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.

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World Amateur Radio Day

wardEvery April 18th, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science; this is an opportunity for amateurs to show there expertise in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have “wireless communication” interests, but haven’t considered the association with Amateur Radio.

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

How the day is promoted is a matter for the individual member society and or Region.

Groups should promote their WARD activity on social media by using the hash tag #WorldAmateurRadioDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!

 

Provisional Results : UHF-MW Contest

Contest UHF MW

Provisional results for the last IARU Region 1 UHF-MW Contest are published.

UHF/Microwaves Contest

Complaint period closes on 24th of March 2019.

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Provisional Results : 145 MHz Contest

Provisional results for the last IARU Region 1 145 MHz Contest are published.

145 MHz Contest

Note: in a large number of DL LOGs mandatory information about used equipment (power and antenna) is missing. All such logs were therefore treated as check-logs. As this was the first year when the new contest rules imposed additional mandatory information in the EDI header (beside CALL, UL, band and section), we are willing to accept late corrections. DL stations that would like to classify in the contest (MO or SO section) should provide missing information to the above contact address.   

Complaint period closes on 17th of March 2019.

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Provisional Results : Marconi Memorial VHF Contest

Award MMCProvisional results for the last IARU Region 1 Marconi Memorial VHF Contest are published.

Marconi Contest

Complaint period closes on 10th of March 2019.

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Provisional Results : 50-70 MHz Contest

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Provisional results for the last IARU Region 1 50-70 MHz Contest are published.

50/70 MHz Contest

Complaint period closes on 10th of March 2019.

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New Technical Requirements in Bulgaria

Today, January 18th, New Technical Requirements 1121 has been published from Bulgarian Ministry of Communication.

 Thanks to the great commitment of BFRA now Bulgarian Amateurs have obtained some important changes :

 - Removed the age limit for the acquisition of Class 2 license (VHF and UHF with a power of not more than 5 watts, and HF from a club radio station).

 - Established 14 years old as age limit to obtain Class A license (All bands with full legal power)

 - Removed the mandatory 6-month period between the Class 2 and Class 1 exams.

 - Significant increase in the power allowed in most bands : Max output power is now 1000 Watt (in stationary mode) and 1500 Watt allowed when participating in international contests.

 And other minor changes.

 

Next steps on the road to WRC-19

IARU volunteers have been working for three years to progress Agenda Item 1.1 for the World Radio Conference 2019. This agenda item seeks a Region 1 allocation at around 50 MHz for the amateur service in the Radio Regulations Table of Frequency Allocations, to align with the allocations in Regions 2 and 3.

After many weeks of planning and meetings in both regional and global forums post the WRC in 2015, the next step on the route to WRC-19 took place last week, where CEPT project team PTD considered its position on this agenda item in preparation for the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting in November and the ITU CPM in February 2019. Read more.....