IARU Region 2 Monitoring System

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The IARU Monitoring System (MS) is one of the specialized groups organized under the auspices of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The goal of the IARU MS is to identify and to have removed all non-Amateur radio stations ("Intruders") which cause interference in the exclusively-allocated Amateur radio bands in violation of international and national frequency allocations. 

Most of the work of the IARU Monitoring System is done by ordinary Amateur Radio operators who are volunteer monitors working for their national Amateur Radio societies. To coordinate the work of these national MS organizations, there is an IARU MS International Coordinator and three Regional Coordinators. 

After a source of interference has been fully identified and reported, the IARU formally requests ITU to have it removed. In practice, the National Coordinators of the IARU Monitoring System, through the National Society of each country, contact their national telecommunications administration to take the necessary measures to end the intrusion, or deals with emissions from outside, communicate through the official channels to the administration of the foreign country responsible for the intrusive station.

All national and international radio communications are governed by the Radio Regulations and Frequency Allocations agreed to by the members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is a specialized agency of the United Nations with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The members of the ITU are the nations of the world. 

Only national governments can enforce radio regulations. In one way or another, it seeks to ensure that all countries adhere to the International Frequency Allocations of ITU that govern the use of the radio spectrum. The Monitoring System accomplishes its objectives by coordinating and facilitating the exchange of relevant technical information between the member societies of the IARU and encouraging compliance with the radio standards applicable by the national telecommunications administrations.

The IARU has Observer status at the ITU. In addition, IARU Region 2 has Observer status at the Comisión Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL), one of the agencies of the Organization of American States (OAS).

For more information on the organization and activities of the IARU, visit the IARU Region 2 website or the IARU International Secretariat website.  

Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE
IARU R2 MS Coordinator