Useful Links on a Range of Amateur Radio Related Topics

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:
Medication Disaster Plan: Building & Storing a First Aid Kit
NOAA National Weather Service
NOAA National Hurricane Center
US Drought Monitor
North Carolina SKYWARN
Central Carolina SKYWARN
Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications


Informative Articles found by Young Aspiring Students and their Teachers:
Communcations Historical Timeline – from Prehistoric to the Modern Era
Disaster Preparedness on a Budget
A Nurses Guide to First Aid & Emergency Preparedness
Become a Storm Spotter from Home


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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