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

North American Nets activating for Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast in the USA, various nets are activating as part of the emergency response. In addition to tropical and hurricane-force winds along the Texas coast and further inland, the main concern with this storm is heavy rain and flooding in an area which has not has a hurricane make landfall for 9 years.

Many of the frequencies used will be outside Region 1 allocations in 80m and 40m but there are some in 20m which may suffer from European QRM if operators are not careful.

The US National Hurricane Centre station WX4NHC will activate at 1900UTC 25th August on 14.325 MHz

The Hurricane Watch Net is operating from 1500 UTC on their daytime frequency of 14.325.00 MHz. When the 20 meter band closes they are likely to move over to 7.268.00 MHz or from 0000 UTC.

VOIP Hurricane Net likely to activate at 2 PM EDT/1800 UTC on Friday 25th August

The Southern Territory SATERN Net will activate for one day (so far) on Saturday, 26 August 2017 during local daylight hours on its regular frequency of 7.262 MHz.

All radio amateurs are requested to listen carefully before transmitting to avoid QRM to Emergency activities.

International Youth Meeting and YOTA flag hand over at HAM Radio

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Last weekend the IARU R1 International Youth meeting took place at HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. An enthusiastic group of young people and youth workers attended the meeting. Philipp DK6SP and Florian OE3FTA gave a presentation about their experiences in IARU R1’s youth contesting program at 9A1A. Find here the presentation.
The meeting ended with a discussion where many youngsters and youth coordinators shared their experiences on youth activities in several IARU R1 member societies. 
A few highlights:

  • HamCamp had this year more than 100 participants, mostly youth
  • A youth team activated for a weekend PA6YOTA and PD6YOTA from club station PI4CC
  • Many Italian youngsters attended the meeting and shared several activities, such as taking part in a contest from IY4FGM, the location where Marconi transmitted the first radio signals
  • OeVSV shared their positive experiences of hosting YOTA 2016 in Austria
  • Radio amateurs from Japan and the USA joined the meeting, with interest of bringing Youngsters On The Air to IARU Region 2 and 3

YOTA key and flag hand over
On Saturday afternoon the official YOTA flag was literally brought from OeVSV booth to the RSGB booth under loud cheering of a group of youngsters. With a ceremony at the RSGB booth the flag and morse key where handed over from the Austrian youngsters to the British youngsters. Which means YOTA UK is now almost going to start, with only 3 weeks left. We are looking forward to the event which will welcome more than 80 participants from around 30 member societies.

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:

Description

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.

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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.

 

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