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International Amateur Radio Month – April 2023

International Amateur Radio Month is celebrated in April. Hundreds of thousands of radio amateurs worldwide go on air to celebrate International Amateur Radio Month. Ham radio is useful and, in some cases, vital because you don’t need a cell phone network or the Internet to use it. Operators are especially important in a disaster when normal communication channels fail. Radio operators will be available for a month for demonstrations and discussions on amateur radio. The topics will include an overview of the work capabilities of the stations and a discussion of the interests of radio amateurs.

History of International Amateur Radio Month

Club members and radio operators will spend the day performing and discussing amateur radio. Popular and interesting topics include assessing stations’ performance and discussing radio amateurs’ interests, highlighting the role of public service, and providing contact information from local calls before natural disasters.

Ham radio has grown in popularity due to its convenience. For example, the Amateur Radio Service continued to communicate with New York agencies after their command center was destroyed during the tragedy that happened on September 11. Ham radio also came to the rescue during Hurricane Katrina, when all other communications failed.

At the beginning of the 1920s, amateur radio experimenters established the first shortwave spectrum, rather than a “wasteland” that could support worldwide distribution. The International Union of Amateur Radio was founded in Paris in April 1925. Researchers have discovered that the shortwave spectrum that amateurs use to transmit and receive radio can connect people worldwide in ways no one had previously considered. Through experimentation, a group of radio researchers disproved this theory and joined forces to defend bandwidth that would serve the radio enthusiast community.

Since then, the International Amateur Radio Union has worked hard to expand the bandwidth range for radio enthusiasts and has grown to have a large number of members from 25 countries. Amateur radio has only grown rapidly since its early days; today, more than 3,000,000 licensed operators are spreading their voices all across the world. Long before email or video chats, people from different countries and cultures were able to quickly spread ideas using this ham radio.

International Amateur Radio Month timeline

1865
International Telecommunication Union is Founded

Founded on May 17, the I.T.U is the oldest U.N. agency dealing with information and communication technologies.

1910
Experimental Technologies for Sending Signals

“Hertzian waves” used in signal communications are now universally known as “radio.”

1925
World Amateur Radio Day

Radio amateurs worldwide celebrate the day on April 18.

1933
The World Radiocommunication Conference

The I.T.U. holds the W.R.C to review the International Radio Regulations every three or four years.

International Amateur Radio Month FAQs

Who can become an amateur radio operator?

Anyone can become an amateur radio operator, from kings, pop stars, public figures, retirees, and schoolchildren, whether working or unemployed.

What can I do with amateur radio?

Through amateur radio, you can communicate directly, without intermediate infrastructure. You can also connect with people in their cars, on ships, on remote islands, and in underdeveloped parts of the world.

What can amateur radio do for me?

It can foster both personal and career growth.

International Amateur Radio Month Activities

  1. Explore the world of radio amateurs

    International Amateur Radio Month is an excellent opportunity to explore or get to know the world of amateur radio and make new friends from all over the world. You will have enough time for this, but do not delay!

  2. Try yourself as an amateur radio announcer

    Give it a try and create your own ham radio channel. Suddenly, you like being an amateur radio announcer so much that you want to get serious about this profession. You can help others while also discussing topics that interest you. Everything is in your hands!

  3. Share it on social networks

    Some people do not even suspect the existence of the International Month of Amateur Radio. You can tell others about this holiday, amateur radio in general, and its important role in people's lives through social networks.

5 Facts About Radio That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. The world’s first voice message

    Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor, managed to make the first radio broadcast in 1900.

  2. Video games were downloaded from the radio

    People recorded sounds on tape and then played them on the computers to download games.

  3. The father of radio broadcasting

    Lee de Forest made the first public radio broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

  4. Radio antennas “kill” birds

    In the United States, between four and 50 million birds die each year due to towerkill.

  5. The invention of the F.M. radio

    Edwin Howard Armstrong invented the F.M. radio.

Why We Love International Amateur Radio Month

  1. It reminds us of the importance of radio

    Due to the development of advanced technologies, people have begun to forget about amateur radio or consider it unnecessary and outdated. So, the month is designed to remind them of the importance of the invention.

  2. Radio can save lives

    This is a wonderful invention of our technological world, which has repeatedly saved human lives. International Amateur Radio Month is ideal for celebrating the creation of the device, and it highlights the fact that humans can use technology effectively for the greater good.

  3. It’s a time for discoveries

    In this month, we can discover a previously unknown world of technology, gain the knowledge we need, and make new friends. This month encourages technological advancements and sheds light on the benefits of communication.

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