RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” special event

RAC President Phil A McBride, VA3QR
RAC President Phil A McBride, VA3QR

On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Radio Amateurs of Canada is 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.  Stay tuned for more information.
  • 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 these difficult times. 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.

Please watch this webpage for future updates.

Phil McBride, VA3QR
RAC President and Chair

International Amateur Radio Union (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.

HS4A logo: "Human Security For All"

For 2023, the IARU is very pleased to adopt the theme of  ‘Amateur Radio: Contributing to Human Security for All (HS4A)’.

We are presently arranging special event stations with a number of member-societies to promote HS4A.

The period for the operation of special event stations will be from April 11 to 24, this being the two-week period centred on World Amateur Radio Day.

For many people, today’s world is an insecure place, full of threats on many fronts. Natural disasters, violent conflicts, chronic and persistent poverty, health pandemics, international terrorism, and sudden economic and financial downturns impose significant hardships and undercut prospects for sustainable development, peace and stability.

Often in time of crises the Amateur Services play a critical role in sustaining communications and responding to emergencies. World Amateur Radio Day will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the critical role of technology, including Amateur Radio, in support of the United Nations efforts to advance human security for all. (https://new.worldacademy.org/human-security/)

The IARU is pleased to support the HS4A initiative and the sustainability goals of the United Nations. Human security is vital to all of us and the work of HS4A will no doubt lead to a more powerful, lasting approach to the most difficult deficits in peace and development.

I would encourage everyone to learn more about HS4A and participate in our on the air activities for WARD.”

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