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Issue No 7 2022

On the Air Email - Issue No. 7 (July 2022)

Magazine | Blog | Podcast | Join or Renew | New Ham Resources | Band Chart

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No. 3 | March 2022
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No. 5 | May 2022
No. 6 | June 2022

Wondering what to do with your new Amateur Radio license?
This email provides you with articles and advice from experienced hams to help you get active and on the air.

Severe Weather Spotting: 6 Questions Answered

Severe weather spotting, also known as “storm spotting,” is an activity that many hams engage in as a public service. Learn how to get trained and contribute information that can help the National Weather Service provide ground-truth reporting.

Your First Amateur Radio Event

If you’ve volunteered to help with communications at an event like a road race or parade, “Your First Amateur Radio Event” will tell you how to prepare your radio – and yourself! – before arriving, what to expect once you’re there, how to communicate with event organizers before, during, and after the event, and more. The article includes a list of typical event assignments and what the expectations are for each of them.

Go-Kit Basics

The ham radio go-kit takes many forms for many purposes. “Go-Kit Basics” will walk you through the typical tools, gear, and accessories found in short-term and long-term go-kits, and also provides a handy checklist of must-have items for a 72-hour deployment.

Winlink – Amateur Radio's Email Network

In disaster responses where last-mile solutions are often needed to get information into and out of a disaster zone, Winlink is one of the tools at hams’ disposal, providing a way to send email even when the internet is down.

ARRL On the Air – Episode 4

In this episode of the On the Air podcast, get tips on creating a family emergency communication plan, and learn about installing coaxial cable connectors from Dino Papas, KL0S.

2022 Simulated Emergency Test

Held each fall, the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test, or SET, is a nationwide activity that allows hams to practice their skills in simulated emergency conditions. Find out more about the SET, including how get involved.

Training Courses for Amateur Radio Public Service

Training, in all its forms, is a big part of being an effective amateur radio volunteer. Training in the form of courses, especially beginner courses, is a common way to better educate yourself with amateur radio public service. Check out the blog for helpful information and resources to find the correct training course for you!


ARES® (Amateur Radio Emergency Service®) — An ARRL program specializing in emergency communication, ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Visit for more information.

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