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  • What is Ham Radio

    Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life -- doctors, students, kids, politicians, truck drivers, movie stars, missionaries and even your average neighbor next door. They are of all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Whether through Morse Code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Packet, Part 1

    Mar 30, 2009 ... We visited an Amateur Radio field demonstration being sponsored by the Suburban Radio Club (now the St Louis and Suburban Radio Club). It was a simple demo with just a few people, but one of the stations was running packet. I was kind of impressed. This was 1995, and at that time I hadn't see all that ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Mastless in Missouri

    Jun 2, 2013 ... It was a nasty night, with heavy rain and howling wind. I was down in my shack, overseeing three Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) nets: our weekly voice net, a short net in which we practice receiving formal traffic and a packet net . I'm the manager for all of them. Learn More

  • Amateur Radio Parity Act

    LATEST NEWS: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ARRL has developed and posted a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to explain and to clarify what the passage of the legislation would accomplish — as well as what it would not. You can view the FAQ and download a copy here. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Talking to Myself

    Jan 26, 2013 ... Kerchunk, kerchunk. You know what that noise means, right? That was the sound of me “testing my radio” when I first got my license. Bet you did it, too. Oh? You claim you never did anything so impertinent as to key up and unkey, just to convince yourself that you were transmitting? Okay, if you say so. Learn More

  • Status Report: The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017

    Nov 28, 2017 ... The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 – S. 1534is alive, but with legislative action slowed to a glacial pace on Capitol Hill in recent months, there's been no real progress to report since this past summer. At present, the bill is under consideration by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: APRS, the Beginning

    Jun 10, 2010 ... I recently spent a lot of time working with digital formats, specifically packet, and messing around with TNCs (Terminal Node Controllers, see my column “The Amateur Amateur: Not Exactly Plug-And-Play”). APRS came up repeatedly in the TNC manuals, and I even found that one of my devices was ... Learn More

  • ARRL

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

  • Amateur Auxiliary

    Q. What is the Amateur Auxiliary? A. The Amateur Auxiliary is composed of approximately 700 ARRL volunteer-appointees, known as Official Observers (OO ) and the Local Interference Committee (LIC) who monitor the bands and notify Amateur Radio Operators of technical and operating discrepancies. OOs are helpers ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur Fills-In

    Jul 26, 2010 ... After playing a little phone-tag one morning, Rick and I finally managed to get together. Like many Amateur Radio operators, Rick was very friendly and wanted to help. He'd had a lot of experience with APRS in general, and UI-View specifically. And like every other ham, he had some good stories to tell. Learn More