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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations agency that deals with information and communication technologies. Included within the scope of the ITU work are communication services such as the amateur radio and the amateur-satellite services.

ITU Decision making

Because of ITU’s strong – and long – culture of consensus, voting is relatively rare at ITU conferences, with the exception of the election of ITU’s top management and the members of the Radio Regulation Board and ITU Council.

ITU Amateur and Amateur-satellite service (ITU ARS)

Radio Regulations (RR)

Definition "amateur service" (RR Article 1.56)

A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.

Definition "amateur-satellite service" (RR Article 1.57)

A radiocommunication service using space stations on earth satellites for the same purposes as those of the amateur service.

Rules Amateur services (RR 25)

Qualifications (ITU-R M.1544)

European Union Radio Spectrum Regulatory Framework

  • Electronic Communications Committee (CEPT-ECC)
  • European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
  • European Commission (EC)

CEPT-ECC Radio amateurs

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

One of the primary activities of the IARU is to work within the ITU structure to preserve and maintain the spectrum allocated to the amateur radio and amateur-satellite services and to promote the usefulness and value of amateur radio.