The ARRL Current


Here’s the monthly update of ARRL digital publications and member benefits.

Views expressed in this Amateur Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Accessed on 17 May 2021, 1906 UTC, Post 2042.

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Now Online! Digital editions of June 2021 QST, May/June 2021 OTAQEX, and NCJ
June QST
May/June OTA
May/June QEX
May/June NCJ


June QST
A Portable Two-Element 40-Meter Wire Beam
Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ

ARRL Field Day is June 26-27. Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, describe how they made an inexpensive, easy-to-build portable antenna for the event. Their goal was to have an antenna that they could fit in a minivan.

You can buy many of the materials for this antenna from a hardware store. That includes the spreaders, which are two 10-foot-long wooden dowels, and #14 THHN wire. The result was an antenna you can take into the field with you, that has good gain and a good front-to-back ratio on the upper half of the 40-meter band.

2021 ARRL Field Day Guide
Sponsored by Ham Radio Outlet

Check out our new tear-out, take-along ARRL Field Day Guide. This QST supplement has tips on setting up and running your station, a safety checklist, a handy guide for tracking bonus points, and more! Cook up a crowd favorite with our delicious Field Day chili recipe featuring our specially formulated, private-label chili seasoning, which will be available in the ARRL store next week!

May/June On the Air
Making Sense of Propagation Forecasts

Predicting how solar activity and atmospheric conditions will influence radio propagation can be a challenge, but there are easy-to-use online tools that can help all hams. This article introduces two of them  the Solar-Terrestrial Data widget created by Paul Herrman, NØNBH, which uses scientific data to present a snapshot prediction of conditions on several frequencies, and William Hepburn’s Tropospheric Ducting Forecast tool, which forecasts propagation on VHF and UHF.

May/June QEX
80-Meter Vertical Near a Tree
Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA

The author uses a long-wire antenna supported by a tall oak tree for 80-meter DXing. He presents computer modeling results that suggest this arrangement may cause undesirable losses during operation.

May/June NCJ
Next-Gen Contesters
Neil Rapp, WB9VPG

Three ham radio clubs in Indiana used ARRL Field Day in 2019 to hook youth and other newcomers on amateur radio. Guest writer Joe Fitter, K7JOE, faculty sponsor of the amateur radio club at Indiana University, describes how that club, along with the Bloomington High School South Amateur Radio Club and the Southern Indiana Amateur Radio Association, teamed up for the event. They are hoping that other groups will take a similar approach to Field Day.

Their Field Day event showcased modern technologies like SDR and AREDN/mesh, but also showed people how they can build radio equipment. The “Ugly Antenna/Cheap Charlie Antenna Contest” demonstrated that amateur radio equipment can be inexpensive and still work well. The team made 800 contacts with an antenna that cost $10 to make.

What’s the Buzz?

Eclectic Tech  Episode 32  April 21
Learn about how a railroad company created the “trainphone” during the 1940s so its crews could communicate with train stations. Because of its short range and other issues, conventional radio technology at the time was not practical for railroads. The solution was putting rails on the roof of the train to act as an antenna and send messages through the telephone wires that ran along the tracks.

Hear QST columnist Paul Wade, W1GHZ, describe microwave operating on 10 GHz. This kind of operating is easier than you may think, but does require some special equipment, and Paul tells you what you need to get started.

On the Air  Episode 17  May 13
Ward Silver, NØAX, the author of the ARRL book Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur, explains those two principles, which are key for safety and preventing radio frequency interference. Silver tells how to make sure that the station equipment is properly connected to the ground, and other tips for operating safely.


On the Air Blog 
One Thousand FT8 Contacts in 14 Days

Jeromy Alexander, AD8GN, used the FT8 mode to exchange digital text messages with 1,000 fellow hams in all 50 states and 30 countries on four continents. If this sounds exciting to you, check out Jeromy’s post on the On the Air blog.

ARRL Learning Network Webinars

W1AW Antenna Farm – May 18 @ 1 p.m. EDT (1700 UTC)

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, gives you an insider’s view of the 28 antennas at W1AW, what they do, and how they are set up. Register today!

Upcoming Webinars:
Ask the Lab: How ARRL’s Technical Information Service Can Help You. June 8 @ 1 p.m.
Improving Your Club’s 2021 Field Day Score. June 10 @ 8 p.m.

ARRL At Home May 21-23, 2021

We can’t be together in Dayton this year, so we put together a weekend of specials to bring a bit of the spirit and excitement to our members.

Shop book specials, new spring itemsField Day and Cycle 25 gear, and many more surprises. Every order this weekend gets a 2021 ARRL button to add to your collection, and everything ships (within the U.S.) for only $5.

Also, renew your membership during our At Home weekend, and get a limited edition “2021 Member” reusable, eco-friendly shopping bag along with the 2021 button.

Check your email May 21-23 for these special offers.

Shop New Products
The ARRL store is introducing many fun and resourceful items throughout the spring and summer.

Shop for stylish backpacks that are great for carrying your gear when you operate outdoors, lightweight golf and outback hats to keep the sun off your head, and our casual mesh shorts. ARRL Field Day is coming up, and the store has comfortable T-shirts with a special logo for the event.

2021 Diamond Club Premiums Announcement

If you join or renew your Diamond Club membership with a contribution of $375 or above, you will receive a limited edition First Day Cover display with an original Amateur Radio stamp and new Diamond Club Challenge Coin. This replica display of a First Day Cover commemorates and honors the emergency communication efforts of amateur radio operators during the devastating 1964 Alaska earthquake. New and renewing Diamond Club members contributing $100 or more will receive the new Challenge Coin.

Becoming a Diamond Club member provides critical resources to support ARRL’s programs and services for amateur radio. To learn more about Diamond Club and the 2021 Diamond Club Premium, visit

Conventions and Events

Online – SEA-PAC, ARRL Northwestern Division Convention | June 5, 2021

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo | Aug 14-15, 2021

Huntsville Hamfest, ARRL Southeastern Division Convention

Huntsville, Alabama | Aug 21-22, 2021

2022 ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation®

Orlando, Florida | Feb 10-13, 2022

Important Dates
June 12-14 – June VHF
June 19 – Kids Day
June 26-27 
– ARRL Field Day

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section


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