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!