What the heck is the IARU?

You may have heard about it but what is the IARU?

The IARU was created in 1925 in Paris, France. The Union serves as the watchdog and spokesman for the world amateur radio community. The current president is a Canadian Timothy Ellam, VE6SH. The Union is broken down into tree regional organizations that correspond to the three radio regions of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Canadian hams are represented by the IARU Region 2 which represents hams in the area encompassed by the American Continent. Here’s a directory of member societies including Radio Amateurs of Canada. One of the founding members of Region 2 (which was formed in Mexico City in 1964) was another Canadian, Noel Eaton, VE3CJ, SK who went on to serve as IARU president worldwide.

IARU Region Two has a long list of objectives which can be found here.

Representation on these regional and world-wide organizations is just one of the benefits of membership in Radio Amateurs of Canada. By keeping your membership up to date you are directly contributing to the continuation of amateur radio here in Canada and around the world. Thank you for joining with your fellow amateurs from around the world. Amateur radio thrives thanks to your contribution.

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