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On the Air Magazine

On the Air magazine is the newest ARRL member benefit to help new licensees and beginner-to-intermediate radio communicators navigate the world of amateur radio. Delivered six times a year, the magazine will present articles, how-to’s, and tips for selecting equipment, building projects, getting involved in emergency communication as well as spotlighting the experiences of people using radio to serve their communities, and those using it for enjoyment.

Whether you just passed your Technician exam or have been licensed for years but never got around to making contacts or starting a project, On the Air can help you take your interest in radio to the next level with clear, useful information.

Current Issue and Archive

Non-members: Click here to view a sample issue of On the Air magazine.

Members: Click here to view the latest issue of On the Air.

To view the current digital magazines or archived editions, members must log in with their registered username and password. Your username and password will be the same credentials used to log in to the ARRL website. If you are having difficulty logging in to the digital formats, please visit the Member Support page for login assistance.

Print Editions
ARRL offers two magazines options for members: QST, the official membership journal of ARRL and, beginning in 2020, On the Air, aimed at helping new and emerging radio communicators get active and on the air! Eligible US-based ARRL members can elect to receive one of these in print when they join, or upon their annual renewal.

Digital Editions & Archives
If you are a current ARRL member, US or International, you can access the all ARRL digital magazines via your web browser or the ARRL mobile apps. See our User Guide.

ARRL Magazine Apps
Members can download these free ARRL Magazine apps to access the digital editions of On the Air and QST.  

Android App

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iOS/Apple App

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Kindle Fire App

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  • On the Air Archives

    Open any issue and just click the Archive icon to view past issues. In the apps, the Archive link is in the menu.

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