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

Albena 2014

Delegates from all over the world are on their way to Albena, Bulgaria to attend the 23rd IARU Region 1 Conference to be held  21 – 27 September 2014. 

The website for the 2014 IARU Region 1 General Conference is available at http://iarur1con2014.bfra.bg/

 

8th IARU Region 1 High Speed Telegraphy Championship, Bar, Montenegro, 12 - 16 September 2014

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The 8th IARU Region 1 HST Championship takes place in Bar, Montenegro 12-16 September 2014, organised by a team from from SRCG under leadership of their Chairman Dragan Bobicic, 4O4DB. Although it was their first time to host such big event, they were perfect in all aspects.

Seventy-nine sportsmen from fourteen IARU Region 1 societies (Denmark for the first time!) competed in nine categories, according to their age and sex. They had to demonstrate their abilities in four tests – Reception, Transmission, Call sign Receiving and Morse Runner.

The traditional social event at the end of the competition, as well as the picturesque hosting city Bar, at the Adriatic Sea coast, will be remembered forever.

The HST Working Group has decided that the 2015 World Championship to be organised in Skopje, Macedonia.

17th World ARDF Championships, 6 - 13 September 2014

altThe 17th World ARDF Championships 2014 was organised by the Kazakhstan society KFRR. It was first time that any championship is organised in this area of Region 1. Two hundred and fifty competitors plus one hundred and fifty visitors were part of this major event. Twenty four societies from four continents were represented.

The Championships took place in National Park Burabay, some 250 km from the capital Astana. It is beautiful terrains for the eyes – lakes, rocks, but a little bit difficult for running. It was obviously not a problem for sportsmen from Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Traditionally they “thieved” almost all the medals, leaving just a few for the rest.

Thanks to the organizers and until next year when the Region 1 Championships will be hosted by the Czech society.

The results are available through the DARC webpage at http://ardf.darc.de/contest/14090812/14090812.htm

LZ14IARU

From 18 to 26 September 2014, the special call sign LZ14IARU will be active from the Grand Flamingo Hotel in Albena, Bulgaria. The triennial General Conference of IARU Region 1 is being held in Albena from 21 to 27 September 2014. QSL via the bureau.

5 MHz and even more 5 MHz

As a result of representation from the national society URE Spain has gained an extension of the use of several 5 MHz frequencies. Due to expire at the end of June 2014 permission has now been granted to use 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz until 30th November 2015 with a power of 100W PEP.   Frequencies are thought to be USB dial frequencies.

The Andorran Society URA reports that permission has been granted the use of 5275-5450 kHz until a decision is made at WRC-15.   Permitted power is 100W PEP using CW and SSB with transmission bandwidths not to exceed 3 kHz.

Portugal now has the use of a channel at 5380.5 kHz in addition to those at 5288.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz.   This is thought to align with the Spanish channel listed as 5382 kHz.

Member Societies are asked to notify either PB2T or G3PSM of any developments concerning 5 MHz.

Written by Colin Thomas, G3PSM

The 472 kHz and 122,25 GHz bands available in Poland

As the National Table of Frequency Allocations has been amended, there are two new bands available to the Polish radio amateurs: the 472-479 kHz band (up to 1W e.i.r.p.), and the 122,25-123,00 GHz band - both allocated to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.

According to the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 27th December 2013 (Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland of 3rd February 2014, item 161), the relevant amendments will enter into force on 18th February 2014.

Landmark in South African VHF DXing

December saw a landmark in South African VHF DXing when Jan Pienaar, ZS6OB, applied for the DXCC award using only contacts made in the two metre band. Jan becomes the first amateur in Africa and the second in the southern hemisphere to achieve this feat. DXCC is issued by the American Radio Relay League for proven contact with at least 100 entities on a list. Most of these entities are countries, with a few additions that are regarded as separate, mostly for geographic reasons.

More than two thirds of two metre DXCC holders are in Europe, with their concentration of almost 70 countries in close proximity. North America features about a fifth of applicants, with about a tenth in Japan. Bob Mcquarrie, ZL3TY, was the first in Oceania and the southern hemisphere, with Jan, ZS6OB, being first in Africa. South America has yet to produce its first winner.

Jan used digital modes with a four-Yagi station. He has been working on his DXCC for a decade. His single-band award brings the number of bands on which South Africans have earned DXCC to eleven. Jan reports that several South Africans are working on repeating the feat on the 430 MHz band, but all are still a long way off. Only three stations have conquered this band, with all of them being in Europe.