Annual UK Amateur Radio Events

A list of some of the main annual amateur radio events that take place in the UK, plus a list of dates.

Thinking Day On The AirMid-FebThinking Day On The Air, for Brownies and Girl Guides. See:
Airfields On The AirFirst weekend in AprilActivations of current or former RAF stations. See:
World Amateur Radio Day18 AprilOn the 18th of April 1925, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed – To mark this, the 18th of April each year is regarded as a day of celebration.
International Marconi DayClosest Saturday to 25th AprilA 24-hour amateur radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on the 25th April 1874. It is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques similar to those used by Marconi, and to gain an award for achieving the requisite number of Marconi stations worked. See
SOS Radio WeekMay (all month)Fundraising event by Radio Amateurs in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Details:
Mills On The AirMid MayWeekend activating Windmills and Watermills. Details:
Castles & Stately Homes On The AirMid/late MayCASHOTA encourages the exploration, promotion and enjoyment of our heritage, with worldwide and local heritage chasers and activators participating in the on-air award programs and  activations. Details:
International Museums WeekendMid/Late JuneActivation of museums around the world, to allow members of the public to see amateur radio in action. Details:
Armed Forces DayLate JuneRaising public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and to give the UK an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. Details:
International Lighthouses & Lightships WeekendThird weekend in AuguistInternational Lighthouses & Lightships Weekend. Details:
Churches & Chapels On The Air (CHOTA)Early SeptChurches & Chapels On The Air, organised by the World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners. Details:
Railways On The Air (ROTA)Late SeptUsually takes place every year on the weekend closest to the 27th September. This date celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway which took place on 27th September 1825. Details:
International Air Ambulance WeekEarly OctHelping to support the donation-funded flying medical services around the world, by operating special event stations over this nine-day event. Details:
JOTAMid OctJamboree on the Air is an annual event in which half a million Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio. Scouts get the opportunity to discover the skills of wireless radio techniques and electronics. Details:

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