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American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

  • Highlights from 2024 Orlando HamCation

    Warm weather greeted the crowds of radio amateurs who attended the 2024 Orlando HamCation® from February 9 - 11. The convention hosted the ARRL Florida State Convention, but drew attendees from across the country, and some from even farther, renewing HamCation's place as the second largest US ham radio convention.

    HamCation is sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC). The convention wa...



  • Amateur Radio as Educational Tool Represented to Policymakers in Washington DC

    ARRL and Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) represented Amateur Radio at a symposium in Washington on February 1 at which the top domestic spectrum policymakers from across the federal government considered implementation of the National Spectrum Strategy (NSS) [PDF].

    ARRL ensures that Amateur Radio is represented at sessions such as this so that decisionmakers understand amateur radio'...



  • ARRL Headquarters Closed Presidents Day

    ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024, in observance of Presidents Day. 

    There won't be any W1AW bulletin or code practice that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 8 AM EST.

    There are several special operating events to mark the holiday. Visit the ARRL Special Event Stations datab...



  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Seven new sunspot groups appeared over the past week, February 8-14,
    two on February 8, three on February 10, and two more on February 13
    and 14.

    Then on February 15 three more sunspots emerged.

    Now this is a personal opinion, but from recent numbers I suspect
    that we may at the peak of Solar Cycle 25 or just prior to the peak.
    We won't know when the actual peak occurred until six months after.

    Averag...



  • Errata to the 2024 - 2028 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released

    The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released errata for the new 2024 - 2028 Element 4 Extra Class Question Pool, which goes into effect on July 1. The errata includes minor question changes, the removal of one question, and one modified graphic. These updates are reflected in the new downloadable files, dated January 31, 2024. The...



  • Veteran DXpedition Leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, SK

    Prolific DXpedition leader, ARRL Maxim Society member, and former Chair of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee, Robert C. ?Bob? Allphin, Jr., K4UEE, has become a Silent Key. Allphin passed on February 10 at the age of 79. His early life as the son of a United States Air Force (USAF) officer sent him to many corners of the globe. That set the tenor for a life in amateur radio spent operating from far...



  • Senators Roger Wicker and Richard Blumenthal Introduce S.3690 to Eliminate Private Land Use Restrictions on Amateur Radio

    On January 30, 2024, US Senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced S.3690, the Senate companion bill to H.R.4006, introduced last June. Both bills reflect the Congressional campaign efforts by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® to eliminate homeowner association land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operato...



  • ARRL HQ Building will be Closed on Tuesday, February 13

    Due to anticipated severe winter weather, ARRL?s administrative building in Newington, Connecticut, will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, for the safety of our staff. The Headquarters lobby & store, and W1AW will be closed to visitors on Tuesday. There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice. 

    ARRL will continue to serve members during normal business hours on Tuesday. Staff from acro...



  • World Radio Day

    World Radio Day 2024 will be on February 13, and this year's theme is, "A Century Informing, Entertaining and Educating."

    World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012, following its declaration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Amateur rad...



  • Amateur Radio Goes to High School in New York City

    Staten Island Technical High School is the first New York City school to receive a grant from ARRL.

    ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, said ARRL is working with the school in several ways. "We are working with them to build and equip an amateur radio station, to test and license students, and to put [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)] kits in the cl...




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