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Latest digital editions of QST, QEX. NCJ, and On the Air.

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Accessed on 19 July 2022, 1930 UTC.

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Now Online! Digital editions of August QST, July/August On the AirQEX, and NCJ
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August QST

The Inverted Hen-Delta 6-Meter Antenna

John Portune, W6NBC, and Jim Bailey, W6OEK


If you’re looking for an antenna that offers excellent ground-mounted performance and looks good to non-ham neighbors, look no further than “The Inverted Hen-Delta 6-Meter Antenna,” by John Portune, W6NBC, and Jim Bailey, W6OEK. This antenna, which is made from copper pipe, can also be used for portable operation. Read QST

July/August On the Air


Discover the Excitement of FT8


FT8 is one of the hottest modes in amateur radio today, offering the ability to make contacts worldwide with even the most modest antennas. “Discover the Excitement of FT8” details what equipment you’ll need to run FT8, and where to find this mode on the bands. Read On the Air

July/August QEX

Improved Low-loss Measurements with a NanoVNA

Gary Cobb, G3TMG


The popular low-cost NanoVNAs (vector network analyzers) can be problematic when trying to measure low losses in transmission mode. In “Improved Low-loss Measurements with a NanoVNA,” Gary Cobb, G3TMG, walks readers through experiments that attempt to reliably measure these losses. Read QEX

July/August NCJ

Starting Over: Redesigning My Contest Station

Patrick Barkey, N9RV


Former NCJ Editor Patrick Barkey, N9RV, details his station overhaul in “Starting Over: Redesigning My Contest Station.” Incorporating good ideas from some fellow hams, Pat’s new station features touchscreen switching, a “switch hut” where all feed lines terminate, and greater adaptability at the click of a mouse. Read NCJ


To celebrate the 50th year of publication for ARRL’s National Contest Journal, ARRL has commissioned a limited-edition challenge coin as a gift to all 2022 subscribers, new and renewing! Subscribe Now


Eclectic Tech — Episode 64


In this episode, Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, discusses his experience with downsizing his antenna system. Listen Now

On the Air — Episode 31


In this episode of the On the Air podcast, find out why some amateurs consider 222 MHz as the “forgotten” frequency band. Listen Now

Club News

This summer, when your club recruits new members within the Club Commission Program, they’ll not only earn the standard $15 commission for each new member, but for every five new members your club signs, you will receive a 2022 ARRL Handbook. You may use the Handbook as a prize at a meeting, donate it to a new ham or local library, or keep it as a club reference. For more information on the Club Commission Program, email

Member Benefits


Before purchasing your next piece of equipment, see how it fared in QST‘s “Product Review.” As an ARRL member, you have access to all QST Product Reviews from 1980 to the present. These Product Reviews and test reports are available to members as PDFs for online reading or download.




Product Review Editor Pascal Villleneuve, VA2PV, and the editorial staff select the equipment that is reviewed and tested. We always appreciate comments from our members on what equipment they would like to see reviewed in QST. Please send your suggestions to the ARRL Lab at

Education & Technology Fund

The ARRL Education & Technology Fund provides financial support to ARRL education initiatives in wireless technology, including placing stations in schools and training teachers at the ARRL Teachers Institute. The Teachers Institute is an expenses-paid professional development program intended to provide teachers with tools and strategies to introduce their students to basic electronics, the science of radio space technology and satellite communications, weather science, microcontrollers, robotics, and amateur radio.


In 2022, ARRL is offering four in-person sessions of the Teachers Institute – three at ARRL HQ in Newington, Connecticut and one in Dayton, Ohio. Help support the Teachers Institute by making a donation to the Education & Technology Fund!

October 2022 Teachers Institute

Applications for the October 2022 Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology are now being accepted! This program provides teachers with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, weather science, and microcontrollers to their students. You must be an active teacher at an elementary, middle, high school or at a community college or university, or in a leadership or enrichment instruction role in a homeschooling or after-school program.


The grant to attend a Teachers Institute covers transportation, hotel, a modest per-diem for meals, instructional resources for electronics kits, and microcontrollers. Application submission deadline is August 10, 2022.

Summer Reading Special!


Get Even More Wire Antenna Classics for 50% OFF with code WIRE. This book features more than 40 practical designs for a wide range of wire antennas, from simple projects to more complex. You’ll discover new ways to experiment with wire antennas and why they are so rewarding to use. This offer ends July 31, 2022 or while supplies last.

Conventions & On Air Events
222 MHz and Up Distance Contest | August 6-7, 2022


10 GHz & Up – Round 1 | August 20-21, 2022


Rookie Roundup – RTTY | August 21, 2022


Huntsville Hamfest hosting the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention | August 20-21, 2022


Northeast HamXposition hosting the ARRL New England and Hudson Division Conventions | August 26-28, 2022


QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo (online event) | September 17-18, 2022 ARRL is a QSO Today partner


HRO Superfest hosting the ARRL Central Division Convention Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 23- 24, 2022

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