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On the Air Monthly Magazine

Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, features, and commentary compiled by “On the Air Monthly Magazine” from HQ ARRL.

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

Content republished with permission of the ARRL.  Copyright ARRL.

Accessed on 25 January 2023, 0127 UTC.

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Repeaters — Your Friends in High Places


If you’re a new licensee looking for someone to talk to on your new handheld, you need to know about “Repeaters — Your Friends in High Places.” These stations (which are often positioned on mountaintops, hills, or tall buildings) can “repeat” your handheld’s relatively small signal, giving it a boost up to tens or even thousands of miles away from your location. Read the article to learn how repeaters do what they do, as well as how to find repeaters near you.


Linked Repeaters

It’s possible to communicate even farther than the range of your local repeater by using linked repeaters. On the Air’s article, “Linked Repeaters” explains the types of links that can be used, and goes into the uses of linked repeater networks (think emergency communications).


Tones: The Keys that Unlock Repeaters

CTCSS tones (sometimes called PL tones) are inaudible to human ears, but you won’t be able to transmit on your local repeater unless your radio is programmed to send the specific tone that grants you access. Read “Tones: The Keys that Unlock Repeaters” to find out how tones protect repeaters from interference, and where you can get the tones for repeaters in your area.


Reaching Out on the Repeaters — And Getting Responses

For many new hams, a handheld is their first radio, and the local repeater is where they make their first on-air contact. But what’s a new ham to do when they get on the repeater and there doesn’t seem to be anybody to talk to? “Reaching Out on the Repeaters — And Getting Responses” offers tips on when to listen, what to say, how to get other hams to respond, and more.



D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) — Digital voice and data protocol specification developed as the result of research by the Japan Amateur Radio League. D-STAR provides communication via digitized voice and data. Special VHF/UHF repeaters are used to relay signals and can provide interconnection to the internet and other communications facilities.

On-Air Events and Conventions

Winterfest, ARRL Midwest Division Convention,

Collinsville, Illinois | January 28, 2023

School Club Roundup | February 13-17, 2023

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

The best way to find repeaters in your area or when you’re on the move is to pick up a copy of The ARRL Repeater Directory®. 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.

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Don’t forget The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest on Saturday, 28 January 2023, 0930-1400 HST, at the Waimea Community Center near the baseball field.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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