The year is 1925.

Just a few years after World War I, amateur radio operators are exploring worldwide propagation on the short-wave bands.

Robert Deforest, President of Deforest Radio Telephone and Telegraph company, says,

“If you haven’t a hobby–get one. Ride it. Wireless is of all hobbies the most interesting. It offers the widest limits, the keenest fascination, either for intense competition with others, near and far, or for quiet study and pure enjoyment in the still night hours as you welcome friendly visitors from the whole wide world.”

But the future of amateur radio was uncertain, with commercial interests clamoring for bandwidth.

So, in 1925, a group of amateur radio operators gathered in Paris, France and formed the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and decided on a spectrum allocation that is still widely used today across 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters.

Today, almost 100 years later, amateur radio is more popular than ever, with over 3,000,000 licensed operators globally.


World Amateur Radio Day (Ham Radio Prep)

Our mission here Ham Radio Prep is here to continue the great heritage of amateur radio by getting more people licensed and active on the bands, with the world’s best amateur radio educational materials.

No matter where you are in your journey, we’re here to help you get licensed, start operating HF, and join the worldwide movement of independent communicators!