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.


Tunisia issues personal licences to operate

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The first three Authorizations to Operate have been issued to 3 Tunisian amateurs. These are the first issued since 1956. 3V8HB, 3V8MN and 3V1MB will soon be on the air from their homes rather than being restricted to operating from a club station.

Issuing individual authorisations to operate is a new process in Tunisia and involves a number of stages, including equipment conformity checks.

This is great news for Tunisians that the process now exists so that radio amateurs can practice their hobby from homes in full compliance with the Tunisian Laws. The IARU Member Society ARAT extends its thanks to the National Agency of Frequencies, the Ministry of Telecommunications and all involved parties for making this happen.

Right to left in the picture are Hannibal 3V8HB and Nizar 3V8MN

DK2OM receives IARU Diamond Award

After many years’ involvement in monitoring intruders on the amateur bands, Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, has decided to retire at the end of 2019. Wolf has worked for the DARC monitoring system in Germany for more than 30 years and since 2005 has also coordinated the IARU Monitoring System of Region 1 (IARUMS).

Wolf has made a name for himself over the years as a committed radio amateur and competent band guard, and he is known for his excellent contacts with the official spectrum monitoring units. At Ham Radio 2016, it was my pleasure to award him the IARU Region 1 medal for his fight against illegal intruders on our bands and to recognize his ongoing exceptional leadership of the successful IARU monitoring system.

Wolf has worked closely with monitoring activities in the other IARU Regions and has built an excellent reputation amongst his colleagues around the world.

IARU Speaks at ATU Workshop

IARU was present at the recent ATU African Telecommunications Union / ICT Day 2019 Commemorative Workshop - "Using Technology to Save Lives: Emergency Communications for Disaster Risk Reductions and Management".  The Workshop was held in Maputo, Mozambique and IARU was represented by Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ and Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG. Brian presented an overview of the amateur capability for emergency communication and some of the pre-conditions for it to be effectively deployed. He also gave a second presentation on the IARU STARS program, which seeks to support and encourage the growth of amateur radio in countries where it is not well established. Both presentations were well received, and gave rise to extended discussions about the public service role of amater radio and its role in developing the national skill infrastructure.    

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.