IARU President sends greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

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04/18/2018

Wednesday, April 18 is World Amateur Radio Day (ROOM), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates the contribution of amateur radio to society.

“World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member societies to showcase our capabilities and promote the use of amateur radio, both on the airwaves and on social media,” said the President of the ‘IARU, Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA. “It’s a celebration of what the amateur radio service has brought to the public over the years and our ability to provide communication to help others in times of crisis.”

Amateur radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum – far from being considered by the wasteland “experts” of the time – could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU story noted. 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 the allocations still recognized today – 160, 80, 40, 20 and 10 meters. Since then, the IARU has 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.

I wish all amateurs a fantastic day of celebration of amateur radio, I encourage everyone to get involved and above all, have fun! said Ellam, President of the IARU.

Bands must promote their WARD activity on social media using the #WorldAmateurRadioDay hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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