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

New licensing arrangements for Tunisia

Amateur radio had been regarded with some suspicion by the previous Tunisian regime, which only granted permission to a few organisations to open club stations. Individual licences were not generally available. Several attempts to create an amateur radio association failed.

After the Jasmin Revolution in 2011, Tunisian youth created their own association named ARAT. The government recognized it as an official association under Tunisian law. Later on, other radio associations have been created. Following a meeting at the 2014 IARU-R1 Conference, ARAT was accepted as an IARU Member society for Tunisia.

The biggest challenge for ARAT has been to convince the Tunisian administration to issue amateur radio licenses for individuals, as happens in other countries of the world. Although the activity within the clubs was fruitful, a number of people wanted to have stations at home.
Since its creation in 2011, ARAT has established good relationships with the National Agency of Frequencies (ANF) and the Ministry of Telecommunications. Several meetings have been held to explain the benefits of this hobby.

ARAT suggested a draft decree for a licensing system. This draft was also discussed with ASTRA (another association operating in Tunisia). ARAT also participated in the public survey organized by ANF and cooperated to ensure the least procedural complexity and maximum privileges for the future applicants.

There have been a number of changes of ministerial responsibility in the relevant ministries since 2011, which has meant that ARAT has had to re-initiate discussions on a number of occasions. The amateur radio dossier involves 3 ministries, Telecommunications, Defence and Interior. In a country where recent terrorist attacks have occurred, these two latter have the greatest influence on any decision making. IARU supported the ARAT efforts with letters sent to these stakeholders.

Fortunately,all this work has concluded with the Ministry of Telecommunications approving and issuing in September 2017, the decree orginising the amateur radio activity in Tunisia. The decree has appeared in the Official Journal of the Tunisian Republic 2017-3215

It is now possible for Tunisian hams to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licenses. For those who already have a foreign license (already 7 ARAT members), they can be granted licenses without passing an exam. Resident foreigners can also apply.

ARAT is grateful to Minister Anouar Maarouf, to ANF and the Tunisian administration and to all those who contributed to this achievement (Hans PB2T, Tim VE6SH, Don G3BJ, Faisal 9K2RR... and many others).

New licensing arrangements for Tunisia

Amateur radio had been regarded with some suspicion by the previous Tunisian regime, which only granted permission to a few organisations to open club stations. Individual licences were not generally available. Several attempts to create an amateur radio association failed.

After the Jasmin Revolution in 2011, Tunisian youth created their own association named ARAT. The government recognized it as an official association under Tunisian law. Later on, other radio associations have been created. Following a meeting at the 2014 IARU-R1 Conference, ARAT was accepted as an IARU Member society for Tunisia.

The biggest challenge for ARAT has been to convince the Tunisian administration to issue amateur radio licenses for individuals, as happens in other countries of the world. Although the activity within the clubs was fruitful, a number of people wanted to have stations at home.
Since its creation in 2011, ARAT has established good relationships with the National Agency of Frequencies (ANF) and the Ministry of Telecommunications. Several meetings have been held to explain the benefits of this hobby.

ARAT suggested a draft decree for a licensing system. This draft was also discussed with ASTRA (another association operating in Tunisia). ARAT also participated in the public survey organized by ANF and cooperated to ensure the least procedural complexity and maximum privileges for the future applicants.

There have been a number of changes of ministerial responsibility in the relevant ministries since 2011, which has meant that ARAT has had to re-initiate discussions on a number of occasions. The amateur radio dossier involves 3 ministries, Telecommunications, Defence and Interior. In a country where recent terrorist attacks have occurred, these two latter have the greatest influence on any decision making. IARU supported the ARAT efforts with letters sent to these stakeholders.

Fortunately,all this work has concluded with the Ministry of Telecommunications approving and issuing in September 2017, the decree orginising the amateur radio activity in Tunisia. The decree has appeared in the Official Journal of the Tunisian Republic 2017-3215

It is now possible for Tunisian hams to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licenses. For those who already have a foreign license (already 7 ARAT members), they can be granted licenses without passing an exam. Resident foreigners can also apply.

ARAT is grateful to Minister Anouar Maarouf, to the Tunisian administration and to all those who contributed to this achievement (Hans PB2T, Tim VE6SH, Don G3BJ, Faisal 9K2RR... and many others).

license class overview

CEPT countries

Country HAREC CEPT Novice Entry level source update
Albania CEPT     T/R 61-02  
Austria Klasse 1 Klasse 4 Klasse 3 T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06, OeVSV 09Oct17
Belgium A for ON2 (pre 2005) Basic BIPT 09Oct17
Bosnia and Herzegovina ? CEPT2   ECC RECOMMENDATION (05)06  
Bulgaria Class 1, Class 2     T/R 61-02 and BFRA 24May12
Croatia A P - T/R 61-02, ECC REC (05)06, HRS 25May12
Cyprus RA Auth     T/R 61-02  
Czech Rep A N - T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06 24May12
Denmark A B D T/R 61-02, ECC REC (05)06, EDR 18Jun12
Estonia A,B - D ERAU 25May12
Finland Y,P - - ECC REC (05)06 24May12
France just one class - -   08May12
FYR of Macedonia A     T/R 61-02  
Germany A E - T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06 24May12
Greece CEPT - Entry level T/R 61-02 and RAAG 27May12
Hungary CEPT CEPT Novice Entry Level
with age limitations
T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06 24May12
Iceland G N Apprentice lic T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06 02Jun12
Ireland CEPT class
optional 5 wpm CW
- - IRTS 24May12
Italy A     T/R 61-02  
Latvia A     T/R 61-02  
Liechtenstein 1,2,CEPT 3   ECC REC (05)06  
Lithuania A - B ECC REC (05)06 and LRMD 29May12
Luxembourg CEPT CEPT Novice   T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06  
Malta A=full
B no CW
- - T/R 61-02 and MARL 26May12
Monaco class 1, class 2 to be combined - - T/R 61-02 and ARM 24May12
Montenegro A,N     T/R 61-02  
Netherlands F N - Agentschap Telecom 24May12
Norway A just one class - - NRRL 24May12
Poland Class 1 Class 3 - PZK 25May12
Portugal 1 2 3 (mentored) T/R 61-02, ECC REC (05)06 and REP 25May12
Romania I,II III   T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06  
Russian Fed 1,2 3   ECC REC (05)06 and SRR 25May12
Serbia 1     T/R 61-02  
Slovakia E N   T/R 61-02 and ECC REC (05)06  
Slovenia A N   T/R 61-02, ECC REC (05)06 and ZRS 28May12
Spain just one class - - URE 28May12
Sweden just one class - - SSA 24May12
Switzerland 1,2,CEPT N   ECC REC (05)06  
Turkey B     T/R 61-02  
UK Full Intermediate* Foundation T/R 61-02  

* no equivalence with CEPT Novice

CEPT = CEPT class licence (HAREC)

CEPT Novice = ECC/REC 05-06

Entry level = below CEPT Novice

Countries outside CEPT

country classes source updated
Algeria 1 ARA 2005
Belarus A class=equivalent to HAREC
2 other classes > CEPT Novice
BFRR 24May12
Egypt 4 NTRA 2005
Iraq 1 IARS 05Jun12
Kazakhstan 4 classes, including beginners class KFRR 27May12
Kenia Full=equivalent to IARE
Novice
ARSK 24May12
Kuwait 1   2005
Morocco 1   2005
Namibia A=HAREC (proposed)
B=CEPT Novice (proposed)
NARL 24May12
Nigeria 2 classes (all band and VHF/UHF only) NARS 24May12
Oman 1 ROARS 01Jun12
San Marino A full licence
B VHF and up
ARRSM 25May12
South Africa A Full=HAREC
B Novice with age limitations
SARL 24May12
Syria 1   2005
Tanzania

General Class
Novice Class

TARC 25May12
Tunisia club licence   2005

 

Russian Federation to join T/R 61-01

CEPTAt a recent meeting the Russian State Commission for Radio Frequencies decided that the Russian Federation will join CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 (CEPT Radio Amateur License) and ECC/REC/(05)06 (CEPT Novice). The commission plans to advise CEPT Working Group RA accordingly in the near future. WGRA meetings are scheduled for May and September 2011.

IARU Region 1 considers this a major step forward to achieve worldwide radio amateur roaming.

source: http://www.srr.ru/