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The Future of Amateur Radio

ARRL encourages young people to explore the wide range of experiences and activities available to them through amateur radio. Here are some examples:

NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator’s Third Hand

When asked what inspired the creation of NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator’s Third Hand, the student said, “I experienced firsthand the complexity and convoluted ways of running an Amateur Radio net at local public service events, such as the Walnut Festival Twilight Parade, Mt Diablo Challenge Bike Ride, and Diablo Summit Stomp. To remove some of the tediousness of our Ham Radio volunteer’s tasks at these events, I created this app.”

NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator’s Third Hand

Emergency Antenna Platform System (E-APS)

A fusion of robotics, amateur radio, and emergency service the Emergency Antenna Platform System (E-APS) is a tool for amateur radio operators (ARES, RACES) as well as First Responder organizations to turn any parking lot lamp post into and instant antenna tower.

Check out the student built E-APS

ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program 

ARRL will cover the one-time $35 FCC application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years old for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC). The $35 FCC application fee will be reimbursed after the ARRL VEC receives the completed reimbursement form and the new license has been issued by the FCC. The reimbursement check will be mailed to the fee payer. Also, candidates younger than 18-years old would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC VE team at the time of the exam. For more information and for the reimbursement instructions, visit the Youth Licensing Grant Program webpage. 

Amateur Radio Newsline's "Young Ham of the Year"

Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, of Normal IL, is 2019 Newsline Young Ham of the Year: Read more

Bryant Rascoll KG5HVO, of Montgomery, AL, is the 2018 Newsline Young Ham of the Year: Read more

Past recipients

Here is a list of previous recipients of this award: Read more

Learn more about winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award in 2013, 16-year-old Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS: Read more

Read the May 2013 QST article that won KC9UUS the Cover Plaque Award:
"A Crazy Idea: Dxpedition to Cyprus"

Check out these resources provided by the ARRL to help you explore what you can do on the air as a young amateur radio operator.

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