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.


Award programme 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence

Dear Amateur Radio Friends,

On behalf of Mr Waldemar Sznajder, 3Z6AEF - President of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) and Mr Piotr Skrzypczak, SP2JMR - Secretary of the PZK, I have the honour to invite all of you to participate in a special award programme, organised by the Polish Amateur Radio Union on the occasion of The 100th Anniversary of Poland Regaining its Independence.

You will find any necessary details about this programme under the address given below:

The programme will last from 1st October until 30th November 2018.

Good luck as a whole!

Kindest 73,

Paweł Zakrzewski, SP7TEV - IARU Liaison Officer of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK)

New Band at 5 MHz

During todays (November 18th) afternoon plenary session of WRC-15 in Geneva a new amateur service allocation at 5 MHz was approved.   Although only a small allocation of 15 kHz between 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz was eventually agreed it is the first new allocation at HF since the WARC of 1979.   After intense pressure from the Fixed service primary user, power limits have been set at 15 Watts eirp in Regions 1 and 3, 20 Watts eirp in Mexico and 25 Watts eirp in Central America, South America and most of the Caribbean area.

Region 1 Member Societies not having an allocation under Article 4.4 of the Radio Regulations are urged to contact their administration to have this narrow segment included in their licence, although the new Radio Regulations will not come into force until the 1st January 2017.

Jubilee of the 85th anniversary of the PZK and the 90th anniversary of the IARU

Jubilee ceremony on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the Polish Amateur Radio Union - PZK (Polski Związek Krótkofalowców) and the 90th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union


On 24th February 2015, the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding, as well as the 90th anniversary of establishing of the IARU. A festive ceremony on both occasions was organised in the District Centre of Cultural Promotion in Warsaw. Representatives of various Polish governmental authorities attended the event: Bogdan Dombrowski - Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Administration and Digitization, Karol Krzywicki - Vice-President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Senior Brigadier Zbigniew Góral - Director of the Bureau of Information Technologies and Communications at the Headquarters of the State Fire Service, and Lieutenant Colonel Waldemar Pawluczuk - present in the name of the Minister of National Defence, Tomasz Siemoniak.

A special honorary guest of the jubilee celebration - Don Beattie G3BJ, President of the Executive Committee of the IARU Region 1 - made an occasional speech in which he remembered the beginning of the amateur radio movement in the following way: “Since the beginning of amateur radio, radio amateurs have grouped into national amateur radio societies, through which they share their work and build a community of interest. PZK is one of those Societies and it is noteworthy that when IARU was founded in 1925, there was a Polish representative amongst the relatively small group of countries represented at that first congress.Don G3BJ remembered also the whole evolution of amateur radio form its outset to the present day, strengthening permanent highest technical development and social usefulness of this activity.

Many of the present guests were awarded with organisational merit plaques by President of the PZK - Jerzy Jakubowski SP7CBG. Also the PZK was awarded by Don G3BJ with a very elegant inscribed commemorative Quaich, a traditional Scottish drinking bowl of friendship.

A special guest of the celebration ceremony - Wojciech Nietyksza SP5FM, active for over 25 years as Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the IARU Region 1 - highlighted the importance of mutual respect of diversified human efforts and achievements, considering the aspect of strong links between the past and the present.

Film material:


Elaboration: Paweł Zakrzewski, SP7TEV - IARU Liaison Officer of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK)


The 85th anniversary of establishment of the PZK and the 90th anniversary of the IARU

This is to publicise the jubilees mentioned in the title. The selection of the special event stations was based on the capability of intensive operation under an assigned call sign, and on assuming activation of club stations which train future radio amateurs, as well as of such stations already activated by young fully licensed radio amateurs.

This action is based on the assumption of operation on the air during the following period: 01.01.2015 - 30.04.2015, encompassing two dates referring to both jubilees, namely - the 24th February 2015 - the 85th anniversary of establishment of the PZK and the 18th April 2015 - the 90th anniversary of establishment of the IARU.

For more information, please visit the following website:

Have a lot of fun, see you!

Paweł Zakrzewski, SP7TEV - IARU Liaison Officer of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK)


IARU Region 1 Conference closes in Germany

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The 24th General Conference of IARU Region 1 closed on Thursday 21st September 2017.

Durign the five day conference held near Munich and hosted by the Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC), a wide range of issues facing Amateur Radio were discussed. Conference agreed a number of important actions and a fuller report on the decisions made can be found here. The full minutes of the Final Plenary and the recommendations made will be available shortly.