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.

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Provisional Results : 50-70 MHz Contest

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Provisional results for the last IARU Region 1 50-70 MHz Contest are published.

50/70 MHz Contest

Complaint period closes on 10th of March 2019.

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New Technical Requirements in Bulgaria

Today, January 18th, New Technical Requirements 1121 has been published from Bulgarian Ministry of Communication.

 Thanks to the great commitment of BFRA now Bulgarian Amateurs have obtained some important changes :

 - Removed the age limit for the acquisition of Class 2 license (VHF and UHF with a power of not more than 5 watts, and HF from a club radio station).

 - Established 14 years old as age limit to obtain Class A license (All bands with full legal power)

 - Removed the mandatory 6-month period between the Class 2 and Class 1 exams.

 - Significant increase in the power allowed in most bands : Max output power is now 1000 Watt (in stationary mode) and 1500 Watt allowed when participating in international contests.

 And other minor changes.

 

Next steps on the road to WRC-19

IARU volunteers have been working for three years to progress Agenda Item 1.1 for the World Radio Conference 2019. This agenda item seeks a Region 1 allocation at around 50 MHz for the amateur service in the Radio Regulations Table of Frequency Allocations, to align with the allocations in Regions 2 and 3.

After many weeks of planning and meetings in both regional and global forums post the WRC in 2015, the next step on the route to WRC-19 took place last week, where CEPT project team PTD considered its position on this agenda item in preparation for the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting in November and the ITU CPM in February 2019. Read more.....

17th IARU Region 3 Conference 2018

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The 17th IARU Region 3 Regional Conference, hosted by the Korean Amateur Radio League, takes place 10-14 September 2018 in the the PJ Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. 

Conference documents are available at http://iaru-r3.org/the-17th-triennial-conference-of-the-iaru-region-3-documents/. IARU Region 1 is represented by its President Don Beattie G3BJ and Secretary Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T.

IARU HF Championship

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Next weekend (July 14th-15th) there will be the IARU HF Championship.

A good occasion to contact as many other amateurs, especially HQ stations from the IARU Societies, as possible around the world using all the HF amateur bands (except WARC) on SSB and CW.

There will be also some special multipliers for Administrative Council (AC) and Regional Executive Committee stations (R1-R2-R3).

Detailed rules are on http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship

IARU at Ham Radio 2018

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IARU will be at Ham Radio 2018 in Friedrichshafen from 1st to 3rd June 2018. We will be at stand A1-449 in the main hall.

At the stand, we are scheduling a few informal discussions on important amateur radio matters. If you are at Friedrichshafen, please come and see us, to discuss IARU initiatives on the future of amateur radio.

  • On Friday morning from 11:00 to 12:00, Ole LA2RR will be on the booth to give details on the ongoing discussions for the 50 to 54 MHz band extension in Region 1.
  • On Saturday morning, from 11:00 to 12:00 Greg G0DUB, is available to discuss Emergency Communications.
  • On Saturday afternoon, from 13:30 to 14:30, Lisa PA2LS will explain what is the IARU YOTA program and how it contributes to the future of amateur radio.
  • On Saturday afternoon, from 15:30 to 16:30, Don G3BJ will be available to explain the possible consequences of Wireless Power Transfer on our bands.

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South Africa gets 100 kHz on 60 Metres

On Friday 25 May, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60-metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 is a nearly 300-page document which covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The Frequency Plan is in Government Gazette 41650.  The SARL will carefully consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in place.

The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working on the 60 m band plan using Recommendation LA17_C4_REC_02 from the 2017 Region 1 General Conference as basis. Council will publish the band plan as soon as possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.

In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency. Due to licensing issues the SARL has kept low key on the 5 290 kHz beacon project. "We now can go full steam ahead", Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, the SARL Regulatory Manager said. "There are no longer any restrictions and no application for use of the 60-metre band is required."

Commenting on the 100 kHz 60 metre allocation, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL said that the SARL has worked on this for a long time. "Clearly our persistent interaction with ICASA has paid dividends. This is however not the end of the road as in the new band plan power on 5 MHz is restricted to the WRC-15 agreement of 15 watts e.i.r.p