World Amateur Radio Day is Sunday, April 18, the anniversary of the creation in 1925 of the International Union of Radio Amateurs in Paris.
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.
The ARRL, the national association of radio amateurs in the United States, reports that there are more than 3 million radio amateurs worldwide. In the United States, there are over 778,000 licensed amateur radio operations and nearly 8,500 in Nevada.
The ARRL has 2,400 affiliated radio clubs nationwide. Although physical distancing has limited many in-person activities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many members of local radio clubs such as Las Vegas Amateur Radio Club, Henderson Amateur Radio Club, Nellis Amateur Radio Club, Amargosa Amateur Radio Club, Tahoe Amateur Radio Club and Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society, Inc. and many others in Clark, Nye, Elko, Douglas and Washoe counties use their home radio stations to continue practicing their personal radio communication skills .
Their use of radio signals, which reach across borders, brings people together culturally while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
In today’s electronic DIY environment, amateur radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and other scientific disciplines. Some hams, including members of the Clark County and South Nye County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, train year-round to serve their communities during emergencies and disasters, such as earthquakes and forest fires, if the standard communications infrastructure fails.
There are radio amateurs of all ages, from 9 to 100 years old. Many radio clubs offer support and training to help newcomers pass an amateur radio license exam.
A self-study license guide is available from the ARRL at www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual and for Kindle at www.amazon.com/dp/B07DFSW94G/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_63WmEbTX76KAB
For more information about World Amateur Radio Day and amateur radio, contact John Bigley (N7UR), ARRL Nevada Chapter Leader, at [email protected] and visit www.arrl.org/what-is- ham radio. Look for #WorldAmateurRadioDay posts on social media.