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American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

12/18/2014 08:52 PM
ARRL Website Search Function Temporarily Off Line

The search function on the ARRL website is temporarily unavailable. However, until it is fixed, there is an alternative approach using Google.

Simply go to the Google search engine at and enter the following: (keyword/search term)

For example, entering . . . transmitter

...will search the site and return results for anything with the word "transmitter" in t...

12/18/2014 05:00 AM
ARRL’s Last “Red Badges on the Air Day” on December 31!

12/17/2014 09:22 PM
New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool Released

The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.

The question pool files are available in PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc), and ASCII ...

12/17/2014 03:46 PM
ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Conducts First ARISS School Contact

12/17/2014 02:07 PM
Preparations Under Way for January DXpedition to Iran

12/16/2014 03:54 PM
Advisory Board to Guide IARU’s Approach to ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model

Through its president, Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a founding Advisory Board member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative. The initiative is aimed at developing an action plan to deploy necessary crucial telecommunication infrastructure to offer prompt assistance in the event of natural...

12/16/2014 03:41 PM
Past Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. Mackey, N4ADI, SK

Past ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. “Roy” Mackey, N4ADI, of Winter Park, Florida, died December 5. He was 96 and had not been active as a radio amateur for several years. Mackey served as Northern Florida Section Manager from 1986 until 1990. After two terms as Section Manager, he served as a Northern Florida Assistant Section Manager from 1990 until 1997.

Mackey was instrumental...

12/16/2014 03:33 PM
Cross-Borders ARES Exercise Tests Northeast Communication Capabilities

Maine ARES® Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Phil Duggan, N1EP, wants to expand Amateur Radio’s reach during emergencies in the Northeast. To that end, he convened a 40 meter “cross-borders” net on Saturday morning, December 13, on 7262 kHz to test the communication paths for that band and time for operators in Maine, New Hampshire, and the bordering Canadian provinces. The exercise was spur...

12/15/2014 08:55 PM
Contesting Hall of Famer Carl D. Cook, AI6V/P49V, SK

Well-known Contester, DXer, and DXpeditioner Carl Cook, AI6V/P49V (ex-WA6JUD), of Las Vegas, Nevada, died December 15. An ARRL Life Member, he was 74. Despite getting a rather late start, Cook went on to enjoy considerable success in Amateur Radio, and even casual DX contesters had P49V in their logs.

“Carl passed away at 3:30 this morning, in his sleep, per his wishes, just two days shy of his ...

12/15/2014 07:25 PM
“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the soon-to-adjourn 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in ...

12/15/2014 05:37 PM
ARTSAT2: DESPATCH Satellite is Now FO-81

AMSAT-NA has designated the ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (DEep SPace Amateur Troubadour’s CHallenge) satellite as Fuji OSCAR 81 or FO-81. OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, said the Japanese deep-space satellite “appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR  number, including IARU coordination.” Tynan said he applied the “Fuji” designation “in recognition of the long history of contr...

12/15/2014 04:11 PM
Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Invites Scholarship Applications

The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) invites applications for the Amateur Radio-related scholarships it administers. These academic awards are sponsored by individuals and by Amateur Radio clubs across the US. The FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. For 2015 FAR is administering 67 scholarships worth an aggregate $125,500. The list incl...

12/15/2014 03:11 PM
W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in Maryland, Hawaii, and Georgia

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Indiana and Montana. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, December 17 (the evening of December 16 in US time zones), to Maryland (W1AW/3), Hawaii (W1AW/KH6), and Georgia (W1AW/4). By December 31 W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice.

The ARRL Centenni...

12/14/2014 03:54 PM
Cuban HF Emergency Net Stands Down

A net on  7115 kHz that activated after torrential rainfall over Eastern Cuba has terminated operation. More than 15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period on December 11 and 12 over Baracoa in prompted activation of the Guantanamo FRC Provincial Emergency Net on December 12. IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, has reported that the net closed down on December 13, after it...

12/13/2014 05:13 PM
Dayton Hamvention 2015 Award Nominations Due by January 16, 2015!

Time is running short to submit nominations for the 2015 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement, Technical Excellence and Club of the Year awards. Completed nomination forms and supporting documentation are due by January 16. All Amateur Radio operators (and clubs) are eligible. Winners will be recognized at the 2015 Hamvention®, which takes place May 15-17.

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