The ARRL Current


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Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 28 April 2023, 1245 UTC.

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Now Online! Digital editions of May QST, March/April On the AirQEX, and NCJ
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FCC Exposure Rules Soon to Affect Every US Radio Amateur

Gregory Lapin, PhD, PE, N9GL


Beginning May 3, all ham radio transmitters operating in the US will be expected to comply with new FCC rules governing RF exposure limits. These new rules, which went into effect in May 2021, raised many questions in the ham radio community. Gregory Lapin’s, N9GL, article, “FCC Exposure Rules Soon to Affect Every US Radio Amateur,” is a plain-language explanation of the FCC’s expectations including information about how to perform the necessary assessments of your station. Read QST


March/April On the Air

Getting on Six Meters and Having Fun Once You Get There

Sean Kutzko, KX9X


Summer propagation conditions are starting soon, and when you consider everything that Solar Cycle 25 is doing to boost propagation as well, it’s a great time to get on the air. May through August is prime time for the 6-meter band — a band that hams of every license class has access to. Read the article to learn about the interesting, elusive propagation mode that makes 6 meters so amazing, and get information about what kind of equipment you need to work “The Magic Band!” Read On the Air

March/April QEX
Learn innovative radio technology and breakthroughs from ham radio’s greatest minds. Read QEX


March/April NCJ
Get radiosport techniques and tips from today’s top contesters. Read NCJ


Get a limited-edition NCJ challenge coin with your 2023 National Contest Journal subscription — new and renewing subscribers. The coin features a stunning numeral 50 with the ARRL and NCJ logos. A great memento for any contester or ARRL collector. Subscribe Now


On the Air Podcast

The March/April 2023 issue of On the Air featured an article on “The Incident Command System and Amateur Radio,” that introduced the Incident Command System (ICS), an emergency management system that public safety agencies use to respond to everything from small incidents to large-scale emergencies. ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, joins this episode of the podcast to share more about the system’s origins and uses, where and how amateur radio operators fit into the system, and where to get ICS training. Listen Now


Gear Up for ARRL Field Day

Get ready for amateur radio’s largest on-air operating event with official 2023 ARRL Field Day merchandise available for order soon. Shirts, hats, pins, patches, and stickers are a great way to show off your involvement in this annual event. This year’s colorful design features a globe centered on North America and the slogan “TUNE IN THE WORLD.” Order Now

Volunteers On the Air

ARRL is celebrating a year-long operating event honoring all ARRL volunteers, and we invite you to join in on the fun. 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

Learning Center

The ARRL Learning Center is an online learning environment for ARRL members 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. Get Started

ARRL Events App

In partnership with Hamvention®, we are offering a free ARRL Events app to help attendees navigate the large-scale event. The app includes Hamvention’s full program, so attendees can browse and schedule forums, find affiliated events, and preview the extensive list of exhibitors. During the event, attendees can use other app to follow the hourly prize drawings, browse site maps, and more. Download Now

On Air Events and Division Conventions
Hamvention, ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention

Xenia, Ohio | May 19 – 21, 2023


SEA-PAC, ARRL Northwestern Division Convention

Seaside, Oregon | June 2 – 4, 2023


International Digital Contest | June 3 – 4, 2023


June VHF | June 10 – 12, 2023

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