Local radio amateurs join their counterparts around the world on Sunday to celebrate a relatively unknown but time-tested mode of communication that has been relied upon to bring emergency services together, bring people together from a distance and build friendships. .
World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) 2021 is set for Sunday, commemorating the 1925 founding of the International Amateur Radio Union in Paris, France.
World Amateur Radio Day celebrates the pioneering achievements and continued service of radio amateurs, also known as amateur radio operators. The theme for WARD 2021 is “Amateur Radio: Home But Never Alone,” recognizing the variety of activities and opportunities in amateur radio that help overcome the sense of social isolation felt by many of us during the current pandemic.
While physical distancing has limited many in-person activities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many Indiana County Amateur Radio Club (ICARC) members have used their home radio stations to continue practicing their ability to personal radio communication. Their use of radio signals, which reach across borders, brings people together culturally while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
The ARRL, the National Association of Radio Amateurs® (www.arrl.org) in the United States, reports that there are more than 3 million radio amateurs worldwide. The ARRL has 2,400 affiliated radio clubs nationwide.
In today’s electronic DIY environment, amateur radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and many other scientific disciplines.
Some hams, including members of Indiana County’s ARES/SKYWARN team, practice. year-round to serve their communities during emergencies and disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires, if standard communications infrastructure fails.
There are hams of all ages, from 9 to 100, and ICARC is always looking for new members.
When not in social distancing mode, ICARC offers training courses and exam sessions for new radio amateurs to help them obtain their amateur radio license or “ticket” as it is known in the radio community. Information about these programs can be found on the ICARC website www.qsl.net/w3bmd or on the club’s Facebook page.
Those who would like more information about World Amateur Radio Day and Amateur Radio in Indiana County can contact Gary Miller, KC3NHE via email at KC3NHE@gmail.com or direct message the Facebook page of ICARC. Look for #WorldAmateur RadioDay posts on social media, including the ICARC Facebook page.