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Tim Ellam, VE6SH, IARU President
Tim Ellam, VE6SH, IARU President

World Amateur Radio Day is this Monday!

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, provided the following message:

“World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

I am very optimistic 2022 will finally see a marked reduction in lockdowns and isolation caused by the global pandemic. Indeed, many events in 2022 for Radio Amateurs are scheduled to take place in person. Of course, we should still exercise caution and practise social distancing when required, but there is a sense we will be returning to some level of ‘normal’.

For 2022, the IARU Administrative Council decided to revert to our usual theme for
World Amateur Radio Day: ‘Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society’.

With the return to some level of normalcy, it is a theme that continues to resonate with Radio Amateurs and members of the public. Indeed, the last two years has shown how the Amateur Radio Services have had a marked effect on our society.

The pandemic has shown a renewed interest in the Amateur Services as a means of dealing with isolation and allowing increased contact with others in a way that is not always available through social media or other platforms. There has been increased interest in virtual licensing and examination sessions introducing a new generation to the Amateur Radio Services. On-air activity continues at an unprecedented level with record-breaking numbers of entries in the major contests and operating activities. I am sure this interest will continue in 2022 and beyond.

As I said last year, we truly do belong to a global community that has come together in a time of crisis to ensure we remain connected and available to assist those in need. Our theme for 2022 continues to provide an excellent opportunity to educate the general public about the value of belonging to our community and how we can assist in challenging situations.

My wish for this World Amateur Radio Day, like the last two years, is for everyone to stay safe, follow the advice of medical professionals and use Amateur Radio to remain connected to our global community. I hope to meet many of you t-his year. If not on the air then at an in-person event.”

Monday, April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we have.

Groups should promote their WARD activity on social media by using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDay on Twitter and Facebook.

The IARU will list all WARD activities on its webpage. To have your WARD activity listed, please send an email to IARU Secretary Joel Harrison, W5ZN.

We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!

Événement spécial de RAC « Prenez l’air lors de la Journée mondiale de la radio amateur » 

On Thursday, April 18, 2024, Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again organizing a special on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.

Every year on April 18, Radio Amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of Amateur Radio and to commemorate the formation of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on April 18, 1925.

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again holding a “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” special event in which we encourage as many Amateurs as possible to get on the air and contact as many RAC stations as possible.

  • RAC official stations will operate across Canada from 0000Z to 2359Z on April 18. The RAC official station call signs are VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC.
  • Those contacting one or more of these stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate noting their participation in RAC’s Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day Event.
  • Participants simply need to complete one or more contacts, on any band and mode, with RAC official stations to earn their certificates.
  • No logs need to be submitted; simply check back on the RAC website when instructed and enter your call sign to download your certificate.

Thank you for your continuing support and understanding during this time of crisis. As with many of our Amateur Radio activities, overcoming challenges is a great way to learn. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, stay safe and have fun while celebrating World Amateur Radio Day.

Phil McBride, VA3QR
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

Le jeudi 18 avril 2024, Radio Amateurs du Canada organise une manifestation spéciale sur les ondes pour célébrer la Journée mondiale de la radio amateur.

Chaque année, le 18 avril, les radio amateurs du monde entier se font entendre sur les ondes pour célébrer cette activité qui leur tient tant à cœur et commémorer la création de  l’Union internationale des radio-amateurs (IARU), le 18 avril 1925.

Radio Amateurs du Canada organise une fois de plus un événement spécial intitulé  « Prenez l’air lors de la Journée mondiale de la radio amateur », au cours de laquelle nous encourageons le plus grand nombre possible d’amateurs à se mettre en ondes pour entrer en contact avec un maximum de stations affiliées à RAC.

  • Les stations officielles RAC fonctionneront à l’échelle de tout le Canada de 0000Z à 2359Z le 18 avril. Leurs indicatifs sont VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC. 
  • Ceux et celles qui contacteront une ou plusieurs de ces stations auront droit à un certificat commémoratif spécial attestant de leur participation à l’événement « Prenez l’air lors de la Journée mondiale de la radio amateur » organisé par RAC.
  • Il suffit aux participants d’établir un ou plusieurs contacts, sur n’importe quelle bande et en n’importe quel mode, avec des stations officielles RAC pour obtenir leur certificat.
  • Aucun rapport de contact ne doit être soumis. Il vous suffit d’entrer les données vous concernant dans le site Web de RAC en suivant les instructions, puis de saisir votre indicatif pour télécharger votre certificat.

Je vous remercie du soutien que vous continuez de nous accorder, ainsi que de votre compréhension pendant cette période de crise. Comme pour beaucoup de nos activités dans le domaine de la radio amateur, une formidable façon d’apprendre consiste à surmonter les défis. Prenez bien soin de vous et de vos proches, restez en sécurité et amusez-vous en célébrant la Journée mondiale de la radio amateur.

Phil McBride, VA3QR
Président et chef de la direction de RAC