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.


WRC19 - more details on the 50MHz changes

IARU has released a more detailed report on the outcome of Agenda Item 1.1 (50 MHz) at the recent WRC in Egypt. Proposals from administrations and Regional Telecommunications Organisations (RTO) around the world ranged from no allocation at all to the provision of a 4 MHz primary allocation. The IARU position was to seek a 4 MHz primary allocation in Region 1 in common with that in other ITU regions.

50 MHz band in Region 1

Radio amateurs around Region 1 will have seen the announcement about the outcome at WRC 2019, in which a Region-wide allocation in the Radio Regulations in the 50 MHz band has been agreed.

This has come about after over three weeks of discussions and negotiations at WRC in Egypt, where IARU alone was representing the amateur service. Some 14 people, both in the IARU delegation and some in national delegations, helped argue the IARU case – eventually to a satisfactory outcome.

I am sure everyone will join me in acknowledging the work done by the IARU team, and thank everyone involved for an outstanding effort over the last four years to achieve this result.  

Don Beattie, G3BJ, President IARU Region 1

WRC-19 Approves Region 1 50 MHz Amateur Allocation

WRC 19Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 21 November 2019


The World Radiocommunication Conference WRC-19 has approved an allocation in the 50 MHz band for amateurs in Region 1. The decision will now be incorporated in the Final Acts of the conference.

The decision comes after more than three weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations. The result is a dramatic improvement in the international Radio Regulations for amateurs in Region 1. Before WRC-19 there were only 11 countries in Africa with a primary allocation in the band. When the Final Acts take effect, on a date that has not yet been determined, there will be 44 countries in Region 1 with a primary allocation of at least 500 kHz including 26 countries with a primary allocation of the entire band 50-54 MHz. The entire region will have an amateur secondary allocation of 50-52 MHz except in the Russian Federation, whose administration opted for only 50.080-50.280 MHz on a secondary basis. There are provisions to protect the other existing services that use the band in Region 1 and neighboring countries in Region 3. The existing primary allocation of 50-54 MHz in Regions 2 and 3 is unaffected. The exact manner in which the allocations will be implemented in Region 1 countries will be determined by each administration and may be either more generous or less, depending on national considerations.

WRC-19 Grinds On: Week 3

With just 3-1/2 days left for substantive work – the final session of the Plenary to approve texts to be included in the Final Acts is scheduled to end at noon Thursday, 21 November – delegates at WRC-19 face a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC.

WRC-19 Week 2

The second week of the World Radiocommunication Conference was marked by intense discussions of the most contentious agenda items but very little closure. It is clear that long days and nights are ahead in the last two weeks.

Early Progress, Contention on Difficult Issues Mark First Week of WRC

WRC 19Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 1 November 2019

Week 1 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult.

The early decisions here in Sharm El-Sheikh were only possible because of countless hours of work conducted within the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the six regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) since the previous WRC in 2015. Three of these decisions were on issues of interest to the IARU.

WRC - the work begins

WRC 19Work is now underway at WRC19 on issues of interest to the amateur service. IARU’s team of some 14 people are being kept busy in the many committees discussing the agenda items. The Committee considering Agenda Item 1.1 (a 50 MHz amateur service allocation in Region 1) have heard the various Regional positions presented, with two clear positions – 4 MHz primary and 2 MHz secondary. Detailed discussions now begin to reach some resolution.

Discussions are also under way to determine the way ahead on Wireless Power Transmission, where there seems general agreement that no change is needed to the Radio Regulations but that there is more work to do to understand the issues of unwanted emissions and other aspects.

WRC continues until the end of November.

Saudi Arabia and Seychelles Join IARU

The IARU member-societies have voted to admit the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to membership.

SARS was founded on 25 June 2018 and is legally registered/recognized to represent the amateurs of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2019 there were 66 members out of a total of 479 licensed radio amateurs in the country. SARS maintains a website at

SARA was founded in December 2018 and was registered with the Seychelles government on 31 December. SARA has six members, two of whom are licensed. It is believed that there are four licensed amateurs in Seychelles, a number that SARA hopes to increase.

Saudi Arabia and Seychelles are located in ITU Region 1 which also corresponds to IARU Region 1. Their IARU membership became effective on 9 October 2019 upon completion of the voting procedure set out in the IARU Constitution.