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Celebrate 90 years of the International Amateur Radio Union

Date : 06 / 11 / 2015
Author : Roger Harrison - VK2ZRH

Ninety years is a good innings in anyone’s book.
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) this year celebrates 90 years standing up for the interests of radio amateurs at the top level of world radiocommunications treaty development at the ITU – the International Telecommunications Union, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

To celebrate this milestone, the IARU is promoting the use of the special callsign suffix ‘90IARU’.

As a member society of the IARU, the WIA has obtained the callsign VI90IARU to join in the global celebrations with other member societies around the world. So far, 40 stations, each with the 90IARU-suffix, have been heard and another 25 are expected to come on-air very soon. Expressions of interest to use VI90IARU opened last month through the WIA National Office. Both clubs and individual advanced licensees are encouraged to apply.

You need to nominate the date/s and time/s (UTC) you plan to use the callsign. Email your EOI to the WIA National Office at

Give it a thought and get in quick. The sands of time are moving through the hourglass all the while. The IARU is offering a handsome diploma for contacting 90IARU callsigns from 10 different countries that are members of the IARU. Qualifying stations can get the free electronic diploma for QSOs up to 31 December 2015. Diplomas will be issued for contacts using CW, phone or digital modes, or mixed. The WIA will acknowledge all QSLs for VI90IARU contacts it receives through the QSL Bureau.


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