Sunday marks World Amateur Radio Day
World Amateur Radio Day is Sunday April 18, the anniversary of the day in 1925 when the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
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.
The ARRL, the National Association of Radio Amateurs in the United States, reports that there are more than 3 million radio amateurs in the world. In the United States, there are over 778,000 licensed amateur radio operations and nearly 8,500 in Nevada.
The ARRL has 2,400 affiliated radio clubs across the country. While physical distance has limited many in-person activities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many members of local radio clubs such as Las Vegas Amateur Radio Club, Henderson Amateur Radio Club, Nellis Amateur Radio Club, Amargosa Amateur Radio Club, The Tahoe Amateur Radio Club and the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society, Inc. and many more in Clark, Nye, Elko, Douglas and Washoe counties are using their home radio stations to continue practicing their radio skills. personal radio communications.
Their use of radio signals, which cross borders, brings people together culturally while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
In today’s electronic DIY environment, amateur radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and other scientific disciplines. Some hams, including members of the Clark County and Southern Nye County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, train throughout the year to serve their communities during emergencies and disasters, such as earthquakes. earth and forest fires, if the standard communication infrastructure fails.
There are hams of all ages, from 9 to 100 years old. Many radio clubs offer support and training to help newcomers pass a ham radio license exam.
A Self-Study Licensing Guide is available from ARRL at www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual and for Kindle at www.amazon.com/dp/B07DFSW94G / ref = cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_63WmEbTX76KAB
For more information on World Amateur Radio Day and Amateur Radio, contact John Bigley (N7UR), ARRL Nevada Section Manager, at [email protected] and visit www.arrl.org/what-is- ham-radio. Look for #WorldAmateurRadioDay posts on social media.