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  • The Amateur Amateur: Radiomobile

    11/17/2008. If you've read my earlier columns, you know that I'm part of an ARES ® team. And while I've yet to go on an emergency deployment, I've hauled my equipment to a lot of field exercises and demonstrations. I could just barely squeeze everything I needed into my old Prizm and still have room to get in it myself. Learn More

  • Leadership For the Amateur Radio Club

    Leadership For the Amateur Radio Club. By Norm Fusaro, W3IZ. ARRL Affiliated Club & Mentor Program Manager. Assistant Manager ARRL MVP Department. Congratulations! You have just been appointed to a leadership position of your Amateur Radio club. You may be on the board of directors or an officer of the club or ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Any-Bounce

    12/21/2009. Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. "Other than the ionosphere , have you ever deliberately bounced your signal off of something in order to improve your propagation?" That was the question asked during one of our recent ARES nets. I was surprised that most of the net participants responded "No . Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: One Man's Trash

    02/17/2009. Many years ago, long before I became an Amateur Radio operator, I was a member of a local police scanner enthusiasts' club. Our meetings were held in various members' homes. Often, someone had an old scanner or other obsolete item to sell and there would always, always be a buyer. Now, you have to ... Learn More

  • ARES

    Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only  ... Learn More

  • What is Amateur Radio?

    When cell phones, regular phones, the internet and other systems are down or overloaded, Amateur Radio still gets the message through. Radio amateurs, often called “hams,” enjoy radio technology as a hobby. But it's also a service –a vital service that has saved lives when regular communication systems failed. Who are ... Learn More

  • Lightning Protection for the Amateur Radio Operator's Home

    Reprinted with permission from June 2017 QST ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® www.arrl.org. Jennifer Morgan and. Michael Chusid. It is every radio operator's worst night- mare. Millions of volts suddenly leap out of the sky, striking your home, antenna, or other conductive surfaces. Billions of watts race ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Not Exactly Plug-And-Play

    05/01/2010. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor May 1, 2010. I often hear people say, “Oh yes, I know how to program a computer”, when what they really mean is that they know how to invoke some esoteric feature of Excel or Word. As a software professional, I do not consider that sort of ability to be anything ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: One Medium Counterpoise, Hold the ...

    01/19/2009. Now to be truthful, I haven't tried very hard. Most of my Amateur Radio activity revolves around local efforts for an ARES® team. I've made the occasional stab at getting my HF antenna system to function properly, but when it doesn't work, I just give up and move on to some other project. I did have a working HF ... 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