Thursday, April 18 is World Amateur Radio Day (ROOM), this year marking the 94th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates the contribution of amateur radio to society. Groups in the United States and around the world will celebrate WARD 2019 with live activities.
“I am pleased to send my greetings on World Amateur Radio Day,” said IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH. “April 18th is the day that all of amateur radio celebrates and tells the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have. I encourage all radio amateurs to join the celebrations and promote amateur radio on the airwaves or in your community.
Amateur radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum was not considered by the wasteland experts of the time but as a resource that could support global propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was “in grave danger of being sidelined”, notes the IARU history. Amateur radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and established the IARU to support amateur radio worldwide.
Two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, amateur radio obtained allocations still recognized today – 160, 80, 40, 20 and 10 meters. Other bands followed, and the IARU has since worked to defend and expand amateur radio frequency allocations.
Of the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas and Region 3 includes Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island nations and most of Asia.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of amateur radio.
Groups are encouraged to promote their WARD activity on social media using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Brazil: LABRE Roraima, PV8AA, will sponsor various activities and satellite operations with the participation of scouts, including young Venezuelan refugees.
Denmark: Operators in Denmark will be allowed to use the call signs 5P0WARD and 5P0WHD on April 18. Individual operators will be assigned a special suffix extension (00 to 99) to distinguish individual stations, for example, 5P0WARD/36 or 5P0WHD/7. The Danish Contest Academy station OZ5E will be active as 5P0WARD/60. Rewards will be available for contacting stations on all modes and bands.
France: TM94WARD will mark World Amateur Radio Day, sponsored by REF, the French IARU member society. It will air from April 13-21.
Malaysia: 9M4CMN will be on the air from Segamat, South Malaysia, and 9M4CKK will be active from Tumpat, East Coast Malaysia, from 02:30-15:30 UTC on April 18.
Portugal: The Rede dos Emissores Portugueses (RED) will hold an open day at its headquarters on April 18, demonstrating the installation of a portable, low-power amateur station, as well as its operation and transportation.
United States: The Fair Lawn (NJ) Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) will hold an open house on April 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT at the FLARC Pavilion at the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Club members will be available to demonstrate the stations and to discuss the many interests of amateur radio operators and the role that radio amateurs and clubs play in providing public service communication.
Worldwide: The World Radio Network and World Friendship Net will participate in World Amateur Radio Day 2019 using the special call sign W2W. A commemorative QSL card will be available and a 12 hour net will be convened with net checkers around the world. Join the commemoration at 1600 UTC via Echolink on the World Conference Server (IRLP 9251) and Allstar Node #47620 – World Conference Hub.