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


Time to Update Club Info

The first of the year is just around the corner, and many ham clubs across the country are electing new officers and making changes. For ARRL Affiliated Clubs, this is a good time to check your listing on and make any updates. There are a few parameters that you need to be aware of in order to make these edits.

1. You must be logged in to the ARRL website as a member.

2. To make changes to the club listing, you must be listed as a club Officer or the club contact. Only these folks can make changes.

3. If you meet the two requirements above, you should see the EDIT button in the upper right corner of the club listing web page.

4. All Affiliated Clubs and Special Service Clubs need to do annual updates to maintain their status. If no updates are made for 2 years, you run the risk of being listed as an inactive club and not being showing in the club listings.

5. If you are not listed as a club Officer or the club contact, you can contact your Section Manager, your Affiliated Club Coordinator, or send an email to and ask for help.

Some clubs make no changes, while others change everything. No matter what the situation with your club, checking your listing and making sure that contact information is up to date is never a bad idea.

Volunteers On The Air

As announced in the January 2023 issue of QST, ARRL is holding the year-long operating event, Volunteers On The Air (VOTA), honoring all ARRL volunteers.

In similar fashion to the 2014 ARRL Centennial QSO Party and the 2018 International Grid Chase, this event will be exclusively driven by contacts uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW).

Highlights of the event include:

Earning points for contacting W1AW portable stations: There will be week-long activations of portable W1AW/# stations in all 50 states, and in several US possessions/territories, which will generate on-air activity to earn points. Each state will be activated twice. The schedule of when each state will be activated will be updated as changes and additions occur. See the Points Table at for the full list of points.

Contacting ARRL volunteers or members on the air: ARRL Officers, Directors, Section Managers (and their appointees), staff, and even domestic and DX members, can be contacted for points.

Using LoTW ( as the contacts data source, the Volunteers On The Air event features W1AW activations from all 50 states (twice) and several territories during 2023. Weeks will begin on a Wednesday and end on a Tuesday. Some weeks will be shown as off weeks to avoid other major operating events.

Participants will work W1AW portable stations and ARRL volunteers to earn contact points.

Participants do not need to upload to, or participate in, LoTW. Uploads to LoTW by W1AW portable stations and by the volunteers will feed the points scoring system.

A leaderboard will be activated after the event ramps up, and certificates will be available during and after the event concludes. Once the year is completed, an annual summary will be released.

If you review the state activations list and notice your state is not yet indicating a host, and you have interest in activating your state, consider reaching out to your Division Director to express your club's interest.

For information and continued updates, visit the VOTA website at

Santa Is on the Air via Ham Radio

As Christmas approaches, many amateur radio clubs carry out an annual tradition of helping kids talk directly to Santa Claus while he is still at the North Pole before his big ride.

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, the Wallingford Amateur Radio Group in Connecticut connected kids to Santa and Mrs. Claus via amateur radio during their Calling Santa event. The group organizes the event in cooperation with the Wallingford Health Department, Wallingford Youth and Social Services, and support from an Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grant given to the Meriden Amateur Radio Club (MARC).

MARC President Dr. Ed Snyder, W1YSM, said this will be the third year for Calling Santa. "The location is ideal for this event," he said. "Our communications van [is] there, and the kids go inside and talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus on a real amateur radio. There [is] also be a fire truck, coloring books, crayons, and allergy-safe snacks." Each child receives a full-color certificate signed by the Clauses.

Already in operation for the 16th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets are hosting the Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Kids can talk to Santa Claus nightly via amateur radio at 7:00 PM CST now through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022. The shortwave net welcomes radio amateurs to help their children and grandchildren get on the air to talk to Santa (third-party rules and regulations apply).

The Big Bend Amateur Radio Club, covering the Big Bend area of west Texas and based in Alpine, held their 15th annual Santa Net on December 14, 2022. Local 2-meter repeaters are used to make the connection to Santa. The club highlights that "Santa Net introduces kids to ham radio." The event is promoted through the local elementary school and its teachers. Participants get a candy cane and a card commemorating the radio contact with Santa.

The ARRL Special Event Stations database is updated regularly and includes other Christmas and holiday-themed on-the-air events. You can search the database at, and use keyword searches such as "Christmas" or "holiday." Fill out the Special Events application form at to add your event.

Ham Radio is Alive and Well at Arizona State University

Stuart Lindsay, AC7FL

The Arizona State University (ASU) Amateur Radio Club, W7ASU, is back on the air after a pandemic-imposed hiatus and major antenna repairs. The club has a shack and maker-workspace at ASU's Community Services Building, about a mile and a half off Tempe campus. With a new Icom IC-7300,

Nabhan Fakrudin, VU3FPX (on the left), and Mike Hipschmann try out the club's new Icom IC-7300.

an EA4TX antenna controller, and software donated by Ham Radio Deluxe, we have automated the station for remote operation. Hams with General or Amateur Extra-class licenses among the 90,000 online student body are invited to take advantage of this facility, as well as those among the 80,000 students on campus who cannot make it out to the shack. Many of our members are interested but do not yet hold licenses, so we hold weekly licensing classes on campus with a Zoom link for off-campus participants. These classes are currently taught by one of ASU's remote students, George Blake, W6BDD, via Zoom from his Kansas location. Handheld transceivers are available for loan to students with a Technician-class or higher license, and we hope to establish a regular net. If you are an ASU Sun Devil interested in the club, you can join via Sun Devil Sync (, or contact club President Nabhan Fakrudin, VU3FPX (, or Faculty Advisor Stuart Lindsay, AC7FL (

Schoharie County ARA Receives Funding

The Schoharie County Amateur Radio Association (SCARA) was one of 27 agencies awarded funding from the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Flood Committee at the end of November as part of money received from the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The $15,000 received by the club will begin the process of linking each of the 16 municipalities with the county Emergency Operatons Center (EOC) using a standard kit of radio equipment for use by Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) operators. Equipment will include an HF/VHF/UHF base station, antennas, and a computer dedicated to radio communications.

A club priority for a number of years, this project helps to standardize the equipment used in an emergency and present a professional image to served agencies. Numerous floods in the Schoharie Valley, due to excessive snow melt and (more recently) post-tropical cyclones, have demonstrated the need and value of a backup communications strategy. There have been documented instances of radio operators passing official messages between affected municipalities and the county EOC when all other means of communications (mobile phones, landlines, etc.) had failed.

NYPA, as part of its relicensing agreement for the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, provides annual payments to the county, which are then distributed by the Flood Committee. This is one of the first years that these grants have gone to individual agencies; past distributions were used to help establish a county ambulance service and provide infrastructure improvements for the county sheriff's office.

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, and an Ohio club will offer 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 by highlighting how many of them are overcoming the challenges of an ever-changing world, in an effort 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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