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.

SARL Amateur Radio Today reaches out to Africa

The South African Radio League (SARL) produces a weekly programme “Amateur Radio Today”, one hour of focus on amateur radio and the technology that drives it. It is broadcast on Sunday at 08:00 UTC on 7 205 and 17 760 kHz AM on power full transmitters by Sentech from the Meyerton broadcast site. The prime target is Africa and the Near East, although transmissions are heard in other parts of the world. It is also broadcast on 7 082 kHz LSB from Durban, South Africa. There is a repeat broadcast on Mondays at 16:30 UTC on 4 895 kHz AM.

Every week we cover Happenings on the HF bands, VHF and Satellite News as well as activities in South Africa and International News. Coming up in the next few weeks, we will look at - Tutorials on the Amateur VHF, UHF and Microwave bands, a three-part series on “Amateur Radio as a Vehicle for Technology Literacy” and Cycle 24, propagation and the weather.

Reception report and comments on the programme are invited, the e-mail address is . The programme is also available for download from the front page of the SARL web site at http://www.sarl.org.za Please promote the programme in your country. We also invite you to send us news about amateur radio and technology in your country. We would very much like to do interviews about amateur radio in your country. Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The Interviews are done on Skype.

Join us in front of your radio every Sunday or Monday evening.

73, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, SARL President