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On the Air - July/August 2020

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The July/August issue of On the Air starts mailing this week and will be available online to all ARRL members on Friday, July 3. The cover story, “Hitting the Heights with Summits on the Air,” introduces you to the SOTA program, in which hams earn awards by getting on the air from peaks. July/August also features information on how to buy the right coaxial cable for your station, a walk-through of the tools and materials you’ll need for soldering, an introduction to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), and more.
 

New from the ARRL: Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners

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New book Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners by contesting veteran Doug Grant, K1DG, offers practical information and ideas that will help you to get started in contesting or to build your skills, if you’re already active. “Doug Grant has written the ideal guide for anyone interested in contesting,” said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY. It explains what equipment you need, typical contest formats, operating techniques, how to submit an entry, and improve your scores. No matter how modest your station or experience, you can compete, too!

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners is available at http://www.arrl.org/shop/Amateur-Radio-Contesting-for-Beginners/ and as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle.


Free ARRL Events App Now Available for Apple iOS and Android Devices

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The ARRL Events app, which will be featured at Orlando HamCation, is now available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. A web-browser version, optimized for nearly any browser or other mobile device type, is also available to view. Orlando HamCation 2020 takes place February 7 – 9 and has been sanctioned as the 2020 ARRL Northern Florida Section Convention. Hosted annually by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club, HamCation is one of the largest annual amateur radio gatherings in the US.

Free ARRL Events App Now Available for Apple iOS and Android Devices.


ARRL to Launch New On the Air Magazine in January

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ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.

 

Read more at the ARRL.


ARES Task Book

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Task Book

The TaskBook is a working document that enables those ARES® communicators electing to participate in the ARRL training plan to track and document their training plan elements as they are completed towards the various levels of increasing proficiency. The TaskBook should contain all training plan items, completion dates and sign-offs as the ARES® communicator transitions through the three skill levels. The ARES® communicator is responsible for maintaining his/her Task Book and having it with him/her during training and assignments. The TaskBook also contains sections with definitions of the communicator levels, as well as common responsibilities.

Since the Task Book is personal to each ARES Communicator, each user should feel free to adapt it to their needs and requirements of their geographical region.

Download the Task Book


ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

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ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

08/28/2019

In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have gained increased visibility with discussions on accommodating automatically controlled digital stations (ACDS) — many employing Winlink email. The committee will also discuss operating frequencies for FT4, FT8, and other digital modes. Widin says the committee will meet next week to chart its course. Reactivation of the HF Band Planning Committee came out of discussions during the July 2019 ARRL Board meeting.

Full story by the ARRL