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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Setting the Record Straight

    ARRL has been diligently working toward passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) for the past 3 and a half years. Our view is that this legislation is, in its current form, extremely beneficial and necessary — right now — for many thousands of radio amateurs, and for future generations of hams. The future of Amateur ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Ready, SET 1, SET 2...

    Sep 22, 2012 ... “Who did you say you were again?” the receptionist asked. “Gary Hoffman,” I said . “I'm with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. I'm supposed to run a test on your Amateur Radio equipment.” I was patient, even though I knew that the SET ( Simulated Emergency Test) was supposed to start right at that ... 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