The ARRL Current


Now online–digital editions of QST, On the Air, QEX, and NCJ.

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

Accessed on 16 December 2021, 0052 UTC.

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Now Online! Digital editions of January 2022 QST, November/December 2021 On the AirQEX, and NCJ

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January QST

Using an Ionosonde to Understand the Ionosphere

Eric Nichols, KL7AJ


With Cycle 25 still ramping up, it’s a great time to increase your understanding of how the ionosphere works. This article by Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, introduces the ionosonde, a specialized form of radar that analyzes the ionosphere. You can use ionosonde data to figure out how the ionosphere is behaving in your area, which gives you a clearer picture of propagation conditions. Read QST

November/December On the Air

Get to a Hamfest

Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R


Hamfests are a great place to finally meet the hams you’ve been talking to on the air. These events draw hundreds or thousands of radio amateurs that you can learn from, buy from, and meet one-on-one with. Whether an event is larger or smaller, the reaction from anyone attending their first hamfest is usually the sheer delight of enjoying the company of so many other hams. Read On the Air

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


Eclectic Tech  Episode 48


This episode of the Eclectic Tech podcast, which premiered on Thursday, December 2, features Clark Burgard, N1BCG, and a discussion of the technical aspects of the 1921 Transatlantic Tests. Listen now

On the Air – Episode 24


The December edition of the On the Air podcast debuted on Thursday, December 9, and offers tips about improving the effective range of a handheld transceiver. Listen now

2022 ARRL Field Day

Save the Date! June 25 – 26


Introducing the 2022 ARRL Field Day logo. Be the first to be seen wearing this 2022 design in our comfortable and casual limited-time 2022 long-sleeve t-shirt. Shop our Field Day Evergreen logo items year round, and look for products featuring the new logo to hit the ARRL store in the coming weeks. Shop Now

New Products & Upcoming Promotions

Holiday Delivery

The guaranteed December 24 delivery date has passed, and the ARRL Warehouse Team is now hard at work processing, packing, and shipping your holiday orders. Watch them in action!


Our Holiday Gift to You

Check your inbox on Christmas Day for a complimentary download from the ARRL store for our members.


2022 ARRL Repeater Directory

The 2022 edition of The ARRL Repeater Directory is a perfect addition to any emergency go-kit. Refer to it whenever you’re on the move or want to find local activity. Order Now


New Member Benefit

ARRL recently launched the ARRL Learning Center, an online Learning Management System providing members with access to robust training and skill development. So whether you’re just beginning to explore the hobby, or an experienced ham looking to discover new skills and technology, the ARRL Learning Center offers access to expert training anytime, anywhere. Log onto the Learning Center at to check out this new member benefit.


Give the Gift ARRL Membership

Introduce your family and friends to Amateur Radio and ARRL membership, and they’ll receive a FREE ARRL baseball hat as a welcome gift. Join at and use code GIFT. Offer ends December 31, 2021.


Member Services

ARRL Member Services phone support hours are 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EST, Monday through Thursday, and Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Questions on our products and services can also be answered via email at From all of us on the Membership Team, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.


There’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation to ARRL! We know that you have many options when it comes to your end-of-year giving. Please consider a gift this holiday season to ARRL in support of our mission to advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. We are grateful for small and large gifts that help us to:

  • Develop programs and services to benefit our members, such as the new ARRL Learning Center
  • Defend the Amateur Radio spectrum
  • Support a new generation of hams though our licensing and education programs
  • Keep the Amateur Radio community strong and connected

Conventions & On-Air Events

EME – 50 to 1296 MHz | December 18-19, 2021
Rookie Roundup CW | December 19, 2021


Straight Key Night | January 1, 2022


Kids Day | January 1, 2022


RTTY Roundup | January 8-9, 2022


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

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