April 18,2019 - World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) - marks the 94th anniversary of the establishment of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. On the annual World Amateur Radio Day, world amateur radio enthusiasts will celebrate the “Amateur Radio Contribution to Society”.
“April 18 is the day when all amateur radio stations celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community services we can offer and the fun we have.”
IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH said. “I encourage all radio enthusiasts to join the celebrations and promote amateur radios on the web or in the community.”
The amateur radio experiment was the first to discover the short-wave spectrum, not a wild research-only land, but a resource that could support global radio communications. The IARU's history states that amateur radios are "at grave risk of being pushed aside" when they are eager to use these shorter wavelengths. The amateur radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support amateur radios around the world.
Two years later, at the International Radio Conference, amateur radios received the allocations still recognized today - 160, 80, 40, 20 and 10 meters. With more frequency bands, IARU has been working to defend and extend amateur radio frequency allocation.
Of the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, IARU has grown to include 160 member associations in three regions. The IARU 1 area includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North Asia. Zone 2 covers the Americas, and Zone 3 consists of Oceania and most of Asia.
This year's WARD, IARU encourages groups to promote their WARD activities on social media using the #WorldAmateurRadioDay tag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Radio events held around the world
Brazil: LABRE Roraima, PV8AA, sponsors various activities and satellite operations, including the participation of young Venezuela refugee Scouts.
Denmark: Danish radio enthusiasts are allowed to use the call signs 5P0WARD and 5P0WHD on April 18. A single operator is assigned a special suffix extension (00 to 99) to distinguish between sites, such as 5P0WARD/36 or 5P0WHD/7. The OZ5E at the Danish Academy of Competition is active as 5P0WARD/60. Radio contacts in all modes and bands are rewarded.
France: TM94WARD commemorates World Amateur Radio Day under the auspices of the French IARU Member Association REF. It opened on April 13-21.
Malaysia: 9M4CMN is broadcasted at Segamat in southern Malaysia, and 9M4CKK is on Tumpat on the east coast of Malaysia from 02:30 to 15:30 on April 18.
Portugal: Rede dos Emissores Portugueses (RED) held an open day at its headquarters on April 18th to showcase the installation of a portable and low-power amateur radio station, how it operates and how to transport it.
United States: Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) held an open-plan New Jersey lawn at the Fair Lawn Entertainment Center FLARC Club on April 18th from 2pm to 9pm. Club members can display these stations and discuss the many interests of amateur radio operators and the roles of personal and amateur radio clubs by providing public service communications.
Global: The World Radio Network and World Friendship Network participate in the 2019 World Amateur Radio Day using the special event call sign W2W. Provides a commemorative QSL card and a 12-hour network with network controllers from around the world. Participate in the 1600 UTC commemoration event at EWorldLink Server (IRLP 9251) and Allstar Node #47620 - World Conference Center.