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.

Royal Honours for PA0LOU

8 May 2003

by Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV

PA0LOULou van de Nadort PA0LOU, retired Chairman of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 was recognised by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands this week for his outstanding contribution to Amateur Radio.

He was decorated with Member of the “Order of Oranje Nassau”. Lou was one of the 3594 people who were recognised this year by the queen when the Royal Recognition awards were announced on April 30, 2003, in Holland known as “Koningine dag”, the queens birthday .

The decoration is an acknowledgement for personal and outstanding contribution to the community.

Lou van de Nadort retired from the IARU Region 1 Executive in October last year after having been almost 28 years at the helm of the organisation. In his farewell editorial in Region 1 News he called it retirement from active duty and wrote “I will always have IARU and its work at heart and will continue to support the cause" . "I will look back fondly on my involvement in IARU. While not always smooth sailing, I have experienced many moments of triumph like when the organisation achieved major successes in protecting and growing the frequencies available to Amateur Radio". Lou said.

"It was a wonderful experience to work with so many dedicated people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world. I thank you all for your support and above all your friendship. I will miss you all … but then of cause there is Amateur Radio that will allow me to keep in touch with all my friends be it on the key or microphone."

The medal was presented to Lou at his home in Zundert in Holland when the Major and a delegation of civics and members of the VERON Council arrived there on April 30, 2003. Lou said it took my totally by surprise, I never expected it.

Lou van de Nadort PA0LOU, we salute you!