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About ARRL

ARRL's Mission Statement: To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.

ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs. ARRL’s underpinnings as Amateur Radio’s witness, partner and forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. 

A bona fide interest in Amateur Radio is the only essential qualification of membership; an Amateur Radio license is not a prerequisite, although full voting membership is granted only to licensed radio amateurs in the US.

ARRL's Vision Statement

As the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States, ARRL:

  • Supports the awareness and growth of Amateur Radio worldwide;
  • Advocates for meaningful access to radio spectrum;
  • Strives for every member to get involved, get active, and get on the air;
  • Encourages radio experimentation and, through its members, advances radio technology and education; and
  • Organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.

ARRL Membership Benefits

ARRL publishes the monthly journal QST in both magazine and digital formats in addition to newsletters and publications covering all aspects of Amateur Radio.

There would be no Amateur Radio as we know it today were it not for the ARRL.

Learn More About ARRL Membership

Learn More About ARRL

  • Organization Structure

    ARRL is a representative democracy — its members control its policies through the power of the ballot. Learn More

  • General Information

    Get ARRL's Articles of Association, By-Laws, Rules & Regulations, Annual Reports, meeting reports and award nominations. Learn More

  • Advertising Opportunities

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  • Media & Public Relations

    Get quick facts, promote Amateur Radio, and keep track of what the media is saying. Learn More

  • Copyright

    ARRL publications in print and via electronic media are subject to copyright, and all rights are reserved. Learn More

  • Privacy Policy

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What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio, is a popular hobby and a service in which licensed participants operate communications equipment with a deep appreciation of the radio art.   Read More


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