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ARRL News: Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Information | ARRL Resources | ARRL News | in the Media

This page, or, includes news and information of interest to ARRL members and our global amateur radio community.

03/26/2020 | a Message for Member Volunteers

Media/Press Inquiries
For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at 860-594-0328 or via email at A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to media inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.


CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency - Plan ahead for disasters


License Examination Sessions
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. Please use ARRL’s License Exam Search to find scheduled exam sessions in your area and verify with the local exam team that the session is still being held. The ARRL VEC is continuing to process license examination materials from VEs who have completed exam sessions, although some delays may occur under the circumstances. The ARRL VEC electronically forwards all required data to the FCC for qualified examinees. Also read...

Extra Class Question Pool due to expire on June 30, 2020
In January 2020, the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators* (NCVEC) introduced a new Amateur Extra-class license examination question pool which becomes effective from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024. The new pool has 90 less questions, reducing the number of questions in the pool from 712 to 622. 139 questions were removed and 49 new questions were added to address outdated questions, new technology, and other subjects. 239 questions were modified for clarification and to improvement comprehension. ARRL is taking pre-orders for the new editions of its Extra Class study materials (for exams given on, or after, July 1, 2020) at Any changes due to impact from the current health crisis will be posted to ARRL News and

* Note: The FCC has tasked the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC) organization with amateur radio question pool oversight and maintenance. Question pool amendments or changes are regulated by this organization.

Ordering and Shipping

To place an order for ARRL publications and products, please visit The ARRL warehouse will be working with a reduced staff, so orders may be delayed, and ARRL will be unable to respond to expedited shipping orders. We appreciate your patience and support during this time.

Hamfests and Conventions
Find cancellations.

Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award
The nomination deadline has been extended until Monday, June 15, 2020.
Official entry form:

ARRL Teachers Institute
2020 Teachers Institute sessions are canceled.

2020 ARRL Field Day is June 27-28
Official ARRL Field Day web page:

ARRL NEWS ( for the latest news)

08/06/2020 | SAQ Alexanderson Day in the Age of COVID-19

08/05/2020 | New England Division Convention Canceled Due to COVID-19

07/07/2020 | Annual KPH “Night of Nights” Has Been Canceled

06/18/2020 | Kids Day in the Age of COVID-19

06/16/2020 | GLOBAL COVID-19 “STAYHOME” Campaign Deemed a Success

06/09/2020 | International Postal Service Disrupted

06/03/2020 | COVID-19 Event to Enter High Scorers into a Free Drawing for a Trip

06/02/2020 | SEA-PAC QSO Party Set after Convention is Canceled

05/29/2020 | Social Distancing Exam Sessions Demonstrate Pent-Up Demand for Testing

05/28/2020 | Global COVID-19 Radio Event Set for June 6 – 7

05/28/2020 | Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day

05/12/2020 | Amateur Radio Gains Significant Boost in UK by Connecting People During Lockdown

05/11/2020 | Socially Distanced In-Person Exam Sessions Held in US and Norway

05/08/2020 | Coronavirus Creating Short-Term Delivery Delays from ARRL Headquarters

05/07/2020 | IARU Region 2 Online Emergency Communication Workshops Get Under Way

05/04/2020 | Ham-Com Cancels 2020 Show

05/03/2020 | FCC Providing Flexibility to Volunteer Examiners in Developing Remote Testing Methods

04/29/2020 | Response to IARU Region 2 Online Workshops Exceeds Expectations

04/29/2020 | ARISS to Experiment with School Contacts Using “Multipoint Telebridge” Approach

04/28/2020 | Online Registration Opens for Free Virtual Contest University

04/28/2020 | Central States VHF Society Conference Canceled

04/27/2020 | Emergency Ventilator Designed and Constructed by Hams Going to FDA

04/27/2020 | Radio Amateur Finds Another “Zombie Satellite”

04/24/2020 | RSGB Aims to Promote Health and Wellbeing within the Amateur Radio Community

04/24/2020 | UN International Center in Vienna Joins Stay-at-Home Movement

04/24/2020 | International Marconi Day Canceled

04/23/2020 | Ballot Counting Postponed in Four ARRL Section Manager Elections

04/22/2020 | ARRL New England Division Convention Postponed to November

04/22/2020 | ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

04/22/2020 | ARRL 2020 Teachers Institute Sessions are Canceled

04/22/2020 | Nomination Deadline Extended for Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award

04/21/2020 | Contest University (CTU) 2020 will be Free and Online

04/21/2020 | Hams in India Provide Communication Assistance during COVID-19 Pandemic

04/21/2020 | Florida QSO Party Announces Stay-at-Home Adjustments

04/20/2020 | ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

04/20/2020 | COVID-19 Net Now Running Wednesdays on 40 Meters

04/17/2020 | 2020 Youth on the Air in the Americas Camp is Canceled

04/16/2020 | ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Edition Considers Social Distancing

04/16/2020 | Remotely Administered Amateur Exam Systems Showing Promise

04/16/2020 | HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Announces Cancellation of 2020 Show

04/14/2020 | ARISS Altering its Approach in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

04/14/2020 | Youth Team Postpones its Planned CQ WPX CW Operation from K3LR

04/13/2020 | ARRL VEC Issues Statement on Video-Supervised Online Exam Sessions

04/13/2020 | UN Amateur Radio Club’s 4U1UN Gains Limited Remote Operation Capability

04/08/2020 | Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Postponed

04/06/2020 | Use of Special Call Sign Suffixes in the US During COVID-19 Pandemic

04/02/2020 | Some Countries Permitting “STAYHOME”-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic

04/02/2020 | Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown

04/02/2020 | To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners

04/01/2020 | Contest Entry Features Multiple Operator Locations and Remote Transmitter-Receiver Site

04/01/2020 | Western Pennsylvania ARES Group Conducts District-Wide Simplex Drill
This news item, while not directly related to COVID-19 impact, demonstrates the ongoing contribution of radio amateurs to develop and practice their personal radio communication capability.

04/01/2020 | Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs’ Help

03/31/2020 | USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships Canceled

03/31/2020 | Amateur Radio Satellite Spreads Fight Coronavirus Message

03/31/2020 | ARES Members to Support Illinois Emergency Management Agency in COVID-19 Response

03/31/2020 | International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled

03/30/2020 | COVID-19 Affects Space Station Crew Transition

03/30/2020 | FCC Grants Temporary Emergency Authority to WISPs Operating in 5.8 GHz Band

03/27/2020 | Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

03/25/2020 | May QST Going Out to Members on Time, W1AW Adjusts Its Schedule

03/24/2020 | Club Log Allocates 100% of its Computing Resources to COVID-19 Protein Research

03/24/2020 | International Amateur Radio Union Adjusting to COVID-19

03/23/2020 | Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator

03/23/2020 | ARRL Headquarters is Closing

03/20/2020 | ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely

03/20/2020 | HamSCI Workshop Proceedings Streaming Live via YouTube

03/20/2020 | Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

03/20/2020 | Refund Procedures in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social Events

03/20/2020 | West Coast Qualifying Run for March 21 Canceled

03/20/2020 | Ham Radio Clubs Connect Amid Social Distancing

03/17/2020 | HamSCI 2020 Workshop Retools as a Virtual Event

03/17/2020 | Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise

03/16/2020 | One VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference Postponed, Another Canceled

03/16/2020 | WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Sticking to Schedule for Now

03/15/2020 | Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show

03/13/2020 | ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW

03/11/2020 | Visalia International DX Convention, Other Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Worries

03/09/2020 | Communications Academy 2020 in Seattle has been Cancelled

03/06/2020 | Coronavirus Fears Spur Cancellation, Postponement of Some Ham Radio Events

03/03/2020 | Dayton Hamvention Officials Keeping an Eye on Coronavirus Situation

02/26/2020 | Coronavirus Fears Postpone Another DXpedition

02/19/2020 | Coronavirus Outbreak Postpones Swains Island W8S DXpedition


SEA-PAC QSO Party Set after Convention is Canceled, June 2

2020 International Marconi Day, April 25 - CANCELED

In the MEDIA

Radio Hams Keep in Touch through Pandemic
Voice of America 5/28/2020

Craig Fugate: Emergency communications will be the next challenge of COVID-19
The Hill 5/26/2020

Ham radio fans catch chat wave during coronavirus pandemic
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) 5/26/2020

"Social Distancing? COVID-19 Made it Real. Ham Radio Made it a Hobby"
Eastern Massachusetts ARRL 5/21/2020

A close-knit culture, with separation at its core
The Christian Science Monitor 5/21/2020

Social distancing on the air (YouTube video)
The Christian Science Monitor 5/20/2020

Amateur radio operators use old tech for worldwide communications during pandemic

25 NEWS – WEEK (Illinois) 5/12/2020

Coronavirus: How amateur radio is connecting people during lockdown
BBC News (UK) 5/5/2020

BOB CONFER: Amateur radio, a hobby for the social distancing era
Lock Port Journal (New York) 4/27/2020

DIY Amateur Ham Radio Operators Answer the COVID-19 Call:

Design News (New York) 4/24/2020

Long Island ham radio operators to honor coronavirus pandemic heroes in May
News Day (New York) 4/22/2020



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