Amateur Radio Links

by William Eric McFadden

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Links to ham radio sites of short-term interest to WD8RIF can be found here.
Links to sites not related to Amateur Radio can be found in my bookmarks.

Read my disclaimer.

Support the DX Code of Conduct -- click to learn more

"A well-trained radioman with good equipment and ever-charged batteries can be a fantastic link between two villages, two countries or two continents... When organized in a Union, you are a communication superpower in time of total electronic darkness." — Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, speaking to delegates to the IARU Region 1 General Conference on September 22, 2014 (link)

Clubs, Organizations, & Magazines
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QRP-L forum at QTH.Net, and archives
the old QRP-L Archives at

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Elecraft--makers of the K3, K2, K1, KX3, and KX1 QRP transceiver kits
Wilderness Radio--makers of the Sierra, SST, and NorCal40A
Small Wonder Labs (about SWL kits: SW+ Elmer 101 Lessons | N0RC's Rock-Mite Files)

Oak Hills Research
Kanga US--new URL
S&S Engineering
Emtech, with Ladder Grabber & ZM-2 tuner (look here for article on ZM-2)
QRP Kits by Steve "Melt Solder" Weber, KD1JV (new URL)
Pacific Antenna / QRP Kits
QRPme by Rex Harper, W1REX by Stu, KI6J
Breadboard Radio
Acme QRP Low Power
Glowbug Kits with QRP single-tube transmitter kit with Ameco AC-1 replica kit
3rd Planet Solar / KC9ON, with HW-8 mod kits and CALF (Configurable Audio Limiter Filter)
QRP Guys--"Unique ham radio kits for the budget minded"
QRP Labs with QCX transceiver kit
Midway Electronics, with K1SWL-designed mono-band transceiver kits
K9JEB - Ham Radio with inexpensive DC-power distribution kits
N1OLO's Ham Source

Bioenno Power--LiFePO4 batteries

BuddiPole portable dipole antenna system & A123 LiFePO4 batteries
W6MMA's HF Portable Antennas
Portable Rotation--portable antenna rotor and support systems
Super Antennas

LDG Electronics and Yahoo! Group (and sign in)
West Mountain Radio--makers of RIGBlasters and the PWRcrimp tool for PowerPoles
Idiom Press--makers of the Super CMOS Keyers and SCAF-1
HobbyPCB--makers of the Hardrock-50 HF Power Amp kit

Begali by I2RTF
American Morse Equipment
Nye Viking
J.H. Bunnell & Co. with available NOS Navy Flame Proof Key
K8RA Iambic CW Keys by Jerry Pittenger
The VIZ Key by K4VIZ
Milestone Technologies and Morse Express
Whiterook Products (new URL)

Heil Sound--high-end microphones and headsets

Byers Chassis--chassis kits & custom enclosures
(Ten-Tec also offers chassis kits & custom enclosures)

The Original Wireman
Davis RF (wire & cable)
RF Parts
Mouser Electronics
Dan's Small Parts
Heston Supply
73 Radio Row

Universal Radio
R&L Electronics
DX Engineering
Ham Radio Outlet
Burghardt Amateur Center — now service-only

Fair Radio Sales

SSS Solution -- antenna & tower hardware

VE3AB's & — solid state rig repair + parts

MicroLog, a ham radio logging program by WA0H
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CONSIDERATE... never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL... offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE... with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY... slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED... radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC... station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

AC6V's Amateur Radio & DX Reference Guide
KA9FOX's DX and Contesting Page

The late L.B. Cebik's Antennas, Service and Education, with lots of articles about antennas

K4SWL's"Low Power Radio Fun"
W1PID's Outdoor Radio
W2LJ's Portable QRP Ops
Richard Post's Boat Anchor Pix (new URL)
Philip Nelson's Phil's Old Radios
KC9KEP's Big Nick's Homebrew Radio Pages -- beautiful vintage-style homebrew equipment
Caitlyn Martin's Mizuho and Nishi Musen Reflector
N0LX--"Ham Radio with Altitude"
VE3AB with info on QRP+ and Argonaut
Articles & Presentations, Equipment Reviews, & Equipment Modifications by Phil Salas, AD5X
K4MSW's Totally QRP page with directory of QRP rigs and an album of QRP stations
N4BP, Bob Patten's Home Page, with contest reports and software collection--new URL
N5ESE Ham Radio; with "notebook" hotel antenna
W0CH QRP World; with International Operating
WB3GCK; with QRP Adventures, Projects, and Info on gel cells
Chuck Adams: home page & Morse Code Course
AE0Q's web page, featuring his portable operations in Wyoming & Colorado

KE3FL (new URL), with Emergency Preparedness articles

KB1DIG's Page with VHF Antenna Design Gallery
LED Station Lighting Ideas
Portable Emergency Communications Station Ideas

DL9QJ's Amateur Radio Soundblaster Software Collection
AA5TB's Web Site with projects & antennas--new URL
The W8KC Virtual Ten-Tec Museum
DG8JZ's Yaesu Museum
Bicycle-Mobile & Canoe / Kayak-Mobile Operation
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Bicycle Mobile Hams of America site & Yahoo! Club (and alternate URL)

more links to sites about bicycle-mobile & canoe/kayak-mobile operation can be found here
HF-Mobile Operation
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HF Mobile at ARRL
On the Road: The Joys of HF Mobile (PDF) -- Members Only
An HF Mobile Installation -- Step by Step (PDF) -- Members Only
The Quest for Power: Part 1 | Part 2 (PDF) -- Members Only
Solving Ignition Noise RFI (PDF)
Automotive RFI Elimination (PDF)

K0BG -- "A Website for Mobile Amateur Radio Operators"
KA6WKE's Amateur Radio Site
HF Mobile Antenna Construction Project by HB9ABX

Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, and Batteries
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Michael Bryce's Sunlight Energy Systems; 10A Micro P is available upon request (gone?)
PowerFilm Solar, with foldable and rollable panels

Home Power Magazine with lots of downloadable articles on renewable power

Bill Darden's Deep Cycle Battery FAQ

APRS Alternative Energy Experiments by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
Solar Augmented Salvage Prius
Using the Prius for Emergency Field Power
Grid Power is the Way to Go (If You Have It)

Notes on 12V Power, Ham Radio Centric by N1DAM (and posting on QRL-L)

more links to solar power and renewable energy can be found here
Digital Modes
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Space and Satellites
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Callsign Servers and eQSL servers
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DXer Aids
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The Boat Anchor Manual Archive (BAMA) (and mirror)

Manuals Download at Icom Japan (new URL)
Icom Manuals (and FAQ) at QSL.Net
RigPix Database (and Schematics 'n' Stuff), with equipment manuals

Technical Books Online, including the 1936 ARRL Handbook
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Part 97 at ARRL; also available in printable format
QSL.Net -- free email address and web-hosting for hams, by a ham

Ohio Area Repeater Council
Tandy Support--Online Manuals
FCC Online Equipment Authorization Database


This is a collection of links that I have found useful or interesting, either professionally or personally. It is maintained for my own use, and is subject to change at any time. No claims are made to completeness, accuracy, or competence. No endorsement of any site, individual, product, or corporation is intended. With these caveats, anyone is welcome to browse these links or to use this page.


The Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928; it can be found in ARRL publications and here.