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.


Zdravka, LZ1ZQ SK

It is with great sadness that the BFRA must announce that Zdravka Buchkova, LZ1ZQ, passed away at the age of 68.

Zdravka was the Secretary of BFRA for more that 25 years. R.I.P.

Vienna Interim Meeting 2016

The next interim meeting of the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/MW Committee, the HF Committee and the EMC Committee will be convened on 16th and 17th of April 2016 at the InterCity Hotel in Vienna. The Austrian society, ÖVSV, has kindly invited us to Vienna.

Any contributions for this meeting shall be received by ON4AVJ (VHF/UHF/MW) , DK4VW (HF) and DL9KCE (EMC) no later than 16 January 2016. The contributions and the draft meeting agenda will be distributed to member societies before 6 February 2016.

More details here

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Member Societies will commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday 3 December 2015.


In case your society is planning any event, please send that information to Riri Azrak, OD5RI, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 November 2015. For any questions, please feel free to contact me.


PA0EZ - Silent Key

It is with great sadness that VERON informs you that Arie Dogterom, PA0EZ, has passed away last week Thursday (24 Sept) at the age of 78.

Arie has been Chairman of C5 for a great many years. Based upon his great work for the VERON he was nominated Member of Honour of the VERON in 1998.

The funeral will take place on Friday October 2nd.

ZS2ACP and ZS6WAB established new record on 8 metres

Andre Botes, ZS2ACP, in Port Elizabeth worked Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane on 40,682 MHz FSK441 via meteor scatter on 6 August 2015. This is a distance of 1 184 km that is a new South African Radio League record as well as a world record. Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, and Willem, ZS6WAB set up the first-ever record on this band, over a Tropo distance of around 300 km. 

First ZS to ZS Contact on 8 Metres

Radio amateurs in South Africa have had access to 40,675 to 40,685 MHz for many years, but is was only really noticed earlier in 2015 when the new radio regulations were promulgated by ICASA, the South African Regulator.

In a telephone conversation, Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, informed the South African Radio League about the first-ever ZS to ZS contact on 40,675 MHz. It was made on Sunday 16 August 2015 between Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, in Johannesburg (KG33xv) and Willem, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane (KG46rc) using FSK441 and covering a distance of 288 km. Both stations are equipped with a three element Yagis and 100 Watts.

Visiting GARS - Gibraltar

While spending their summer holiday in EA7 (Malaga, Spain) in the second part of July 2015,  IARU Region 1 Treasurer HB9FPM – Eva Thiemann and her OM Andy HB9JOE visited the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society (GARS) in the presence of its Executive Committee and members. Local and regional Amateur Radio related discussions took place. Gibraltar is not part of CEPT and the authorities do not issue reciprocal licences for HF operation. But for some time it is possible to get a licence for operating on 6 and 2 m.


Eva, HB9FPM, and Andy, HB9JOE, thank GARS again for their warm hospitality. The participants can be seen on the photo.


A day they will long remember

It was a day they will long remember! Learners from the Sol Plaatje Primary School in Mmabatho linked up on Saturday 2 May 2015 with the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, on the International Space Station via a link established by an amateur radio ground station located in Casale Monferrato, in the north of Italy, operated by Claudio Arrotti, IK1SLD. 

While negotiating to secure a slot for a South African school, the Italian Embassy approached the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) to assist with identifying a school for this project. The fact that the Sol Plaat-je Primary School team beat 1 101 other schools to win SAASTA's National As-troQuiz in 2014, secured them this exciting opportunity. 

The original plan was for the learners to talk with Samantha Cristoforetti during a morning pass, but due to work pressure on the ISS, the contact was moved to a late after-noon pass, which resulted in the link to be shared with an Italian school. 

Tensions were running high when it was established that the telephone line ex-tended to the hall could not receive incoming calls. "We frantically arranged with the te-lebridge in the USA that we would be calling them," Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, said.

Prior to the ISS contact, Koos Fick, ZR6KF, who is a learner at the Helpmekaar High School and the South African Radio League's youth coordinator, made a brief presentation about amateur radio and how it is helping him in his school career and how this scientific hobby is providing communica-tion during emergencies, community and sporting events. He said that the link up with the ISS would not have been possible without amateur radio.

As the last few seconds ticked away, the learners were poised to ask their ques-tions and, with the audience, were visibly on tenterhooks, but when the first words "Hi, I am Samatha Cristoforetti" was heard across the speakers, there was a spontaneous ap-plause followed by an intense 10 minutes of silence as Sol Plaatje learners and learners at the Italian school alternately asked the questions. It was an event to remember for a lifetime.

The link to the audio of the contact is available on