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.


Roy Stevens G2BVN Memorial Trophy awarded to Wolf Harranth OE1WHC

Wolf Harranth

At the Region 1 Conference in Landshut in September, the panel convened to consider proposals to award the G2BVN trophy considered two cases. One has already been announced (Colin Thomas, G3PSM) but the second was not announced at Landshut as the recipient was not present.

IARU Region 1 is now pleased to announce that the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Tropy has been awarded to Professor Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, the CEO of DokuFunk Vienna.   

Many know Wolf Harranth from the work he does managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

IARU Region 1 Conference Closes

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The 24th General Conference of IARU Region 1 opened on Sunday 17 September 2017 with 40 Member Societies present at Conference and 13 Member Societies represented by proxies. The Conference was held at the Sparkassenakademie Bayern in Landshut, Germany and hosted by the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

Progress was made at the conference on a number of topics that are of key concern to radio amateurs. This came from getting people together over several days and facing them with the realities that we need to protect our spectrum as well as address the declining numbers of active Radio Amateurs.

The Conference reviewed the strategy of IARU Region 1, its finances and membership. Other mat-ters reviewed includes the work of a number of permanent Committees, Working Groups and coordinators, including EMC, Political Relations, Emergency Communications, Youth, ARDF, De-velopment of Amateur Radio in developing countries, Spectrum development and protection via ITU, CEPT and the World Radiocommunication Conferences (External Relations Committee), In-truder Watch, Space and High-Speed Telegraphy.

Conference also reviewed policy in the key spectrum areas of LF/HF and VHF/UHF/Microwave. Discussions extended over a range of areas, including band planning, contest, remote working and innovative developments in the areas of satellites and digital TV. The position on future World Communication Conferences was also discussed.

A full report of the proceedings of the final Plenary will be published in due course on the IARU Region 1 web site at

The Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy, the highest recognition that Region 1 can award, was awarded to Colin Thomas, G3PSM for his outstanding contribution to amateur radio and the work of IARU over several decades.

A new Executive Committee was elected during the Final Plenary of the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference. The Executive Committee for 2017 to 2020, who will start their term of office on 31 October 2017, are

President: Don Beattie, G3BJ
Vice President: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR
Secretary: Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T
Treasurer: Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE

Sylvain Azarian, F4GKR
Alessandro Carletti IV3KKW
Mats Espling, SM6EAN
Joerg Jaehrig, DJ3HW
Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO

The 25th IARU Region 1 General Conference will be held in September 2020 in Novi Sad, Serbia, hosted by SRS.

IARU Presents the Amateur Radio Service position on key WRC items to CEPT

At the meeting of Project Team D of the CEPT World Radio Conference Preparatory Group, held in Vilnius, Lithuania week beginning September 11th, IARU presented further positions on two core WRC Agenda items, mainly the globally coordinated amateur allocation at 50 -54 MHz and the potential impact of spurious emissions from proposed high power wireless transfer systems for electric vehicles on the reception of both amateur and broadcast signals.

IARU presented arguments for a global amateur allocation at 50-54 MHz, including a response to issues of spectrum sharing with other services. The 50-54 MHz band is only allocated by ITU to the amateur service in Regions 2 and 3 and in a number of African countries. The current allocation in Region 1 is by decisions taken within the Region and by individual countries. IARU has had a global team of specialists working on this WRC Agenda item since WRC15.

IARU also expressed concern about the impact of spurious emissions from proposed high power wireless transfer systems for electric vehicles. Papers submitted to the meeting by IARU covered topics such as the projected installed density of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) installations and the spectral purity of the systems. IARU remains very concerned that the current spurious emissions limits are not fit for purpose in a residential environment, with potential severe impact on both amateur and broadcast reception. IARU will continue to make input on this topic in various CEPT forums and also at ITU WP1B.

There remains much work to do before there is any agreement on the CEPT position for WRC on these two important agenda items. In addition, IARU will be deploying its specialist resources to argue the amateur radio services case as effectively as possible in all six Regional Telecommunications Organisations and in the ITU itself.


Radio DARC has released a Press Release announcing the way in which it will cover the IARU Region 1 Conference in September. You can read the details here


In February 2017, IARU Region 1 proposed that EURAO and IARU should meet to have an exchange of views about each organistion's priorities for Amateur Radio and also internal decision making processes. This against a background of needing to present a single message to regulators on amateur radio matters.

After a brief discussion at the Friedrichahafen Ham Radio event, EURAO has now agreed to meet, and the meeting is scheduled for December 2017. IARU Region 1 looks forward to a constructive discussion.    

IARU at Friedrichshafen


IARU had a successful Friedrichshafen. The IARU stand was well-visited and was manned by a number of IARU volunteers. Members societies and others had the opportunity to discuss with IARU key issues about amateur radio and the progress towards WRC 2019.

IARU also gave a number of talks at the Friedrichshafen event which will be made available to IARU Member Societies. One presentation given by IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, is available here 

IARU Region 1 President at opening of Ham Radio 2017.

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, gave an opening address at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio 2017 event last week. He covered the spectrum challenges of today, and IARU's role in working for the future of amateur radio. A copy of the talk is available here

EURAO and Friedrichshafen

IARU Region 1 is surprised and disappointed at the statement made by EURAO, asserting that IARU has refused to meet with EURAO at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event.

IARU has for many months been pressing EURAO to meet on a professional level to discuss and share views on amateur radio strategy. This against a background where CEPT has very little time to devote to amateur radio issues and certainly not to resolving differences of view between EURAO and IARU.

EURAO has shown itself reluctant to respond to this invitation, finally responding at the end of May proposing a meeting at Friedrichshafen and citing budget difficulties in meeting elsewhere.

It is totally impractical for IARU to hold the suggested one day meeting at Friedrichshafen and for EURAO to expect this to happen shows a misunderstanding of the depth of discussion required. Nor does electronic conferencing lend itself to this sort of meeting where establishing personal rapport is a key part of the objective.

With careful choice of meeting location, this can be done within one day, without overnight stays. IARU is deeply involved in the Friedrichshafen programme this year, but remains ready to hold the proposed meeting on another occasion anywhere in Europe.

For a fuller statement see: