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ARRL Club News
September 20, 2022
Editor: Michael Walters, W8ZY


New Section Managers Meet for Training

Each year, ARRL holds a training session for the new Section Managers. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no in-person meetings were held in 2020 and 2021. This last weekend the new Section Managers from 2020, 2021, and 2022 were all invited to in-person training. Twenty-two of the 25 Section Managers to take office in these 3 years attended the training. Section Managers from across the country got the opportunity to meet with ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, and hear about his ideas on leadership. Great Lakes Division Vice Director Scott Yonally, N8SY, delivered a session on operation and promotion of your Section. Everyone got to visit the Headquarters building, and there were presentations given by Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, Director of Emergency Management, and Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, Education and Learning Department Manager. The W1AW station was open for tours and operation. Section Managers also saw presentations by Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, Radiosport and Field Services Manager; Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, Director of Marketing and Innovation, and Steve Ewald, WV1X, Field Organization Supervisor. In all, it was 2 days of training, networking, and asking questions. Thank you to all the Section Managers that participated. These photos show the Section Managers in a training class and then gathered in front of ARRL headquarters.

Simulated Emergency Test Adds New Online Forms

ARRL's Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is October 1 - 2, 2022. This nationwide exercise offers operators the chance to test their personal emergency-operating skills and the readiness of their communications equipment and accessories in a simulated emergency-like deployment.

ARRL Field Organization leaders at the Section and local levels, and many other volunteers that are active in public service and emergency communications, are developing simulated emergency-like scenarios in consultation with a variety of agencies and organizations for whom radio amateurs are known to provide service during emergencies.

For more information on the SET, read the Simulated Emergency Test Guidelines at

The new online reporting forms are available at ARRL SET Data Forms.

Crossband Activation of Battleship Iowa's NEPM Scheduled in Memory of Pearl Harbor

As the representative of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) will honor the sailors and ships previously homeported in San Pedro who were attacked on December 7, 1941, with special crossband activations of NEPM, the active duty call sign for the Battleship USS Iowa, on December 6 and 7, 2022.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, seven of the battleships formerly homeported in San Pedro Bay were not present. Eight Pacific fleet battleships (USS Arizona, USS California, USS Maryland, USS Nevada, USS Oklahoma, USS Tennessee, USS West Virginia, and USS Pennsylvania) were at Pearl Harbor and absorbed the brunt of the Japanese attack. Of these eight ships, three sank, one capsized, and four suffered varying degrees of damage.

With authority from the Navy and Marine Corps Spectrum Office Southwest, we will transmit using the Iowa's NEPM call sign on assigned military frequencies and listen for calls from the amateur radio community in their adjacent bands. NEPM will transmit on 14.375 MHz, 18.170 MHz, and/or 21.460 MHz on J3E upper sideband and/or A1A CW. The operator will advise listeners as to where they are listening. Amateur participants are reminded not to transmit on the NEPM military frequencies. Operations on both days are expected to be from 1500 to 2400 UTC. QSL procedures can be found at For specific questions in advance of the operation, contact Thanks to BIARA for this story.

ARRL Foundation Grants $270,000 to Amateur Radio Clubs

The new ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded by a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), has awarded $270,000 to radio clubs that participated in the first round of applications.

The Club Grant Program, introduced earlier this year, includes $500,000 to be awarded to radio clubs with projects that will have the most impact on amateur radio, the community, and the future of radio technology. The grants will fund transformative projects that encourage the growth of active amateur radio operators and training opportunities, education programs for student groups and schools, and club revitalization. A second round of applications to award the program's remaining funding opened on September 7, 2022. The deadline for submitting an application is November 4th at 7PM Eastern time.

Twenty-four clubs were notified on Monday, August 29, that they are receiving grants. The ARRL Foundation received 128 applications in the first round, with requests totaling $1.74 million. The selection committee noted that it was difficult work deciding from many high-quality grant proposals, considering the finite available funds. Radio clubs that did not receive grants in the first round may revise and resubmit applications in the second round.

The ARRL Foundation, established in 1973 by ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®, administers the Club Grant Program. ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interest of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed, and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for them to continue their education and training.

The new Club Grant Program will help clubs more easily provide and expand their important services. More information about the program can be found on the ARRL Foundation website, at

The following clubs, in no particular order, were awarded grants:

Club Name



Heritage High School Amateur Radio Club



Newport County Radio Club



Bristol County Repeater Association



Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club



Quaboag Valley Amateur Radio Club



Amateur Radio Club at Kansas State University



Meriden Amateur Radio Club



Anchorage Amateur Radio Club



Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club



Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association



Yavapai Amateur Radio Club



Cave City High School Amateur Radio Club

Cave City


Fauquier County 4-H Ham Radio Club



All Things Amateur Radio Association



Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Inc

Winston Salem


Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club



Barnstable Amateur Radio Club

South Dennis


Orange County Amateur Radio Club



Daleville Area Amateur Radio Service



Lake Washington Ham Club



Radio Association of Western New York

West Seneca


Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club



West Chester Amateur Radio Association

West Chester


Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club



Club Station Update

"Club Station," QST's newest column, continues to grow. In the coming months, clubs from around the country will share stories about their activities and programs, such as one Florida club's Field Day operation that included a CW station operated by two blind hams, and an Ohio club offering advice and recommendations on how to successfully put together a club newsletter, among others.

"Club Station" is intended to show the successes and contributions of clubs and to highlight how many of them are overcoming the challenges of an ever-changing world to thrive and to help other clubs do the same. All clubs are invited to submit their story. The details on how and where to submit are located on the Affiliated Club Resources web page, under Club Station Author's Guide and Form. You do not have to be a professional writer to submit your club's story, and QST editors will be happy to work with you. We look forward to hearing from your club!

Submitting Info for this Newsletter

ARRL Club News is for radio clubs to show how they are working in the community and the hobby to advance amateur radio. If your club completes a project, supports an event, does an EmComm activation, or activates a park, we want to hear about it. You can submit your newsletter article to us at We like to get them as text or Word files instead of PDFs. If you have pictures, please submit them with caption information, as well as the name and call sign of the photographer. We want to highlight the good work being done by the clubs and show others in the community. Think of this as a chance to show off your club and your programs.

How to Plan and Apply for an ARRL Hamfest or Convention

If your amateur radio club is planning to host a convention, hamfest, tailgate, or swapfest, please consider applying for it to be an ARRL-sanctioned event. To learn what it means to be an ARRL-sanctioned event, and to get some ideas on how to prepare for and conduct a hamfest or convention, visit

To have your event sanctioned, complete the online application at

The ARRL Hamfests and Conventions Calendar can be found online at In addition, the Convention and Hamfest Calendar that runs in QST each month also presents information about upcoming events.

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