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  • Some Countries Permitting “STAYHOME”-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic
    Some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special “STAYHOME” call sign suffixes. For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Indonesia, and A60STAYHOME/# call signs from the United Arab Emirates.In Canada, Michael Shamash, VE2MXU, is using VC2STAYHOM “to raise awareness for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Canada limits call sign suffixes to […]
  • Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown
    Spain’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.“The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,” the announcement from the Ministry of ...
  • To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners
    We know many examiners have canceled amateur radio license exam sessions to meet the requirements and recommendations of national and local government and of health officials. The health and safety of examinees and our Volunteer Examiners (VEs) is first and foremost in any decision-making process. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) does not offer video-supervised […]
  • WB2REM Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award
    The winning article for the April 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “HD8M DXpedition to the Galapagos Islands” by Jim Millner, WB2REM.The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque […]