US Representative Debbie Lesko of Arizona presented a resolution designating April 18, 2021 as National Amateur Radio Day, to recognize the important contributions of radio amateurs.
“Amateur radio operators are essential in times of crisis and our communities are safer thanks to their dedication to sharing important information with the public,” Lesko said. She was approached to present the resolution by Raymond, 12, N7KCB, of Peoria, Arizona.
“I started Long Distance Responders so I can help prepare the community for emergencies with amateur radio,” Raymond said. “There may be a price for a radio, but the ability and knowledge to help someone is really priceless.”
As Lesko’s resolution notes, World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is observed annually on April 18 to commemorate the founding of the International Union of Radio Amateurs (IARU) in 1925, and she said her resolution recognized the amateur radio community with a national day in the United States in 2021. The resolution cites the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) for providing “invaluable emergency communication services following recent natural disasters, including, but not limited to, assistance in the coordination of relief efforts after hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Maria and other extreme weather disasters”.