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

World Amateur Radio Day activities

The following World Amateur Radio Day activities were announced:

A91WARD will be on the air 18-19 April 2014

HZ14WARD will be on the air 18-25 April 2014

SK89WARD will be on the air on 18 April 2014

World Amateur Radio Day 2014

WARD 2014 World Amateur Radio Day - “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication”

This day is celebrated each year on 18 April in recognition of the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925.

The primary purpose of WARD, as stated in IARU Resolution 94-3, is the “need for an annual focus on Amateur Radio and the benefits countries and communities derive from the service”.

Every year the IARU Administrative Council has attempted to select a theme both consistent with the role and purpose of amateur radio and at the same time representing a meritorious activity which, if promoted, could bring favourable credit to IARU and amateur radio generally.

At the Administrative Council meeting in September 2013, various topics were discussed and possible themes massaged. The theme “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” was put forward and after discussion was adopted by the Council for the forthcoming World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2014.

This is an opportunity for amateurs to show there expertise in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have “wireless communication” interests, but haven’t considered the association with Amateur Radio.

How the day is promoted is a matter for the individual member society and or Region. There have been many varied ways the day is recognised in scope, complexity and success.

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.

Hubert Walcott Benjamin Sr. EL2BA - Silent Key

EL2BAIt is with deep regret that I inform you that Hubert Walcott Benjamin Sr. EL2BA passed away 4 January 2014 at the age of 78 at the Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island, NY. Ben served as IARU Region 1 Executive Committee Member 1972 - 1987.

May Ben Rest In Peace.

Funeral arrangements can be found at http://www.tlcafrica.com/death_benjamin_hubert_sr.htm

Amateur Radio Kids Day in Poland - summary of the activities of the SP3POW Club

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The Amateur Radio Kids Day is an event initiated by the ARRL organization what unites radio amateurs in the USA. The concept of this event has been followed in the other countries as well. The Kids Day is always celebrated twice a year. During those days thousands of children are able to maintain radio contacts with the other children all around the world supervised by experienced radio amateurs.

In Poland, the Amateur Radio Kids Day was celebrated for the first time on 16th June 2012 thanks to the initiative of the SP3POW Amateur Radio Club and supported by the SP3KWA and SP3ZIR Amateur Radio Clubs. On that day every little man had an opportunity to come, observe, listen to and even to be able making his first amateur radio contact. We invited the students from the primary and junior high schools who were mostly members of the ARISS Ostrów Wielkopolski group and who are still preparing in this group for the school radio contact with an astronaut at the ISS Station.Depending on the circumstances we were working on the 3,7 or 7 MHz. Besides providing the radio station we have also organized for children an ARDF competition. Earlier this year some series of the amateur radio lessons was held in several schools so most of the students had a contact with the radio before. Thanks to that there were not many problems with next QSO’s and the whole event was successful.

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amateur exams in Kosovo

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instructors and exam committee while candidates are taking the test

Just over a year ago, in September 2012 amateur radio was re-introduced in Kosovo. The national amateur radio society SHRAK worked hard to develop course materiel, setting up a training and to organise exams in cooperation with the Regulatory Authority. On 14 December 2013 an amazing number of 50 out of 52 cadidates passed the test for the basic exam which is equivalent to CEPT Novice and US General Class. Congratulations to this new generation of radio amateurs. We hope to hear you on the bands soon.