Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular technical hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. Amateur Radio operators, commonly known as Hams make use of the designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications. Ham Radio can be used to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It is fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during natural disasters and calamities.
Amateur Radio hobby is governed by international treaty. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the worldwide federation of national Amateur Radio organizations. The membership of the IARU consists of more than 160 member-societies in as many countries and separate territories.
The IARU was founded at a meeting in Paris in 1925 as the international representative of the Amateur Radio movement. At the time, the “short waves” were just beginning to be understood and to be exploited for global communication using power levels and antennas that were within reach of private individuals operating from their own homes. These radio amateurs needed an organization to coordinate their activities and to be their voice at international conferences. The IARU is recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the representative of the interests of its member societies and radio amateurs throughout the world. The IARU is a Sector Member of the ITU Radiocommunication (ITU-R) and Development (ITU-D) Sectors and participates in the Study Groups of both Sectors.The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for all matters related to information and communication technologies. it was Established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union.
The IARU is organized into three regions, named Region 1, Region 2, and Region 3. These regions correspond to the regulatory regions used by the International Telecommunication Union. All three regions have appointed Coordinators for Amateur Radio Direction Finding, emergency communications, monitoring for electromagnetic interference, and radio propagation.
UAE is in the IARU Region 1 and Emirates Amateur Radio Society, EARS represents UAE.
As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs by the national telecom regulator of each country. Telecom Regulatory Authority – TRA is the federal telecommunications regulatory agency of the United Arab Emirates