World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is April 18 and is celebrated worldwide by radio amateurs and their national associations, which are organized as member societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).
It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was created in Paris. American Radio Relay League (now ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio) co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim served as its first president.
“On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to enjoy our global friendship with fellow amateurs and to promote our skills and abilities to the public,” said Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R , ARRL Director of Public Relations and Innovation. “Use the World Amateur Radio Day backdrop to describe and demonstrate amateur radio to family, friends and colleagues.” As WARD falls on a Monday this year, Inderbitzen encourages radio enthusiasts and clubs to extend the celebration to include the weekend, or even the whole week. “Some radio clubs will even seek a proclamation from their city or state government designating the time period to recognize the contributions of radio amateurs to our communities and the overall importance of our amateur radio service,” he said. .
The ARRL reports that there are over 775,000 hams in the United States. The ARRL also supports a national network of 2,400 affiliated radio clubs. “Radio clubs offer newcomers the opportunity to learn about radio and become radio amateurs,” Inderbitzen said. “Clubs develop the personal radio communication capability of their members, operating together or from their home stations, in portable environments and from almost anywhere.” Inderbitzen also pointed out that one of the main purposes of the amateur radio service is to build international goodwill. “Radio amateurs use radio signals, which reach across borders, to bring people together culturally while providing essential communication in the service of their communities.”
You can find more information and resources to participate in and promote World Amateur Radio Day at:
Use the ARRL Special Events Station List to find on-air events by entering “World Amateur Radio Day” in the keyword search. On social networks, use hashtags #WorldAmateurRadioDay, #hamradioand #ARRL.