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.


5 MHz activity in SV

Following the last information on 5MHz activity from Greece we would like to spread the word. At first the beacon is ready and it has been tested for several days now. Frequency is 5398.5 MHz (CW) to avoid interference with normal use of the channel mostly in the UK. It runs 30W into a non resonant antenna for the moment.

You may look for it mostly between 1900-0600 z. It may be off for some days due to other HF activities at the test site, so try to listen regularly. The beacon is expected to run flawlessly from the beginning of 2012.  The beacon sends the following sequence at T+15 seconds (T= minute 00, 15, 30, 45 every hour)

60m allocation in Portugal

In June 2011 the Portugese administration Anacom assigned 5288.5 kHz in addition to the already authorized frequencies of 5371.5 kHz and 5403.5 kHz on a secondary / non interference basis. The special propagation study permits are being issued for a year.

ITU meetings in Geneva

altA team of IARU officials attended the Working Party 5A, B and C meetings that took place in Geneva 20-30 May. IARU Region 1 was represented by Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, while DARC was represented by Ulrich Mueller DK4VW and RSGB by Colin Thomas G3PSM. Working Group 5A-1 chaired by Dale Hughes, VK1DSH completed a report documenting characteristics of amateur stations at or near 5.3 MHz that will be considered by Study Group 5 at its next meeting in December.

The group worked on a Report analyzing compatibility of amateur operation at 5.3 MHz with existing in-band and adjacent band services, as required by Resolution 649. More work needs to be done at the November meeting.

A revision of the Amateur Handbook was carried out by a sub working group chaired by Colin Thomas, G3PSM.

Some work was done on the CPM text for WRC-15 Agenda Item 1.4 (to consider a possible new allocation to the amateur service on a secondary basis within the band 5 250 - 5 450 kHz).

IARU presented its position on WRC-15 Agenda Item 1.18 (to consider a primary allocation to the radiolocation service for automotive applications in the 77.5 - 78.0 GHz frequency band).

Amateur representatives from other IARU regions included Tim Ellam VE6SH, Bryan Rawlings VE3QN, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP and Brennan Price N4QX.

Norwegian regulations change

As of October 31, 2012, the Norwegian P & T Authority has made changes to the Norwegian amateur license regulations. The major changes are:

  1. Permission has been given to use 472 - 479 kHz (max. 100 W transmitter power output; max. 1 W EIRP). Hence the former permission to use 493 - 510 kHz has been stopped. 
  2. Permission has been given to use 70.1875 - 70.2625 kHz, EXCEPT in the three Norwegian southwest counties of Hordaland, Rogaland and West-Agder, where there still is commercial traffic within this frequency segment. NRRL had argued that the bulk of Norwegian radio amateurs should not be barred from using the IARU Region 1 calling frequency on 70.200 MHz and vicinities, because of a few commercial stations in the southwest corner of the country. This reasoning has thus been accepted by the Norwegian P&T authority. Hence the permission on 4 m with max. 100 W transmitter power, and max. 16 kHz bandwidth, include the following frequency segments: 
    • 70.0625 - 70.0875 MHz 
    • 70.1375 - 70.3125 MHz* 
    • 70.3625 - 70.3875 MHz 
    • 70.4125 - 70.4625 MHz 

* 70.1875 - 70.2625 MHz not permitted in the counties Hordaland, Rogaland, and West-Agder (southwest Norway). 


472-479 kHz in Monaco

The "Direction des Communications Electroniques" of the Principality of Monaco, by official letter of May 18th 2012, has allocated the segment 472 - 479 kHz, to the amateur service with secondary status, with a maximum power of 1 (one) Watt e.i.r.p.

WRC-12 on ITU TV


Screen_Shot_2012-02-16_at_09.20.51IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, was interviewed by the ITU Press Office in the 4U1WRC studios, with IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, operating in the background. Ole talks about Amateur Radio in general and IARU's efforts at WRC-12, and beyond. 

ITU INTERVIEWS @ WRC-12: Ole Garpestad, Vice-President, The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)




WRC-12: Resolution COM6/12

wrc-12sThe WRC-12 Pleneary, in all night session, concluded on the agenda for WRC-15 and WRC-18. Resolution COM6/12 is of particular interest for the amateur service and calls for a possible allocation to the amateur service on a secondary basis at around 5 300 kHz. The full text of the resolution can be found in the spectrum part of our website at

The preparations for WRC-15 start next week when the Conference Preparatory Meeting will meet. This means that we IARU Region 1 Executive Committee and the IARU Region 1 Member Societies won't have time for a break. We will continue to contribute to the work of the ITU Study Groups and the Regional Telecommunications Organizations as well as the national WRC preparations. As a first action I would like to ask you to check the status of 5 MHz on the same page and report any changes to G3PSM or PB2T.