Newington, CT – October 17, 2019 – ARRL, the national association
for Amateur Radio® is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January
- To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new
and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to
exploring radio communications. Each issue will include advice and
insight on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and
activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building,
and emergency communications. The goal of this new magazine is to be a
vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and
involved in radio communications.
“On the Air responds to the brand new, and not-so brand new radio
amateur seeking ideas and answers,” says Editor Becky Schoenfeld,
W1BXY, who is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new
magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new
Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting
licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group
responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.
“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld.
“We’re excited to introduce a new amateur radio magazine for this
audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and
getting them on the air.”
The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (Jan/Feb
issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. When
eligible members in the US join ARRL or renew their membership, they
will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice; On the
Air or QST. QST magazine is ARRL’s official membership journal,
published monthly since December 1915. QST supports active radio
amateurs with ham radio news, equipment reviews, projects, and stories
of public service, advocacy, and volunteerism. Current members receiving
print QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving QST (mailed
monthly) or On the Air (mailed bimonthly). The online membership
application will support the new magazine designation next month.
All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to
access digital editions of both QST and On the Air magazines. Members
who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to
access QST and On the Air in January.
For information about ARRL and Amateur Radio, visit www.arrl.org and
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO