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.


Dr. Larry Price - W4RA named President Emeritus of IARU

At the HAM RADIO event in Friedrichshafen IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH announced that by decision of the IARU Administrative Council Dr. Larry Price - W4RA (Ex. president of IARU) is named President Emeritus of IARU for his outstanding contribution to IARU and the Amateur Radio Community. At the same event, Larry was knighted in the Norwegian order of the Golden Key by its Commander Ole Garpestad - LA2RR. Pictures from the event are available in the IARU Region 1 Photo Gallery.

International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs June 26-28, 2009

The International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs sponsored by Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club e. V. (DARC) will take place this year in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, Germany between June 26-28, 2009.

As part of the convention DARC will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Visitors will be able to attend a variety lectures and about meetings. Dr. Christof Rohner, Chairman of the AFM, will look back on six decades of amateur radio history in his lecture. On Saturday, contemporary witnesses will gather on the activity stage in the Foyer West. Radio impressions from the Antarctic will also be on the programme.

IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman - PB2T and Executive Committee member Hani Raad - OD5TE will be representing IARU Region 1 at the convention. Other IARU Region 1 Executive Committee (9A5W - Kiksa, G3PSM - Colin, LZ1US - Panayot, and HB9JOE - Andy) and Working Group Chairmen (DK2OM - Wolf, DK4VW - Ulli, DL9KCE - Thilo)will attend the event as well. IARU President VE6SH - Tim will also address the delegates on Future Amateur Radio Challenges.

For more information visit the convention official site and check the programme details.

News from Icelandic Radio Amateurs

The general meeting of Íslenskir radíóamatörar (Í.R.A.) was held at the club headquarters in Reykjavík on May 23,   2009. The following individuals were elected as members of the board for 2009-2010: Jonas Bjarnason TF2JB president; Gudmundur Sveinsson TF3SG vice-president; Gudmundur Löve TF3GL secretary; Erling Gudnason TF3EE treasurer; and Sveinn Bragi Sveinsson TF3SNN member. Deputy members: Jón Invar Oskarsson TF1JI; and Kjartan Bjarnson TF3BJ. IARU liaison: Kristjan Benediktsson TF3KB. Coordinator for emergency communications: Jon Thoroddur Jonsson TF3JA.

WRC-11 now WRC-12

Following the consultation process amongst its Members, the ITU Council agreed on new dates for the next WRC (17 January to 23 February 2012) preceded by the Radiocommunication Assembly (16 to 20 January 2012). Both meetings will take place in Geneva.

South Africa gets access to 7 000 kHz - 7 200 kHz

South African Radio Amateurs now have full access to the 40 metre band.  Today's Government Gazette has amended Annexure G of the Radio Regulations as follows:  The Amateur Radio allocation of the 40 metre band is now 7 000 kHz - 7 200 kHz 

ZR Licencees may now use more of the 20 metre band.  The new allocations is 14 225 - 14 350 kHz.

2009 IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 11-12, 2009)

The 2009 IARU HF World Championship Contest Rules are now posted. All licensed amateurs worldwide are invited to participate. The Objective of this contest is to contact as many other amateurs, especially IARU member society HQ stations, around the world as possible using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.

This contest takes place the second full weekend of July, beginning 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (July 11-12, 2009). Both Single and Multi operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period. Multipliers are The total number of ITU zones plus IARU member society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode). IARU officials represent a maximum of four multipliers per band (AC, R1, R2 and R3).

More information can be found on the ARRL Contest page.