One of the many reasons to be a member of the American Radio Relay League is the ARRL Contest Update. This very popular newsletter comes via email and is filled with “news and techniques for the active operator”.
But best of all in most recent newsletter there’s an excellent photo of Stan, VE3TW sitting at his station. I know the photo is excellent as it was taken by Mike, VE3GFN (good for nothin’) who is a retired teacher and professional photographer. (That’s Mike’s photo of Stan.)
The ARRL offers members a lot of benefits including QST magazine (which is my favourite ham radio magazine) along with a bunch of newsletters you can signup to receive. The ARES operation in the USA is a whole lot more active and vigorous than the Canadian component.
The ARRL is of course focused on the American scene but the work of our American cousins often has equal benefit for those of us north of the border. Back in the old days there was even a Canadian affiliate of the ARRL called the CRRL.
Who knows maybe it’s time we asked the ARRL if they’d be willing to take us back in?