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.
“On the Air responds to the brand-new and not-so-brand-new radio amateur seeking ideas and answers,” said QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. Schoenfeld is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.
“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld. “We’re excited to introduce a new Amateur Radio magazine for this audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and getting them on the air.”
The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. Effective November 1, when eligible US radio amateurs join ARRL or renew their memberships, they will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice — On the Air or QST. Current members receiving the print edition of QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving the print edition of QST (monthly) or the print edition of On the Air (bimonthly).
All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.
Registration now is open for stations to register for Scouting’s 2019 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). JOTA will take place October 18 – 20. JOTA is Scouting’s largest event in the world and always takes place over the third weekend of October. Click on “Sign Up Now” and register using your free Scout.org user id. Use the same site to register for the 2019 Jamboree on the Internet.
Bill Stearns, NE4RD, has been named the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree on the Air Task Force Chair. He has activated a number of JOTA and Scout Camp stations from the Montana Scout Council and served on the 2017 National Scout Jamboree K2BSA and 2019 World Scout Jamboree NA1WJ staffs. The NA1WJ Amateur Radio operation at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia reported that more than 3,000 Scouts took part in the ham radio demonstrations, logging more than 4,000 contacts in 86 DXCC entities.
Abstracted from The ARRL Letter for August 29, 2019
Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People presented by the Nashua Area Radio Society, September 7th and 8th.
This exposition will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about amateur radio and wireless communications, including:
On Sunday, September 9th, I will be holding a contest college starting around noon or so at SEMARA. We will discuss different styles of contesting, how to achieve a respectful score with 100-watts and operating with a mixture of modes and styles. Antennas that can be home-brewed for contests will also be lightly touched upon. If you are interested in attending, kindly email me so I can grab a rough head count. Lunch time pizza will be served and there will also be some on-air listening and/or contact-making during the “Worked All Europe DX Contest.”
Don’s email address: wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com
Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself.
A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the light is sufficient.
The intent is to make the station visible to visitors.
Perhaps SEMARA could activate one of the lighthouses near us — just an idea. What say?
To enter, register here.
Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth. Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children. Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public. Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color. You can work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.” All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate and feedback on your experiences are also welcome at the ARRL Kids Day page.