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

Yasme Honours IARU Region 1 Youth Programme


The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation (www.yasme.org) has announced the recipients of the Yasme Excellence Awards for 2014, and other actions.

IARU Region 1 is delighted to learn that Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, the Chair of the Region 1 Youth Working Group and Florin-Cristian Predescu, YO9CNU have been awarded a Yasme Excellence award for their work in organizing and promoting Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) and amateur radio youth activities.

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper.

Furthermore, the Yasme Foundation has awarded IARU Region 1 a grant of $ 5,000 in support of youth activities in amateur radio.

In a separate action, the Yasme Foundation has awarded IARU Region 1 Member Society, the Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD) a grant of $ 2,000 in support of its activities.

In acknowledging the award to IARU Region 1 for its youth programme, the President of IARU Region 1, Don Beattie, G3BJ, said “We are delighted that Yasme has chosen to recognise and support the work we are doing here in IARU Region 1. The future of amateur radio lies in our ability to attract and retain high calibre entrants to our ranks. Whilst the march of communications technology might, to some, seem to cast a question-mark over “traditional” amateur radio, our view is that there is much to attract today’s youth into our ranks. With Yasme’s financial support, we will be able to work even more energetically to help our Member Societies bring focus to attracting the new blood which amateur radio needs so much”

New CEPT recommendation on licence examinations for persons with disabilities

A new recommendation adopted by the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommuncations Administrations (CEPT) seeks to ease the access of persons with disabilities to licence eximations for the Amateur Radio Service.

ECC Recommendation (14)05 was drafted by the IARU Region 1 Regulatory Affairs Coordinator and was adopted by ECC on 10 October 2014 after a consultation process with several administrations providing comments. 

The recommendation observes that «for persons with disabilities, participating in the amateur service […] is not only an important means of technical self-qualification by setting and achieving goals, but also a way of integration into society by communicating with other persons of like interests». However, licence examinations designed for non-disabled candidates «can prove to be a significant impediment in obtaining the necessary qualifications to operate a station».

Several administrations of CEPT member countries have already adopted practices to adapt amateur radio licence examinations to the specific needs of candidates with disabilities. For other administrations ECC Recommendation (14)05 provides a framework for action.  

The document states that the examination syllabus should be identical for all candidates but that testing procedures take into account the individual disability of candidates as confirmed by an official document. Such procedures can include 

Individual testing where appropriate and/or providing reasonable additional examination time.

Diagram-free questions for visually impaired persons which are read out for them and their answers noted by an examiner or an assistant. A possible alternative would be questions provided in Braille.

Examinations conducted in the home of candidates with severely limited mobility.

Link to recommendation in the CEPT database: http://www.erodocdb.dk/Docs/doc98/official/pdf/REC1405.PDF

Handover Executive Committee

The outgoing IARU Region 1 Executive Committee thanks the IARU Region 1 Member Societies for their trust in the past three years. My personal thanks go to my retiring Committee Members for their dedication and hard work done in the interest of amateur radio. We wish the new Executive Committee, taking over on 31 October 2014, all the best for the years ahead.

Output from last CEPT WGFM meeting regarding 70MHz

During the last meeting of CEPT’s[1], European Communications Committee’s (ECC) Frequency Management Working Group (WGFM) held in France, 5-10 October 2014,  IARU presented a multi country contribution (document FM(14)127-R1) on behalf of five countries and IARU Region 1. The document proposed a modification of the European Common frequency Allocation table (ECA) by allocating the band 69.9 - 70.5 MHz, on a secondary basis to the amateur service.

The document explained that around thirty CEPT administrations had already allowed national amateur use of the band but some remaining CEPT countries required a clear regulatory decision before they were able to open all, or parts of this band to secondary two-way amateur usage. The proposal was therefore to amend the ECA Table to include a secondary allocation to the amateur service for the band 69.9 – 70.5 MHz and additionally update existing footnote EU9 to state that CEPT administrations may allocate all or parts of the band to the amateur service.

Whilst three countries opposed this proposal it was supported by more than ten administrations. In addition since fourteen CEPT administrations had already notified such a usage in the European Communications Office’s Frequency Information System (EFIS), the WGFM therefore agreed to include this allocation change in the next revision of the ECA Table.

It should be noted that this excellent outcome does not necessarily mean that frequencies between 69.9 and 70.5 MHz will be immediately available in all CEPT countries as the ECA is not binding on CEPT national regulatory authorities. However it does provide a clear basis for IARU member societies to seek a 4 metre allocation from their national licensing authority.

The ECA is formally approved, revised and published by the ECC once per year. It is expected that the revision incorporating the change described in this notice will occur in summer 2015.


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CEPT is the regional regulatory telecommunications organisation for Europe. Its 48 members are: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(FYROM), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

The Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Trophy awarded to Gaston, ON4WF

altThe Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy was awarded to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, for his meritorious service to amateur radio over many years. Gaston was the chairman of the Eurocom Working Group and then the chairman of the ARSPEX Working Group. Gaston, aged 87, has decided to step down as ARSPEX WG chairman.

Gaston received a standing ovation when the award was announced. Gaston, congratulations!

South African 5 MHz Beacons change Frequency

ICASA, the South African Regulator agreed to a change in the 5 MHz allocation following a request from the South African Radio League. The switch over from 5 250 kHz to 5 290 kHz for the beacons took place on 4 October 2014. The ZS6KTS and ZS6SRL beacons are now on 5 290 kHz.

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IARU Region 1 Medals Awarded

The IARU Region 1 Medal has been awarded to the following radio amateurs for their meritorious service and their valued contribution to and support of Amateur Radio
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T
Hani Raad, OD5TE
Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE
Panayot Danev, LZ1US
Nikola Perčin, 9A5W
Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU
Martin Harrison, G3USF
Congratulations to the recipients