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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IARU Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award

At the IARU Region 1 General Conference at Sun City in 2011, a recommendation was accepted that an IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator be appointed; that Member Societies appoint youth co-ordinators and/or youth working groups; that Youth related information and material will be shared amongst societies through the Region 1 web site, and to establish an annual youth recognition award.

During March 2014, a call went out for nominations of the first Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award and in May 2014, the nominations closed. Three nominations were received for the award - Ángel Galván, EA3HSI, Todor Todorov, LZ2005, and Mitchel Mynhardt ZS6YH.

Seven Youth Coordinators completed the jury score sheet and Mitchel, ZS6YH, was selected as the first recipient of the Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013.

The Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013 was presented to Mitchel, ZS6YH, at the Radio Technology in Action Symposium held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, by Dennis, ZS4BS, the Region 1 Secretary.

Congratulations, Mitchel!

From left to right: Louis Schnetler, ZU6LG, Koos Fick (ZSL-5182), Mitchel Mynhardt, ZS6YH, Enrico van der Walt (ZSL-5250) and Dennis Green, ZS4BS. Koos and Enrico will be writing the Radioamateur Examination on 16 October 2014.

Albena 2014

Delegates from all over the world are on their way to Albena, Bulgaria to attend the 23rd IARU Region 1 Conference to be held  21 – 27 September 2014. 

The website for the 2014 IARU Region 1 General Conference is available at http://iarur1con2014.bfra.bg/

 

LZ14IARU

From 18 to 26 September 2014, the special call sign LZ14IARU will be active from the Grand Flamingo Hotel in Albena, Bulgaria. The triennial General Conference of IARU Region 1 is being held in Albena from 21 to 27 September 2014. QSL via the bureau.

5 MHz and even more 5 MHz

As a result of representation from the national society URE Spain has gained an extension of the use of several 5 MHz frequencies. Due to expire at the end of June 2014 permission has now been granted to use 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz until 30th November 2015 with a power of 100W PEP.   Frequencies are thought to be USB dial frequencies.

The Andorran Society URA reports that permission has been granted the use of 5275-5450 kHz until a decision is made at WRC-15.   Permitted power is 100W PEP using CW and SSB with transmission bandwidths not to exceed 3 kHz.

Portugal now has the use of a channel at 5380.5 kHz in addition to those at 5288.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz.   This is thought to align with the Spanish channel listed as 5382 kHz.

Member Societies are asked to notify either PB2T or G3PSM of any developments concerning 5 MHz.

Written by Colin Thomas, G3PSM

The 472 kHz and 122,25 GHz bands available in Poland

As the National Table of Frequency Allocations has been amended, there are two new bands available to the Polish radio amateurs: the 472-479 kHz band (up to 1W e.i.r.p.), and the 122,25-123,00 GHz band - both allocated to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.

According to the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 27th December 2013 (Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland of 3rd February 2014, item 161), the relevant amendments will enter into force on 18th February 2014.

Landmark in South African VHF DXing

December saw a landmark in South African VHF DXing when Jan Pienaar, ZS6OB, applied for the DXCC award using only contacts made in the two metre band. Jan becomes the first amateur in Africa and the second in the southern hemisphere to achieve this feat. DXCC is issued by the American Radio Relay League for proven contact with at least 100 entities on a list. Most of these entities are countries, with a few additions that are regarded as separate, mostly for geographic reasons.

More than two thirds of two metre DXCC holders are in Europe, with their concentration of almost 70 countries in close proximity. North America features about a fifth of applicants, with about a tenth in Japan. Bob Mcquarrie, ZL3TY, was the first in Oceania and the southern hemisphere, with Jan, ZS6OB, being first in Africa. South America has yet to produce its first winner.

Jan used digital modes with a four-Yagi station. He has been working on his DXCC for a decade. His single-band award brings the number of bands on which South Africans have earned DXCC to eleven. Jan reports that several South Africans are working on repeating the feat on the 430 MHz band, but all are still a long way off. Only three stations have conquered this band, with all of them being in Europe.

Amateur Radio Kids Day in Poland - summary of the activities of the SP3POW Club

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The Amateur Radio Kids Day is an event initiated by the ARRL organization what unites radio amateurs in the USA. The concept of this event has been followed in the other countries as well. The Kids Day is always celebrated twice a year. During those days thousands of children are able to maintain radio contacts with the other children all around the world supervised by experienced radio amateurs.

In Poland, the Amateur Radio Kids Day was celebrated for the first time on 16th June 2012 thanks to the initiative of the SP3POW Amateur Radio Club and supported by the SP3KWA and SP3ZIR Amateur Radio Clubs. On that day every little man had an opportunity to come, observe, listen to and even to be able making his first amateur radio contact. We invited the students from the primary and junior high schools who were mostly members of the ARISS Ostrów Wielkopolski group and who are still preparing in this group for the school radio contact with an astronaut at the ISS Station.Depending on the circumstances we were working on the 3,7 or 7 MHz. Besides providing the radio station we have also organized for children an ARDF competition. Earlier this year some series of the amateur radio lessons was held in several schools so most of the students had a contact with the radio before. Thanks to that there were not many problems with next QSO’s and the whole event was successful.