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.


Radio Arcala Essay Contest


It was in February 2009 when the team at Radio Arcala, OH8X launched an essay contest to get some fresh ideas from today's youth and their elders to boost  recruitment to the ranks of Amateur Radio. Great  participation was ensured, and determining the winners took some effort from a multinational jury representing six nations.
A 19-year old Brit, Mark Dumpleton, 2E0NCG came out as winner by a fair margin while two U.S. hams, John Scott Anderson, KC9OQO and Brian Wood, W0DZ , finished in second and third place respectively. Argentinian Diego Salom, LU8DX was recognized for his submission of the best Spanish language piece. 


The 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) took place on Sunday 26th April in Athlone in the centre of Ireland.   The outgoing President Father Finbarr Buckley EI1CS reported a successful year with an increase in membership to 974.   This represents a good proportion of the estimated 1,500 radio amateurs licensed in Ireland.

There was very good support for the IARU and the incoming President, Paul Martin EI2CA stated that this would continue.   Paul will serve a 3 year term in this office.

IARU Region 1 Website launch

Those of you who have visited the IARU Region 1 website recently, must have noticed that it looks different now. The IARU Region 1 Executive Committee decided that the website will use a content management system to allow the EC, Committees and Working Groups an easy use of our website. The last month our new webmaster, Marko 9A8MM, and Hani OD5TE have been busy transforming the old pages into a Joomla environment and Amateur Radio Day 2009 is a good occasion to officially launch our new website. You will soon discover that the Region 1 web offers many more functionalities than the old one and that sharing information now is a piece of cake. I trust that this will add to our effectiveness and I wish the webteam good luck. Don't hesitate to make suggestions to further improve

Happy Amateur Radio Day
Hans PB2T, IARU Region 1 President 

IARU Calendar No 188

IARU Calendar No 188 dated 11 March 2009 has been mailed to member-societies. The issue may be viewed at
Highlights include:
  • Results of balloting on Proposals 241 through 244 (Ratification of officer nominations and admission of member-societies representing the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan)
  • Congo (Brazzaville) proposed for membership
  • World Amateur Radio Day 2009 (18 April)

Date for Global Simulated Emergency Test has changed

The date for this event, sponsored by IARU Region 1, has been altered to coincide with World Amateur Radio Day on Saturday, April 18th. The theme for the day of "Amateur Radio: Your Resource in Disaster and Emergency Communication" is an ideal opportunity to showcase the work of emergency communications groups around the world.

The timing of the event remains at 1100-1500 UTC but in a change for this and future events, the focus will be on generating and relaying messages in a common format across country borders rather than the information gathering about capabilities which has taken place in the past.

Cavtat Conference a Success



The IARU Region 1 Conference at Cavtat, Croatia, has ended. A total of 52 societies were represented, with over 100 conference papers being considered in the four day event. IARU member society of Croatia, made outstanding arrangements for the conference, which was enjoyed by over 100 delegates.

HST "Cup of Nations"

Belarus will hold the 6th International Tournament in HST 'Cup of Nations' from July 4-8th 2008. Whilst not an IARU event, we are providing information here as IARU is deeply involved in promoting HST

Details are available here in a zipped file.