IARU Region 3 Award

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) represents Amateur Radio at the international level. When World governments gather to discuss issues that might impact Hams the IARU is there to argue our case. IARU members are the national Amateur Radio organizations in each country. This makes the IARU something like the United Nations of Ham Radio.

The IARU is broken up into three regions of the world. These correspond with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Zones. Region 3 roughly covers East Asia and Oceania. The IARU Region 3 organization offers an award for working Hams in a certain number of countries of their area.

The definition of countries here differs from the common use of the term when it comes to Amateur Radio awards. Unlike the DXCC country entity, the IARU Region 3 countries are based on nation states (mostly) who are members of the IARU. For example, there two Malaysian countries when it comes to DXCC (east and west) but only one when considering this award.

The award is only delivered in PDF format. This helps keep award management costs low and aids in quick turnaround.

Region 3 Award

Flavors

The Region 3 Award comes in a wide variety of forms, which ultimately means multiple awards could be obtained. A given award may be presented at one level, one mode (or mixed-mode) and band (or multi-band).

First, the award is quite approachable in that it is offered in three classes, depending upon how many IARU countries you work. The three classes offered are:

ClassCountries
Basic5
Silver10
Gold20

Five countries is an easy entry point to get started. Secondly, pick one of the following modes:

MixedPhoneCWDigitalSatellite
Possible Modes

Then pick one of the following bands:

160M80M40M30M20M
17M15M12M10M6M
2M70cm23cmMulti
Possible Bands

Theoretically one could chase 30+ versions of this award if one was so inclined.

Requirements And Cost

Right up front is one of the most appealing feature of the award, it’s absolutely free! Because the award is distributed in PDF form there are no costs to speak of that need to be covered.

IARU Region 3’s website contains a PDF of official rules for the award as well as a PDF application file. Just print the application, fill it out, scan it and return via email.

There are no requirements to submit QSLs or to have third parties verify your QSLs. This is handled via the honor system, so be on your best behavior!

All contacts must be made from the same country. This is a common requirement. One difference is that all contacts must be made with the same callsign. So you cannot use contacts made with callsigns you previously held.

IARU Region 1 (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Region 2 (North and South America) offer similar awards for working countries within their respective areas. Once you’ve earned this award give the others a look as well.

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  1. This award, available in three classes, may be claimed by any licensed radio amateur eligible under the General Rules who can produce evidence of having contacted amateur radio stations in the required number of countries whose national societies are members of the Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union ( IARU ).

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