[AARA] World Amateur Radio Day 2013
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Fri Apr 12 13:33:34 CDT 2013
World Amateur Radio Day 2013
<http://www.iaru-r2.org/wp-content/uploads/Logo-IARU.jpg>Each year on 18
April, radio amateurs around the world celebrate World Amateur Radio
Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union was
founded. In 1913 there occurred the first recorded instance of amateur
radio being used to provide communications in a natural disaster, during
severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States.
Accordingly, the theme of the event for 2013 is "Amateur Radio: Entering
Its Second Century of Disaster Communications."
Activities on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a
great opportunity to spread the word about what the "hams" are doing in
the field of disaster communications in the 21st Century.
*Amateur Radio Day* celebrates the beginnings of the IARU -- the
/International Amateur Radio Union/ -- back in 1925. They are best
recognised for their contribution to disaster relief workers in areas
where communications are little to non-existent.
Puerto Rico once again on-the-air during World Amateur Radio Day 2013
To make echo of this year's theme 'Amateur Radio: entering its Second
Century of Disaster Communications', the Puerto Rico Field Day Group
will be operating *KP4FD* to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on the
Municipal Emergency Management Agency Office (OMME) on the city of
Cataño. There will be a presentation about Amateur Radio in the
premises. Operation will be on the HF bands.
Confirmations will be via LoTW and there will be an electronic
certificate available, make your petition with info on QSO to
wp3gw at arrl.net <mailto:wp3gw at arrl.net>.
If you would like to receive a printed one, please send a large SASE or
envelope with sufficient USA postage.
More info via www.qrz.com/db/KP4FD <http://www.qrz.com/db/KP4FD>
Remember that our friends from PZK in Poland issue a yearly WARD Award.
Info on how to obtain one is via
2013 World Amateur Radio Day -- April 18 -- Celebrates 100 Years of
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This year marks the 88th anniversary of the founding of the
International Amateur Radio Union (*IARU* <http://www.iaru.org/>). To
mark this occasion, the IARU and its more than 160 Member Societies will
celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. For many years, the IARU
Administrative Council has declared a theme for each World Amateur Radio
Day. The theme for 2013 is /Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century
of Disaster Communications/.
*Honoring the Theme of Disaster Communications *
The theme commemorates the first known use of Amateur Radio in a
disaster situation: Herbert V. Akerberg -- a 15-year-old from Hilltop,
Ohio -- is believed to be the first person to use Amateur Radio to call
for help during a disaster. In late March 1913, the Scioto River in
downtown Columbus, Ohio flooded its banks, killing more than 100 people.
According to a *November 2012 article in /The/ /Columbus Dispatch/*
Akerberg used his home radio transmitter to send SOS calls via Morse
code for nearly 72 hours.
According to the /Dispatch/, Akerburg's services were "highly commended
by the city authorities, and his achievement widely heralded over the
country as a new contribution to the comparatively new science of
radio." Herbert Akerberg passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona on November
*Stations On the Air for World Amateur Radio Day *
Several IARU Member Societies -- and clubs related to them -- will have
special event stations on the air in celebration of World Amateur Radio
Day. As of April 4, these stations include:
*/4A8DMR/*: FMRE -- Mexico's IARU Member Society -- with the help of
Grupo DXXE, will activate 4A8DMR, a unique prefix, for the first time.
DMR stands for Día Mundial del Radioaficionado, or World Amateur Radio
Day. This station will be active from April 18-21 on all bands from
160-6 meters in all modes, including EME, as well as on Amateur Radio
satellites from different grid squares throughout Mexico. QSL via N7RO
*/CR5IARU/*: REP -- Portugal's IARU Member Society -- will be on the air
April 13-19 on all bands. QSL via CT1REP (bureau or direct).
*/KP4FD/*: To echo the theme for this year, the Puerto Rico Field Day
Group will be active on April 18 from the Emergency Management Agency of
the city of Cataño, Puerto Rico. QSL via LoTW.
If your IARU Member Society or club will be active to celebrate the
World Amateur Radio Day, please notify IARU Region 2 News Editor Joaquin
Solana, XE1R, via *e-mail* <mailto:xe1r at iaru-r2.org>.
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