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ARRL is launching a new bi-weekly podcast geared to those who are just getting started on their Amateur Radio adventure. Whether you're new to the hobby or looking to get back on the air after an absence, we know that you've got lots of questions.2018 So Now What Logo.jpg

So does podcast co-host Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, ARRL communications content producer. Fortunately, she's got co-host Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, W1AW station manager and ARRL Lab member, to help her learn more about this hobby.

Join Michelle and Joe as they explore the topics that every newcomer to amateur radio needs to know.

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Do you have a question for Joe or Michelle? Click here ( to e-mail your question, or use the form below, and we will try to answer it on a future podcast episode!


  • Co-hosts: Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and Joe Carcia, NJ1Q
  • Announcer: Sabrina Jackson, KC1JMW, ARRL Radiosport administrative Manager
  • Audio Editor/Producer: Michelle Patnode, W3MVP
  • Executive Producer: David Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Communications Manager
  • Theme Music: "Jungle Island" from
  • Logo designed by: Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, graphic design supervisor at ARRL

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ARRL So Now What? Episodes

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from those who’ve been exactly where you are now.

16. Navigating the Nets

Published on: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:15:00 -0500

15. Halloween and Throwback Special

Published on: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:52:00 -0400

Listen in as we talk with Jen Glifort, KC1KNL, about her article from the July 2018 edition of QST, Yippee-Ki-Yay: The Role of Radio in Die Hard.

Read the free article here!

Other topics include scary movies and radio communications.

#ThrowbackThursday #Halloween #Amateur Radio #RadioCommunications #DieHard

14. "Ham" Lingo

Published on: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:15:00 -0400

14. "Ham" Lingo

13. You're Not "Just" a Tech

Published on: Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:15:00 -0400

Featuring Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR.

12. Demystifying the Language of Morse Code

Published on: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:45:00 -0400

Check out our video on Instagram of Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, demonstrating dots and dashes on the morse code keyer!

11. Contesting with ARRL’s Contest Program Manager, Paul Bourque, N1SFE.

Published on: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:03:00 -0400

10. SATERN’S involvement in Hurricane Season using Amateur Radio

Published on: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:57:31 -0400

9. Tips on using Coaxial Cable

Published on: Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400

Here you can find further information on topics discussed in this episode:ARRL on Feed LinesCoaxial Cable info


8. Fan Questions

Published on: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 13:18:00 -0400

This episode is based off questions from you, the fans!These are the links and projects referenced in this episode:

As always, if you have a question, please email us at

Thanks for listening!



7. Available Operating Modes to Us New Hams

Published on: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 12:00:00 -0400

6. Highlights from Hamvention

Published on: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:22:00 -0400

Listen to these exclusive interviews right from Hamvention 2019!

You'll hear Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, interview on site; Tommy Gober, N5DUX, Jet Jurgensmeyer, KE0UWZ, Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, Sarah Byrne, Valencia Simpson, Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, and Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR!

5. Getting In on Field Day

Published on: Thu, 30 May 2019 00:15:00 -0400

Find a Field Day Station near you by accessing the Field Day Locator:

4. Finding The Right Club for You

Published on: Thu, 02 May 2019 00:01:00 -0400

3. All About Safety

Published on: Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:01:00 -0400

3. All About Safety

2. Covering the Rules on Calling CQ

Published on: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0400

2. Covering the Rules on Calling CQ

1. The New Ham Radio Starter Pack

Published on: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0400

A look at the types of equipment that new hams need to get started on their amateur radio journey, and the importance of doing your research.


Published on: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0500

Meet the hosts and begin your journey into Amateur Radio.


Published on: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:28:00 -0500

Just a brief introduction to the brand-new ARRL podcast for new amateurs. Be sure to subscribe with your podcast app and stand by for its debut on March 7, 2019!

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