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


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

2 meter transatlantic test

From July 4th through the 12th of 2014, a group of dedicated amateur radio operators will attempt to achieve one of the few remaining amateur radio distance records.

Their goal is to transmit a two meter (144 MHz) signal from Newfoundland in North America, across the Atlantic Ocean, to Ireland and receive a reply in return!

VC1T uses a 43 element Yagi, 30 meters long.

We hope that the group will succeed and wish them best of luck. Check 

On July 6, 2014 at 13:41Z, G4SWX received a complete decode of an FSK441 transmission by VC1T. Further attempts to complete a two way contact are ongoing. 




Wes Wysocki , SP2DX - Silent Key

It is with deep regret that we announce that the key of Wes Wysocki, SP2DX, went silent on Sunday 15 June 2014.

Wes was an enthusiastic radio amateur since 1948, when he received his first amateur radio licence and the call sign SP8XA. He had a great number of personal friends among hams at home and abroad.

Many of us will remember his activities as the representative of the Polish Amateur Radio Association PZK at the meetings and conferences of the IARU Region 1.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

Minutes of the 2014 Executive Committee Meeting

The Minutes of the 2014 Region 1 Executive Committee Meeting held on 2 and 3 May are available in the Documents folder, select EC Public and download 2014 EC Meeting.

The document has also been sent to the Member Societies via the MS e-mail list.

SP5FM receives Michael Owen award


Wojciech Nietyksza, SP5FM was presented the Michael Owen, VK3KI award for decades of exceptional service to the International Amateur Radio Union. The award was presented by IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR at the plenary meeting of PZK held in Warsaw on 17 May 2014. Wojciech began his long and intensive IARU involvement as a member of the IARU team attending the 1974 Maritime Mobile WARC in Geneva. Through WRC-2003 he was the most consistent face of the IARU at ITU and CEPT meetings and conferences. He served as Vice Chairman of IARU Region 1 from 1975 until 1999 and stayed on as member of the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee and Chairman of the External Relations Committee until 2002.


The 2014 Region 1 General Conference Papers

The Conference Papers for C2, C3, C4 and C5 have been uploaded to the Documents section of the Region 1 web site. Visit

They are 2014 GC C2 Papers, 2014 GC C3 Papers part 1, 2014 GC C3 Papers part 2, 2014 GC C4 Papers and 2014 GC C5 Papers.

The papers will also be available, a bit later this week, from

EC meeting 2014

EC 2014

The IARU Region 1 Executive Committee met for its annual meeting on 2 and 3 May 2014 in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores. Important topics on the full agenda were preparations for the IARU Region 1 General Conference, to be held in September and the defense of amateur spectrum, with World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 in particular.

The EC enjoyed the good weather, the excellent food and the friendship of the people of the Azores, their radio amateurs in particular. This meeting -in the most western part of Region 1- was made possible by SATA the Azorean airline and the Azores Tourist Board. Their official webpage is at