2020 World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is this Saturday, April 18. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris, France. World Amateur Radio Day celebrates the pioneering achievements and ongoing service of radio amateurs, also known as ham radio operators. The theme for WARD is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.”

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® (www.arrl.org) in the US, reports that there are more than 3,000,000 licensed radio amateurs throughout the world. ARRL includes 2,400 affiliated radio clubs nationwide. During this time of social isolation, many members of local radio clubs such as The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club in Fair Lawn are using their home radio stations to continue to practice their personal radio communications capability. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, brings people together culturally while providing essential communication in the service of communities.

In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. Some hams, including members of the Fair Lawn ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) train throughout the year to serve their communities during emergencies and disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires, if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.

There are hams as young as 9 and as old as 100. A self-study license study guide is available from ARRL: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual) and for Kindle (www.amazon.com/dp/B07DFSW94G/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_63WmEbTX76KAB). For more information about World Amateur Radio Day and ham radio, contact The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club at www.FairLawnARC.org  and visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.