Friday, December 13, 2019

IARU Looks to Its Own Future

The president of the International Amateur Radio Union is challenging member societies to make changes needed to keep them, the IARU and amateur radio itself, relevant in the future. According to the ARRL Letter, IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, told the group's administrative council last fall that amateur radio is changing but that the IARU and its member societies are not.

After a lengthy discussion, the participants agreed to work on four major challenges:

  • What is amateur radio?
  • The roles of the IARU and its members
  • Recruitment into amateur radio, and
  • IARU finances

The group also agreed to try to identify and involve younger people who "could take ownership of these topics" in addressing these challenges.