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  • 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

  • The Amateur Amateur: Meet the Zombies

    10/27/2008. There are a number of organizations that find ways to perform community services and have fun at the same time. I had already encountered a Klingon Assault Group during a blood drive some years ago; I had even chaired a convention for a Doctor Who fan club myself where we raised money for children's ... 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

  • Grounding and Bonding for the Amateur

    This web page is for information that extends or supports the book Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur. The book brings together material from numerous Amateur Radio and industry sources to present a comprehensive picture of basic grounding and bonding practices related to ac electrical safety, lightning ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Virtually There

    08/30/2011. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. Yesterday upon the stair. I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. Oh, how I wish he'd go away -- William Hughes Mearns. My wife Nancy and I were sitting in a Mexican restaurant having lunch. Between bites of my taco, I described the ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Manic

    04/22/2012. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. I cleaned my shack this morning. Okay, that might not even be physically possible, but I certainly made a serious dent in the clutter. I removed everything that was keeping me from opening my file cabinets. I extracted a bunch of junk from behind them and moved them ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Standoffish

    May 16, 2012 ... One -- at the south end of the roof -- held a television antenna and was useless for Amateur Radio operations. It wasn't high enough and would have required a ridiculous length of feedline to reach. The other three masts were clustered near each other at the north end of the roof. I really should have spread ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Tipping the Mast, Topping the Hill

    06/03/2008. Last August I wrote a column about looking for a new antenna mast ( "The Amateur Amateur: Towering Prices"). I needed something to put on the roof that would allow my antenna to get signals over the hill to the south of my house. The column ended with me ordering a mast that I hoped would do the job. Learn More