Hams marks the beginning of amateur radio | New
Local amateur radio operators join their counterparts around the world on Sunday in celebrating a relatively unadvertised but time-tested mode of communication that has been relied on to mobilize emergency services, bring people together remotely and tie up friendships.
World Amateur Radio Day 2021 (WARD) is set for Sunday, commemorating the founding in 1925 of the International Amateur Radio Union in Paris, France.
World Amateur Radio Day celebrates the pioneering achievements and continued service of radio amateurs, also known as radio operators. The theme for 2021 WARD is “Amateur Radio: At Home But Never Alone”, recognizing the variety of activities and opportunities in amateur radio that help overcome the sense of social isolation felt by many of us during the current pandemic.
While physical distance has limited many in-person activities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many members of the Indiana County Amateur Radio Club (ICARC) have used their home radio stations to continue practicing their radio communication skills. personal. Their use of radio signals, which cross borders, brings people together culturally while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
The ARRL, the National Association of Radio Amateurs® (www.arrl.org) in the United States, reports that there are more than 3 million radio amateurs in the world. The ARRL has 2,400 affiliated radio clubs across the country.
In today’s electronic DIY environment, amateur radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and many other scientific disciplines.
Some hams, including members of the ARES / SKYWARN team from Indiana County, are training. throughout the year to serve their communities during emergencies and disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires, if the standard communications infrastructure fails.
There are hams of all ages, from 9 to 100 years old, and ICARC is always looking for new members.
When not in social distancing mode, ICARC offers training courses and exam sessions to put new hams in perspective to help them get their amateur radio license or “ticket” as they are. calls him in the radio community. Information on these programs can be found on the ICARC website www.qsl.net/w3bmd, or on the club’s Facebook page.
Those who want more information on World Amateur Radio Day and Amateur Radio in Indiana County can contact Gary Miller, KC3NHE by email at [email protected] or send a direct message to the page ICARC Facebook. Look for #WorldAmateur RadioDay posts on social media, including the ICARC Facebook page.