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.

Youth Section

Protection of Young People Involved in IARU Region 1 Youth Activities

IARU Region 1 has a rapidly developing youth programme to encourage the recruitment, growth and development of young people in Amateur Radio.

Modern standards require proper safeguarding of young people. The “IARU Region 1 Child Protection Policy” has therefore been implemented, which sets out the responsibilities of all those who are in a supervisory role during such IARU events.

This Policy is required reading for all those planning Region 1 events involving young people. Event organisers and team leaders are required to sign to acknowledge that they have read and understood the requirements of the policy.

By taking these steps, IARU Region 1 seeks to ensure that all young people can enjoy the range of events organised by the Region in a safe and secure environment.

Download the Policy which contains Appendices required to be signed (.pdf)

HST Rules

HF References

List of HF References:


Release Date

HF Band Plan 2016            corrected 5 MHz band plan (bandwidth 200 Hz)  October 2016
HF Handbook (V8.2)          download corrected V8.2.1  Oct. 2016  June 2016
HF Band Plan 2016            download corrected version Oct. 2016   1 June 2016
HF Handbook (V8.2.1)       corrected 5 MHz band plan (bandwidth 200 Hz)  October 2016
HF Band Plan 2014  February 2015
HF Handbook (V8.0) December 2011
HF Bandplan 2011 August 2011
HF Bandplan 2009 March 2009
HF Bandplan 2006
HF Handbook, Free-banding, WRC, IARU Contest
October 2005
HF Handbook (V7.01) January 2009
HF Handbook (V6.0) July 2003

Amateur Radio

This is a quote from a book on amateur radio written nearly half a century ago. But the sentiment is still correct.


Amateur radio offers everyone a great technical hobby, with opportunities for growing your own technical capability, and having fun at the same time.

Amateur radio also provides valuable public service at times of emergency, by providing communication facilities when all else fails.