In recognition of World Amateur Radio Day, held on April 18, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published articles and social media posts highlighting various facets of amateur radio. This included an ITU News newsletter interview with Philipp Springer, DK6SP, Chairman of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Youth Working Group, and the article“How to Become a Radio ‘Amateur’ in the Digital Age”, by Nick Sinanis, SV3SJ, ITU Study Group Advisor and Head of ITU Radio Station, 4U1ITU.
Springer, 24, got his amateur radio license when he was 9 years old. In his interview with ITU News, he explained that the variety of operating techniques and social connections are part of what motivates young people to become active in amateur radio in an increasingly digital world. “It’s technical parts like experimenting with radio science, soldering, developing and building electronics, in practice and not just theory,” he said. “Secondly, it’s [the] social part: we connect with other communities, meet radio operators from all over the world. Finally, we connect with other cultures: we practice foreign languages, visit other countries and catch the airwaves during what are called “expeditions”. Springer is also featured in an ITU video on Youtube.
In his article, Sinanis explained that “the ITU plays a key role in amateur radio by overseeing the processes of standardization and regulation of the radiocommunications industry (ITU-R), with particular emphasis on its usefulness in radio communications. ’emergency”. ITU is the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies, and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) contributes to ITU’s work as a Sector Member. World Amateur Radio Day marks the annual anniversary of the IARU, founded in Paris on April 18, 1925.
ITU also celebrated World Amateur Radio Day via Twitter posts:
— Thanks to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ