World Amateur Radio Day will be held on the 18th of April. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
The theme for 2021 will be ‘Home but never alone’.
Faced with a pandemic that forced the adoption of extreme physical isolation to reduce the spread of the virus, the worldwide amateur radio community 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. Local “wellness nets” provided friendly voices and regular status checks to those, especially the elderly, who are confined to their homes. “Stay safe” special event stations in dozens of countries reminded us all of the importance of limiting the spread of the virus.
Listen out for special event stations around the world that will be on the air for World Amateur Radio Day.
For anyone interested in radio propagation, Contest University will host a Propagation Summit on January 23, 2021 from 11.00am to 15.00pm (Eastern Standard Time). The summit will feature presentations by well known amateur radio operators.
11 AM – “Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project & HAMSCI activities for 2021” – Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF Noon – “Solar Cycle 25 Predictions & Progress” – Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA 1 PM – “Maximizing Performance of HF Antennas with Irregular Terrain” – Jim Breakall, WA3FET 2 PM – “HF Ionospheric Propagation” – Frank Donovan, W3LPL
As part of the ‘Get on the air to care’ campaign that the that the Radio Society of Great Britain has been running with the NHS since April, they are launching a new focus for Christmas.
Called ‘Get on the air for Christmas’ and shared on social media with the hashtag #GOTA4C, it will bring together a few activities that radio amateurs can participate in over the holiday period. It will run from Saturday 19 December to Saturday 9 January.