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Here are the online digital editions of “QST”, “On the Air”, “QEX”, and “NCJ.”

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 20 September 2022, 0327 UTC.

Content republishded with permission of The ARRL. Copyright ARRL.


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

3D Printing for Hams 101

Christian Bravo, W4ALF


3D printing has so many applications within am radio, and “3D Printing for Hams 101,” by Christian Bravo, W4ALF, provides information on what you’ll need to create your own projects. The October issue also includes reviews of printers, and loads of internet resources where you can get free software and projects to print. Read QST

September/October On the Air

Make a 2-Meter J-Pole Antenna from Lamp Cord

John H. Unrath, K6JHU, and Dino Papas, KLØS


This article guides you to construct a simple antenna from a lamp cord, coax, and some common tools and materials. At the end of this easy build, you’ll have a portable 2-meter antenna that you can toss into a go-bag. More technically minded hams can check out the July 2022 issue of QST for the article “Make a 2-Meter J-Pole from Lamp Cord,” by John H. Unrath, K6JHU, which offers more about the design and construction of this antenna. Read On the Air

September/October QEX

SSB Receiver Controlled by a Smartphone

Benjamin Neveu


An IT student’s internship project with the F6KFI Radio Club benefits hams by using a smartphone to reduce the cost of controlling an SSB receiver. Read QEX

September/October NCJ

Operating Mobile in the Florida QSO Party

Martin Durham, W1MD


Martin Durham, W1MD, was used to contesting from a Caribbean superstation, but 12 years ago he started seeing how the other half lives when his contesting partner Charlie Carroll, K1XX, suggested they operate mobile for the FQP. See how it’s done in, “Operating Mobile in the Florida QSO Party.” Read NCJ




To celebrate the 50th year of publication, ARRL is offering a limited-edition challenge coin as a gift to all 2022 National Contest Journal subscribers — new and renewing! Subscribe Now

On the Air Podcast

In the September 2022 episode of the On the Air podcast “Make a 2-Meter J-Pole Antenna from Lamp Cord,” Dino Papas, KL0S, provides insight into the construction and tuning of this J-pole antenna, which he built for the September/October 2022 issue of On the Air from a design by John H. Unrath, K6JHU. Along the way, he and host Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, uncover a bit of J-pole history and dig into why an antenna analyzer is a must-have if you decide to build this project. Listen Now

September is National Preparedness Month

Amateur radio operators use their training, skills, and equipment to provide communications during community events, disaster response, and various programs. To learn how you can use your license to help serve your community and for more information on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, visit


Visit the ARRL store for resource manuals, polo shirts, safety vests, and more. Find items that are perfect for public service and ARES volunteers who are trained in the field, as well as those who are just getting started. Shop Now

ARRL Online Auction

The 2022 ARRL Online Auction will take place October 21-27 and will feature unique vintage items, new gear, QST “Product Review” items, and more! Proceeds from the annual Online Auction benefit ARRL education, licensing, and training programs. Pre-registration begins October 19.

3-Year Membership Offer

Renew or extend your ARRL membership for 3 years and get a free limited-edition coffee mug featuring a popular cartoon by the creative artist and ham, Philip “Gil” Gildersleeve.


This offer applies to 3 year full memberships (not valid for digital, student, life, international, or other membership types). Use code GIL2 at checkout. Renew Now

Member Services

ARRL members and customers can now join, renew, shop, and donate all in one transaction. For assistance logging in to, follow these instructions to access ARRL features and services.


Reminder: ARRL Member Services has extended our phone support hours to 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EST, Monday through Thursday, to serve our members better.

Conventions & On Air Events
HRO Superfest hosting the ARRL Central Division Convention Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 23-24, 2022


EME – 2.3 GHz & Up | September 17-18, 2022


Red River Radio Amateur Hamfest hosting the ARRL Dakota Division Convention West Fargo, North Dakota | September 24, 2022


Collegiate QSO Party | October 1-2, 2022


ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention Cheyenne, Wyoming | October 7-9, 2022


Pacificon hosting the ARRL Pacific Division Convention

San Ramon, California | October 14-16, 2022


EME – 50 to 1296 MHz | October 15-16, 2022

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