ARRL Teachers Institute to Offer Four Sessions this Summer

ARRL Teachers Institute of Wireless Technology logoFrom ARRL Web:

ARRL will offer four sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology in June and July as part of its educational outreach to schools through the Education & Technology Program. The Teachers Institute (TI) is an expenses-paid professional development program intended to provide teachers with tools and strategies to introduce their students to basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, weather science, microcontrollers, robotics, and amateur radio. The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology, gain hands-on experience, and bring that knowledge to their students. Class sizes are limited to 12 teachers. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022.

“I invite you to apply and to share this incredible opportunity with schools and teachers,” ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, said. Goodgame said to contact him via email with any questions.

Sessions this summer will be held in Newington, Connecticut, and in Dayton, Ohio. There are two levels — TI-1 Introduction to Wireless Technology, and TI-2 Remote Sensing and Data Analysis. TI-1 is a prerequisite for TI-2.

TI-2 focuses on the basic electronics of sensors (temperature, pressure, position, humidity, etc.), converting analog sensor data to a digital format, programming the microcontroller to read and interpret the data, and using radio to send the sensor data to the user. After learning the basics of remote sensing, teachers assemble a sensor package to collect environmental data remotely.

Program Location Dates
TI-1 Newington, Connecticut June 27 – July 1
TI-2 Newington, Connecticut July 11 – July 15
TI-1 Dayton, Ohio July 18 – July 22
TI-1 Newington, Connecticut July 25 – July 29


A 2022 brochure is available from the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology web page. An explanatory video is also available.

The ARRL Teachers Institute recognizes that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction must focus on the connection among these fields. Because it is the teacher’s role to make these connections for students, teachers need to know the science and math content and understand, in sufficient detail, the technologies used in order to make the connections for their students.

The Teachers Institute is only the beginning of a participant’s exploration of wireless technology. The goal of the TI program is to equip each schoolteacher with necessary foundational knowledge and, through hands-on learning, generate the inspiration for teachers to continue to explore wireless technology and adapt relevant content into their classroom instruction.

This training serves as an excellent foundation for schoolteachers interested in including classroom learning about radio communications and wireless technology as part of student preparation for participation in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

This in-service training program is supported entirely by generous philanthropic donations. TI opportunities are virtually free for participants. The grant to attend a TI covers transportation; hotel; a modest per diem to cover meals; instructional resources for the electronics, microcontroller, and robotics segments of the course, and a resource library of relevant ARRL publications. The primary out-of-pocket expense is a $100 enrollment fee.

Graduate credits are available through Fresno Pacific University upon completion of the TI-1 or TI-2 programs. These credits can be used to satisfy professional growth requirements to maintain teaching credentials. The class is self-contained, and participants are expected to be able to complete all requirements during the class time.

Qualified applicants must be active teachers at an elementary, middle, or high school, at a college or university, or in a leadership or enrichment instruction role in an after-school or collective homeschool program. An amateur radio license is not required for the introductory workshop (TI-1) but is required for the advanced TI-2 program.

License Classes Available in April from Newport County (RI) Radio Club

Newport Co. RC logoBob Beaudet, W1YRC, writes on the Rhode Island ARRL Members List:

Upgrade Opportunity!

Newport County Radio Club will be offering online (Zoom) upgrade classes the week of April 18th.  Many hams have successfully upgraded to General or Extra after taking the class in the past.  For General and Extra, your classes begin at 6:30 PM on Friday April 22. 

If you happen to have a family member or friend interested in becoming a ham we also have a Technician class that beings on Tuesday April 19th at 6:00 PM.

All classes are free.  There will be a total of six classes with about 15 hours of live instruction time.  There will be a VE exam session the following week as well in Middletown, but you could take your exam anywhere.  Pre registration is required.  Click a link below to Register:

Technician 6:00 PM Starting April 19th

General/Extra 6:30 PM Starting April 22nd

Hope to see you online!

73, Paul K1YBE & Bob WB4SON

ARRL Rhode Island Section
Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC

New England Mentoring & New Ham Development Meeting, March 15, 2022, Zoom Recording Available

Assistant Director Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB, writes on the Mentoring and New Ham Development mailing list:

Thanks to all who attended the kickoff meeting.  It was a great start to our working group!

The meeting recording is available at

We had some great presentations by Dan Norman, N0HF,  Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, and Bob Phinney, K5TEC, about their Mentoring programs.

We discussed some quick wins including providing the following resources for new hams on our website:

  • Information on mentoring programs provided by clubs across New England 
  • Information on licensing classes in New England
  • Links to recorded training programs provided by New England clubs
  • A listing of clubs that provide membership offers to new hams

Sections have been added to to showcase this information.  We are looking for your input to populate the page.  Please email me at with your information. 

We also had a productive brainstorming session for projects or presentations for the working group including the following:

  • Support for the Ham Radio Display at the Big E
  • Promotion of mentoring programs
  • Nets to help new hams build confidence on repeaters
  • Making licensing and mentoring resources available to clubs in isolated areas in New England
  • Developing volunteers in your club to teach or mentor
  • Providing resources for clubs to teach classes
  • Roadmap for engaging schools interested in ham radio

We will be holding these meetings monthly and I’m looking for presenters for the April meeting.  If you would like to share your mentoring program with a presentation at a future meeting, please email me with information about your presentation at

Amateur Extra “Continuous” License Classes Online, March-November, 2022 at New England Sci-Tech in Natick, MA


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This ONLINE ham radio license course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio AMATEUR EXTRA license exam, the THIRD of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below)

This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn much more than just watching a video or buying a book. You get a full 24 hours of instruction over eight 3-hour classes. Take the course from anywhere – it’s ONLINE!

Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Recommended text: ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th edition, for exams through June 30, 2024, (purchase on ARRL website). Regular practice and study is necessary to get the best results from this course.

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ARISS is Accepting Proposals for ISS Amateur Radio Contacts with Astronauts on the ISS

The next proposal window for US schools and educational organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS opened on February 21, 2022, for contacts to be scheduled for January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023. Proposals are due to ARISS by March 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Kathy Lamont, KM4TAY and Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, held an orientation session to help groups who want to apply for a contact to learn about the ISS contact process and to help them to prepare their applications. You can view the orientation session by clicking on the video below.

Working with a school or youth group to host an Amateur Radio Contact with the ISS is a great way for Amateur Radio Club to build a relationship with a school around STEM learning through Amateur Radio.

You can learn more about how to prepare a contact proposal and download the contact proposal template. You can also contact Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, at if you have questions about applying for or hosting an Amateur Radio contact with astronauts on the ISS.



W2NAF: “Ham Radio-Citizen Science Workshop,” RATPAC Zoom Presentation, March 2, 2022

RATPAC logoWednesday, March 2, RATPAC Zoom Presentation 

Starts 10:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST / 7:00 PM MST / 6:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM AKST / 4:00 PM HST

TOPIC: Ham Radio-Citizen Science Workshop

Speaker/Presenter: Dr. Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF
                                 Assistant professor at the University of Scranton Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering

Be sure to check our future RATPAC scheduled presentation below.

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