The ARRL Current


Online now!  New digital editions of QST, On the Air, QEX, and NCJ.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 19 May 2023, 1901 UTC.

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Russ Roberts (KH6JRM), Public Information Officer, Hawaii County (ARRL Pacific Section). and

Now Online! Digital editions of June QST, May/June On the AirQEX, and NCJ
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June QST

Simple and Accurate Measurement of Small Network Losses with the NanoVNA

John Stanley, K4ERO


Advances in technology have led to low-cost test instruments being able to resolve return losses as small as 0.01 dB. Learn how to put this to work in your shack with John Stanley’s, K4ERO, article, “Simple and Accurate Measurement of Small Network Losses with the NanoVNA.” Read QST

2023 ARRL Field Day Guide

Sponsored by DX Engineering


Check out our tear-out, take-along ARRL Field Day Guide. This QST supplement has tips on setting up and running your station, how to fine-tune emergency communications skills during the event, a safety checklist, a handy guide for tracking bonus points, and more!


May/June On the Air

A Mountaintop Trifecta: SOTA, POTA, and the ARRL VHF Contest

Bob Witte, KØNR


Spring is in full swing, and it’s the perfect time to venture out and operate portable. Bob Witte, KØNR, decided to do just that for the 2022 ARRL June VHF Contest, taking his operation all the way to the summit of Pikes Peak, a location that also counted for a couple of other portable operating programs. Read about his multi-purpose operation in “A Mountaintop Trifecta: SOTA, POTA, and the ARRL VHF Contest.” Read On the Air

May/June QEX

Digital Filter Design Using Octave

Russ Ward, W4NI


In “Digital Filter Design Using Octave,” Russ Ward, W4NI, describes how to use the Octave language, which is available for free online, to derive a set of decimal fractions necessary for filter design. Read QEX

May/June NCJ

MJ53 in the CQ World Wide 160 Contest (CW) from Jersey

Bob Beebe, GU4YOX


A 10-day expedition (and 7,874 feet of radials!) led to an all-time new one on 160 meters for folks who worked Bob Beebe, GU4YOX, as “MJ53 in the CQ World Wide 160 Contest (CW) from Jersey.” 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 May/June 2023 issue of On the Air featured an article from seasoned VHF operator Bob Witte, KØNR, who wrote about a multi-purpose operation on Pikes Peak that counted for “A Mountaintop Trifecta: SOTA, POTA, and the ARRL VHF Contest.” With this year’s ARRL June VHF Contest fast approaching on the weekend of June 10, Bob joins the podcast to talk about how to prepare yourself and your station to join in the fun. Listen Now

2023 ARRL Field Day Gear

Get ready for amateur radio’s largest on-air operating event with official 2023 ARRL Field Day merchandise. 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 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


Volunteers On the Air merchandise – t-shirts, mugs, pins, and stickers — are available in the ARRL store.

Visit ARRL at Hamvention®

Visit the ARRL booth to meet ARRL officials and staff. Join, renew, or extend your ARRL membership, reach one rung higher with ARRL Diamond Club, and shop the latest publications, supplies, and ARRL merchandise. Get your handheld tested by ARRL Laboratory engineers and volunteers, discover opportunities to engage youth, teachers, and schools, and more. Get There


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



Friedrichshafen, Germany | June 23 – 25

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