Become an Amateur Radio Operator:
Amateur Radio License Guides – From the ARRL Store
Amateur Radio License Guides – From the Gordon West W5YI Group
Ham Radio for Dummies – Ward Silver’s Reference for the Rest of Us
Plain-English Study Guide for the Technician Class License – Richard Clem, W0IS
No Nonsense Guide to Ham Radio – Technician license manual (entry level) pdf
No Nonsense Guide to Ham Radio – General license manual (intermediate) pdf
No Nonsense Guide to Ham Radio – Extra Class license manual (highest level) pdf
Practice Amateur Radio Exams – Free practice tests online at
Practice Amateur Radio Exams – Free practice tests online at
Find a License Exam Session in Your Area – Courtesy of the ARRL
Welcome! – You’ve passed the test, now what?


National and International:
ARRL – American Radio Relay League
AC6V – Amateur Radio and DX Reference Guide
AMSAT – The Amateur Radio Satellite Organization
CQ Amateur Radio – The Active Ham’s Magazine
DX Zone – Categorical guide to Amateur Radio
D-STAR – Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio
EchoLink – Amateur Radio via the Internet
IRLP – Internet Radio Linking Project


State and Area:
HPSNC – Ham Public Service North Carolina
NC ARRL – North Carolina Section of the ARRL
Carolina 440 – Linked UHF Repeaters
PCRN – Piedmont Coastal Repeater Network
SERA – South Eastern Repeater Association


Neighboring Clubs:
AARC – Alamance Amateur Radio Club
CARC – Cary Amateur Radio Club
DFMA – Durham FM Association
FLARC – Falls Lake Amateur Radio Club
GARA – Greensboro Amateur Radio Association
JARS – Johnston Amateur Radio Society
RARS – Raleigh Amateur Radio Society
SWARC – South Wake Amateur Radio Club
TATV – Triangle Amateur Television Association
TEARA – Triangle East Amateur Radio Association
North Carolina Amateur Radio Clubs – From the NC ARRL Section Website


Weather/Emergency Preparedness:
NOAA National Weather Service
NOAA National Hurricane Center
US Drought Monitor
North Carolina SKYWARN
Central Carolina SKYWARN
Become a Storm Spotter from Home
A Nurses Guide to First Aid & Emergency Preparedness
Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications
Disaster Preparedness on a Budget


Hamspeak Glossary – An alphabetical listing of Amateur Radio lingo, in plain English
FCC Part 97 – Regulations for Amateur Radio
MVR35 Blank Form – The form to obtain a North Carolina callsign license plate (PDF) – Ham Radio Classified Ads
Timekeeping – Local and universal, 12 and 24-hour formats explained (PDF)

21st century hams

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