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

HE200GE activity from Switzerland

The beginnings of modern Switzerland -- Helvetia, the Swiss Confederation -- go back to the year 1291, when the three German language Alpine forest areas, or 'Urkantone', of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden signed the Federal Charter ('Bundesbrief'), a Pact of eternal alliance and mutual self-defence. Over the centuries more and more German, French, Italian and Romansh speaking cantons allied themselves to the original three, and today the Swiss Confederation counts 26 multi-lingual cantons.

Among the last to become Swiss was the Republic of Geneva on May 19, 1815.  On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of this historic event USKA's Geneva section (HB9G) will be active on all amateur bands throughout 2015 with the special callsign HE200GE. Contacts will, of course, be valid for the Diplôme de Genève (QSL via HB9AOF).


IARU Region 1 initiated changes to CEPT Licence and CEPT Novice Licence

Free and unbureaucratic short-term cross-border amateur radio operation is set to be expanded to more countries outside Europe: Non CEPT countries can now join the framework of the CEPT licence and the CEPT Novice licence in a much simplified process thanks to an initiative of IARU Region 1 to change the relevant recommendations. At the same time the syllabus for the Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC) has been amended to include questions on the Radio Amateur Code of Conduct and on operating practices. The changes were approved by the Working Group Frequency Management (WGFM) of CEPT and are now in force.

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Interim meeting Vienna 2016

The next interim meeting of the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/MW Committee, the HF Committee and the EMC Committee will be convened on 16th and 17th of April 2016 at the InterCity Hotel in Vienna. The Austrian society, ÖVSV, has kindly invited us to Vienna.

Any contributions for this meeting shall be received by ON4AVJ (VHF/UHF/MW) , DK4VW (HF) and DL9KCE (EMC) no later than 16 January 2016. The contributions and the draft meeting agenda will be distributed to member societies before 6 February 2016.

ÖVSV has drafted the following schedule:

Friday, 15th April 2016:
• 2000 - 2030 hrs: Welcome drink at the hotel (sponsored by OeVSV)
• 2030 - 2200 hrs: Dinner

Saturday, 16th April 2016:
• 0730 - 0900 hrs: Breakfast
• 0830 - 1000 hrs: Committee meetings HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 1000 - 1020 hrs: break
• 1020 - 1200 hrs: Committee meetings HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 1200 - 1330 hrs: Lunch
• 1330 - 1530 hrs: Committee meetings EMC, HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 1530 - 1600 hrs: break
• 1600 - 1900 hrs: Committee meetings EMC, HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 20:00 hrs: dinner (hosted by OeVSV)

Sunday, 17 April 2013:
• 0800 - 0900 hrs: Breakfast
• 0900 - 1200 hrs: Committee meetings (EMC, HF and V/U/SHF Committees)
• 1200 - 1400 hrs: Lunch


InterCityHotelWien (
The hotel is a 4 star hotel, located within easy reach (three minutes by foot) of a main Vienna railway station (Westbahnhof) and an underground station, from where the city centre (St. Stephan’s Cathedral) can be reached in a few minutes. The HQ of ÖVSV lies within an eight minutes’ walk from the hotel. We will use the comfortable and quiet meeting rooms and enjoy the good catering provided by the hotel.
Costs package:

Conference package EUR 326,- includes:
• Accommodation in single room from Friday to Sunday with breakfast (high speed internet)
• Conference fee including refreshments during breaks
• Meals (1x dinner, 2x lunch)
• Public transport ticket
Additional information:
• Not included is the transfer from / to the Airport. Please see or for further information.
• Additional nights: please send a mail to OE1MCU

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• 16January 2016 for contributions.
• 06February 2016 binding registration for the Sub Working Group.
• 10 March 2016 for all payments.

Please help the organizational committee by observing the deadlines!