A bright spot in an otherwise challenging year is that our shared passion of amateur radio is growing stronger. The increase in on-the-air activityhas been noticeable, especially on the HF bands. Driven by reawakening solar activity and the rapid adoption of digital modes such as FT8, the bands are active, not just during evenings and weekends, but also during “normal” working hours, where more than a few of us have been known to be in video conference calls while making QSOs. Growth in activity and participation has not been limited to the HF bands. Use of VHF and UHF has also increased, not just for local nets, but especially interest in satellite operations.
Use of virtual learning has allowed many of our societies and their affiliated clubs to conduct licensing courses and exams, bringing many new and enthusiastic operators into our hobby. Attracting new and younger amateurs is our future. For 2022, the challenge to all of us is to not only enjoy our hobby, but to also share it with someone new. What are you going to do to introduce someone to the many possibilities of amateur radio?
The Executive Committee of IARU Region 2 wishes you and your families all of the best in this holiday season and in 2022. See you on the air!
George Gorsline, VE3YV, Secretary
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