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Ham Radio-related Links

AE7Q Tools for Querying the FCC Database

APRS operators in central TX:  on Google Map   on Google Earth   (install Google Earth)

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

ARRL Sections: List (pdf)    Map

AC6V Amateur Radio And DX Reference Guide: a huge compilation of ham radio links!

Antenna Design Information & Software Great collection of antenna advice

Band Plan for U.S. Amateurs (color pdf, current FCC plan)

BatteryUniversity.com: the straight facts about batteries (e.g., recharging truths and myths)

Central Texas 2m/440 Repeaters (always changing, but here's a start!)

Considerate Operator's Frequency Guide (suggested freqs for various modes)

D-Star: All about D-Star (by Icom)     D-Star repeaters directory

sunspot graph from NASA web site
Sunspots are Essential for Ham Radio!

DX Summit (catch that rare DX on HF)

EchoLink (get started using ham radio over the Internet)

Electronics 101 (Teach yourself: transistors, amps, filters, oscillators, etc.)

FCC (amateur radio services)

FCC Forms (links to common forms via ARRL site)
  NOTE: New NCVEC Form 605 (Sept 2017): PDF (for printing)    PDF (interactive)

FCC Rules (Part 97)    ARRL site    GOV site    pdf

Hey What's That? click and see signal range/heading/terrain and more

How to Query the FCC datbase (ppt)

Geomagnetism and Declination (calculate your magnetic declination)

Grounding Your Ham Station (from one who's done it well!)

Ham Radio Now TV (weekly streaming videos from KN4AQ)

Hamdata (lists FCC stats, like the latest callsign activity)

Log Book of the World (ARRL's instant QSL card system)

Mobile Radio Installations (hundreds of valuable tips and advice from KØBG)

National Weather Service (Dallas-Fort Worth): Home page   Skywarn repeaters

NIST Home Page (WWV time servers and all about "time")

Packet Radio by TAPR (a library of info about packet!)

QRZ.com (ham radio forums, call sign lookup, practice tests, etc)

QSL.net (Free web space and email forwarding for hams by Scott KA9FOX...check it out!)

Radio QRV: resources supporting amateur radio (videos, charts, practice exams, etc.)

Satellite (OSCAR) Status Page: At-a-glance live status table for amateur radio satellites (and ISS).

Ham satellites: Some resources to get you started with ham satellites

Software Defined Radio (SDR): Experiment with SDR using the free control program (16MB) from Flex-Radio using a demo sound file (179MB), as demonstrated by K5ZOH Scott (Sept 2011)

Solar Activity and HF Propogation (Explanation of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, etc. 8 pg pdf; saved locally)

Times and Dates around the world: Time and Dates     World Time Zones

VoiceNation (all about ham radios) (nice collection of ham-radio links)

W3BE Be Informed (Understanding and explaining the rules of our trade)

Waco, TX Weather Data (Waco daily stats for any of past 50 months from NWS.
      Hint: Click link for "Product List" for over 300 other NWS reports.)


Stores and Parts Supplies

All Electronics (surplus electronics)

Amateur Electronic Supply (ham radio store)

Amazon.com (name-brand ham gear and electronic supplies)

ATV Research (lots of ATV goodies)

Cable X-Perts (coax cable and connectors)

Communication Concepts (home-brew components)

DCI Digital Communications (amateur radio filters and more) scheme-it-example-schematic

Digi-Key (supplier of electronics parts of all kinds/specs)

Down East Microwave (antennas and aplifiers)

Ham Radio Outlet (ham radio store)

Intuitive Circuits (home-brewed products for ATV & other uses)

M2 Antenna Systems (antennas)

P.C. Electronics (ATV store)

R.F. Connection (radios, coax cables, and connectors)

R&L Electronics (ham radio store)

Ubquiti Networks (wi-fi transceivers and antennas we use for Hamnet-mesh)


Links to Other Central Texas Amateur Radio Clubs

Want to join HOTARC? Click here for more info about HOTARC and an application for membership.

Baylor Amateur Radio Club (BARC), WA5BU

Temple Amateur Radio Club (TARC)

Area repeaterslisting of local FM repeaters in addition to HOTARC's

Area netslisting of local FM nets and HF nets in which you can participate


Other Interesting Links

homemade corner reflectors for wi-fi router
(Click image for complete plans.)

Boost your home Wi-Fi range (15-minute project!)

Antenna Modeling:
    The FREE 4NEC2:   website and download site
    How to Install 4NEC2:   DOCX
    Basic Modeling How-To presentation:   PPT    DOCX

Everything You Need to Know about GMRS/FRS:
   Article:   HTML version   PDF version (by W5NCD & AC5CV, Oct 2013)
   Table of GMRS/FRS Frequencies (web version) (by AC5CV)
   RadioReference Wiki: GMRS    FRS    Channels Comparison
   FCC Rules, Part 95:    HTML version    PDF version
   ALERT!! Changes Coming for GMRS/FRS! (added May 2017)

City of Waco Vistors Bureau (what to see and do in HOTARC's hometown)

ARRL Webinar (May 31, 2012) on Creating Good PR Video (~90 minutes)


Member Links

W5NCD
APRS Tracker Project (NEW! Page 2: Constructing a Tracker)
GMRS and FRS Comparison (see links above)
Bosque Communications tower space

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