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On the Air Magazine

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On the Air Magazine

On the Air magazine, launched in January 2020, is ARRL's bimonthly magazine for beginner to intermediate ham radio licensees, regardless of license class or the number of years you've been licensed. The magazine covers a range of ham radio interests and topics, delivering introductory techniques and stories. With practical information on everything from making your first radio contact, to selecting the right equipment, to getting involved with public service or your local lcubs, On the Air magazine will help make the most of your amateur radio license. Get active, get involved, get On the Air!

Members: read the latest issue of On the Air here.

Click here to see a sample issue.

On the Air Podcast

On the Air podcast is a companion to the bimonthly On the Air magazine and takes a deeper dive into select features and projects. Each month, host and On the Air Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, will offer additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.

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On the Air Blog

The On the Air blog features curated stories from the communicators and makers who, like you, are the driving force of today’s amateur radio hobby. Learn about all you can do within the amateur radio community from stories and opinions of the people, their practices and adventures. The On the Air blog is an excellent entry point into the world of amateur radio for those looking for original voices and perspectives from the community.

Whether you are new, an expert or somewhere in between we invite you to take part in the conversation, share your stories and experiences by emailing

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