The famous Beverage antenna turns 100 this year, but this “oldie” is still golden as increasing sunspot activity in Solar Cycle 25 leads to weaker signals on 160 and 80 meters. Read about how the Beverage is able to reject noise so well, and how to build a basic Beverage antenna system.
Special Contesting Insert!
Don’t miss the November issue’s special insert, “Contest Season 2021 – 2022,” which is full of resources and hints to help you have your best radiosport season yet. Read QST
September/October On the Air
The Wide World of Radiosport
If you’ve ever been tuning around the ham radio bands on a weekend and heard some urgent-sounding transmissions saying “CQ contest, CQ contest,” then you’ve stumbled across one of the many competitive on-air events that you’ll find on the bands. Competitive ham radio, also known as radiosport or contesting, is a popular sub-hobby within ham radio. The pace of contests is usually fast and exhilarating. For participants who are hitting the event hard, an on-air contest can require as much stamina, technique, and strategy as other, more traditional sports, but even hams who describe themselves as “casual contesters” agree that a less-intense venture into a contest can be fun and rewarding. This article presents a look into the fascinating world of competitive radio. Read On the Air
Learn cutting-edge radio technology and breakthroughs from ham radio’s greatest minds. Read QEX
Get radiosport techniques and tips from today’s top contesters. Read NCJ
Eclectic Tech – Episode 44
Episode 44 of the Eclectic Tech podcast, which premiered on Thursday, October 7, features Steve Allen, KC1SA, and a discussion about the current electronics parts shortage and what it may mean for amateurs. Listen now
On the Air – Episode 22
This October 14 episode extends the September/October article “The Wide World of Radiosport” with a discussion with Chris Plumblee, W4WF, about contesting, and what this activity can offer new amateurs. Listen now
Education & Learning
Technician License Training Course Added to ARRL’s YouTube Channel
ARRL’s YouTube channel has launched a series of Amateur Radio Technician license courses. This series of videos features QST “Ask Dave” columnist Dave Casler, KEØOG, who leads viewers through The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. These videos are a great supplement to the book and provide an overview of the sections you’ll be studying, along with a few videos on how things work.
Share this excellent resource with those who are preparing to take their Technician exam, and visit the ARRLHQ YouTube channel for more great Amateur Radio videos.
Webinar – Using the Raspberry Pi with Ham Radio
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EDT (1700 UTC)
The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, powerful computer that has many uses in Amateur Radio. Jason Oleham, KM4ACK, an avid YouTube content creator, discusses how to use them, why he started using the Pi, and why he developed Build-a-Pi, a script that gets hams up and running quickly. Register Now
Support Educational Outreach
The ARRL Education & Technology Fund
This fund provides financial support to ARRL education initiatives in wireless technology, including placing stations in schools and training teachers at the ARRL Teacher’s Institute. Your support will help ARRL continue these extraordinary programs, giving educators the knowledge and resources to educate the next generation of hams. Donate Now
New Fall Arrivals
ARRL Burnt Orange Polo
This burnt orange polo with the ARRL logo embroidered in white is 100% double polyester mesh, which is breathable with moisture-wicking. Stitched sleeves and bottom hem. Sizes M-4XL. Order Now
Pink Unisex Baseball Cap
Look stylish and feel great wearing this low-profile cap featuring the ARRL logo in white. Adjustable fabric strap with brass buckle. One size fits most. Order Now
Online Auction Wraps Up
Your Last Chance to Bid is Approaching!
Great deals on one-of-a-kind items are still available, and you’ll feel great knowing your donation benefits ARRL Education programming. The ARRL Online Auction closes at 10 PM Thursday, October 14. Visit arrl.auctionanything.com to submit your final and best bid.
Conventions & Events
Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention | October 15-17, 2021
Visit the ARRL booth in San Ramon, California, to join, renew, or extend your membership.
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ARRL Contest Update
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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.
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