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.


April 2004

Effective 20th April 2004, the Swedish administration no longer requires a Morse code test to be passed to obtain an HF amateur licence in Sweden.

IARU Region 1 Societies approve changes to the Region’s Constitution and Bylaws

(IARU-R1) 20 April 2004

At its meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week, the Region 1 Executive Committee (EC) reviewed the voting returns for the recent ballot of Region 1 Member Societies, concerning proposals to change the Constitution and Bylaws. The EC, noting that sufficient Societies had voted in favour of the changes, authorised the adoption of the revised Constitution and Bylaws, and agreed that the new documents should be placed on the Region 1 Website.

More Licence Changes

France has dropped the Morse Code requirement for an HF amateur licence, and Estonia, Switzerland and the Slovak Republic have implemented the new T/R 60-01.

Zimbabwe QSL bureau closes

At a ZARS Council meeting held 3 May 2004 ZARS took the decision to close the Zimbabwe QSL Bureau. This is simply due to the excessive cost of services that are now prevalent in Zimbabwe. The main cost is for the posting of cards to the various bureau around the world. This is coupled with a declining number of members such that reasonable subscriptions can no longer support the costs of running the bureau.

ZARS has recommended to members that QSL managers be sought if they do not already have a manager. A number have taken up the suggestion and arrangements have been made.

Member societies should note this information and advise their QSL managers accordingly.Zimbabwe

April 2004

Effective 20th April 2004, the Swedish administration no longer requires a Morse code test to be passed to obtain an HF amateur licence in Sweden.

IARU Region 1 Societies approve changes to the Region’s Constitution and Bylaws
Details of the changes and the vote.

Executive Committee Minutes
The Region 1 Executive Committee recently met in Sofia, Bulgaria, for its annual meeting. A copy of the minutes of the meeting is available.

November 2003

IARU Region 1 makes input to ETSI on PLT emission standards (.pdf file)
IARU Region 1 has made a formal response to the recent questionnaire from ETSI and CENELEC

November 2003
IARU Region 1 and the ECC (Electronic Communications Committee) of CEPT signed a letter of understanding ( LoU )at the beginning of November. The LoU sets out a number of areas for cooperation between Region 1 and CEPT whereby the parties will work toward common European approaches on radio matters and will exchange information and hold meetings for this purpose. The LoU initially is for a three year period renewable by mutual agreement.

Commenting on the LoU, IARU Region 1 Chairman, Ole Garpestad said “CEPT is a very important organisation in the regulation of the global radio spectrum. This Letter of Understanding reinforces the already positive and constructive working relationship between IARU Region 1 and CEPT”.

Jan Verduijn awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal

Jan Verduijn awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal

At the VERON Dag voor de Amateur, Jan Verduijn (pictured right) from the Radiocommunication Agency Netherlands was awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal. The Medal and Certificate was presented by the IARU Region 1 Chairman Ole Garpestad, LA2RR (pictured left) at the VERON Dag voor de Amateur.

Jan, who was CEPT coordinator and spokesman for agenda item 1.23 (7 MHz) at the WRC-03 was given this honour in recognition of his outstanding work in preparation and during the World Radiocommunication Conference 2003.

Jan was totally committed to finding a solution, not only for radio amateurs but for broadcasters and the fixed and mobile services as well. His dedication, extremely hard work and not forgetting his outstanding diplomatic skills were a major contribution to the successful outcome of WRC-2003 Agenda Item 1.23 for the Amateur Radio Community.

RAYNET 50th Year Celebrations

The RSGB is hosting the RAYNET 50th Annniversary Emergency
Communications Convention in Birmingham, UK on Saturday 25 October.

s celebrates the formation of RAYNET, the UK's Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications Network 50 years ago this Autumn by RSGB.

In addition to this, special event station GB50RAEN - Radio Amateur
Emergency Network - will be on the air from 20th till the 31st
October. In addition to the usual modes it is also hoped to run some
SSTV. QSL via RSGB Bureau.