The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
  1. New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set

    A new WSJT-Xrelease candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work “out of the box” when upgrading from previous versions.

    The latest versi...

  2. Southern New Jersey ARES Team Assists in Missing-Person Search

    Ocean County, New Jersey, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers recently assisted search groups looking for a man with dementia who was reported missing on November 2 from a nursing home in Stafford Township. Searches concentrating on neighborhoods around the nursing home had been unsuccessful. The missing man’s family organized a search for November 10, and Ocean County ARES was i...

  3. Noted Contester, AR-Cluster Developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K, SK

    Well-known contester and AR-Cluster developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K (ex-KX6OI), formerly of Texas, died on November 13 in Belize, where he had recently relocated and married. He was 69. An Arkansas native who was initially licensed as WB5SFA, Gerdes held a degree in electrical engineering from the University ofArkansas. In the 1980s, he operated from the MarshallIslands as KX6OI while tracking m...

  4. Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member

    Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda.

    “The assistance we received from the ham radio operator[s] was crucial in helping us communicate with the vessel’s crew,”...

  5. Montenegro, Lithuania Latest to Join the 60-Meter Band Community