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.

CEPT Project Team meets in Switzerland

IARU was represented at the recent meeting in Switzerland of CEPT PTD. This was the last of the CEPT project team meetings preparing European Common Proposals (ECP) for a number of agenda items of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), which takes place during November 2019. From an amateur radio standpoint, WRC-19 agenda item 1.1, which addresses the possibility of an allocation in Region 1 of the 50 -54 MHz frequency band, was the key issue to be resolved.


PTD agreed the text of an ECP for WRC-19 which, if adopted at the WRC, would see an entry in the international table of allocations for Region 1 and would allocate the 50 – 52 MHz frequency band to the amateur service on a secondary basis. In addition a footnote to the international table was agreed which would permit individual CEPT countries to introduce a national primary allocation in the 50.0 – 50.5 MHz sub-band.


The final meeting of CEPT's Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) will take place in the week beginning 26 August and will finalise CEPT's input to WRC-19. IARU will attend the CPG to represent the views of the amateur service.