STARS Working Group

The Chair of the STARS Working Group, Riri Azrak, OD5RI has indicated that he is finding it increasingly difficult to balance his business responsibilities in Lebanon with running the Working Group.

I have therefore agreed with him that he will become the Deputy Chair of the STARS WG and that a new Chair will be appointed until the next General Conference.

I am pleased to say that Hans Welens, ON6WQ, has agreed to return to lead STARS for that period. Hans ran STARS for 21 years until 2011, and I am very grateful to him for offering to step in for the next eleven months.

Please join me in thanking Riri for his work in STARS and wishing Hans every success in his role.

Don Beattie, G3BJ

President IARU Region 1  


STARS - Support to the Amateur Radio Service

Background of STARS

The objective of STARS is to defend, protect, extend, develop and promote the amateur radio service. The work of STARS is specifically directed to those areas of the Region where amateur radio activity is low or non existent.

The Philosophy

The philosophy behind all this is that the IARU is at its most representative for the amateur radio service when it has member societies in all the ITU member countries and when those societies have good, friendly and regular contacts with their national regulatory authorities. The basis for an active, viable and truly representative society is the recruitment of members with the nationality of the country.

The Programme

The programme to put this philosophy into practice and achieve the aims of STARS would be to assist with the founding of a national society, to assist with the establishment of one or more club stations and to assist with the organisation of an educational programme.

The Means

The means therefore are the STARS projects sponsored (up to now mainly) by IARU Region 1's Development Fund and coordinated by STARS. This Working Group consists of a chairman appointed by the General Conference and responsible for the general coordination and logistics, sub-regional coordinators responsible for the prospection, establishing and maintaining relations with all the member-societies and telecom authorities in their sub-region, the planning, preparing and proposing of possible projects and, after their approval, for their implementation, coordination, follow up, evaluation, in short: for the support to the 'local people' in charge of the practical realisation of the project. Further members of the WG are the EC member appointed to liaise with STARS, the IARU-Region 1 Treasurer (in charge of the Development Fund) and representatives of all the interested IARU-Region 1 member societies.

The Ways to proceed are usually as follows:

1. Making contact with the local amateur radio operators (including expatriates who stay there for a longer term) and their national society (if any) and discussing with them the existing problems and the possible solutions;

2. Establishing good relations with the regulatory authorities and convincing them of the respectability and usefulness of the amateur radio service by explaining such aspects as technical training (both in electricity and electronics as well as operating practice, human relations and civics, international understanding, emergency communications and disaster relief, etc. Eventually, some changes in their Radio Regulations might be suggested (in a very diplomatic way): Radio Amateur Examination, licence fee, novice or restricted licensing, etc.;

3. Looking for a good place to set up a project (probably a technical school, high school, university,...);

4. Working out a possible project with the 'local people' and the competent authorities, including the solution of such problems as import of equipment, need for trainers, etc.;

5. Proposing the detailed project (including the budget) to the STARS-WG.

For more Information contact:

IARU Region 1 STARS Coordinator
IARU Region 1 Vice-Chairman, STARS Working Group

or any of the following:

Sub-regional coordinator for Northern Africa & Middle East
Sub-regional coordinator for Western Africa
Sub-regional coordinator for Central Africa
Sub-regional coordinator for Eastern Africa
Sub regional coordinator for Southern Africa
Sub regional coordinator for Europe & Asia (Vacant)

Radio Spectrum/Regulatory Workshop South Sudan


workshop participants

On 15 November IARU Region 1 organised a Radio Spectrum/Regulatory Workshop with the aim to assist the South Sudanese administration with the implementation of amateur radio. The workshop was part of a goodwill project in cooperation with Radio Arcala, DX University, the YASME Foundation, ARRL, Rock City Investments Co, Yaesu Musen Co. Ltd of Japan and the European DX Foundation. The workshop took place on the compound of the European Union in Juba the capital of South Sudan. Most of the 21 participants work for the South Sudanese Radio Communications Agency, others came from the Ministry of  Interior.

Amateur Radio Exams in DR Congo

ARACOn 27 January 2012 the first Amateur Radio Exams took place in the ARAC clubhouse in Kinshasa Democatic Republic of Congo.

Pascal 9Q1PM, with assistance of Mr Henri and remote assistance of Henk ON4AHF, did an excellent job preparing the candidates for the test. All 21 candidates passed! The exam was supervised by Mr Mpatamana of the Ministère des Postes Nouvelles Technologies de Communication and observed by Pascal ON4CFC. The club has great plans to be on the air with their club station 9Q0AR on a regular basis.

XT2CEFIG on the air

Following a successful presentation in the press I am now happy to report that the ARBF (Burkina Faso) Board has decided to officially open their ham radio club to visitors. This event will take place on January 21, 2012. This radio club will have a special call sign XT2CEFIG. While waiting for STARS donated equipment the club will start operating with equipment borrowed from a kind radio amateur.  The gear will essentially consist of a wide band dipole, an HF transceiver and a VHF station to remote all the QSO to a local radio station. Numerous politicians are expected to attend this event.  We hope that many of you will be able to put XT2CEFIG in your logbook. Burkina Faso is back on the air again!

Look for them on 7.085 LSB on 40, 14.120 to 14.240, 21.120 and all the SSB part of the 10-meters. Be not too harsh with them; be indulgent because you will have to deal with novices without any experience. Good DX.