World Amateur Radio Day

World Amateur Radio Day


Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the International Amateur Radio Union to support Amateur Radio worldwide. For more information, see the website.

ScreenShot016At the past meeting Stephan Kinford, N8WB gave a very informative program on amateur satellites.  We enjoyed several videos that demonstrated the relatively simple process of communicating through satellites, which act essentially as a cross band repeater.  This would be a fun way to add some extra points to our Field Day!
It was a pleasure for me to meet Stephan in person after having introduced him many times on Amateur Radio Newsline, the widely syndicated weekly amateur radio news program.


PRC Celebrates 3rd Annual Earth Day

with Special Event Station

The Parma Radio Club in Parma, Ohio will celebrate Earth Day with special event station, W8PRC on Saturday, April 25th.  W8PRC will be at the lower end of the general portions of 40 and 20 meters SSB and powered only by sun. The club will operating from historic Stearns farm, in the center of Parma. This event is our way of reminding everyone of the awesome beauty of our planet and the fragility of  our resources.  Our stations will be at the historic Stearns Homestead, on Ridge Road adjacent from Wendy’s.

Earth Day is celebrated around the world by more than 192 countries, 10s of thousands of organizations, and more than 500 million people. Parma Radio Club encourages hams worldwide to join us in the celebration with their own special event. 

At our meeting on April 20th we’ll finalize our plans for this fun event.  It’s sort of a mini-Field Day. There are lots of things to do to make it a success.  We’ll need help in the set up of equipment and antennas as well operating and logging. And of course, we’ll need assistance in feeding the hungry crew.

Please let us know by email or at the meeting if you will be participating.

Hal Rogers, K8CMD

President, Communications Director