ÍSLENSKIR RADÍÓAMATÖRAR, ÍRA.

About ÍRA

Icelandic Radio Amateurs, abbr. ÍRA was founded on August 14, 1946. ÍRA is the national association of Icelandic radio amateurs and is recognized as such by the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland. ÍRA is a member society of the IARU, IARU Region 1, and the Nordic Amateur Radio Union, NRAU. The association celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016.

Meetings

Meetings are held once a week on Thursdays from 20:00 at ÍRA headquarters at the south end of Skeljanes street in Reykjavík. Members and guests are welcome to come for a visit. The Skeljanes street has the position: 64° 07′ 33″ N – 21° 56′ 58″ W. Locator is HP94ad, 14 km from the south end and 2.5 km from the west end of the grid area. Bus route number 12 terminates outside headquarters.

The Executive Committee 2018/19
President Jónas Bjarnason TF3JB
Vice President Óskar Sverrisson TF3DC
Secretary Georg Magnússon TF2LL
Treasurer Einar Kjartansson TF3EK
Board Member Jóhannes Hermannsson TF3NE
The E-mail address of the association: ira@ira.is

Letters and QSL Cards to the ÍRA TF QSL Bureau should be addressed to the following address:

Íslenskir Radíóamatörar, ÍRA
Pósthólf 1058
IS-121 Reykjavík
Iceland

E-mail: ira@ira.is


Welcome to the website of Icelandic Radio Amateurs, ÍRA.

1. Icelandic Radio Amateurs

The association of Icelandic Radio Amateurs, ÍRA, was founded in 1946. The association is the national representative of Icelandic radio amateurs towards the IARU, IARU Region 1 and NRAU. In the Icelandic regulation for radio amateurs, the association is given an official advisory role and liaison, between Icelandic licensees and the Post and Telecommunication Administration in Iceland, PTA.

2. PTA Liaison

Maintaining a close relationship with the PTA is one of ÍRA’s highest priorities. Among tangible results are:

  • Joint semi-annual to annual meetings between ÍRA and the PTA, discussing amateur radio issues.
  • Now for decades, ÍRA has composed and conducted amateur radio examinations in Iceland on behalf of the PTA.
  • Secondary privileges have been negotiated on the following bands: 70.000-70.200 MHz and 1850-1900 kHz (in certain international contests)

3. International Liaison

As member of the IARU / IARU Region 1 / NRAU, the ÍRA seeks to be as active in the international radio amateur arena as is possible for a small national society with limited funds.

4. National Society Activities

To mention but a few of the local national society activities:

  • Of major importance is our magazine, CQ TF, which is published quarterly. The April issue 2018 is the most recent publication.
  • By the same token, the society’s web page (www.ira.is) is actively maintained in order to fulfill the members’ need for the latest amateur radio news.
  • Amateur radio courses and examinations are given 1-2 times per annum.
  • ÍRA established for the first time an EMC committee in 2011. The committee seeks a close relationship with specialized bodies of other national societies and the IARU Region 1 EMC coordinator.
  • ÍRA was the 2nd society in the world to translate and publish ON4UN’s “Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur” in 2009. The publication was (and continues to be) distributed free to members.
  • QSL Bureau.

5. Club Activities

A few of the club activities are:

  • Our headquarters in Reykjavík are open to our members and guests once a week. Facilities are provided to sit down with a cup of coffee and look at the latest amateur radio magazines. Members also bring their outgoing QSL cards and check for incoming cards, as the IRA QSL Bureau is located there.
  • Our club station TF3IRA is QRV on HF, VHF and UHF (including satellites) and is open to licensed members, and in weekends for activating the station in international contests. Also run in contests as TF3W.
  • The society offers an ambitious program of lectures and seminars that are given each year from February to May and from October to December. The total number of such events exceeds 40 per annum.
  • ÍRA owns and runs VHF repeaters around the country and has an APRS digi-peater located at the headquarters in Reykjavík.
  • The society sponsors a TF Field day which is held annually in early August. This event first took place in 1979. A separate annual VHF field day was started in July, 2012, and in 2018 an Easter field day was added.
  • For a number of years the society has actively supported participation in the annual International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend in August.
  • The Society supports CW code practice transmissions from the club station, TF3IRA, on the 80 meter band (usually twice a week).
  • A new activity planned for 2018 is a code proficiency test, to be offered twice a year.
6. VHF repeaters

See “Repeaters and frequencies” for further information.

TF1RPB, QTH: Bláfjöll mountain range near Reykjavík. QRG 145.650 MHz RX, -600, CTCSS 88,5 Hz tone access.
TF3RPA, QTH: Skálafell mountain near Reykjavík. QRG 145.600 MHz RX; -600
TF1RPE, QTH: Búrfell mountain east from Reykjavík. QRG 145.700 MHz RX; -600
TF5RPD, QTH: Akureyri in the north of Iceland. QRG 145.625 MHz RX; -600
TF2RPJ, QTH: Mýrar in the west of Iceland. QRG 145.750 MHz RX; -600
TF3RPI, QTH: Bláfjöll mountain range near Reykjavík. QRG 439.950 MHz, -5 MHz, D-Star gateway

7. Beacon on 6 meters, status May 2018: not operational

Beacon TF1SIX QRG 50.057 MHz (soon to be operational, June 2018).

2 Meters FM on 145.500 MHz
70 Centimeters FM on 433.500 MHz
80 Meters SSB on 3637 KHz (mostly during weekends)
80 Meters CW on 3625 KHz at 21:00 (currently not much activity)

9. APRS

APRS digi-peter activity is not provided at the time of writing (May 1, 2018).

Updated by TF3JB, May 1, 2018.

Operating in Iceland

Information for visiting Radio Amateurs – SOTA in Iceland.

1. Visitors with a valid Amateur Radio license from CEPT countries

(A) A Radio Amateur from a CEPT country who has a licence that equals the requirements of the CEPT license as is layed out in ECC Recommendation T/R 61-01 does not need to have a special license issued by the Icelandic government if he/she comes to Iceland for a short visit. As long as the visitors license in his home country does not run out, the person can operate when in Iceland for a period of up to 3 months. Should the period of stay exceed 3 months, the licensee can apply for an Icelandic callsign. In such a case, his home country needs to have ratified ECC Recommendation T/R 61-02. A special application form needs to be used and there is a fee.

(B) If the radio amateur holds a valid novice license and comes from a CEPT country, his country needs to have ratified ECC/REC 05-06 in order for the licensee in question to be able to operate in Iceland.

(C) In all cases, CEPT licensees should only use the TF prefix in front of their call signs, but not the TF prefix with an Icelandic call area number. For example: TF/HB9XXX would thus be correct; but TF6/HB9XXX incorrect.

2. Visitors with a valid Amateur Radio license from countries which have implemented the T/R 61-01

(A) Radio Amateurs with a valid license from any of the following countries can operate in Iceland if the license in question equals the requirements for the CEPT license. They need not have a special license issued by the Icelandic government if he/she comes to Iceland for a short visit. As long as the visitors license in his home country does not run out, the person can operate when in Iceland for a period of up to 3 months. Should the period of stay exceed 3 months, the licensee can apply for an Icelandic callsign. In such a case, his home country needs to have ratified ECC Recommendation T/R 61-02. A special application form needs to be used and there is a fee.

The Radio Amateur from any of the following countries needs to be sure that his/her license meets the standard of equivalence as is set out in Annex IV of “ECC Recommendation T/R 61-01”.

  • Australia.
  • Canada.
  • Israel.
  • Netherlands Antilles (i.e. Bonaire, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Maarten).
  • New Zealand.
  • Peru.
  • South Africa.
  • United States.

(B) If the radio amateur comes from one of the countries mentioned above and holds a valid “novice license” (or equivalent), his country needs to have ratified ECC/REC 05-06 in order for the licensee in question to be able to operate in Iceland. In the case of The United States, this license is “General class license”.

(C): Licensees from these countries should only use the TF prefix in front of their call signs, but not the TF prefix with an Icelandic call area number. For example: TF/W1XXX would thus be correct; but TF6/W1XXX incorrect.

3. Visitors with a valid Amateur Radio license from other countries

Radio Amateurs with a valid license from a country that has neither adopted the CEPT Agreement or with which there is nor a reciprocal agreement, need to obtain a special permit from the authorities to operate in Iceland. To be able to obtain a special permit from the authorities, the licensee needs to demonstrate that his/her license fulfills the minimum requirements deemed satisfactory by the Icelandic PTA. Applicants should allow ample time for the processing of requests of this nature and follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the relevant application forms from the Post and Telecom Administration.
  2. Include an unequivocal confirmation of the validity and class of your licence together with power and bands allowed.
  3. A copy of your licence and licensing conditions certified by a notary public (clear copies).
  4. A statement by your licensing authority.
  5. A statement by your national IARU society.

Kindly return your application to the PTA with the stipulated licensing fee, as instructed by the authority.

4. Importing Amateur Radio equipment to Iceland

Customs should not be a problem. However, if there is as problem, you can ask the customs officer to contact Mr. Hördur R. Hardarson at the Icelandic PTA, Póst- og fjarskiptastofnun. Please note that the ECC Recommendation T/R 61-01 does not cover custom regulations pertaining to Amateur Radio equipment in any way.