American Radio Relay League
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) (also known as “ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio”) was founded in May 1914 by US industrialist Hiram Percy Maxim (W1AW, SK) as the national membership association for US radio amateurs. The organization now claims over 150 thousand members and a staff of over one hundred people.
The ARRL operates a QSL bureau, advocates for the interests of radio amateurs with FCC and other governmental bodies, operates radio station W1AW in Newington, Connecticut and offers an assortment of radio-related publications and award programs.
ARRL publishes the magazines
- QEX (bi-monthly, “forum for communications experimenters”)
- National Contest Journal (bi-monthly, contesting operation and station tips)
- QST (monthly, general amateur interest)
ARRL publishes a wide range of books and operating aids. Among the best known are:
- The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications updated most years since 1926. (Formerly published under several titles, such as The Radio Amateurs’ Handbook)
- ARRL Antenna Book, published in many editions since 1939
Current publications are available from the ARRL Products Catalog and booksellers.
The ARRL operates the Logbook of the World (LotW) online QSL server and offers various awards, including:
- WAS (Worked All States)
- WAC (Worked All Continents)
- DXCC (DX Century Club, one hundred countries or ‘entities’ worked)
ARRL, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO holds US registered trademarks on the following names or logos:
- ARES / AMATEUR EMERGENCY RADIO SERVICE
- LOTW / LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD
- NCJ / NATIONAL CONTEST JOURNAL
- REPEATER DIRECTORY