The UNESCO-sponsored World Radio Day is 13 February, with many events spilling over to 14th February. Phoenix ARC will be on air with the callsigns MX0PHX and MX0YHA to raise awareness of the WRD.

WRD aims to remind us that terrestrial radio still has a major social and cultural value, and a means of disseminating news an information, in many parts of the world. And it encourages links between broadcasters.

It also aims to raise a greater awareness of the need to maintain emergency frequencies for use in times of emergency - something that is highly relevant to amateur radio users.

Comment (Sat 13 Feb from G7HZZ) - In a time when the major international broadcasters - BBC WS, Deutsche Welle, SRI, etc have abandoned the shortwave bands in favour of the internet and satellite services, the value of a small 'shirt pocket' transistor radio - costing just a few pounds, dollars euros of yen - is undiminished but is largely forgotten or ignored.  Such radios require a quite minimal and low cost infrastructure to provide a news service, social and cultural content across very large areas in places where modern technlogy is unavailable or unaffordable. Local and regional MW services are often more robust and reliable, and easier to repair if affected by a natural (or man-made) disaster. In many respects fm broadcasts, satellite and internet services are more about quality and choice than necessity. The phrase 'throwing out the baby with the bath water comes to mind.

WRD also coincides with British Scientists Amateur Radio Award joint commemoration of the explorer and botanist Joseph Banks and distinguished Scottish surgeon and scientist John Hunter (link).