youngsters in CW):

1. Gabriele Del Sonno, IU2FQW

2. Enrico Lorenzoni, IU4AZC 

Age category 26 - 50:

1. Valery Petrov, R5GA

2. Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO

3. Dino Maria, IK1LJK

Age category more than 50:

1. Ivan Ivanov, LZ1PJ

2. Helga Ferrante, IN3FHE

3. Panayot Danev, LZ1US

The organizers promised that event to be held every year. Combined with the HAM RADIO, the beauty of Montichiari and Italian hospitality it is worth to be visited.