Here are a few reasons why I am a member of ARRL.

QST for “Contest Corral”.  Each month I note in my planner QSO contests that I want to participate in.

ARRL archives is a great way to look for past articles, technical advice and product reviews.

The QST index of Advertisers is an excellent resource to see what is popular on the market and compare costs of similar items and products.

ARRL has excellent articles that keep me informed of current trends and topics.

Many used ARRL to search for clubs who offer FCC testing program (this is how most new hams have found SMRA)

Here are a few of the services that originate from ARRL:

  • LOTW – simplifies the QSL process
  • Many ARRL sponsored contests
  • The Official Observer Notice helps Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with the (FCC) regulations.
  • The hamfest calendar
  • Use of the incoming QSL bureau
  • Their unique interned email; xxxx@arrl.net

About KB3VAX

I became a novice in 1967 as WN9IHI, transmitting CW at a blistering speed of 5 WPM; however with no local club or Elmer for motivation, my interest in radio soon waned and my license expired. After rearing four incredible children and having several career changes I settled down in Carlisle, PA with the wife of my youth, and amongst other things re-pursued ham radio. I passed the General exam in 2010 and became KB3VAX and eventually, got my Extra ticket. Praise God! I am sure glad that is over. Currently I am the president of South Mountain Radio Amateurs, (n3twt.org) and their CVE administering examinations for W5YI. SMRA is a dynamic and growing club with over 100 members, many who participate in the monthly meetings, nets and activities. Ham radio is just plain fun, interesting and an excellent way to spend quality time with good people. The diverse interests and skills of most Hams in this group are remarkable. What an enjoyable way to spend an evening when it is just you, your radio and the ionosphere! Life, sure is good, I am blessed.
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