Note: To view a list of World Amateur Radio Day Special Event Stations scroll to the bottom of this page.
World Amateur Radio Day
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.
Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum. From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with over 3,000,000 licensed operators!
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.
We have provided a poster for World Amateur Radio Day. Any club may download it and use it to promote WARD in their area. The poster comes in two sizes: 61cm x 91cm and a small (A4) flyer.
Groups should promote their WARD activity on social media by using the hash tag #WARD2016 on Twitter and Facebook. IARU will list all WARD activities on this page. To have your WARD activity listed, send an email to ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X.
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.
We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!
15-18 April: VK2EWC, by the Albury Wofonga ARC. 80/40/20/15/10/2 meters from the Albury City Library/Museum. Special QSL on request. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bahrain Amateur Radio Group (BARG) will participate this year by using A91WARD, a special QSL card designed for this event. Operating from 11-19 April 2016 all HF bands SSB, PSK, RTTY, CW.
Puerto Rico Field Day Group will be on the air as KP4FD on World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2016 on HF.
World Friendship Net: Special WARD IRLP/ECHOLINK Net
00:00 - 01:30 (8PM EST, 5 PM PST) UTC via the World Conference Server (IRLP 9251)
W2JLD and KM4OOC, WH6DWF, Net Control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.
World Radio Network: Special WARD IRLP/ECHOLINK Net
16:00 - 17:30 (12 NOON EST, 9AM PST) UTC via the World Conference server (IRLP 9251) W2JLD, Net Control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.