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World Amateur Radio Day 2023: Date, History, Facts, Activities

Hams are a synonym for amateur radio operators. In 1909, operators in the commercial and professional radio communities used the term "ham" as a derogatory term for amateur radio operators.

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World Amateur Radio Day is annually observed on April 18. Amateur radio, also known as HAM radio, utilises the radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes, including message exchange, private recreation, emergency communication, wireless experimentation, and self-training. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assign amateur radio services radio frequencies. These frequencies are utilised by amateur radio operators for two-way intimate communication with like-minded individuals. The ITU is in charge of all issues pertaining to information and communication technologies. National governments regulate the transmission’s technical and operational characteristics by issuing licences with distinctive call signs to individual stations. All transmissions must use these call signs.

The background of World Amateur Radio Day

On May 17, 1865, the I.T.U., a special agency of the United Nations, established the Amateur Radio Service.

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Hams are a synonym for amateur radio operators. In 1909, operators in the commercial and professional radio communities used the term “ham” as a derogatory term for amateur radio operators. The operators soon adopted and incorporated the term into their vocabulary. The phrase did not become popular in the United States until around 1920, after which it spread incrementally to other English-speaking nations.

On April 18, 1925, Amateur Radio pioneers in Paris founded the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to promote Amateur Radio worldwide. Amateur Radio experimenters first discovered that the short wave spectrum could support global propagation. The I.A.R.U. observed that in the race to exploit these reduced wavelengths, Amateur Radio was at a high risk of being left behind.

Since its inception, the I.A.R.U. has tirelessly laboured to protect and expand Amateur Radio frequency allocations. Globally enlightened administrations have made it possible for radio amateurs to experiment and communicate in frequency zones strategically positioned across the radio spectrum.

Since its establishment in 1925, the I.A.R.U. has grown from 25 countries to 160 member societies in three regions. IARU Region One consists of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region Two consists of the Americas, whereas Region Three is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and the preponderance of Asia. The I.T.U. recognises the I.A.R.U as representing the interests of amateur radio.

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Learn more about amateur radio

Radio amateurs are not as prevalent as they should be. Conduct additional research on the topic.

Educate people on amateur radio

After conducting investigation, disseminate the findings. This could help you find a listening partner or even convince someone to join amateur radio.

Listen to amateur radio

There are iOS and Android applications that enable you to listen to them. Try them now!


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