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by Corey K0AWN, 11 April 2007
The current ARRL flag was adopted
in 1980 based on a design by Ralph Holberg, N4RX. There are 15 horizontal
stripes, red and white, and one vertical red stripe at the hoist, all suggesting
the stripes of the US and Canadian flags. The horizontal red stripes spell QST
in Morse code, a dah stripe being three times as wide as a dit stripe.
Corey K0AWN, 29 September 2003
QST means 'Information'. When used affirmatively, it means, 'I have
information.' When used interrogatively, it means, 'Do you have information?'"
It's also the name of the ARRL's magazine.
Lewis A. Nowitz, 29 September 2003
A more accurate depiction can usually be found at
www.arrl.org. Note that the flag's general
proportions are those of the official proportions of the U.S. flag, and that the
ARRL logo is blue in the flag, not black and yellow (although this coloration is
often otherwise used by ARRL, but not in the flag), same as U.S. flag blue, with
white figures. The vertical red bar at the staff side comes from the Canadian
flag. When the flag was adopted Canada was a division of ARRL but has since
become a separate entity. The flag did not change. The horizontal stripes spell
out QST in Morse which letters, according to my understanding, mean "This
station has information to follow for all amateur stations" and precedes a
bulletin of general amateur interest. The stripes are 15 in number and refer to
the 15 divisions of ARRL. Hope this information is helpful.
Ralph Holberg, N4RX, 22 May 2004
I have in my possession (and can supply a photo of) an ARRL flag where the
diamond logo is reversed - a white background with blue symbols.
Thom Smith, N8DXR, 4 July 2004
This is strictly a national United States of American (USA) organization,
though there is a definite international flair to HAM Radio. (There's no
"political" boundaries when it comes to radio waves...)
Corey K0AWN, 11 April 2007
Regarding the ARRL flag, as per my father, who is a ham radio operator, the
symbol in middle of the logo is a simple electronic schematic representing, top
to bottom: antenna, coil, ground.
David Kendall, 12 April 2007