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

2014 IARU Region 1 General Conference

The process leading up to the 2014 IARU Region 1 General Conference, scheduled for 21 to 27 September 2014 in Varna-Albena, Bulgaria, will start on 1 September 2013 when the Region 1 Secretriat will send out the Formal Notice and Call for Papers. Included will be the timetable of activities prior to the Conference.

These documents will be sent to Region 1 Member Societies, Working Group Chairmen and WG Co-ordinators, Member of the Executive Committee, IARU officers and Regions 2 and 3 Executives.

New UK regulations for 472 kHz and 5 MHz Band from Jan 1st 2013

From the 1st January 2013 Ofcom in the UK will be making three changes to Notices of Variation to the Amateur Radio Full Licence that come into effect.

• The temporary extension to the Amateur Radio Special Research Permit to operate in the band 501 kHz to 504 kHz expires. This temporary extension applied from 1st March 2012 to 31st December 2012 inclusive. These NoVs will not be renewed and will no longer be available.From the 1st January 2013 Ofcom will be making three changes to Notices of Variation to the Amateur Radio Full Licence that come into effect.

• However, as a result of the World Radio Conference, under Agenda Item 1.23 amateur radio has been given an alternative allocation, on a secondary basis, of 472 – 479 kHz. We propose that Full Licensees should be able to to apply for an NoV to operate in this band from 1st January 2013 and details on the application process will be published soon.

• Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) for increased access to the 5 MHz (Experimental) Band, we have secured the agreement of the primary user to increase spectrum access from the current 7 spot frequencies of 3 kHz each. The primary user was unable to agree to contiguous spectrum, however it has been agreed that the frequencies in the table below will be available from 1st January 2013, subject to the following conditions.

a) Antenna height must not be over 20m agl.

b) Maximum power: 100W (PEP) input into the antenna with the expectation that this would not result in more than 200W eirp.

c) Restrictions on message content have been relaxed and must now be consistent with normal Terms and Conditions of the Full Amateur Licence.

d) Maximum Bandwidth: 6 kHz (double side band).

Existing Access New Access

Bottom (kHz) Top (kHz) Width

5258.5           5261.5     3 kHz

5258.5          5264      5.5 kHz

5278.5           5281.5     3 kHz

5276             5284      8 kHz

5288.5           5291.5     3 kHz

5288.5          5292      3.5 kHz

5298             5307      9 kHz

5313             5323      10 kHz

5333             5338      5 kHz

5354             5358      4 kHz

5362             5374.5   12.5 kHz

5366.5           5369.5 3 kHz

5371.5           5374.5     3 kHz

5378 5382      4 kHz

5395 5401.5   6.5 kHz

5398.5 5401.5 3 kHz

5403.5           5406.5     3 kHz

Sweden: 160m frequency gap closed

Swedish amateurs are now allowed to use the full band 1850 – 2000 kHz with secondary status, beside the primary amateur radio allocation 1810 – 1850 kHz. For many years Swedish amateurs were not allowed to use the segment 1850 – 1930 kHz.

Germany: Access to 472-479 kHz

The German administration (BNetzA) informed in an official gazette, that from today German radio amateurs with licence class A may use the band 472-479 kHz (in anticipation of the normally needed changes in the National Frequency Allocation Table).

Power limit is 1 watt e.r.p , max. bandwidth 800 Hz.

Acquaint yourself with Amateur Radio activities - Introduction to Amateur Radio by SRAL

The SUOMEN RADIOAMATOORILIITTO ry (SRAL) of Finland just released an extra issue of RADIOAMATÖÖRI Journal promoting Amateur Radio. With this demonstration journal of Amateur Radio, SRAL reaches out to all those who are interested in electronics and radio. The target of the journal also includes those who are interested in languages, cultures and peoples with no regard to their age or sex.

SRAL have made an attempt to tell the readers about the most interesting aspects of Amateur Radio.  Even though, it is not possible to create a report with full coverage in view of the vast scope of the subject,  SRAL did a great job introducing the readers to the most significant sectors of activity.

Amateur Radio is a sum of many hobbies. Someone can freely choose your own ”mix” with a suitable amount of building, operating, contesting and club activities. Whatever the choice is, someone is just as good a ham as anybody else. Hams are connected by the fact that the word ‘radio’ has for every ham a very special, exciting meaning.

It is believed that building has always been the primary choice of all youth interested in radio. The joy is overwhelming, when a self-made device is working properly. And if someone's whole amateur radio station, be it even a modest one, is self-made and giving out good contacts, the self-esteem is rising high – you can do it!

Morse code is cool, when it is no more a compulsory requirement. Someone can learn Morse just the way he or she wants and as long as you are comfortable with it. It starts with studying Morse without a radio, and when skills are developing then it could be done with a friend on the radio. The happiest moments are those when you feel that you are improving your skills and the speed is getting higher slowly but surely.

A computer fan will add radio as a versatile accessory making contacts around the world an easy task. Any knowledge so far acquired will be a handy asset when bringing the computer and radio set into a seamlessly united circuitry.

Earning an amateur radio certificate and station license is achievable. Just a week-long training camp in the summer, a ham radio course organised by your local club or remote studying under supervision of an experienced teacher will give you quick results for your studies. You will receive an own call sign and an official license to be engaged in Amateur Radio. Please feel free to get in touch when your interest in Amateur Radio has kindled – I and many other hams are ready to help you to reach your goal!

Full version of the extra issue of RADIOAMATÖÖRI Journal is now available for Download (10MB)

Good and bad news from the Czech Republic

Miloš OK1MP has some good and some bad news. The use of the band 70.1-70.3 MHz will be extended through 2012. Unfortunately the 5 MHz experiments will come to an end by the end of this year.

Success in Europe

During the meeting of the CEPT WRC-12 Conference Preparatory Group held in Bucharest between November 1st-4th 2011 an European Common Proposal was agreed.   This ECP represents the block vote of 48 administrations and was passed without dissent.   It proposes an allocation to the amateur service between 472-480 kHz on a secondary basis with a maximum power limit of 5W eirp.

This ECP will now be forwarded to the ITU as a contribution from CEPT.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who participated in the work of the working group that led to the adoption of this proposal.   Also thanks are due to those European Member Societies who helped to influence their national administrations in this matter.

Now for WRC-12.

Colin, G3PSM

CEPT Co-ordinator for Agenda Item 1.23

Russia joins CEPT, more detail

The Russian State Radio Frequencies Commission decided on 10 March 2011 that the Russian Federation shall join CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 and ECC Recommendation (05)06 (CEPT Novice), thus making it possible for every CEPT License holder to operate on the territory of the Russian Federation, within a limit of three months, without any additional permission. The call sign to be used shall be RA/Personal Call sign.

This has been a big step forward and IARU Region 1 would like to thank the Russian member society, SRR, for its successful efforts.