Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Togetherness Theme Adopted for World Amateur Radio Day

2020 World Amateur Radio Day
poster. This year's theme is
"Amateur Radio: Home but
Never Alone." (IARU image)

"Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone" has been chosen as the theme for this year's World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. According to the South African Radio League, the Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) selected the theme in recognition of the role played by amateur radio over the past year in fighting social isolation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

It was noted that hams had "reached out spontaneously to one another via the airwaves at the local, national and global levels," including local "wellness nets," "stay safe" special event stations and record-breaking participation in major contests. The IARU concluded that the theme "offers the opportunity for our Member Societies to tailor meaningful messages to the general public about the values of the global amateur radio community."