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.


G3PSM receives the G2BVN Memorial Trophy

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The 2017 Region 1 Conference agreed the award of the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, memorial trophy to Colin Thomas, G3PSM. The Trophy was formally presented to Colin by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, at the RSGB 2018 AGM held in Birmingham on 21st April. In making the presentation, Don outlined Colin's contributions to Amateur Radio, particularly with IARU in CEPT and ITU over several decades, as well as his extensive work with RSGB. In reply Colin recalled that one of his early mentors was Roy Stevens, who had guided him in his early years in international amateur radio forums. The award therefore had a particular resonance for him.

Only eleven G2BVN Memorial Trophies have been awarded since its inception some 35 years ago.     

G2BVN Memorial Trophy presented in Vienna

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The CEO of DokuFunk, Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, was presented with the G2BVN Memorial Trophy in Vienna at the end of November. The presentation was made by Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, on behalf of IARU Region 1.

Many know Wolf Harranth from his work managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

The G2BVN Memorial Trophy is the highest recognition that IARU Region 1 can award and is in memory of Roy Stevens, G2BVN who was the influential and globally respected Secretary of IARU Region 1 in the latter part of the 20th century.

The photograph shows Wolf (left) with Michael Kastelic.

Joint statement on meeting IARU and EURAO

Joint statement following a meeting between IARU and EURAO to discuss areas of common interest

EuraoA meeting was held on 2nd December between the President of IARU Region 1 and the President of EURAO. Also present were the Chair of IARU Region 1’s Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee and the Secretary-General of EURAO.

The meeting was held against a background of both IARU Region 1 and EURAO having LoUs with CEPT, enabling participation in the work of CEPT.  

The meeting was held to explore areas of common interest, recognising in particular the desire of CEPT for representative organisations to present a common amateur radio service position.

IARU Region 1 and EURAO exchanged views on their priorities for the Amateur Radio service after which a more detailed discussion took place on the ways in which they might cooperate in the interest of the future of amateur radio.

Both organisations accepted that they had shared objectives, identified some specific areas for interworking and will continue a constructive dialogue into the future.

D F Beattie, G3BJ                                                       Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ
President IARU Region 1                                            President, EURAO

Dave Court, EI3IO                                                       Joan-Carles Samaranch, EA3CIW
Chair IARU Region 1 Spectrum and                           Secretary-General, EURAO
Regulatory Liaison Committee

IARU News Release - Satellite Coordination

IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions

As the global federation of national associations of radio amateurs in more than 150 countries, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for many years has provided frequency coordination services for amateur satellites free of charge. Often these satellites are constructed by students at universities and other institutions as a part of their educational experience. In general, they have been licensed to operate in the amateur-satellite service, which is defined by the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as having the "...purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest."

Some administrations have issued experimental licenses for such satellites operating in amateur-satellite frequency bands. The IARU has coordinated these satellites as well, to reduce the possibility of harmful interference that might result from uncoordinated operation. Since 1 July 2014 it has not been possible to coordinate experimental satellites in the 144-146 MHz band because of the high probability of harmful interference in this heavily used band.

Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. In 2012 the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference took note of the proliferation of what in Resolution 757 (WRC-12) it called "nanosatellites and picosatellites" and invited WRC-18 (now scheduled for 2019) to consider steps to facilitate their deployment and operation. Two Reports, ITU-R SA.2312 (09/2014) and ITU-R SA.2348 (05/2015), are instructive regarding the characteristics, definitions, spectrum requirements, and notification procedures of and for such satellites, which generally must use spectrum below 1 GHz for operational reasons.

At the following WRC in 2015, in place of Resolution 757 the Member States of the ITU adopted Resolution 659 (WRC-15) in which it was noted that the use of 144-146 MHz and 435-438 MHz by non-amateur satellites is not in accordance with the definition of the amateur-satellite service in the Radio Regulations. Resolution 659 cites the two reports mentioned above and makes it clear that the spectrum needs of what are now called "non-geostationary satellites with short duration missions" should be met either within the service in which the space station is operating or within the space operation service. Further, if new or upgraded allocations to the space operation service are required, studies should be limited to the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

Accordingly, effective 1 August 2017 the IARU will be following revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination.

The strong preference is for all satellites using spectrum allocated to the amateur and amateur-satellite services to operate under amateur licenses and within the definition of the amateur-satellite service and the service-specific Article 25 of the Radio Regulations. The IARU believes the definition is sufficiently broad to encompass nearly all educational satellite projects that include giving students hands-on experience with radiocommunication and are conducted under an amateur license.

The IARU will only coordinate a non-amateur satellite if an administration directs in writing that it be operated in an amateur-satellite band under an experimental or other non-amateur license.

Satellites with combined amateur and non-amateur missions will continue to be coordinated.


Region 1 Executive Committee meets

Rotated pic of ECThe annual meeting of the Region 1 Executive Committee was held from 5-7 May in Landshut, Germany. Also present were the Chairs of the three Permanent Committees (HF, V/U/SHF and EMC) together with the Chairs of the Political Relations Committee, the Youth Working Group and IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR

Matters discussed, in addition to regular business were the arrangements for the Region 1 Conference to be held at the Landshut Conference Centre in September 2017, the future financial strategy for the Region, preparations for WRC 19, actions to bring coherence to the IARU brand, including new websites,the STARS programme and the future direction for the Youth programme. Papers to be submitted to Conference by the EC were also approved.

The proceedings of the meeting will be published on this website shortly.

IARU continues preparations for WRC-19

IARU’s prime roles are to work in the areas of spectrum privileges (gaining or retaining spectrum for the amateur radio services) and spectrum protection (making sure that our spectrum remains available for use and free from serious man-made interference).

To do this we work in the international standards bodies (CISPR, CENELEC and ETSI), the Regional Telecommunications Organisations around the world (eg CEPT, CITEL, APT, ATU) and of course ITU. The ITU is the United Nation’s specialised agency for telecommunications. Its Web Site contains a considerable amount of material and documentation of interest to the amateur service, much of which can be downloaded from

In the last month, IARU representatives have attended the CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) – the policy-making body of CEPT, one of the many CEPT committees at which IARU is present. IARU was also present at ITU Working Parties under Study Group 5, whose remit is to study matters relating to terrestrial radiocommunication services, which includes the amateur service. WP5A is working to prepare for the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 with a focus which includes the Amateur Radio Services. At its November meeting it:
• Completed revisions to Recommendation ITU-R M.1732 dealing with parameters to be used in sharing studies regarding the compatibility of amateur service operations with other radio services mainly in the 50 – 54 MHz band. It also generated four liaison statements to other groups. “Liaison statements” are the ways in which working parties alert each other to matters of common interest,
• Continued work on the sharing and compatibility studies required for WRC-19 agenda item 1.1 which addresses an amateur allocation in ITU Region 1 in common with those already available in Regions 2 and 3 in the band 50 – 54 MHz. Sharing studies consider the criteria under which spectrum can be shared between differing radio services,
• Addressed other WRC-19 agenda items which could impact the amateur service,
• Updated the WP5A Webpage information document “Guide to the use of ITU-R texts relating to the amateur and amateur-satellite services”,
• Reviewed liaison statements from other ITU Working parties on topics of relevance to the amateur services and generated some liaison statements itself.

IARU will continue to be active in ITU and Regional Telecommunications Organisations as preparations advance for the next World Radio Conference in 2019. The coming weeks will see IARU participating in CEPT’s Conference Preparatory Group for WRC-19 and in its Project Team meetings.



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Two long-serving volunteers in IARU Region 1 were recognised for their work for IARU at the Friedrichshafen HamRadio event last week.

Christian Verholt, OZ8CY, (L) former Chair of the EMC Working Group and former EMC Advisor to the IARU International Secretariat, was awarded the IARU President's Diamond Award by Tim Ellam, VE6SH, IARU President, and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, IARU Vice-President. The award is a new reward to recognise exceptional volunteer contribution over many years.


Christian was also awarded the Region 1 Medal by Region 1 President Don Beattie in recognition of his work on EMC matters in the Region ove more than 20 years. 

Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM, (R) was awarded the Region 1 Medal by IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, to recognise his ongoing exceptional leadership of the successful IARU monitoring system. 

Congratulations to both for their commitment to the work of IARU.