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Now Online! Digital editions of July 2021 QST, May/June On the Air, May/June QEX, and May/June NCJ
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July QST

AREDN at the US Marine Corps Marathon

Mark D. Braunstein, WA4KFZ


Learn how ham radio operators supported communications at the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon with the help of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN), a digital technology that lets hams make high-speed uploads of data about runners who need help and other important race information. The 2021 Marine Corps Marathon will be October 29-31 in Washington, DC. AREDN came into being in 2015, and the technology has been used for digital radio communications at many events. Read QST

May/June On the Air

Build an End-Fed Half-Wave Antenna from a Kit

Frank Bontenbal, PA2DKW


ARRL is offering a four-band end-fed half-wave (EFHW) antenna kit through a partnership with HF Kits. This step-by-step article shows how to assemble the antenna, which works on 10, 15, 20, and 40 meters. This is a great antenna for new hams who want to try HF operating during Cycle 25. EFHWs are easy to set up, making them popular with portable operators. Read On the Air

May/June QEX

Read about cutting-edge radio technology and breakthroughs from ham radio’s greatest minds. Read QEX

May/June NCJ

Get radiosport techniques and tips from today’s top contesters. Read NCJ


Eclectic Tech – Episode 35 – June 3


Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, talks about the current state of amateur radio satellites, including tips for making satellite contacts on ARRL Field Day. Listen now

On the Air – Episode 18 – June 10


Nashua Area Radio Society President Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, talks about how hams can use Field Day to hone their skills and give amateur radio more public exposure. Listen now

On the Air Blog

Knit Earpad Covers for Headphones


With help from his wife, who knows how to knit, Daniel Rosenne, 4X1SK, made the earpads on his headphones more comfortable with a pair of knitted cotton covers. Not only do they feel nicer on your skin, but you can wash the covers. If you don’t know how to knit, don’t worry. In his blog post, Daniel tells you what you need and how to do it. Read now

Education & Learning

Webinar – Improving Your Club’s 2021 Field Day Score

June 10 @ 8 p.m. EDT (0000 UTC)


ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, tells you how your club can get the best score possible for Field Day. Register now

Webinar – Introduction to Remote HF Operation

June 22 @ 1 p.m. EDT (1700 UTC)


Davide Lanfranconi, W6DGE, and Kevin Shin-Wheeler, N7KSW, members of the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club, will talk about how the club got its remote HF station on the air. Register now

Products & Promotions

Are You Ready for Field Day?


ARRL Field Day is almost here, and now is your last chance to gear up with our official 2021 Field Day merchandise. The collection is selling out fast, from T-shirts, pins, and patches, to tumblers and notebooks. Order yours while supplies last.


Be sure to bring the ARRL Field Day Guide to your club’s operation. This pull-out supplement from the June issue of QST is filled with hints for efficiently setting up and running your station, a safety checklist, a handy guide for tracking bonus points, and more! It features a delicious chili recipe using ARRL’s specially formulated, private-label chili seasoning! Cook up a batch and feed the whole Field Day group!


A Look Inside the ARRL Lab


The ARRL Laboratory does some of the most important work in support of our members. This includes equipment testing for QST Product Review, the Technical Information Service, and advocacy on behalf of amateur radio.


Learn more about what the ARRL Lab does with this short video.



From the Development Office

2021 Diamond Club


The ARRL Diamond Club is a giving program for ARRL’s most committed members. Join or renew with a contribution of $375 or more and receive a limited edition First Day Cover display with an original Amateur Radio stamp and Diamond Club Challenge Coin. New and returning members who give $100 or more will receive the Challenge Coin. Learn more at

Ham Radio in the News

Read The Boston Globe’s charming story about how discovering ham radio helped relieve one family’s stress during the pandemic-related isolation of the past year. ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, is quoted in the story, and says that many others have become interested in ham radio and its uses during the pandemic. Read now

Conventions & Events

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


Huntsville Hamfestthe ARRL Southeastern Division Convention

Huntsville, Alabama | Aug 21-22, 2021


2022 ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation®

Orlando, Florida | Feb 10-13, 2022

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

K6K-King Kamehameha Celebration Special Event Station will be on-air, Friday, 11 June 2021, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all HST).  For more information, please go here:

ARRL Field Day Sites (26-27 June 2021):

Some members of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club will be operating a Field Day Site on Saturday-Sunday, 26-27 June 2021, from a remote area on Maunakea, just off the Mana Road.  For details, please contact Roy Kunishige:

Another group of BIARC members will operate a Field Day Site and Hamfest at Laupahoehoe Point.  Field Day activities begin Saturday, 26 June 2021 at 8 a.m. (HST), while the Hamfest starts at 10 a.m. (HST), Saturday, 26 June 2021.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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