Amateur Radio Resources

Table of Contents

  1. Amateur Radio (and related) Organizations
  2. Call sign look up Servers
  3. License Examinations
  4. Technical Presentations
  5. DX Resources
  6. Miscellaneous Amateur Radio Resources
  7. Software
  8. Boat anchors
  9. Amateur Radio Groups
  10. ARES Organizations
  11. VEC Organizations (Licensing)
  12. Personal Amateur Radio Web Sites
  13. Training Aids
  14. T-Hunting
  15. Packet Radio
  16. Other Modes
  17. Forms
  18. Commercial Amateur Radio Sites

Amateur Radio (and related) Organizations

[FCC] Federal Communications Commission
[ARRL] American Radio Relay League
[RAC] Radio Amateurs of Canada
[AMSAT] Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) (german) or (english)
[IARU] International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
[IARU] National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)

W5YI Group

Pacific Division of the ARRL

Call sign look up Servers

-> via the QRZ Ham call database.

->UALR ARC Call sign Database at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

License Examinations

->Exam Search - Locate an examination session near you on the ARRL's web site.

->Exam Sessions sponsored by the Sunnyvale VEC ARC.

-> License exams by the Silicon Valley VE Group.

Technical Presentations

->Bode, Chu, Fano, Wheeler - Antenna Q and Match Bandwidth. - Pacificon 2013 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->Beyond Stubs and Traps - Pacificon 2012 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->Conjugate Match Myths - Pacificon 2011 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->Facts about SWR and Loss - Pacificon 2010 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->Antenna Modeling for Radio Amateurs - Pacificon 2008 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->New Results on Antenna Impedance Models and Matching - Pacificon 2007 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->Antenna Impedance Models Old and New - Pacificon 2004 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

->Mysteries of the Smith Chart - Pacificon '99, '00, '01 Presentation by Steve Stearns, K6OIK

-> HF Digital Keyboard Modes - FARS April, 2001, 2007 by Mikel Lechner, KN6QI

DX Resources

-> Bay Area DXers - Traverse City, Michigan.

Miscellaneous Amateur Radio Resources

->Newsline Amateur Radio News Web page

->Satellite Pass Predictions at AMSAT.

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General Circuit Analysis and Design

->RF resources by Gunthard Kraus DG8GB. Choose English. A nice selection of articles, projects, and downloadable software [free].

->QucsStudio Circuit Simulator, [free download]

->RFSim99 (alternate link), HyDesign Ltd., [free download]

->OrCAD, demo version, [free download]

->LTspice Linear Technology, [free download]

Filters (lumped element ladders)

->Elsie, Jim Tonne, WB6BLD, free student edition


->NBS coil design, Stephen Moshier, [free download]

Transmission Lines

->Times Microwave calculators, 2 models, [free download]

->TX-Line, Applied Wave Research, [free download]

->TLDetails, Dan Maguire, AC6LA, [free download]

->T-Network Tuner, (also here) Kevin Schmidt, W9CF, [free download]

Smith Charts, Match Networks, and Tuners

->SimSmith, Ward Harriman, AE6TY, [free download]

->Smith, Fritz Dellsperger, HB9AJY, [free download]

->QuickSmith, Nathan Iyer, KJ6FOJ, [free download]

->JJSmith, James Bromley, K7JEB, and James Tonne, W4ENE, [free download]

->AMPSA MultiMatch Impedance-Matching Wizard, Pieter Abrie, free trial

->Nuhertz ZMatch, free trial

->TLW, Dean Straw, N6BV. On ARRL Antenna Book CD

->MATCH, William Sabin, W0IYH. On ARRL Handbook CD (chapter 17)

->Impedance Matching Network Designer (alternate link), John Wetherell, online calculator

->T-Network Tuner (alternate link), Kevin Schmidt, W9CF, [free download]

Miscellaneous Routines

->AppCAD, (alternate link) by Avago, [free download]

->HamCalc, George Murphy, VE3ERP, [free download]


->openEMS Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) modeling code that uses Matlab or Octave, [free download]

->4nec2, Antenna modeler by Arie Voors

->EZNEC, Roy Lewallen, W7EL, $89 (demo version with limited functionality, free)

->Unofficial NEC Archives, Miscellaneous free NEC programs

->FEKO Student Edition, part of HyperWorks 14 Student Edition [free download]

->AutoEZ, Dan Maguire, AC6LA $79 (demo version with limited functionality, free)

->WIPL-D Demo full function s/w with 30-day time limit ([free download])

->WIPL-D Lite limited function s/w for a smaller price

->HOBBIES Academic version - CD and License are included with the following book, which is the hard copy instruction manual:

T.K. Sarkar, Higher Order Basis Based Integral Equation Solver (HOBBIES), Wiley, 2012, ISBN 1118140656.
Price ranges from $162 to $210 depending on where you buy the book.
HOBBIES is similar to WIPL-D but costs half as much, can handle bigger problems, and has a better user interface.

HF Propagation

->Proppy - Free online propagation calculations and maps based on ITURHFprop

->ITURHFProp [RSGB description with links]

->ITURHFProp free software download from ITU

->Proplab Pro 3.0, $240 (alternate link at HF RADIO, significant discount)

->ACE-HF Pro by Long Wave Inc., $199

->Ham CAP, DX Atlas, and IonoProbe, Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA; Ham CAP is [free download]

->VOACAP, NTIA-ITS, US government, [free download]

->VOAProp, Julian Moss, G4ILO, [free download]

->W6ELProp, Sheldon Shallon, W6EL, [free download]

VHF/UHF Propagation

->Radio Mobile by Roger Coudé, VE2DBE (mirror),
Online (Cloud) version description, Web Server 1, Web Server 2.

->SPLAT! (Signal Propagation Loss and Terrain Analysis Tool),
Doug Lung's SPLAT! resources.
W5GFE's SPLAT! Online (Cloud) servers, Alternates: Web Server 1, Web Server 2.

Morse Code Practice

->RufzXP Speed training software for call sign recognition by Mathias Kolpe, DL4MM, and Alessandro Vitiello, IV3XYM, [free download]

->Learn CW Online by Fabian Kurz, DJ1YFK,

->Morse Machine, MorseGen, and MorseTest by Julian Moss, G4ILO, [free download]

->Super Morse by Lee Murrah, KY8T, [free download]

->Koch CW Trainer, Ray Goff, G4FON, [free download]

->Morse Practice (Java JAR file), Martin Minow, K6MAM, [free download]

->Morse Runner, Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA, [free download]

->W1AW code practice (MP3 files), ARRL, [free download]

Boat Anchor Resources

Mailing Lists/Reflectors

->AM List

->Boatanchor Listserve (dead)

->R-390 List

->Hallicrafters List

->Drake List

->RCA List

->Collins List

->Hammarlund List

->Johnson List

->Kenwood List

->National List

->Test Equipment List


->Collins Collectors Association (has FB web site w/ Restoration Archives)

->AM International (AMI) - listen on weekly Net for info.


->AMI Net - Wednesdays 2000 PDT 3.870MHz

->Early Birds AM Net - Saturdays 0800 PDT 3.870MHz

->Vintage SSB Net - Sundays 0800 PDT 3.863MHz

->See Electric Radio for more Nets


->Electric Radio

->Radios by Hallicrafters by Chuck Dachis

->Shortwave Receivers Past and Present by Osterman

->Radiotron Designers Handbook (a 400+ page classic) by Langford Smith 1953, published by RCA

->Any Radio Handbook by William Orr (Howard Sams, pub.)

->Fixing up nice old Radios by Romney

->Radio Engineers Handbook or Fundamentals of Radio by Terman

->Any old Marcus and Levy books

->Old QSTs and Radio Amateur Handbooks, pub. ARRL.

Equipment Manuals

->Manual Man (Pete Markavage)


->Antique Electronics, Tempe Arizona

Web Sites

->AMFone - Guide to AM and Vintage Radio

->Boat Anchors & Antique Radios - Allen Cutts' collection

->Drake Radio information

Amateur Radio Groups

->Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA)

->South Peninsula Amateur Radio Klub (SPARK)

->Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association (SCCARA)

->Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System (SPECS)

->Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System (SVECS)

->West Valley Amateur Radio Association (WVARA)

->Association of Silicon Valley Amateur Radio Organizations (ASVARO)

->Birmingham Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

->Locate Amateur Radio clubs by zip code - on ARRL

ARES Organizations

->Cupertino Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CARES)

->The Southern Peninsula Emergency Communication System (SPECS)

VEC Organizations (License Testing)

->VEC information at the ARRL web site.

Personal Amateur Radio Web Sites


->KQ6XA -- Bonnie Crystal uses Amateur Radio while Spelunking.

->KG6ILA -- Local nets and NTS information

Training Aids

->Amateur Radio classes sponsored by FARS.

->Teaching Resources for the General Class Amateur Radio License developed by FARS.


->T-Hunting information by KN6FW

->Northern California T-Hunting

Packet Radio

->TAPR's Packet Radio Web Page

APRS - Automatic Position Reporting System


->More APRS info and downloads

->APRS - http://www.aprs.net/

->Track an APRS station by call sign - http://maps.aprs.net/

Other Modes

->Spread Spectrum Communications at TAPR.

->HF Digital Modes (local)



->Universal Licensing System (ULS) at the FCC.

Need an FCC form?
Download and print the following FCC forms direct from the FCC web site (You will need a PDF viewer).

->FCC Form 605 at the FCC.

Commercial Amateur Radio Sites

->Morse Code 4.13 (Shareware)

->Ham University Morse code training software and more.

->Cable Xperts - Coax and more

->Ham Test On-line - On-line training

->K-Comm - Antenna sites

Last updated June 23, 2019