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World Amateur Radio Day

Every April 18, radio ama­teurs world­wide take to the air­waves in cel­e­bra­tion of World Ama­teur Radio Day. It was on this 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 more than 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.

Theme for World Ama­teur Radio Day 2022 Announced

The IARU Admin­is­tra­tive Coun­cil has cho­sen “Cel­e­brat­ing Ama­teur Radio’s Con­tri­bu­tion to Soci­ety” as the theme for World Ama­teur Radio Day, Mon­day, 18 April 2022. 

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 #Worl­dA­ma­teur­Ra­dio­Day on Twit­ter and Face­book. IARU will list all WARD activ­i­ties on this page. To have your WARD activ­i­ty list­ed, send an email to IARU Sec­re­tary Joel Har­ri­son, W5ZN.

Cana­da: RAC “Get on the Air on World Ama­teur Radio Day” Spe­cial Event

Den­mark: Dan­ish radio ama­teurs will acti­vate 5P0WARD on April 18 and awards will be avail­able for contacts.

India: Ama­teur Radio Con­ven­tion and Con­fer­ence Sami­ty (ARCCS) has been cel­e­brat­ing the World Ama­teur Radio Day since its incep­tion in 2013. This year also we will be cel­e­brat­ing the World Ama­teur Radio Day with the fol­low­ing activities:

1. Acti­vate its Call Sign VU2GIN for the first time on HF, start­ing on 18 April 2022 at 10.00 am IST and end­ing on 18 April 2022 at 11.00 pm IST. All con­tacts will be sent spe­cial Ward 2022 QSL cards and awards will be available.

2. Online Ama­teur Radio Quiz will be con­duct­ed between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm on 18 April 2022.

More details about our event are avail­able at

Moroc­co: “Radioscout” (Radio ama­teurs scouts) cel­e­brates this year on April 18, 2022, the inter­na­tion­al day of radio ama­teurs under the direc­tives of the Roy­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Radio Ama­teurs of Moroc­co “ARRAM” mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Union of Radio Ama­teurs ” IARU” under the theme (cel­e­bra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion of Radio Ama­teurs and civ­il soci­ety — objec­tive 17 — (SDG17). Our strate­gic event pro­gram which remains var­ied and cov­ers the major­i­ty of the 17 SDG objec­tives. This day coin­cides with the Inter­na­tion­al Day for Mon­u­ments and Sites — April 18, 2022   Under the theme “Her­itage and cli­mate” — objec­tive 13 — (SDG13) remains a theme to which our strate­gic activ­i­ties of the pro­gram of our com­mis­sion for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of the scout orga­ni­za­tion Atlas mem­ber of the league of Moroc­can scout­ing to pro­mote scout youth to assim­i­late the prin­ci­ples of the 17 Unit­ed Nations Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals “SDG’s”. We send you this mes­sage to wish you a future full of suc­cess and suc­cess and wish­ing all IARU staff, offi­cers, region­al exec­u­tives, com­mit­tees, experts and all mem­bers of IARU (R1-R2-R3) CN8CE infor­ma­tion here

Unit­ed States: The ARRL has cre­at­ed a web page in sup­port of World Ama­teur Radio Day:

The TEN-TEC Lega­cy Nets returns in 2022 oper­at­ing with spe­cial call­sign W1W to cel­e­brate World Ama­teur Radio Day wel­com­ing Check-ins across three bands, 80m,40m,20m on April 18th. Band/Operating Sched­ules will be post­ed pri­or to the event here: Net Con­trol sta­tions will log Check-ins via to elim­i­nate pile-ups and dri­ve accu­ra­cy. The Net­log­ger Net Name will be “2022 World Ama­teur Radio Day.” Once logged in to Net­log­ger World 2022 Ama­teur Radio Day, con­firm the oper­at­ing band/frequency. Check-ins con­firmed on all (3) Bands earn a “Clean Sweep” Endorse­ment. A 2022 WARD/TTLN Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment will be emailed on/before 05/01/22. All con­tri­bu­tions will be for­ward­ed to the IARU/WARD. Event Facil­i­ta­tor: W4OVT

VOIP/ECHOLINK *ROC-HAM* Con­fer­ence node #531091
18 – 19 April 13:00 — 04:00 UTC (9AM EDT-1AM EDT) via VOIP/ECHOLINK *ROC-HAM* Con­fer­ence node #531091/Allstar #2585,47620, 53130, 53131. W2JLD, GW8SZL, 2W0KYH, VA3ODJ, KI50ZZ, KC5FM, GM0UUB, KD2GUT, KL7RCS Net Con­trollers. Spe­cial event call­sign W2W. All sta­tions from around the world are encour­aged to check in. Spe­cial event qsl Card will be avail­able via S.A.S.E. for more info goto

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