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The January/February 2024 issue of On the Air featured a story from Brian McSpadden Gardener, KE8JVX, about “The First-Year Experiences of a General-Class Ham,” in which Brian detailed how he got his feet wet as a General, and how he put together his first station for HF. Brian joins this episode of the podcast to tell us a little more about his first year as a General, as well as what he’s done since then.

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The following is a presentation of the history of a major supplier of radio gear to amateurs and professionals from 1940 to 1955, the Harvey-Wells Electronics Company of Southbridge, MA.

Hamiton Agnew, K4HKA, presented on a backstory of information from the journey of John M. Wells and Clifford A. Harvey, the founders of Harvey-Wells. The presentation took place at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, in front of members of the Harvey-Wells families as well as friends and associates of both men.

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Here is the introduction to the Amateur Radio Technician License. This series walks you through the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. At the end of this series, you will be ready to pass your exam and join the ranks of amateur radio operators.

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The International Amateur Radio Exhibition, HAM RADIO 2022, is June 24-26 in Friedrichshafen. The event is billed as Europe's biggest Amateur Radio convention and is held annually in the Lake Constance region. This is the 45th international amateur radio exhibition and the 71st Lake Constance Convention of Radio Amateurs, sponsored by the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC). The convention theme is “Seeing Friends Again.” Each year, a contingent from ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio in the US has attended this convention in Germany--greeting its non-US members and networking with other national radio societies. ARRL also supports DXCC card checking at its booth--a very popular award program among the international community that travels to this large show. ARRL representatives will include ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR; and ARRL staff members: CEO David Minster, NA2AA; Director of Operations Bob Naumann, W5OV, and Director of Public Relations and Innovation Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. The convention was attended by 14,300 visitors from 50 countries in 2019. There were 184 exhibitors and associations.

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Maintaining a “junk box” — a collection of odds and ends that can be used in future projects and repairs — is a time-honored practice among hams. Every ham radio junk box has to start somewhere, though, the cover story of the January/February 2024 issue of On the Air, “A Fine Mess: Starting Your Junk Box,” by Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ, offers advice about how to do just that. The January 2024 episode of the On the Air podcast digs deeper by going on location to the workshop of W1AW, ARRL’s Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station. Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, welcomes us into this working space to show us some real-life junk boxes and discuss how they come in handy.

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David NA2AA the @ARRLHQ CEO personally invited me to attend Dayton Hamvention, so I found him at the event to say thank you and have an informal chat about what the league is doing and the year of the volunteer.

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One of the best ways to engage more youth in amateur radio is through teachers and schools. Often, the issue is getting school administration to see the value in including amateur radio instruction. In this video, Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, steps you through the process and materials available to help bring ham radio to local schools.

Steve taught school for 21 years and has had several students earn their amateur radio licenses. ARRL has completely redesigned the material and the curriculum of the ARRL Teachers Institute to reflect what has been successful in getting youth engaged and schools on board.

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An overview of all the facets of what amateur radio has to offer.

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From the December 2012 QST

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Launching mid/late October 2022: Handbook 100

We have arrived at a milestone: the 100th edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications. How do you celebrate the most widely used one-stop reference and guide to radio technology principles and practices? By continuing to fill the pages of another edition with the progress and achievement of radio amateurs. Handbook 100 is written for everyone with a desire to advance the pursuit of wireless technology. Here is your guide to radio experimentation, discovery, and innovation.

Handbook 100 is by far the most extensively revised and expanded edition in recent years — including new and revised topics, content, and projects. It is written by radio amateurs who share their experience, learning, and discovery from across the state-of-the-art and emerging technologies. Each chapter is authored and edited by experts in the subject.

The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications strikes the perfect balance between comprehensive RF engineering reference and practical treatment of basic electronic fundamentals, circuit design and equipment construction, antennas, transmission lines, safe electrical, RF practices, and more. It is The Standard.

Each chapter is filled with the most up-to-date knowledge representative of the wide and ever-expanding range of interests among radio amateurs. There are practical, hands-on projects for all skill levels — from simple accessories and small power supplies to legal-limit amplifiers and high-gain antennas.

Key topics:
• Radio electronics theory and principles
• Circuit design and equipment
• Signal transmission and propagation
• Digital modulation and protocols
• Antennas and transmission lines
• Construction practices

Updated with new projects and content, including:
• All-new chapter on radio propagation covering a wide range of bands and modes
• New and updated sections on electronic circuit simulation
• New cavity filter and high-power HF filter projects
• New coverage on digital protocols and modes
• New material on RFI from low-voltage lighting and other sources
• Revised section covering new RF exposure limits
• New content on portable station equipment, antennas, power, and assembly
• New material on ferrite uses and types
• New section on how to use portable SDR to locate sources of RFI

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A preview of the Kenwood TM281 transceiver that will be fully reviewed in the May 2012 issue of QST magazine.

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Each of ARRL's four magazines including QST, On the Air, National Contest Journal (NCJ), and QEX can be viewed digitally by registered ARRL members either online or on a mobile Android or IOS device.

The following video will walk you through some of the basic features when participating in the digital experience.

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Harry Smith from NBC's TODAY show tells the story of teenage ham radio operators who made a successful contact with the International Space Station.

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A student-led contact with astronauts through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program was a great success that earned significant media attention. On Monday, December 11, 2023, students at Harbor Creek High School in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, used amateur radio to talk with Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, KG5GCZ.

The students are part of the Advanced Technologies Group, KC3SGV, an after-school club at Harbor Creek. Fifteen of the students are licensed radio amateurs. Their faculty advisor, Assistant Principal Drew Mortensen, AC3DS, is a graduate of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, a professional development program led by ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio ( Mortensen utilized what he learned in the program and brought it back to the school. The ARISS contact is just one of the many successes the program has had.

ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, was on hand for the contact, and he was impressed by the skills demonstrated by the students.

Goodgame recalled, "From antenna assembly and installation to the actual control operator function of the radio during the contact itself, students were at the helm. Every student who asked a question of Commander Mogensen was a licensed amateur radio operator. When I asked what they had planned next, the response was, 'Well, the logical step would be to build and get a CubeSat launched.' This is exactly the type of program we hope to help create as an outcome of the Teachers Institute," said Goodgame.

Local, regional, and national media took note of the students' success. Local television newscasts featured the event, and NBC Journalist Harry Smith and a crew from NBC's TODAY were at the event to tell the story about the young hams.

This type of exposure for amateur radio is key to growing the hobby, according to ARRL Public Relations and Outreach Manager Sierra Harrop, W5DX. "The passion of these teenage operators led to this success story. Who doesn't love the story of young minds doing extraordinary things in STEM through amateur radio?" she exclaimed. ARRL Director of Development Kevin Beal, K8EAL, mentioned that the media coverage demonstrates the impact that the donors who have funded the Teachers Institute have on the future of amateur radio. Beal said, "The reach goes far beyond the one-week training institute and ripples out farther than we can see."

The ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology is funded by the ARRL Education and Technology Fund. If you are interested in supporting STEM education through the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, visit

ARISS is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the ISS. In the US, participating organizations include NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program, the ISS National Laboratory -- Space Station Explorers, ARRL, and AMSAT.


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I'm Jherica Goodgame, KI5HTA, and I'm a 2022 summer intern at ARRL HQ. Join me while I show you around some of my favorite parts of ARRL's campus.

I got my ham radio license in 2019, but I've been active in ham radio most of my life. My dad, Steve, K5ATA, got me interested.

This fall I will be attending the University of Mississippi for my freshman year. I'm studying English Education.

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ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, gave the keynote speech at the 2023 ARRL Pacific Division Ham Radio Convention Pacificon.

Steve's passion and vision for promoting youth involvement in the hobby shines in his speech as he discusses STEM education and the importance of INSPIRING youth and teachers to engage in amateur radio and wireless technology.

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