Every year on April 18 a large group of enthusiastic radio amateurs around the world celebrates their “professional” holiday – World Amateur Radio Day.
On April 18, 1925, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded in Paris, thanks to this event, radio amateurs had a reason to annually celebrate successes and achievements. And the members of this organization today are radio amateurs from more than one hundred and fifty countries of the world.
Every year, World Radio Amateur Day is celebrated under a specific motto. For example: “Expanding the world of radio communications”, “Combining communication experience with modern digital technologies”, “Radio in an emergency” and others.
According to some experts, the 21st century will truly become the century of radio amateurs, and the number of people in this hobby will fundamentally “step over” the current three million mark. It is also believed that most of the radio technologies that we use without hesitation in our daily life were first investigated by radio amateurs. This primarily applies to cell phones.
It is worth mentioning separately that many outstanding radio engineers and electronics specialists began their professional career in radio amateurs’ societies. Inventions and technologies that have received a “start in life” from the hands of radio amateurs have not lost their relevance even after many years – our reliable assistants are radio and television receivers and transmitters, including two-way radio communications, adaptive antennas and other necessary technologies.