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

ZS2ACP and ZS6WAB established new record on 8 metres

Andre Botes, ZS2ACP, in Port Elizabeth worked Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane on 40,682 MHz FSK441 via meteor scatter on 6 August 2015. This is a distance of 1 184 km that is a new South African Radio League record as well as a world record. Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, and Willem, ZS6WAB set up the first-ever record on this band, over a Tropo distance of around 300 km. 

First ZS to ZS Contact on 8 Metres

Radio amateurs in South Africa have had access to 40,675 to 40,685 MHz for many years, but is was only really noticed earlier in 2015 when the new radio regulations were promulgated by ICASA, the South African Regulator.

In a telephone conversation, Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, informed the South African Radio League about the first-ever ZS to ZS contact on 40,675 MHz. It was made on Sunday 16 August 2015 between Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, in Johannesburg (KG33xv) and Willem, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane (KG46rc) using FSK441 and covering a distance of 288 km. Both stations are equipped with a three element Yagis and 100 Watts.

Visiting GARS - Gibraltar

While spending their summer holiday in EA7 (Malaga, Spain) in the second part of July 2015,  IARU Region 1 Treasurer HB9FPM – Eva Thiemann and her OM Andy HB9JOE visited the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society (GARS) in the presence of its Executive Committee and members. Local and regional Amateur Radio related discussions took place. Gibraltar is not part of CEPT and the authorities do not issue reciprocal licences for HF operation. But for some time it is possible to get a licence for operating on 6 and 2 m.

 

Eva, HB9FPM, and Andy, HB9JOE, thank GARS again for their warm hospitality. The participants can be seen on the photo.

 

A day they will long remember

It was a day they will long remember! Learners from the Sol Plaatje Primary School in Mmabatho linked up on Saturday 2 May 2015 with the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, on the International Space Station via a link established by an amateur radio ground station located in Casale Monferrato, in the north of Italy, operated by Claudio Arrotti, IK1SLD. 

While negotiating to secure a slot for a South African school, the Italian Embassy approached the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) to assist with identifying a school for this project. The fact that the Sol Plaat-je Primary School team beat 1 101 other schools to win SAASTA's National As-troQuiz in 2014, secured them this exciting opportunity. 

The original plan was for the learners to talk with Samantha Cristoforetti during a morning pass, but due to work pressure on the ISS, the contact was moved to a late after-noon pass, which resulted in the link to be shared with an Italian school. 

Tensions were running high when it was established that the telephone line ex-tended to the hall could not receive incoming calls. "We frantically arranged with the te-lebridge in the USA that we would be calling them," Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, said.

Prior to the ISS contact, Koos Fick, ZR6KF, who is a learner at the Helpmekaar High School and the South African Radio League's youth coordinator, made a brief presentation about amateur radio and how it is helping him in his school career and how this scientific hobby is providing communica-tion during emergencies, community and sporting events. He said that the link up with the ISS would not have been possible without amateur radio.

As the last few seconds ticked away, the learners were poised to ask their ques-tions and, with the audience, were visibly on tenterhooks, but when the first words "Hi, I am Samatha Cristoforetti" was heard across the speakers, there was a spontaneous ap-plause followed by an intense 10 minutes of silence as Sol Plaatje learners and learners at the Italian school alternately asked the questions. It was an event to remember for a lifetime.

The link to the audio of the contact is available on www.amsatsa.org.za

Special Event Call 9K90IARU

Celebration of 90 years with the International Amateur Radio Union

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the IARU, the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS) will be active with a special event call, 9K90IARU, in the period from 1st of April until the end of the month.

Hans Berg, DJ6TJ - SK

Hans Berg, DJ6TJ
We have learned the sad news of the death of Hans Berg, DJ6TJ.   Hans was Chairman of the old HF Working Group and the Region 1 HF Committee from 1984 until 1993.   He was also the "international face" of DARC, as Foreign Relations Committee Chairman.   During those years he made many friends around the world and was well respected by those who knew him.

Hans died on 18th February in hospital in Luebeck. He was 72.
 
IARU owes Hans a debt of gratitude for all his work on behalf of amateur radio. RIP Hans.

 

Australian ANZAC Commemoration

Australian ANZAC Commemoration

Australia and New Zealand are commemorating 100 years since the landing of troops at Gallipoli in WWI.  This is a significant commemorative event and Amateur Radio in Australia will have a special event call signs in operation for most of 2015.  These call signs will have the special event prefix VI followed by the State or Territory designator and then the word ANZAC. See   http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/anzaccentenary/about/

More detailed information has been mailed to IARU Member Societies

2015 Region 1 EC Meeting

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 1 held its annual meeting on 7 and 8 February 2015 at the Mecure Hotel Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Attending the meeting were Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ; Vice President Fiasal Alajmi, 9K2RR; Treasurer Eva Thiemann, HB9FPM; Secretary Dennis Green, ZS4BS and members Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE; David Court, EI3IO; Ranko Boca, 4O3A; Ivan Stauning, OZ7IS, and Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO.

Also attending were IARU Vice President, Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; IARU Region 2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM; Region 1 HF Manager Ulrich Mueller, DK4VW and Region 1 VHF Manager Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ. On Saturday evening Steffen Schöppe, DL7ATE, President of the DARC e.V. joined the Executive Committee for dinner.

During the two day meeting the following items were discussed - strategic priorities, the financial report and budget, spectrum matters including the External Relations Committee, the HF and VHF reports and the review of the European Common frequency Allocation table (ECA), core issues such as EMC, the member society and its regulator, activities involving young people, the STARS programme, the Relationship with the European Commission and the Region 1 web site.

In the discussions about activities involving young people, the EC agreed that proper child protection policies and practices must be in place. A child protection policy has been drawn up and will soon be made available.

Further, the meeting looked at the Emergency Communications Report and reports on ARDF, HST and IPHA. A report was tabled about Member Society matters as well as reports from Region 2 and 3. Amateur Radio in Disputed Areas and second societies were also discussed.

The report on the 2015 Executive Committee meeting will be made available to Member Societies very soon.