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 HST speed record recognised by Guinness Book of Records

8 November 2004

IARU Region 1 HST speed record recognised by Guinness Book of Records.

On 8th of November 2004 Guinness World Records LTD recognized the achievement of Andrei Bindasov, EU7KI, in transmission of mixed marks made during the last HST World Championship in Belarus as the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.

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IARU ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL ADOPTS THREE-YEAR PLAN

8, October 2004

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has adopted a three-year plan to develop support for Amateur Radio frequency allocations. The plan provides for the IARU to maintain and increase contact with regional telecommunications organizations through its own regional organizations. Meeting October 2-4 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, the Council also adopted positions on agenda items for World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 (WRC-07). The IARU will seek an a future WRC agenda item looking toward a worldwide amateur allocation at 50 MHz. Six meters is not now available in all parts of the world. The Council meeting followed the IARU Region 2 Conference in Port of Spain.

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April 2004

Effective 20th April 2004, the Swedish administration no longer requires a Morse code test to be passed to obtain an HF amateur licence in Sweden.

IARU Region 1 Societies approve changes to the Region’s Constitution and Bylaws

(IARU-R1) 20 April 2004

At its meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week, the Region 1 Executive Committee (EC) reviewed the voting returns for the recent ballot of Region 1 Member Societies, concerning proposals to change the Constitution and Bylaws. The EC, noting that sufficient Societies had voted in favour of the changes, authorised the adoption of the revised Constitution and Bylaws, and agreed that the new documents should be placed on the Region 1 Website.

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More Licence Changes

France has dropped the Morse Code requirement for an HF amateur licence, and Estonia, Switzerland and the Slovak Republic have implemented the new T/R 60-01.

Zimbabwe QSL bureau closes

At a ZARS Council meeting held 3 May 2004 ZARS took the decision to close the Zimbabwe QSL Bureau. This is simply due to the excessive cost of services that are now prevalent in Zimbabwe. The main cost is for the posting of cards to the various bureau around the world. This is coupled with a declining number of members such that reasonable subscriptions can no longer support the costs of running the bureau.

ZARS has recommended to members that QSL managers be sought if they do not already have a manager. A number have taken up the suggestion and arrangements have been made.

Member societies should note this information and advise their QSL managers accordingly.Zimbabwe