From the ARRL….
Newington, CT. April 7, 2010 –The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and its member societies representing over 150 countries around the world, will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18, 2010. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Amateur Radio: combining communication experience with modern digital techniques.”
Amateur Radio operators, called “Hams,” have been the leaders in developing many of today’s modern electronic and communications marvels. Today the citizens of Earth can think of “wireless” as being the ubiquitous cellular phone or WiFi systems because of the pioneering work in radio and associated technologies first explored by these “amateurs”. Many leading electrical engineers were able to draw from their practical experiences as Amateur Radio Operators as they developed modern radio receivers, television, VCR’s, high powered transmitters, FM radio, adaptive antennas, and many other inventions that are today’s necessities.
Today’s hams continue to explore new frontiers. Radio Amateurs are finding ways to use frequencies at the fringes of the radio spectrum while developing marriages of radio and the internet, and experimenting with digital and satellite communications. Ham Radio operators may be “Amateur” because they are unpaid volunteers, but their skills and contributions to the world are of the highest order.
Since 1925, the IARU has been instrumental in coordinating and representing Amateur Radio to the world. For information about the International Amateur Radio Union please see: www.IARU.org.