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.


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. 

IARU becomes custodian of operating standards booklet


Over the last eight years, the booklet “Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur” has become a respected work describing the best standards of operating on the amateur bands. Translated into most major languages, the booklet by John Devoldere, ON4UN and Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW, is a valuable reference work for all radio amateurs.

The booklet can be found at

Mark and John recently contacted IARU, explaining that they felt it appropriate for IARU to become the custodian of the booklet into the future, with the scope to adapt and update it to ensure it remains relevant and current.

The IARU Administrative Council accepted this offer with gratitude to John and Mark for the work they have put into the document. On May 5th 2016, Mark and John met Don Beattie, G3BJ, President IARU Region 1, in Brussels to officially hand over the document. IARU will now carry forward the work in future years to ensure its continuing relevance and currency.


Jamboree on the Air

JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet) is the largest Scouting event in the world.  The event is held on the third weekend of October; for 2015 the Jamboree took place on 16th, 17th & 18th October. The Middle East & North Africa Amateur Radio Societies took part on this event and some details can be found here

Satellite Frequency Co-ordination


The following announcement has been released by the IARU International Secretariat:

For some years, IARU has sought, through its group of volunteer satellite coordinators, to assign appropriate frequencies to be used by space satellites operating in the amateur bands. These efforts have generally been successful, allowing satellites to operate without undue interference to each other and to other services using the bands in question. The IARU role in coordination of frequencies is supported by ITU.

IARU is aware of a few satellites already operating in amateur bands which are causing difficulties in parts of the world as the frequencies they use do not appear to accord to existing band plans. IARU has now become aware of plans to launch a series of satellites where the frequencies proposed appear to conflict with existing IARU band plans in some parts of the world. IARU is investigating how this has arisen, and is discussing the issues with the parties involved.

We will make a further statement as soon as possible.

Political Relations Committee – Vice Chair


Following the appointment of Thilo Kootz as Chairman of the IARU Region 1 EMC Committee, the Executive Committee has considered the future leadership of the Region 1 Political Relations Committee (PRC), of which Thilo Kootz is currently also the Chairman. 

The EC has determined that until the next Conference, leadership of the PRC should be driven primarily by the Vice-Chair, to allow Thilo to focus on EMC matters, although Thilo would remain as Chairman to provide the necessary guidance. Jacques Verleijen, the current Vice Chair has agreed that he cannot provide the enhanced focus for the PRC whilst at the same time chairing another major committee, the VHF/UHF/Microwave Committee (C5), so has agreed to stand aside as PRC Vice-Chair, to allow a new appointment to be made. Jacques remains a member of the PRC. 

I am now pleased to announce that Séamus McCague EI8BP, who is already active in the PRC, is appointed as Vice-Chair of the PRC with immediate effect. Séamus recently retired from the role of IRTS President and this and his past experience in professional life will fit him well for the PRC role. 

We wish Séamus well in his new challenge. 

 Don Beattie, G3BJ

President IARU Region 1