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.


IARU at Friedrichshafen


IARU had a successful Friedrichshafen. The IARU stand was well-visited and was manned by a number of IARU volunteers. Members societies and others had the opportunity to discuss with IARU key issues about amateur radio and the progress towards WRC 2019.

IARU also gave a number of talks at the Friedrichshafen event which will be made available to IARU Member Societies. One presentation given by IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, is available here 

IARU Region 1 President at opening of Ham Radio 2017.

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, gave an opening address at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio 2017 event last week. He covered the spectrum challenges of today, and IARU's role in working for the future of amateur radio. A copy of the talk is available here

EURAO and Friedrichshafen

IARU Region 1 is surprised and disappointed at the statement made by EURAO, asserting that IARU has refused to meet with EURAO at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event.

IARU has for many months been pressing EURAO to meet on a professional level to discuss and share views on amateur radio strategy. This against a background where CEPT has very little time to devote to amateur radio issues and certainly not to resolving differences of view between EURAO and IARU.

EURAO has shown itself reluctant to respond to this invitation, finally responding at the end of May proposing a meeting at Friedrichshafen and citing budget difficulties in meeting elsewhere.

It is totally impractical for IARU to hold the suggested one day meeting at Friedrichshafen and for EURAO to expect this to happen shows a misunderstanding of the depth of discussion required. Nor does electronic conferencing lend itself to this sort of meeting where establishing personal rapport is a key part of the objective.

With careful choice of meeting location, this can be done within one day, without overnight stays. IARU is deeply involved in the Friedrichshafen programme this year, but remains ready to hold the proposed meeting on another occasion anywhere in Europe.

For a fuller statement see:

Interim meeting Vienna 2016

The next interim meeting of the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/MW Committee, the HF Committee and the EMC Committee will be convened on 16th and 17th of April 2016 at the InterCity Hotel in Vienna. The Austrian society, ÖVSV, has kindly invited us to Vienna.

Any contributions for this meeting shall be received by ON4AVJ (VHF/UHF/MW) , DK4VW (HF) and DL9KCE (EMC) no later than 16 January 2016. The contributions and the draft meeting agenda will be distributed to member societies before 6 February 2016.

ÖVSV has drafted the following schedule:

Friday, 15th April 2016:
• 2000 - 2030 hrs: Welcome drink at the hotel (sponsored by OeVSV)
• 2030 - 2200 hrs: Dinner

Saturday, 16th April 2016:
• 0730 - 0900 hrs: Breakfast
• 0830 - 1000 hrs: Committee meetings HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 1000 - 1020 hrs: break
• 1020 - 1200 hrs: Committee meetings HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 1200 - 1330 hrs: Lunch
• 1330 - 1530 hrs: Committee meetings EMC, HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 1530 - 1600 hrs: break
• 1600 - 1900 hrs: Committee meetings EMC, HF and V/U/SHF Committees
• 20:00 hrs: dinner (hosted by OeVSV)

Sunday, 17 April 2013:
• 0800 - 0900 hrs: Breakfast
• 0900 - 1200 hrs: Committee meetings (EMC, HF and V/U/SHF Committees)
• 1200 - 1400 hrs: Lunch


InterCityHotelWien (
The hotel is a 4 star hotel, located within easy reach (three minutes by foot) of a main Vienna railway station (Westbahnhof) and an underground station, from where the city centre (St. Stephan’s Cathedral) can be reached in a few minutes. The HQ of ÖVSV lies within an eight minutes’ walk from the hotel. We will use the comfortable and quiet meeting rooms and enjoy the good catering provided by the hotel.
Costs package:

Conference package EUR 326,- includes:
• Accommodation in single room from Friday to Sunday with breakfast (high speed internet)
• Conference fee including refreshments during breaks
• Meals (1x dinner, 2x lunch)
• Public transport ticket
Additional information:
• Not included is the transfer from / to the Airport. Please see or for further information.
• Additional nights: please send a mail to OE1MCU

Please mail your hotel and conference reservations for Vienna to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposals for the conference and any other questions about the meeting to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• 16January 2016 for contributions.
• 06February 2016 binding registration for the Sub Working Group.
• 10 March 2016 for all payments.

Please help the organizational committee by observing the deadlines!