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Come visit ARRL! Tours are 9AM-noon and 1PM-4PM, Monday-Friday. Groups of 10 or more should contact us in advance: 860-594-0297

ARRL Headquarters is open 8 AM-5 PM Eastern time, Monday-Friday, except holidays. 225 Main Street Newington, CT 06111-1494 USA.

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  • Tour Highlights

    Click on a tour highlight below to learn more about the ARRL before your visit.

  • W1AW

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    W1AW was dedicated on September 2, 1938. There are  three studios which allow for visiting hams to operate W1AW. A "Vintage-AM station" is located in the foyer. W1AW transmits for approximately eight hours a day, five days a week, alternating between code practice and code and teleprinter bulletin transmissions. In addition, voice bulletins are transmitted daily at 0145 UTC on SSB.
     

    W1AW is one of the most popular areas for visitors. Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, usually handles the W1AW tours himself. Any licensed amateur can operate W1AW, within the restrictions of their license class, between 10 AM and noon and then from 1 PM to 3:45 PM. You need to have your license or a copy with you. There are three guest operating positions at W1AW that have been upgraded during the last few years with the latest transceivers, so there is something for everyone to try out.

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  • Outgoing QSL Bureau

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    The League's QSL Bureau--one of the many benefits of League membership lets members conveniently send  DX QSL cards overseas to foreign QSL Bureaus. Your ticket for using this service is proof of ARRL Membership and just $12.00/lb or $0.75/oz. Your cards are sorted promptly and on their way overseas usually within 3 months of arrival at ARRL HQ.
     

    The QSL Bureau handles approximately 1,000,000 cards each year!

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  • ARRL Lab

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    One of the best-known functions of our Lab is that of testing commercial amateur equipment  for the "Product Review" column, and ad acceptance in QST.

    The Technical Information Service answers members' questions and can refer members to local sources of help. TIS maintains databases of many technical resources that members can access online.
     

    The Lab will help hams resolve RFI problems and provides quantitative data to other ARRL staff and Board committees who work to protect access to radio frequencies for the entire Amateur Radio community.

    The ARRL Lab also includes a display of vintage equipment, which gets every visitor excited about the history of Ham Radio!
     
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  • ARRL Foundation and Development

    The Development Office raises crucial revenue from individuals and foundations to support ARRL programs and services not funded by members’ dues.  Funds include the Spectrum Defense Fund, the Education & Technology Program and Teachers Institutes, the W1AW Endowment Fund, the Historic Preservation Fund, the Lab Fund and Ham Aid.
     

    The Development Office also manages the Diamond Club, an annual giving program for ARRL’s most committed members.  In addition to ARRL membership, Diamond Club members receive many other special benefits, including the opportunity to place inscribed bricks in the Diamond Terrace located at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT.

    The ARRL Foundation provides grants to organizations to support projects and programs that encourage and instruct adults and youth in Amateur Radio.  The Foundation also awards more than 80 scholarships annually to FCC-licensed hams pursuing higher education.  Although managed by the ARRL Development Office, the ARRL Foundation is an independent and separate 501(c)(3) and is funded entirely through contributions from the Amateur Radio community.

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  • Volunteer Examiner Coordinators

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    The ARRL VEC is the largest of the 14 Volunteer Examiner Coordinator groups in the country, coordinating 72% of all amateur radio exams.  There are over 33,000 accredited Volunteer Examiners.  The department provides exam supplies to ARRL VE teams, and reviews, processes and transmits successful exam results to the FCC.

     
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  • Education Department

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    - Supports licensing instruction, providing materials and guidance for volunteer license instructors

    - Offers an online Continuing Education Program, including the online Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses (ARECC) and field training program

    - Supports Educational Outreach, including the Education & Technology Program (ETP), Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), and Amateur Radio & Scouting

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  • Membership and Volunteer Programs

    Awards
    ARRL Awards promote activity and good operating practices through the recognition of awards. Awards also foster international goodwill through the chase for contacts throughout the World.


    Contests
    ARRL Contest Administration uses the competitive nature of Amateur Radio operators to promote the improvement of their stations and operating skills.
     
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  • Publications & Products

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    The ARRL lobby is a great place to come and browse through the publications and products carried in our web store and catalogs. We proudly display our product line and welcome visitors to spend some time looking for that great momento from your ARRL HQ tour.
     
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ARRL Location Map

  • Directions to HQ

    Select the direction from with you are travelling to find out how to get to the ARRL.

  • Public Transportation

    Most commercial airlines serve Hartford, Connecticut, through Bradley International Airport. Many bus companies serve Hartford, Connecticut. Check with your local carriers. Amtrak provides rail service along a north-south line. Taxi service is available from a number of carriers including Yellow Cab at (860) 666-6666. Public bus transportation from Central Row in Hartford via the "New Britain line" brings you within 2 blocks of Headquarters at the intersection of Hartford Avenue and Main Street (Newington). Exact change is required. For more information call Connecticut Transit at (860) 525-9181.

  • From the North

    Take Interstate 91 South through Hartford to Exit 28, which brings you to Route 5/15 South. Continue to the Route 175 exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 175 (Cedar Street). In the center of Newington, turn right onto Main Street, (Route 176). ARRL Hq is on the left just past the second light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the Boston area

    Get to Interstate 84 West. In East Hartford, take Exit 57, go over the Charter Oak Bridge to Route 5/15 South. Continue to the Route 175 exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 175 (Cedar Street). In the center of Newington, turn right onto Main Street (Route 176). ARRL Hq is on the left just past the second light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the Providence, RI area

    Take Route 6 through rural eastern Connecticut, all the way to Bolton Notch. Take Route 384 West to Interstate 84 West. In East Hartford, take Exit 57, go over the Charter Oak Bridge to Route 5/15 South. Continue to the Route 175 exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 175 (Cedar Street). In the center of Newington, turn right onto Main Street (Route 176). ARRL Hq is on the left just past the second light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the Southeast

    Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 69, Route 9 North. Follow Route 9 to Route 5/15 North. Take the Route 176 Exit (Main Street, Newington), a left-hand turn lane. ARRL Hq is just on the left just past the seventh traffic light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the South

    Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 21, Route 372 West. At Route 5/15 North, head north. Take the Route 176 exit (Main Street, Newington), a left-hand turn lane. ARRL Hq is just on the left just past the seventh traffic light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the New York City area

    Take Interstate Route 95 North to New Haven, CT. Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 21, Route 372 West. At Route 5/15 North, head North. Take the Route 176 exit (Main Street, Newington), a left-hand turn lane. ARRL Hq is just on the left just past the seventh traffic light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the West

    Take Interstate 84 to Exit 41 (South Main Street, West Hartford). At the end of the ramp turn right onto South Main Street. At the second light, turn left onto New Britain Avenue. At the 6th light (immediately after the railroad overpass), turn right onto South Street. South Street's name changes to Main Street at the Newington town line. ARRL Hq will be on the right hand side of the road at 225 Main Street. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

  • From the Albany Area

    Take Interstate 87 South to Interstate 90 East, the Mass Pike. In Springfield, Massachusetts, get on Interstate 91 South. Take Interstate 91 South through Hartford to Exit 28, which brings you to Route 5/15 South. Continue to the Route 175 exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 175 (Cedar Street). In the center of Newington turn right onto Main Street, (Route 176). ARRL Hq is on the left just past the second light. Look for W1AW and the antenna farm.

Other New England Radio Locations

  • Radio Related Sites

    Click on the individual locations below for additional radio related sites in New England.

  • Connecticut and Nearby Massachusetts

    The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut, Inc 
    115 Pierson Lane

    Windsor, CT 06095
    Tel:  (860) 683-2903
    Website


    Connecticut Science Center

    250 Columbus Blvd.

    Hartford
    , CT
    Tel:  (860) 724-3623
    Website


    The New England Air Museum
    36 Perimeter Road

    Bradley Int'l Airport

    Windsor Locks, CT 06096
    Tel: (860) 623-3305

    Website
     

    The Submarine Force Museum, Home of the USS Nautilus (SSN 571)
    One Crystal Lake Road
    Groton, CT 06340
    Website

    Connecticut Trolley Museum
    58 North Road

    East Windsor
    , CT 06088
    Tel:  (860) 627-6540

    Website

    The Titanic Museum
    208 Main Street,
    Indian Orchard, MA  01151
    Website


    Boston Museum of Science: Home of the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator
    1 Science Park

    Bo
    ston, MA 02114
    Tel: (617) 723-2500

    Website


    Springfield Science Museum
    21 Edwards Street

    Springfield
    , MA 01103
    Website

  • Cape Cod

    Chatham Marconi Maritime Center: Built by Marconi and site of WCC Chatham Radio Coastal Station
    847 Orleans Road

    North Chatham, MA 02650
    Website


    French Cable Station Museum
    41 South Orleans Road

    Orleans, MA 02653

    Tel:  (508) 240-1735
    Website

     

    Cape Cod National Seashore
    Website

  • Rhode Island

    The New England Wireless and Steam Museum 
    1300 Frenchtown Road
    East Greenwich, RI 02818 USA
    Telephone: (401) 885-0545
    Website