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

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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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. 

 

Tim Hughes G3GVV - Silent Key

We are sorry to announce the passing of R.J. 'Tim' Hughes, G3GVV on Friday 13th December at the age of 95.

Tim was RSGB President in 1972 and leader of the RSGB delegation at Region 1 Conferences before serving as IARU Region 1 Secretary for many years.

He was highly thought of in IARU circles, especially during Region 1 Conferences where his precise and clear English pronunciation was appreciated by those for whom English was not their mother tongue.

A full obituary will follow.

Tim, Rest In Peace.

ZS9MADIBA – Special call sign

ZS9MADIBA – Special call sign to celebrate President Nelson Mandala’s legacy – The SARL will be operating special event stations from around South Africa using the call sign ZS9MADIBA. Members of the SARL are invited to apply for time slots to operate ZS9MADIBA from their own shacks. QSLing is via the bureau or by sending your QSL to SARL, P O Box 1721, Strubensvallei 1735, South Africa. You may also use Logbook of the World. To receive the special QSL card by mail, include $1 for postage.

ZS9MADIBA is the South African Radio League Special Event Station commemorating the life and recent passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, elder statesman and first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa. Affectionately referred to as “Madiba”, he became one of the most recognised leaders in the world and was instrumental in the peaceful transition of South Africa from minority rule to a constitutional democracy. South Africans join the people of the world in mourning his passing and celebrating his legacy.