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Now Online! Digital editions of November 2021 QST, September/October 2021 On the AirQEX, and NCJ
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November QST

The Beverage Antenna, 100 Years Later

Ward Silver, NØAX, and Frank Donovan, W3LPL

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

September/October QEX
Learn cutting-edge radio technology and breakthroughs from ham radio’s greatest minds. Read QEX
September/October NCJ
Get radiosport techniques and tips from today’s top contesters. Read NCJ

Podcasts

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.

10 Meter Contest | December 11-12, 2021

Rookie Roundup CW | December 19, 2021

2022 ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation® | February 10-13, 2022

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