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.

Mirko Mandrino YT7MM Silent Key

YT7MMWith sadness I report that Mirko Mandrino YT7MM (ex YU1NQM, YU7NQM) passed away in Pancevo Serbia on 19 September. Oldtimers will remember Mirko as the Secretary of SRJ, the IARU Member Society of Yugoslavia. When working for the administration he played an important role at WARC-79 and WARC-92. Mirko served on the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee from 1981 to 1993.