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World Amateur Radio Day April 18

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  • Gary Wilson
    FYI- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and its member societies representing more than 150 countries around the world will celebrate World Amateur
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 12, 2007

      The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and its member societies
      representing more than 150 countries around the world will celebrate
      World Amateur Radio Day on April 18, 2007. The theme for this year's
      celebration is "Amateur Radio: Allowing youth to connect the world."

      Despite the Internet and cellular phone, Amateur Radio continues to
      attract people world-wide by providing free international
      communications and friendships. Because it does not need
      pre-established supporting infrastructure, Amateur Radio reaches into
      every corner of the world -- and even into space.

      With the help of Amateur Radio clubs and operators, space shuttle
      astronauts and crewmembers of the International Space Station have
      been speaking to youth around the world while in orbit. They are
      talking directly with schools, showing teachers, students, parents
      and communities how Amateur Radio energizes youngsters about science,
      technology, and learning. The program is called ARISS, Amateur Radio
      on the International Space Station, and is an opportunity for
      students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking
      directly about science, technology, and learning. Speaking to the ISS
      crewmembers is a unique educational experience. Hundreds of Amateur
      Radio operators, including those from NASA Amateur Radio clubs at
      Johnson Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Marshall Space
      Flight Center, work behind the scenes to make these educational
      experiences possible.

      Similar youth programs are available through Scouting as each year
      many thousands of Scouts "get together" over the airwaves for their
      Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). Modern radio technology offers Scouts the
      exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without
      leaving home.

      JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from
      all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur Radio.
      Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio
      waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held,
      millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many
      contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between
      Scout troops that have lasted many years. Many Scouts and leaders
      hold licenses, while others participate in JOTA at stations provided
      by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs.

      Young radio amateurs also form their organizations. One example is
      the World Wide Young Contesters, made up of radio amateurs under the
      age of 30 who enjoy participating in international operating
      competitions. Several members of the club qualified to compete in the
      World Radiosport Team Championship in Florianopolis, Brazil last

      Calling "CQ" on the amateur shortwave bands can result in a contact
      with other amateurs across town or far across the oceans. While
      amateurs repeatedly have been in the news for their life-saving
      communications services in disasters, a large part of their
      activities remains the excitement and joy of contacting distant and
      remote areas of the world, learning directly about each others'
      regions and lives and trying different ways to make radio contacts
      around the world. In this way amateurs learn skills that, in other
      situations, have earned them world praise for their responses in
      emergencies. In addition, leading electrical engineers are able to
      draw from their practical, hands-on experiences gained as Amateur
      Radio operators while they develop the inventions that are today's

      The IARU E-Letter is published on behalf on the Administrative
      Council of
      the International Amateur Radio Union by the IARU International
      Secretariat. Editor: David Sumner, K1ZZ, IARU Secretary.

      Material from The IARU E-Letter may be republished or reproduced in
      whole or in part in any form without additional permission. Credit
      must be given to The IARU E-Letter and The International Amateur Radio
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