World Amateur Radio Day

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded on April 18, 1925. Because of that, the date has been universally established as World Amateur Radio Day.

IARU is a worldwide organization representing federations of diverse nationalities, bringing together more than 153 countries, with Cuba among them, represented by Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC), founded on July 15, 1966, with the objective of bringing together radio amateurs in the country and to facilitate their improvement in this non-profit hobby.

Radio experimenter amateurs were the first ones to use the short-wave radio spectrum for the benefit of mankind. In the race for using shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was in “serious danger of being displaced”. Therefore, amateur radio pioneers gathered in Paris in 1925 and created IARU to support amateur radio throughout the world, becoming at the same time, a forum for matters of common interest and to represent radio amateurs collectively before the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Two years later, at the International Radiotelegraphy Conference, amateur radio obtained several allocations, still in force to this day, among them, those frequencies corresponding to the 160, 80, 40, 20 and 10 meter bands. It is worth mentioning that since it was founded, IARU has worked towards the defense and promotion of allocations of frequencies for radio amateurs.

Of the 25 countries that formed IARU in 1925, the organization has grown to include 160 member societies in three regions: IARU Region 1 comprises Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia; Region 2, the Americas, our region, and Region 3 comprises Australia, New Zealand, Pacific island nations and most of Asia. ITU recognizes that IARU
represents the interests of amateur radio throughout the world.

Amateur radio, as it is known nowadays, started at the beginning of the 20th century, achieving formal recognition at the International Radiotelegraphy Conference of 1927 in Washington D.C. Currently, the service operates essentially under the same general mandate, which has 3remained unchanged since then.

Congratulations therefore to all radio amateurs,  throughout the world on this April 18, 2018.

– Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN
President ARSI and Director IARU (Region 3)

World Amateur Radio Day Seminar 2018

Sponsored by: The Kolkata Yoga Club, Aquamarine International, Handicrafts Today and Trips & Tours.

Chief Patron: Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi (Bharat Scouts & Guides) – Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal.
Patron & Chief Guest: Janab Dr. M. Nuruzzaman – VU3YOH, ARES Scout Group Leader, Vice President of ARCCS and MLA.
Convenor: Janab Mohammad Ariff – VU2HRF, ARES Scout Master, Secretary & Custodian of ARCCS and Professional Social Worker.

Welcome to the website of World Amateur Radio Day Seminar 2018 organized by the Amateur Radio Convention and Conference Samity – ARCCS (VU2GIN) and its Amateur Radio Emergency Services Scout Group (ARES). This is the 6th consecutive year that we are celebrating the World Amateur Radio Day in a grand manner at the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata.

Special Event Call Sign: 8T8ARD
(Special Call Station will be available from 17.04.2018 to 22.04.2018 between 6.00 – 9.00 hours every day. The station will be active on 2m (145.650 Mhz -ve shift), 20 m (14.205 Mhz) and 40m (7.155 Mhz). All registered delegates will be able to use the Special Call Sign followed by their Call Sign at the dates and time previously mentioned.)

Seminar (Theme: ‘Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society’) 15.00 – 16.10 hours.
Tea Break: 16.10 – 16.30 hours.
HAMFEST INDIA 2017 Felicitations: 16.30 – 18.00 hours.

Master of Ceremony: Ms. Ramsha Tuba – VU3RTY. Student of Class XII Science of Pratt Memorial School.



This kind of event (WARD Seminar 2015) should be a regular affair and more stress should be on Home Brewing rather than disaster mitigation.

Shri Atanu Dasgupta (VU2ATN), Veteran Amateur Radio Operator.

I am privileged to be a part of the World Amateur Radio Day Seminar 2016. This event has been professionally organised and is or international standard. I wish ARCCS all the very best in their future endeavours.

Smt. Sumita Sahi (VU3NEI), President SORA.