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

Licensing in Kenya

Licensing procedures in Kenya are currently (August 2003) under active review by the Communications Commission, following many years of complaints, and it is hoped to get a decision in the next few weeks.

In the meantime only foreign amateurs whose countries of citizenship have reciprocal agreements may apply and be considered.

The review will probably also consider the Morse requirement which is expected to be dropped, as well as Police (involving fingerprints for local citizens and Police Certificates of Good Conduct for visitors) and Security vetting.

The impossible requirement for visitors to provide two local referees (to ensure good conduct on the air) has also been brought to their attention.

Emergency Communications Coordinator

(IARU-R1) 25 July 2003

News Bulletin No. 1 - July 2003

by Gordon L Adams G3LEQ

There have been two interesting developments this month.

Firstly, we have seen the successful completion of the World Radio Conference WRC-03 in Geneva. This produced good news with respect to the future expansion of the 7MHz band in Regions 1 & 3. It also approved better provisions for emergency radio communications, where the amateur bands might be employed on an international basis.

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Royal Honours for PA0LOU

8 May 2003

by Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV

PA0LOULou van de Nadort PA0LOU, retired Chairman of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 was recognised by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands this week for his outstanding contribution to Amateur Radio.

He was decorated with Member of the “Order of Oranje Nassau”. Lou was one of the 3594 people who were recognised this year by the queen when the Royal Recognition awards were announced on April 30, 2003, in Holland known as “Koningine dag”, the queens birthday .

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Amateur Radio Satellite Frequency Coordination

Information for developers of satellites planned to use frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service
(IARU-R1) 26 January 2003

Careful and detailed mission planning — particularly radio frequency planning — gives satellite projects the best chances of success. Working out space station and Earth station operating frequencies and link operating parameters at the very beginning of the design process means:

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Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Request

(IARU-R1) January 2003

Throughout its 100-year history, amateur radio has maintained a proud and effective tradition of self-regulation. An amateur license does not convey the exclusive right to use any particular frequency. It is generally recognized, however, that some types of amateur operation, including satellites, require frequency coordination to promote the efficient use of spectrum and minimize mutual interference.

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