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

Change in IARU Secretary

Rod Stafford, W6ROD, has retired as IARU Secretary after seven years of service in that position. The IARU Constitution provides that the member-society serving as the International Secretariat, i.e. the ARRL, shall designate the Secretary. The ARRL Board of Directors has designated David Sumner, K1ZZ, to replace Mr Stafford as Secretary effective 15 October 2016.

David Sumner has served in this capacity twice previously, from 1982 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2009, while employed by the ARRL to manage its headquarters. Now retired from employment, he joins the other IARU officers and Administrative Council members in serving as a volunteer.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, has appointed Rod Stafford as Emergency Communications Special Advisor. In this capacity, he will represent the interests of the IARU and the global amateur radio community in the Development Sector of the ITU and will offer advice and counsel on matters relating to emergency and disaster response communications.

Kosovo IARU Society Receives Visitors for the IARU HF Championship Weekend

Z60A on the air from 6 to 11 July.

The 2016 IARU HF World Championship not only marks the very first entry of the Kosovo Amateur Radio Association (SHRAK) as a new HQ multiplier, but the week also represents multiple other valuables for Kosovar hams.

In a major outing, the SHRAK youth delegation headed by Driton Sadiku, Z61DX, with  Elona Shatri, Z63ESC, Edona Sela, Z63ESB, and Blindon Krasniqi, Z63BKA, will travel to the IARU YOTA conference in Austria. Their selected team will meet their initial instructors Hans, PB2T, and Martti, OH2BH, as a kick-off for their first trip outside Kosovo. This outing received the sincere support of the Amateur Radio Society of Austria (ÖVSV), the Embassy of Austria in Kosovo, and the Yasme Foundation, Inc.

The majority of the 50+ new hams in Kosovo come from the ranks of the Technical University of Pristina, leading to another interesting link taking place on the professional front. The local university rarely receives visiting teachers, and thus Dr. Kim Östman, OH6KZP, will give a lecture on the latest trends in RF microelectronics circuit development. This session is hosted by the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FIEK) at the Technical University of Pristina, and the Dean of the faculty, Prof. Dr. Enver Hamiti.

The team will also exercise by hosting a new Force-12 XR6 beam with a Yaesu G1000DXC rotator on top of the university building, in the heart of capital Pristina. These were kindly donated by the Chiltern U.K. DX Foundation and by Force-12 represented by Bill Hein, AA7XT.

On the weekend the local folks team up with their visitors for the IARU Championship contest, at multiple locations in and near Pristina. The visiting operating team includes Hans, PB2T, Kenneth, OZ1IKY, Pertti, OG2M, Kim, OH6KZP, Martti, OH2BH, Pekka, OH2TA, and Mario, S56A.

73, Vjollca Belegu-Caka, Z61VB

President of SHRAK

Region 1 Interim Meeting - Vienna

Some 70 delegates from over 20 Member Societies were present at the Interim Meeting of the HF, V/U/SHF and EMC Committees of IARU Region 1 in Vienna 15-17 April 2016.

A wide range of issues was discussed, and recommendations from the meeting will be considered by the Region 1 Executive Committee at its meeting in early May 2016. If approved by the EC, these recommendations will become interim Region 1 policy until the next General Conference in 2017, at which time all Societies present will have the opportunity to ratify the proposals.

The input papers are available below as a matter of record:

HF Papers

V/U/SHF papers

EMC Papers

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.

 

Belgian Amateurs on 60 Metres

From March 1st 2016 Belgian radio amateurs holding Class A (HAREC) licences can now use 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz.   All modes are permitted with a maximum power of 15 Watts EIRP.

This permission is in line with the decision agreed at WRC-15.

(Source: BIPT)

Zdravka, LZ1ZQ SK

It is with great sadness that the BFRA must announce that Zdravka Buchkova, LZ1ZQ, passed away at the age of 68.

Zdravka was the Secretary of BFRA for more that 25 years. R.I.P.

Vienna Interim Meeting 2016

The next interim meeting of the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/MW Committee, the HF Committee and the EMC Committee will be convened on 16th and 17th of April 2016 at the InterCity Hotel in Vienna. The Austrian society, ÖVSV, has kindly invited us to Vienna.

Any contributions for this meeting shall be received by ON4AVJ (VHF/UHF/MW) , DK4VW (HF) and DL9KCE (EMC) no later than 16 January 2016. The contributions and the draft meeting agenda will be distributed to member societies before 6 February 2016.

More details here