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

International Youth Meeting and YOTA flag hand over at HAM Radio

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Last weekend the IARU R1 International Youth meeting took place at HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. An enthusiastic group of young people and youth workers attended the meeting. Philipp DK6SP and Florian OE3FTA gave a presentation about their experiences in IARU R1’s youth contesting program at 9A1A. Find here the presentation.
The meeting ended with a discussion where many youngsters and youth coordinators shared their experiences on youth activities in several IARU R1 member societies. 
A few highlights:

  • HamCamp had this year more than 100 participants, mostly youth
  • A youth team activated for a weekend PA6YOTA and PD6YOTA from club station PI4CC
  • Many Italian youngsters attended the meeting and shared several activities, such as taking part in a contest from IY4FGM, the location where Marconi transmitted the first radio signals
  • OeVSV shared their positive experiences of hosting YOTA 2016 in Austria
  • Radio amateurs from Japan and the USA joined the meeting, with interest of bringing Youngsters On The Air to IARU Region 2 and 3

YOTA key and flag hand over
On Saturday afternoon the official YOTA flag was literally brought from OeVSV booth to the RSGB booth under loud cheering of a group of youngsters. With a ceremony at the RSGB booth the flag and morse key where handed over from the Austrian youngsters to the British youngsters. Which means YOTA UK is now almost going to start, with only 3 weeks left. We are looking forward to the event which will welcome more than 80 participants from around 30 member societies.

Call for application: Youngsters On The Air UK 2017

yota2017logoThe 7th edition of Youngsters On The Air will take place in the United Kingdom. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will be hosting this event led by its very own Youth Committee and supported by a dedicated organising committee.

The venue will be Gilwell Park, the home of Scouting, set in many acres of woodland north west of London, and easily accessible from a number of airports, the railway network and with good road access. The site has some great facilities and a dedicated radio shack, complete with a number of antenna towers and beams.

2017 will see a week of activities that comprises of a great mix of amateur radio related activities and general fun! Here’s a brief summary from the draft activities plan:

- Intercultural evening
- Visit to the historic Bletchley Park (home to the National Radio Centre and the codebreakers who managed to crack the Enigma code)
- A day in London to explore its Science Museum, famous landmarks, and maybe do some souvenir shopping
- Building your own radio kits
- UK Foundation Licence Practical Assessments and Exam
- Build your own radio receiver
- Take part in the EU HF Contest
- Operate the GB17YOTA station
- Rifle shooting , kayaking , raft building, archery , zip wire, leap of faith
- Antenna Building & SOTA Activation

Much more to come! It will be a great experience for all participants which they will never forget. To get a better feeling about this, have a look at the gallery and movies from previous events.

When: 5th to 12th August 2017

Participants:
Each IARU R1 member society is invited to take part with a team. A team consist of maximum 4 persons, 3 Persons with the age 15-25 years plus one person who is dedicated as team leader.
All participants, including team leaders, should take part in the entire program.
We ask member societies to select motivated participants and preference to participants who have not attended a YOTA camp before.

Team leaders:
Team leaders should be appropriately qualified to lead young people and also able and willing to take part in the activity programme.
A team leader must be in the age range 18-30 years, the ability to manage a team of youngsters is most important.

Location: Gilwell Park, North London.

Fees: €50 per participant
All other costs (accommodation, food, activities) will be covered.
Travel to the UK is the responsibility of the visiting Team. The event will collect Teams from local airports (Luton, Stanstead, Heathrow) or Chingford Railway Station.

If your member society is interested to participate, please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st December 2016 by sending in this application form. Remember, there is a limit of 80 participants. Make sure you will apply in time. We will announce the participating countries shortly after the deadline.

For any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARDF and HST events 2015

Here are the main event in 2015 for ARDF and HST disciplines!

 

ARDF:

1. 20th IARU R1 ARDF Championship

host society/ country: CRC / Czech Republic

terms and venue: 17-23 August 2015, Marianske Lazne, Karlovy Vary region, Czech Republic

contact: 

web: www.ardf2015.cz

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: +420 777 238 227

 

2. 16th IARU R1 Youth ARDF Championship

host society/ country: PZK / Poland

terms and venue: 04-08 June 2015, Zamosc, Poland

contact: 

web: www.eyac2015.ardf.ofr.pl

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phone: 


HST:

1. 12th IARU World HST Championship

host society/ country: RSM / Republic of Macedonia

terms and venue: 09-13 September 2015, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

contact: 

web: www.hst2015.org

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

phone: +389 70 33 66 66

 

2. Belarus Open intenational HST Championship " Europe's cup"

host society/ country: BFRR / Republic of Belarus

terms and venue: 01-05 May 2015, Mogilev, Republic of Belarus

contact: 

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

phone: +375 296 455 474 + 375 297 455 474

skype: bindasov.andrei

Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SRLC)

The SRLC, although termed a “Committee” is in fact a group of individual experts who are personally involved in work for IARU in relations with regulatory and standards or-ganisations. Individually and collectively, under the leadership of the Chair of the SRLC, they establish the policy and strategic direction IARU Region 1 should take in the Inter-national Telecommunication Union (ITU) and in Region 1, Regional and Sub-Regional Telecommunication Organisations (RTOs) e.g. ASMG (Arab Spectrum Management Group), ATU (African Telecommunication Union), CEPT (Conférence Européenne des administrations des Postes et Télécommunications) and RCC (Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications) on matters of importance to the interests of the Ama-teur Services (e.g. spectrum management, licensing and spectrum engineering). The Chair identifies and commissions Region 1 experts to represent IARU at meetings/conferences of these organisations in accordance with the Terms of Reference and objectives. 

Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SRLC) Terms of Reference

The SRLC, although termed a “Committee” is in fact a group of individual experts who are personally involved in work for IARU in relations with regulatory and standards or-ganisations. Individually and collectively, under the leadership of the Chair of the SRLC, they establish the policy and strategic direction IARU Region 1 should take in the Inter-national Telecommunication Union (ITU) and in Region 1, Regional and Sub-Regional Telecommunication Organisations (RTOs) e.g. ASMG (Arab Spectrum Management Group), ATU (African Telecommunication Union), CEPT (Conférence Européenne des administrations des Postes et Télécommunications) and RCC (Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications) on matters of importance to the interests of the Ama-teur Services (e.g. spectrum management, licensing and spectrum engineering). The Chair identifies and commissions Region 1 experts to represent IARU at meet-ings/conferences of these organisations in accordance with the following Terms of Ref-erence and objectives. 

• Monitor and research developments in relevant regulatory forums which poten-tially impact the Amateur Service and Amateur-Satellite Service (the Amateur Services); 

• Advise the EC on the workings of RTOs affecting any matter which might impact the interests of the Amateur Services and process material and undertake actions dele-gated to it by the EC in respect of these bodies; Prepare submissions on regulatory and spectrum management issues detailing the views, concerns and objectives of the Ama-teur Services within the overall envelope of IARU’s global strategies;

• For ITU issues work closely with the IARU officers and experts from IARU Regions 2 and 3 to arrive at common positions to take in RTOs worldwide;

• Liaise with PRC on matters arising in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) of the European Commission; 

• Provide advice on regulatory concerns to IARU MS and coordinate actions in core areas in support of IARU Region 1 or IARU global spectrum strategies; 

• Liaise with EMCC concerning relevant issues raised in CEPT by ETSI and CENELEC, including any proposals to amend ETSI EN 301 783. 

Members of the SRLC, and particularly the Chair, shall work with other permanent Committees (PRC, EMCC, C4 and C5) to identify potential threats to the Amateur Ser-vices from regulatory pressures and agree with the PRC and other relevant permanent bodies, strategies and implementation to ensure that these threats are managed in a way that limits any adverse impact on the Amateur Services.

Finland emergency communications exercise 25-27 August

A National voluntary rescue service (Vapepa) exercise is being held in Finland this weekend ( 25-27 Aug ) , with the most activity taking place on Saturday. Radio amateurs will serve in local/regional exercises providing VHF Emergency communications on 6m, 2m, DMR etc. Digimodes are however preferred.
Their Radio Amateurs will also provide a Nationwide HF network on 60m and 80m using the Winlink system. That activity is focusing on four local Winlink access points between 3580 - 3605 kHz.

In total the exercise will have an estimated 1000 participants with 100 Radio Amateurs assisting.

If you hear traffic from this exercise please allow a clear frequency to allow amateur radio to be presented in the best possible way.

North American Nets activating for Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast in the USA, various nets are activating as part of the emergency response. In addition to tropical and hurricane-force winds along the Texas coast and further inland, the main concern with this storm is heavy rain and flooding in an area which has not has a hurricane make landfall for 9 years.

Many of the frequencies used will be outside Region 1 allocations in 80m and 40m but there are some in 20m which may suffer from European QRM if operators are not careful.

The US National Hurricane Centre station WX4NHC will activate at 1900UTC 25th August on 14.325 MHz

The Hurricane Watch Net is operating from 1500 UTC on their daytime frequency of 14.325.00 MHz. When the 20 meter band closes they are likely to move over to 7.268.00 MHz or from 0000 UTC.

VOIP Hurricane Net likely to activate at 2 PM EDT/1800 UTC on Friday 25th August

The Southern Territory SATERN Net will activate for one day (so far) on Saturday, 26 August 2017 during local daylight hours on its regular frequency of 7.262 MHz.

All radio amateurs are requested to listen carefully before transmitting to avoid QRM to Emergency activities.

The Region 1 Medal

1984: UA3AF

1987: René A. Vanmuysen, ON4VY, Jacob Maarten den Herder, F6FYI, Stein Barlaug, LA4ND, H. Walcott Benjamin, EL2BA, Jean Wolff, LX1JW, F6DBG

1989: Walter Empsten (UBA)

1992: Paul Rinaldo, W4RI

1993: Henryk Cichon, SP9ZD

1995: Mirko Mandrino, YT7MM, Driss Bendani, 7X4MD, Kjell W. Strom, SM6CPI, Jurgen Rottger, DJ3KR, Ahmed Suwaidan Al-Balushi, A41FK, W0LCD, DB6NT

1999: Krzysztof Slomczynski, SP5HS, Peter Martinez, G3PLX, Matjaz Vidmar, S53MV, A Tobbe Klaasse Bos, PA3ADR, Rossella Strom Spadini, I1RYS

2002: Ron Roden, G4GKO, R .J “Tim” Hughes, G3GVV, John Bazley, G3HCT, Gaston Bertels, ON4WF,

2004: Jan Verduijn (Dutch Administration)

2005: Arie Dogterom, PA0EZ

2007:  Rudolf Rieder (Swiss Ofcom/Bakcom)

2008: Max Reicha, 5Z4MX; Hans Ehlers, DF5UG

2009: Fernando Fernández Martín, EA8AK

2011: Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR

2014: Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T; Hani Raad, OD5TE; Panayot Danev, LZ1US; Nikola Percin, 9A5W; Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE; Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU; Martin Harrison, G3USF

2016: Christian Verholt, OZ8CY, Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM

2017: Ulrich Mueller, DK4VW; Lisa Leender, PA2LS; Graham Shirville, G3ZVZ, Greg Mossob, G0DUB; Dennis Green, ZS4BS