The ARRL Current


Online editions of QST, On the Air, QEX, and NCJ now available.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 14 January 2023, 0211 UTC.

Update republished with permission of The ARRL. Copyright ARRL.

Source: (The ARRL Current from HQ ARRL).

Now Online! Digital editions of February QST, January/February On the AirQEX, and NCJ
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February QST

A Multi-Band End-Fed Antenna

Dan Wiley, W6AZI


New ham Dan Wiley, W6AZI, jumped right into antenna design with “A Multi-Band End-Fed Antenna,” a vertical end-fed that works on 80, 40, and 20 meters. Get all the details on this low-cost, lightweight antenna. Read QST

January/February On the Air

Fun and Skill-Building with Electronic Kits

Mark A. Lacy, W5TXR


The colder months are the perfect time to stay indoors and work on projects – including ham radio kits! “Fun and Skill-Building with Electronic Kits” by Mark A. Lacy, W5TXR, offers advice on choosing a kit, gathering the appropriate tools, and organizing the myriad of parts that kits include. There’s even a list of kit manufacturers so you can start researching your next project. Read On the Air

January/February QEX

Horizontally Polarized Two-Meter Triangle Loop Antenna

Richard L. Quick, W4RQ


Richard L. Quick, W4RQ, came up with the “Horizontally Polarized Two-Meter Triangle Loop Antenna” for his 2-meter ragchew group, who were using antennas with varying polarizations. The triangle loop is inexpensive and easy to build — Richard’s came together in less than an hour — enabling everyone in the group to make their own. Get the details in the article. Read QEX

January/February NCJ

A Simple Automatic Antenna Switching System for Icom Radios

Jack Schuster, W1WEF


Jack Schuster, W1WEF, wanted a way to keep his rate up in the CWOps Tests, and decided an automatic antenna switch would save him precious seconds. After a successful search for an Icom band decoder, Jack came up with “A Simple Automatic Antenna Switching System for Icom Radios.” Read the article to get the details of his project. Read NCJ


In celebration of its 50th year of publication, ARRL is offering a limited-edition challenge coin as a gift to all 2023 National Contest Journal subscribers — new and renewing! Subscribe Now

On the Air Podcast

ARRL has designated 2023 The Year of the Volunteers, and this month the On the Air podcast focuses on “The ARRL Field Organization.” ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, discusses this network of ARRL member-volunteers who are positioned in the various ARRL Sections to offer technical advice, liaise with government contacts, work with young hams, and much more. Listen Now

Volunteers On the Air Event

ARRL is holding Volunteers On the Air (VOTA), a year-long on-air celebration that recognizes the organization’s abundant volunteer support and contributions. By using ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW), participants making contacts in 2023 will accumulate points, contact new stations, and make new friends. The VOTA event will include special week-long activations by W1AW portable stations from all 50 states and most US territories. Participate Now

New in the ARRL Store

The best way to find repeaters in your area or when you’re on the move is to pick up a copy of the new 2023 ARRL Repeater Directory®. You’ll be able to look up local repeaters and see their input and output frequencies, plus find out whether they are analog FM repeaters, or one of the digital machines. With 28,000 listings, it’s the world’s largest printed directory of repeater systems. Order Now

ARRL Learning Center

As one of ARRL’s member benefits, this online learning environment is designed to help you get the most out of your license. Take online courses, featuring activities and video tutorials created by ARRL-approved experts. Use course work and resources to improve your knowledge and skills getting on the air, serving your community in emergencies, and with electronics and technology. Learn More

Family Membership

Share the excitement of ham radio with your whole family! For only $10 a family member per year, your family member will enjoy all the same benefits and services as you, the primary member. Family members must reside at the same address. One print subscription to QST or On the Air is sent per household. To purchase a family membership, call toll-free 1-888-277-5289. Mention code FAMILY and we will send you a HAM oval sticker for each family member you sign up.


Reminder: ARRL Member Services is available Monday – Thursday 8 am – 7 pm (EDT) and Friday 8 am – 5 pm (EDT).

On Air Events and Conventions
January VHF | January 21-23, 2023


School Club Roundup | February 13-17, 2023


Winterfest, ARRL Midwest Division Convention,

Collinsville, Illinois | January 28, 2023


Orlando HamCation, ARRL Southeastern Division Convention, Orlando, Florida | February 10-12, 2023

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Reminders for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club membership meeting will held Sunday, 15 January 2023, 1400 HST, at the Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana Street in Hilo.

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 28 January 2023, 0930-1400 HST, at the Waimea Community Center.

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club Winter Field Day has been canceled because of The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest.  Both events were scheduled on the same weekend.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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