Lebanon celebrates World Amateur Radio Day

The Amateur Radio community in Lebanon and Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) are celebrating today the World Amateur Radio Day with on the air activities telling the World about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we can have.

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when we show Amateur Radio capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide. 

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum. From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with over 3,000,000 licensed operators! Amateur Radio, the most amazing Hobby in the World.

Akram Ladki, OD5BO - Silent Key

Lebanon and the World have lost today one of its finest Amateur Radio Pioneers. 

It is with grief and deep sorrow, that we announce the loss of our dear friend OD5BO - Akram Ladki who passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 87. Licensed since 1955, Akram is a member of RAL, and served on its board. Akram loved RAL and had a huge passion for Homebrew and Tubes.  

Akram was a genuine ham. He would build things that none of us in the club could dare to build in the past years. He was always curious and interested in improving his Amateur Radio station.  He would stay awake for long winter nights contacting the world with simple, some times home brew equipments. He had a secret about his homebrew microphone that helped him cut through the pileups with a superb audio quality. His collection of vintage equipment and tubes are unmatched in Lebanon. 

An old friend of Akram, Varouj - N6DBH/OD5CS remembers the old days with Akram where they together built radio related items. They had regular QSOs on 20m back in the 60s. "I already miss Akram's sincere laughter that still sounds in my ears. I miss the good old days with simple friendships. God bless you all. Kiss the Lebanese ground on my behalf". Variouj in grief commented from California

On behalf of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) and the Hams around the world, we extend the deepest and heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his XYL Maha, family, friends and to all those who admired him as they mourn his loss‎. Akram left us physically, but he will always be in hearts and minds. He will be greatly missed. May his Soul rest in Peace.

IARU WRC-19 preparation update

iaru r1 logo sA meeting took place beginning January in CEPT, which included agenda items considering matters of interest to the Amateur Radio Services at WRC19.

At committee PTD in Helsinki, IARU experts were involved in discussions on WRC Agenda Item 1.1, which proposes an allocation in Region 1 in the 50-54 MHz band, to create a global band at these frequencies. For CEPT, the coordinator for this Agenda item is Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T.

The discussions made progress on matters concerning sharing between the amateur service and services in this frequency band (broadcasting, wind-profilers and mobile users), but there remains much still to do and IARU will continue to work on these studies with administrations and others to establish the optimum future sharing scenarios. 

Read more: IARU WRC-19 preparation update

HB9JOE and HB9FPM receive RAL Awards

Radio Amateurs of Lebaon (RAL) presented today HB9JOE - Andy with it highest recognition award for his exceptional contribution to Amateur Radio and long years of support to Amateur Radio in Lebanon and RAL.

Andy was first licensed in 1991 and served as the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 treasurer for 12 years. He is currently the president of the Radio Amateur Club Swissair (HB9VC) and was the Vice President and Treasurer of Union Schweizerischer Kurzwellen-Amateure (USKA), Treasurer of the Helvetia Telegraphy Club (HTC) and Treasurer of the Swiss DX Foundation (SDXF). 

Andy Holds OK8JOE callsign as well and has been active on Lebanese and Czech summits.  He is passionate  about SOTA, CW, DXing, Contests, IOTA, Castles, JOTA and is a proud member of USKA, HTC (# 80), SDXF, HB9W, HB9VC, IARC (4U1ITU), RAL, ARRL, HB9RF, HB9BF, CRK, HB9SOTA. Andy received the DXCC - 8 Bands award and the ARRL Diamond DXCC Challenge.

The award was presented on behalf of Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) by its president OD5TE - Hani in the presence of RAL executive committee and members. A very well deserved recognition for an amazing Ham and a friend to RAL. 

HB9FPM - Eva was also presented with the RAL president's golden seal in recognition of her service to Amateur Radio. Eva is currently the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 treasurer and holds OK3QE call and is a proud member of USKA, CRC, HB9SOTA, HTC, SDXF, and RAL. 

Andy and Eva just concluded their SOTA summit activations in Lebanon. Congratulations to both for this recognition. 

Lebanon Summit on the Air (SOTA) activation

Lebanon and the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) will be hosting HB9JOE - Andy and HB9FPM - Eva for the period between February 4-6, 2017.

Andy and Eva along with OD5KU - Elie, OD5RI - Riri, OD5TE - Hani, OD5TX - Michel and SV2AYT - Nicos will be activating  OD/BE-004 Baabdat and OD/BE-005 Jabal Chaoui summits. Under OD5RAL they will be on the air using an Elecraft KX3, 12W output with Spiderbeam end fed antenna for 40-20-15 and 10m using solar power. 

This activy is part of the year long activities in celberation of RAL 65th anniversary. 

Summits On the Air (SOTA) encourages Amateur Radio portable operation in mountainous areas.


Click here to see pictures from the event 

A minute of Silence Honoring our Silent Keys


At its  General Assmebly, Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) members stood up a minute of silence honoring the Lebanese Amateur Radio operators that passed away this year. Lebanon and the world have lost this year some of its finest Hams that have gone silent after years of devotion to Amateur Radio. 

It is with grief and deep sorrow that the assembly remembered the loss of our dearest friends that are greatly missed:  OD5MN – Nabil Moumtaz, OD5MU – Dr. Claude Lotfi, OD5PL – Francois Zouein (Ex. RAL President), and OD5RF – Dr. Saadallah Finge.

On behalf of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) and the Hams around the world, we extend the deepest and heartfelt condolences and sympathy to their families, friends and to all those who admired them as they mourn their loss

May their Soul rest in Peace. 

Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) elects a new board

The Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) at its general assembly meeting today elected a new Executive Board for a 3 years term. Results came as follows:

President & 

RAL President & Official Representative : Hani Raad - OD5TE

Vice President & Emergency Coordinator : Elie Kadi - OD5KU

Secretary and QSL Manager: Rizkallah (Riri) Azrak - OD5RI

Treasurer : Mohamad Khalil - OD5UI

Accountant and Head of Membership Committee : Louisette Abou Jaoude - OD5YL

Board Member and IARU Liaison: John Gibran - OD5RW

Board Member and HF/VHF Coordinator: Michel Homsi - OD5TX

Board Member: Amin Habbal - OD5HP


IARU Coordinators are as follows: IARU Coordinator :John Gibran - OD5RW, IARU HF and VHF Manager : Michel Homsi - OD5TX, IARU Emergency Coordinator : Elie Kadi - OD5KU, IARU Monitoring System Coordinator: Rizkallah (Riri) Azrak - OD5RI 

IARU continues preparations for WRC-19

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) prime roles are to work in the areas of spectrum privileges (gaining or retaining spectrum for the amateur radio services) and spectrum protection.

To do this IARU works in the international standards bodies (CISPR, CENELEC and ETSI), the Regional Telecommunications Organisations around the world (eg CEPT, CITEL, APT, ATU) and of course ITU. The ITU is the United Nation’s specialised agency for telecommunications. Its Web Site contains a considerable amount of material and documentation of interest to the amateur service, much of which can be downloaded from

In the last month, IARU representatives have attended the CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) – the policy-making body of CEPT, one of the many CEPT committees at which IARU is present. IARU was also present at ITU Working Parties under Study Group 5, whose remit is to study matters relating to terrestrial radiocommunication services, which includes the amateur service. WP5A is working to prepare for the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 with a focus which includes the Amateur Radio Services.

Read more: IARU continues preparations for WRC-19

RAL president awarded Yasme Excellence award

Hani Raad - OD5TERadio Amateurs of Lebanon, (RAL) president, Hani Raad, OD5TE, has been awarded with the 2016 Yasme Foundation Excellence award for his work advancing Amateur Radio in Lebanon and the Arabic speaking  region. The success of amateur radio depends on there being active amateurs on the air, demonstrating its value in both technical excellence and public service.

More details on Yasme Foundation Awards  and click 2016.

Well desered recogintion for Hani's devotion and contribution to Amateur Radio's advancement over the last 36 years. He is the current President of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL), Lebanon’s National Amateur Radio Society, and was the Internaitonal Amateur RAdio Union Region 1 Vice President (2011-2014). 


Hani holds Amateur Radio Licenses in Lebanon (OD5TE), Jordan (JY8HR), Switzerland (HB9ERL) and USA (AA3EI). He held numerous Amateur Radio related roles throughout the years including: The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 monitoring Service Coordinator, The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Maryland District of Columbia (MDC) Section Emergency Coordinator and official Observer, The George Washington University Amateur Radio Club President and MADRAS Vice-president.

He is a certified ARRL Chief Examiner and W5YI Commercial Radio Examiner and recipient of the DX-Century Award and various recognition awards through Amateur Radio Service from The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for outstanding service to Amateur Radio Community and from The American Red Cross, US Marine Corps, US Army, Washington DC Office of Emergency Preparedness and Military district of Washington for outstanding service through Amateur Radio at time of disaster.

Hani is active from Beirut on most bands and mode. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering for the George Washington University, Washington DC and is currently Cisco's General Manager for the Levant region.  

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