The latest news from the American Radio Relay League

  • VOTA Red Badges On The Air Event December 17 December 7, 2023
    2023 has been a fun operating year for ARRL’s Year of the Volunteers with the Volunteers On the Air (VOTA) event. To help members boost their VOTA point totals, ARRL is hosting a Red Badges on the Air activity on December 17, 2023, from 1500 - 2100 UTC. The objective of the event is to provide an opportunity for VOTA participants to work more ARRL officers a […]
  • New Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released Effective July 1, 2024 December 7, 2023
    The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released the 2024 - 2028 Extra-Class FCC Element 4 Question Pool and Syllabus to the public. The new Extra-Class Question Pool is effective from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2028. The 2024 - 2028 pool is available as a Microsoft Word document and as a PDF. […]
  • ARDC and ARRL Announce $2.1 Million for the Next Generation of Amateur Radio December 6, 2023
  • NCVEC Question Pool Committee Removes Two General-Class License Questions December 6, 2023
    The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has removed two General-class license questions. Pursuant to the November 13, 2023, FCC rule change to remove symbol rate restrictions on amateur radio digital emissions (, the QPC […]
  • Florida Hams Make Contact 100 Miles Apart via 10-Meter Repeater… in Switzerland. December 3, 2023
    When 10 meters is open, amazing things can happen. Lu Romero, W4LT, knows that well. He said, “When 10 is open, I often venture up into the top of the band to see if there is any FM activity. I’ve always liked to use 10 FM, especially when conditions are marginal to observe the Faraday phase distortion on signals. Before FT8, 10 FM was always a good way to d […]
  • ARRL Advocacy Win: FCC Approves Request for Pearl Harbor Day Crossband Operations December 2, 2023
    ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® sought a waiver on behalf of the activators, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted it. The waiver allows amateur radio operators to participate in a special event commemorating the 82nd annual National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.The Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA), wi […]
  • The K7RA Solar Update December 1, 2023
    "GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE WARNING 23/74 ISSUED AT 2321UT/29 NOVEMBER 2023 BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE WEATHER FORECASTING CENTRE. "Several CMEs are expected to impact Earth over 30 Nov and 01 Dec. Two CMEs were observed on 27 Nov that were expected to arrive on 30 Nov, followed shortly by a very mild glancing blow from a third. "One or possibly two […]
  • ARRL RF Safety Committee Develops New Guidelines to Communicate RF Safety December 1, 2023
    Radio amateurs now have a new tool from ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® to help answer questions about their stations. Neighbors of amateur radio operators are sometimes concerned about transmissions and radio frequency exposure from amateur stations. The ARRL RF Safety Committee, with their international counterparts at the Radio Society o […]
  • WX1AW Active for 2023 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day December 1, 2023
    As part of the celebrations for SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) on December 2, 2023, hams will be on the air as WX1AW from the ARRL® Radio Laboratory station, W1HQ. ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, and other amateurs plan to be on the air for several hours Saturday morning and midday. The event honors all SKYWARN storm spotters and […]
  • The K7RA Solar Update November 27, 2023
    Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet last weekend, good conditionsfor the ARRL Phone Sweepstakes. But there was much more geomagneticactivity toward the end of the reporting week, when the planetary Aindex jumped to 30 and Alaska's College A index reached 60, a veryhigh value.This past weekend was the CW portion of the CQ World Wide DXContest.Solar ac […]