In only two more weeks we will celebrate the WARD, the World Amateur Radio Day. At April 18 in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris. Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained on shortwave 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. 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 their capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide. For 2021 the IARU Administrative Council has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day, Sunday, 18 April 2021. Faced with a pandemic that is forcing the adoption of extreme physical isolation to reduce the spread of the virus, the worldwide amateur radio community has responded positively to overcome the resulting social isolation. In the days and weeks following the onset of the pandemic radio amateurs reached out spontaneously to one another via the airwaves at the local, national, and global levels. On-the-air activity was at an unprecedented level throughout 2020, with record-breaking numbers of entries in the major contests.