About the ARRL

The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted the following statement of the Core Purpose of the ARRL:

To promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.

ARRL not only reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of American hams, but also provides leadership as the voice of Amateur Radio in the USA, whether in dealings with the Federal Communications Commission, the World Administrative Radio Conference, the International Amateur Radio Union, or with the general public. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in the ham radio world. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special operating events, all sorts of continuing education classes and other benefits for its members. Being a member of the ARRL is important for hams! The ARRL is devoted entirely to Amateur Radio.

The seed for Amateur Radio was planted in the 1890s, when Guglielmo Marconi began his experiments in wireless telegraphy. Soon he was joined by dozens, then hundreds, of others who were enthusiastic about sending and receiving messages through the air–some with a commercial interest, but others solely out of a love for this new communications medium. The United States government began licensing Amateur Radio operators in 1912.

By 1914, there were thousands of Amateur Radio operators–hams–in the United States. Hiram Percy Maxim, a leading Hartford, Connecticut, inventor and industrialist saw the need for an organization to band together this fledgling group of radio experimenters. In May 1914 he founded the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to meet that need.

At ARRL headquarters in the Hartford suburb of Newington, CT, a staff of 120 helps serve the needs of members. ARRL is also International Secretariat for the International Amateur Radio Union, which is made up of similar societies in 150 countries around the world.

ARRL publishes the monthly journal QST, as well as newsletters and many publications covering all aspects of Amateur Radio. Its headquarters station, W1AW, transmits bulletins of interest to radio amateurs and Morse code practice sessions. The ARRL also coordinates an extensive field organization, which includes volunteers who provide technical information for radio amateurs and public-service activities. In addition, ARRL represents US amateurs with the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies in the US and abroad.

Membership in ARRL means much more than receiving QST each month. In addition to the services already described, ARRL offers membership services on a personal level, such as the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Program and a QSL bureau.

Full ARRL membership (available only to licensed radio amateurs) gives you a voice in how the affairs of the organization are governed. ARRL policy is set by a Board of Directors (one from each of 15 Divisions). Each year, one-third of the ARRL Board of Directors stands for election by the full members they represent. The day-to-day operation of ARRL HQ is managed by an Executive Vice President.

No matter what aspect of Amateur Radio attracts you, ARRL membership is relevant and important. There would be no Amateur Radio as we know it today were it not for the ARRL.

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How to Get Started With Ham Radios

Ham radios are two way radios that, in essence, talk to one another without the help of any outside force. The technology has been around for a very, very long time. They are a great way to be prepared in case of an emergency. Here are three helpful tips on how to get started with ham radios.

1. You need a license!
The law requires that you, as an amateur operator, you need a license in order to legally operate your device. Licenses are required because of the range of ham radios and the uses of them. If you do not know what you are doing and get in the way of an emergency operation, you could potentially cause harm to the persons involved. Because of this, law requires that you get a license. Licenses are relatively easy to get as long as you do your research. All you have to do is sign a few forms and take a test. Once you are done with the test, you’ll get your call sign mailed to you and then you are set.

It does get quite a bit more complicated than what was just stated, but you’ll find out all the information you need once you start doing research for your test. To truly cover the whole topic of ham radio licenses, this guide would have to be massively long!

2. Do your research!
You will need to do a decent amount of research before you start on your ham radio journey. For instance, what type of equipment are you going to need? There are mobile stations, base stations, and there are even handheld transceivers. To truly answer this question, you first need to consider what you are going to use your ham radio for. For example, if it is going to be used solely for emergencies, then you should consider an HT. They are the smallest and most portable types of two way radios.

The research also applies to taking the test. There are different bands that ham radios can “talk” to. Different bands require different levels of certification. The lower bands, such as the 2 meter band, require the lowest (and therefore easiest to get) license. The higher up you get in the bands means that the radios can broadcast further. Communications equipment also becomes more expensive the higher up you go (as do the antennas), which brings up a good point!

3. What frequency band will you be using?
This section is going to be relatively short because for me to truly cover all of the bands I would need hours and hours of your time. What you need to get out of this section is this. The lower frequency bands of ham radio are for the beginners as they do NOT broadcast as far and the license for said bands is much easier to get. The higher the band, the farther the signal will go. You should do your research so you know what band will be best suited for you and your needs!

Ham radios can be complex things, but do not let yourself become overwhelmed! The research has all been done; all you have to do is find it.

The author has been an advocate of Amateur Radio for 25 plus years and helps new users find affordable ham radios for sale and on his website http://www.hamradiosforsale.org you can learn more about the hobby and find new and used ham radio gear for sale online.

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