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Why join the 160,000+ members of ARRL?

Whether you’re interested in public service, making friends, or expanding your knowledge, ARRL members enjoy ham radio to the fullest!

Join or Renew

Go to ARRL Headquarters to join, renew your membership, learn about Membership Levels and Member Discounts, and more!

Be Our GUEST for 90-days

Connect with other hams, customize your home page to see local events, clubs and news, receive E-Newsletters on topics you select, and have the ARRL Letter delivered to your inbox.

Here are just some of the benefits of joining ARRL!


QST is your monthly membership journal, delivered to your doorstep or desktop, which includes informative radio and accessory reviews, and more!

On the Air magazine

On the Air is ARRL’s magazine for new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs.

Members-only web services

Access features including digital editions of QST, On the AIR, QEX, and NCJ, QST archives, the ARRL E-mail Forwarding Service, and more!

Outgoing QSL service

Let us be your mail carrier and handle your overseas QSLing chores. The savings you accumulate through this service alone can pay your membership dues many times over. And, if you’re part of the Diamond Club at the gold level or above, this service is FREE!

Continuing education

Take courses to help you prepare to pass your license exam, upgrade, learn more about Amateur Radio activities or train for emergency communications or public service. ARRL also offers hundreds of books, CDs and videos on the technical, operating and licensing facets of Amateur Radio.

ARRL as an advocate

ARRL supports legislation in Washington, D.C. that preserves and protects access to existing Amateur Radio frequencies as a natural resource for the enjoyment of all hams. As a member, you contribute to the efforts to preserve our privileges.

Regulatory Information Branch

ARRL’s Regulatory Information Branch provides information on FCC and regulatory questions; problems with antenna, tower and zoning restrictions; and reciprocal licensing procedures.

Public relations for amateur radio

ARRL has built a national PR program designed to represent Amateur Radio to government, the media and the public. ARRL public relations tools include: news releases, fact sheets, brochures and much more.

Operating awards

The ARRL administers some of the most popular operating awards. You can increase your operating proficiency while you find out about the history and culture of places you’ve only dreamed of visiting. These awards are free to Diamond Club members who participate at the gold level or above.

ARRL-sponsored contests

Amateur Radio contesting appeals to a ham’s competitive nature—winning awards, certificates and plaques. Contesting is a great way to increase operator proficiency as well as to advance the state-of-the-art. Contesters have developed digital communication protocols and leading-edge logging software. Get in on the fun with ARRL-sponsored contests and awards!

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

ARRL members get discounts on emergency communications training courses and have access to a variety of other resources to help you develop and maintain the skills you need to effectively perform public service communications. ARRL members can also sign up to receive the FREE ARES E-Letter, a monthly newsletter filled with news for public service volunteers.

Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Program

You can play a role in maintaining the integrity of the long tradition of Amateur Radio examination and licensing by becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner. Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are individuals accredited by a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) who administer ham radio licensing and upgrading exams.

ARRL Field Organization

Be part of a League tradition and join a select group of ARRL Volunteers serving your fellow Radio Amateurs and the public.

Hamfests and conventions

Find hamfests and conventions near you. Learn more about ham radio by attending forums and presentations, meet other hams and buy new or used equipment.

Local clubs

Find an ARRL-affiliated Amateur Radio club in your local area. Connect with local hams for ham radio activities and to learn from radio amateurs who have a variety of interests.

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