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.

New UK regulations for 472 kHz and 5 MHz Band from Jan 1st 2013

From the 1st January 2013 Ofcom in the UK will be making three changes to Notices of Variation to the Amateur Radio Full Licence that come into effect.

• The temporary extension to the Amateur Radio Special Research Permit to operate in the band 501 kHz to 504 kHz expires. This temporary extension applied from 1st March 2012 to 31st December 2012 inclusive. These NoVs will not be renewed and will no longer be available.From the 1st January 2013 Ofcom will be making three changes to Notices of Variation to the Amateur Radio Full Licence that come into effect.

• However, as a result of the World Radio Conference, under Agenda Item 1.23 amateur radio has been given an alternative allocation, on a secondary basis, of 472 – 479 kHz. We propose that Full Licensees should be able to to apply for an NoV to operate in this band from 1st January 2013 and details on the application process will be published soon.

• Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) for increased access to the 5 MHz (Experimental) Band, we have secured the agreement of the primary user to increase spectrum access from the current 7 spot frequencies of 3 kHz each. The primary user was unable to agree to contiguous spectrum, however it has been agreed that the frequencies in the table below will be available from 1st January 2013, subject to the following conditions.

a) Antenna height must not be over 20m agl.

b) Maximum power: 100W (PEP) input into the antenna with the expectation that this would not result in more than 200W eirp.

c) Restrictions on message content have been relaxed and must now be consistent with normal Terms and Conditions of the Full Amateur Licence.

d) Maximum Bandwidth: 6 kHz (double side band).

Existing Access New Access

Bottom (kHz) Top (kHz) Width

5258.5           5261.5     3 kHz

5258.5          5264      5.5 kHz

5278.5           5281.5     3 kHz

5276             5284      8 kHz

5288.5           5291.5     3 kHz

5288.5          5292      3.5 kHz

5298             5307      9 kHz

5313             5323      10 kHz

5333             5338      5 kHz

5354             5358      4 kHz

5362             5374.5   12.5 kHz

5366.5           5369.5 3 kHz

5371.5           5374.5     3 kHz

5378 5382      4 kHz

5395 5401.5   6.5 kHz

5398.5 5401.5 3 kHz

5403.5           5406.5     3 kHz