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.


Louis van de Nadort, PA0LOU

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Louis van de Nadort, PA0LOU. Lou died in hospital after a short illness.

Lou was the Chairman of IARU Region 1 for 27 years until his retirement in 2002, and a member of the IARU Administrative Council. He will be sorely missed by his many colleagues and friends in IARU and around the world.

On behalf of myself and the entire Executive Committee, I express our sincere condolences to his wife An and family. Region 1 will be represented at the funeral by Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T.

Don Beattie, G3BJ
President IARU Region 1

HE200GE activity from Switzerland

The beginnings of modern Switzerland -- Helvetia, the Swiss Confederation -- go back to the year 1291, when the three German language Alpine forest areas, or 'Urkantone', of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden signed the Federal Charter ('Bundesbrief'), a Pact of eternal alliance and mutual self-defence. Over the centuries more and more German, French, Italian and Romansh speaking cantons allied themselves to the original three, and today the Swiss Confederation counts 26 multi-lingual cantons.

Among the last to become Swiss was the Republic of Geneva on May 19, 1815.  On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of this historic event USKA's Geneva section (HB9G) will be active on all amateur bands throughout 2015 with the special callsign HE200GE. Contacts will, of course, be valid for the Diplôme de Genève (QSL via HB9AOF).


IARU Region 1 initiated changes to CEPT Licence and CEPT Novice Licence

Free and unbureaucratic short-term cross-border amateur radio operation is set to be expanded to more countries outside Europe: Non CEPT countries can now join the framework of the CEPT licence and the CEPT Novice licence in a much simplified process thanks to an initiative of IARU Region 1 to change the relevant recommendations. At the same time the syllabus for the Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC) has been amended to include questions on the Radio Amateur Code of Conduct and on operating practices. The changes were approved by the Working Group Frequency Management (WGFM) of CEPT and are now in force.

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Roy Stevens G2BVN Memorial Trophy awarded to Wolf Harranth OE1WHC

Wolf Harranth

At the Region 1 Conference in Landshut in September, the panel convened to consider proposals to award the G2BVN trophy considered two cases. One has already been announced (Colin Thomas, G3PSM) but the second was not announced at Landshut as the recipient was not present.

IARU Region 1 is now pleased to announce that the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Tropy has been awarded to Professor Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, the CEO of DokuFunk Vienna.   

Many know Wolf Harranth from the work he does 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.

IARU Region 1 Conference Closes

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The 24th General Conference of IARU Region 1 opened on Sunday 17 September 2017 with 40 Member Societies present at Conference and 13 Member Societies represented by proxies. The Conference was held at the Sparkassenakademie Bayern in Landshut, Germany and hosted by the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

Progress was made at the conference on a number of topics that are of key concern to radio amateurs. This came from getting people together over several days and facing them with the realities that we need to protect our spectrum as well as address the declining numbers of active Radio Amateurs.

The Conference reviewed the strategy of IARU Region 1, its finances and membership. Other mat-ters reviewed includes the work of a number of permanent Committees, Working Groups and coordinators, including EMC, Political Relations, Emergency Communications, Youth, ARDF, De-velopment of Amateur Radio in developing countries, Spectrum development and protection via ITU, CEPT and the World Radiocommunication Conferences (External Relations Committee), In-truder Watch, Space and High-Speed Telegraphy.

Conference also reviewed policy in the key spectrum areas of LF/HF and VHF/UHF/Microwave. Discussions extended over a range of areas, including band planning, contest, remote working and innovative developments in the areas of satellites and digital TV. The position on future World Communication Conferences was also discussed.

A full report of the proceedings of the final Plenary will be published in due course on the IARU Region 1 web site at

The Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy, the highest recognition that Region 1 can award, was awarded to Colin Thomas, G3PSM for his outstanding contribution to amateur radio and the work of IARU over several decades.

A new Executive Committee was elected during the Final Plenary of the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference. The Executive Committee for 2017 to 2020, who will start their term of office on 31 October 2017, are

President: Don Beattie, G3BJ
Vice President: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR
Secretary: Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T
Treasurer: Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE

Sylvain Azarian, F4GKR
Alessandro Carletti IV3KKW
Mats Espling, SM6EAN
Joerg Jaehrig, DJ3HW
Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO

The 25th IARU Region 1 General Conference will be held in September 2020 in Novi Sad, Serbia, hosted by SRS.


Radio DARC has released a Press Release announcing the way in which it will cover the IARU Region 1 Conference in September. You can read the details here


In February 2017, IARU Region 1 proposed that EURAO and IARU should meet to have an exchange of views about each organistion's priorities for Amateur Radio and also internal decision making processes. This against a background of needing to present a single message to regulators on amateur radio matters.

After a brief discussion at the Friedrichahafen Ham Radio event, EURAO has now agreed to meet, and the meeting is scheduled for December 2017. IARU Region 1 looks forward to a constructive discussion.