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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SSB Field Day logs welcome

Field day groups in countries with low Field Day contest activity and therefore without adjudicator may send the log to fdssb at dxhf.darc.de  (this is a robot) | Subject: callsign  - Format: STF or Cabrillo to get their result included into the international list. (In case of problems send to:  DK2OY at gmx.de). 

Results (in German language: Ergebnisse) from 2008 can be found at http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/fgdcf08s.htm Click on left side to  Ergebnisse (DL) or  Ergebnisse (international). Some societies are already exchanging Field Day logs to get an overview and an international ranking list. HB9CZF and DK2OY are combining the national logs. 

OD5F - Sixth Francophone Games Special Event Station

Lebanon will be hosting the Sixth Francophone Games, which will be held in Beirut from 27th of September to 6th of October 2009. The Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) will be sponsoring a special event Amateur Radio Station “OD5F” for the duration commemorating the event.

The Francophone games are held every 4 years, with the participation of 3,000+ athletes, youths and artists from 56 French speaking countries and 14 observer countries. It is a popular sports and art festival.

QSLs will be handled by the RAL QSL bureau. RAL will have a special QSL card for the event.

If you would like to participate or have more information on OD5F operation, please send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOUTH AFRICAN HAMS TO PUT ZS10WCS ON THE AIR BEFORE AND DURING WORLD CUP

With World Cup soccer coming to South Africa in 2010, hams in that country will commemorate the event starting in September 2009 with a special call sign: ZS10WCS. According to the South African Radio League (SARL) , that country\'s IARU Member-Society, the call sign will be used in two ways: In the months leading up to the Word Cup, to be held June 11-July 11, 2010, and for times during the event itself. SARL is requiring that clubs selected to use ZS10WCS before the event be on the air on weekends, Friday night through Sunday night. Clubs using the special call sign during the World Cup are expected to be on the air each day.

SARL will supply the special event QSL cards, and requests for direct QSLs will be handled by the SARL QSL bureau. Direct QSLs must include a self-addressed envelope and one IRC or US $1. Amateurs may also QSL via e-mail, but those hams sending an e-mail QSL will only receive an e-mail QSL in return, and not the commemorative printed QSL.

When the World Cup was in Germany in 2006, 38 different special event stations were on the air to celebrate the event. From May 13-July 16, 26 special district stations (DQ2006A to DQ2006Z) and 12 special stadium stations (such as DR2006B and DR2006C) at the various venues were on the air. The Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC) offered a gold, silver and bronze award for contacting each station; there is no word if SARL will offer an award in 2010. 

Extracted from the ARRL Letter Vol 28, No 34

Rating of juniors in Russia

SOYUZ RADIOLYUBITELEI ROSSII (SRR) has founded a rating of radioamateurs – juniors, whose age does not exceed 19 years. The rating is the competition lasting within year. The junior in every contest receives certain quantity of points for performance. Points for different contests then develop. Following the results of a year the best young radiosportsman and the best team of young sportsmen of Russia is defined. According to preliminary data 50 young radio fans will participate in a rating.

ARSI of India signs an MOU with Bangalore Red Cross

The Amateur Radio Society of India ( ARSI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Red Cross Society, Bangalore and an amateur radio station with the call sign VU2ZH has been inaugurated on Wednesday October 12, 2009 by the Governor of Karnataka State.

The station will be available as a club station in Bangalore for amateurs, and also serve as an emergency communications station. The station is accessible 24x7 and will also have emergency power. It has HF and VHF capability. Efforts are being made to replicate this elsewhere in India

(Reported by: Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN - ARSI President)

WRC-12 Dates Confirmed

A letter dated 7th August 2009 from the Secretary General of the ITU confirming the dates of the next World Radio Conference as being from the 23rd January to the 17th February 2012 can be found here.

Junior HF contest in Russia

SOYUZ RADIOLYUBITELEI ROSSII (SRR)  successfuly completed refereeing the Russian national junior HF contest that took place on April 4th, 2009. 257 young Radio Amateurs aged between 9 and 19 years took part in the contest. 133 callsigns from  Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were heard on the air. This has been the most mass radiosport competition of juniors for the last 5 years.

SARL July issue of "HF Happenings" is released

The SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE (SARL) July 2009 issue of "HF Happenings" is released and available for download. HF Happening newsletter contains HF and DX related news.