Saturday, April 3, 2021

World Amateur Radio Day - Sunday April 18th

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is coming up on Sunday April 18th. 2021 marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. 

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short-wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include over 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia.

Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio. Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we have.

IARU has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as the theme for WARD 2021. The theme acknowledges that during our physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, amateur radio stands out as a welcome respite for its variety of activities and opportunities.

Learn more about WARD info:


The TEN-TEC Legacy Nets returns in 2021 to celebrate this year’s World Amateur Radio Day theme operating across three bands (80m,40m,20m) in 4‑hour groupings on April 18th. A schedule of bands and operating times will be posted the day before the event here: . Participants are encouraged to check for operating frequencies. Net Control stations will use for logging to eliminate pile-ups and increase accuracy. Netlogger Net Name will be “World Amateur Radio Day Event.” Once logged in, confirm the operating band/frequency at the top of the page. The Netlogger Chat window invites your “Home but Never Alone” story with possible readout on-air. All contributions will be forwarded to the IARU/WARD. A special event Certificate of Achievement will be emailed to each participant crediting band(s) “worked.” Check-ins who work all Bands earn a “Clean Sweep” Certificate endorsement. Email W4OVT if your email is not QRZ listed to receive your no-cost Certificate on/before 05/01/21.

VOIP/ECHOLINK *ROC-HAM* Conference node #531091

18 – 19 April 13:00 — 05:00 UTC (9AM EDT-1AM EDT) via VOIP/ECHOLINK *ROC-HAM* Conference node #531091/Allstar #2585. W2JLD, VO1UKZ, GW8SZL, 2W0KYH, Net Controllers. All stations from around the world are encouraged to check in. Special event qsl Card will be available via S.A.S.E.

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