The American Radio Relay League
Founded in 1914, the ARRL exists to serve and support the amateur radio community. Without this non-commercial, national organization protecting our band privileges and providing a myriad of information pertaining to all facets of our hobby, the amateur radio experience would be very different from what we enjoy today. Your individual membership in ARRL supports our local club as well, providing publications to give away at ham-fests, discounts on educational materials to use in license classes, up-to-date news concerning our hobby and more.
A quick overview of a small sampling of ARRL Membership benefits:
- QST Magazine – interesting and timely articles featuring contesting, radio reviews, antenna building, maker forums and more.
- Representation in Washington, D.C. to help protect and preserve our band privileges.
- Members-only web searches of any topic covered in a QST from 1915 – 2011, and digital editions of QST from 2012 – present.
- Members-only Technical Information Service, providing answers to all your operating or technical questions.
- Members-only assistance with antenna/tower and zoning issues and reciprocal licensing through the Regulatory Information Branch.
- Operating awards such as DXCC, WAS, WAC, Morse Code Proficiency, and a local or district Awards Manager to help operators apply for awards and endorsements.
- Ham Radio Equipment Insurance Plan
- Educational programs such as “The Doctor Is In” and “So Now What?”
- Training and Certification in Amateur Radio Emergency Service