Today is World Radio Day, a time “to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe,” UNESCO reminds us. As shortwave radio listeners, we understand this power of information without borders.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate World Radio Day 2015…
Ears To Our World (ETOW)
In Belize, ETOW works with visually impaired children through our partner and friends at the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. Photo by ETOW volunteer/supporter, David Korchin (K2WNW). Click to enlarge.
Of course, at my non-profit, Ears To Our World, we celebrate the unique power of radio everyday as well.
Indeed, we’re in the process of preparing at least another 100 radios for Sierra Leone, where children are receiving education over the airwaves as schools have been closed in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.
If you would like to help us, please consider a donation of any amount. Certainly a meaningful way to give the gift of radio and education.
On air events
If you can get on the air today, there are a few events happening around the world you might be able to catch:
Alexanderson Alternator Station SAQ
Alexanderson alternator in the SAQ Grimeton VLF transmitter.
SWLing Post reader, Greg (VA7BC), passes along this announcement from the ARRL:
“The World Heritage Grimeton Radio SAQ in Sweden plans to fire up its Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz on the occasion of UNESCO World Radio Day, Friday, February 13. The station will begin tuning at 1430 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 1500 UTC.
A message with a theme of “peace” has been put together by more than 200 citizens of Varberg, Sweden, via the “Varberg Calling for Peace” project.
SAQ will not be issuing QSL cards nor post a list of reports, but it will accept brief listener reports. The Grimeton site’s Amateur Radio station SK6SAQ will be active, using a special event World Radio Day call sign — 7S6WRD. Frequencies: 7035 kHz or 14,035 khz, CW, and 3755 kHz SSB. QSL to 7S6WRD via SM bureau.“
Read the full article at the ARRL website. I will certainly attempt to hear this broadcast on 14,035 kHz CW.
If any SWLing Post readers are able to record the SSB transmission on 3,755 kHz, I would love to add the audio to our audio archive.
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union relay
The Southgate ARC reports that ABU members will particiapte in a round-the-world broadcast relay:
“On Friday 13 February 2015, participating broadcasters around the globe will devote at least half-an-hour of their programming to the WRD 2015 themes “Innovation and youth in radio”.
The main organisers, the European Broadcasting Union, in partnership with the ABU and other broadcasting unions, will also offer three short optional pre-recorded radio features devoted to Radio and Youth, Radio and Innovation and the History of Humanitarian Use of Radio: UN Radio.
The segments can be used whole or in part in a time slot of each station’s choice. Most of the features will also be available with scripts in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, thanks to the UN.
Speeches by UN personalities will also be available ready to use on air, plus a one-hour rights-free concert live from Geneva by the UN Jazz Orchestra will be made available.
Organisers say that, as this will be a relay following the world’s time zones, there will be a succession of radio stations each handing over to the next participant throughout the day.
To give listeners around the world the chance to follow this special WRD program, the broadcasts will be put on an Internet stream, coordinated via the EBU in Geneva.
4U0ITU on-air for World Radio Day
Again, the Southgate ARC reports via the ARRL:
“The ITU International Amateur Radio Club station in Geneva will use the special call 4U0ITO to mark World Radio Day on Friday, February 13
The ARRL report this event also marks the kickoff for the International Telecommunication Union 150th anniversary.
International Amateur Radio Union President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, will inaugurate special call sign 4U0ITU at 0900 UT. He will be accompanied by ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao, other elected officials and VIPs.
The IARC will use the 4U0ITU call sign until the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, November 2-27.
World Radio Day commemorates the first broadcasts of UN Radio in 1946.”
Send listener reports to your favorite shortwave broadcasters
Many of your favorite shortwave broadcasters will dedicate a portion of their programming to World Radio Day.
This is the perfect day, as a listener, to let your favorite broadcasters know you’re listening! Send in a proper QSL report–mention the time, frequency and type of programming you heard. Give the broadcaster a proper signal report as well (click here to read about the universally accepted SINPO code). Broadcasters love to hear about any insight you pulled from their news items or reports–the more detail, the better. And thank them for broadcasting over shortwave.
You can typically find contact information on the broadcaster’s website. If you have any difficulty, please comment and I, or another reader/contributor, will try to help.
Happy World Radio Day!
It’s been fun to see how World Radio Day has grown over the years. I believe it’s a wonderful reason to celebrate all that we love about radio.
To celebrate World Radio Day 2013, UNESCO asked me to record why I believe radio is relevant today. Here was my response:
Click here to read more about World Radio Day.