Links

Here are some links that may be of interest. I do not necessarily endorse any, or all of the sites linked to, but I have used them or their products and have had good experiences.

Information
FCC
FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS)

Radios and Equipment
Ham Radio Outlet Needs no explaination, really
Bioenno Power Supplier of batteries and other power needs for the Radio Amateur
Buddipole A great and versitile dipole antenna system
Arrow Antennas Portable / handheld satellite antennas
Alexloop Portable small magnetic loop for HF
Yaesu “The Radio”
American Morse Unique, quality keys and paddles for the Radio Amateur
Vibroplex Vibroplex and Bencher Products
Ed Fong Professor Ed Fong and his students make these fine antennas.  Full lifetime warranty.  Sold on EBay.

Resources and Information
QRZ.COM Amateur radio resources

Satellite Information
AMSAT
K6LCS’s Satellite Site
KA7FVV’s Satellite Page

Callsign Lookups
WM7D Callsign Database
QRZ.COM Amateur radio resources

Location Services
QTH Locator

Clubs and Organizations
ARRL (Member #0010054679)
AMSAT American Satellite Corporation (Member)
SCECT Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Team (Member)
Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club (SCARC)
San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club
Straight Key Century Club Learn CW Online (Member #14447)
Flying Pigs QRP Club, International (Member #3643)
qrparci.org QRP Amateur Radio Club Int. (Member)
naqcc.info North American QRP CW Club (Menber #8031)
FISTS North America Chapter (Member # 17531)

Services
Cheap QSL Cards Hal offers great cards and excellent customer service.
Repeaterbook.com An excellent database of worldwide repeaters. Analog and digital, plus much more.

Software / Hardware
Fedora Linux
CentOS Linux
Ubuntu Linux
XEphem Actually an astronomy program, but can be used to generate 2D and 3D satellite views
GPredict Satellite prediction software and rig control
Chrome
Chromium
Android
Nexus Tablet
PocketSat Satellite prediction for Android
Opera Browser

Programming

Programming your HT can be wearisome, especially if you have lots of memory channels.  Manufacturers can charge quite a bit for their cables and programming software.  As a Linux user, I cannot run most, if not all, of the commercial software out there, unless I run Wine, but then I might as well just run Windows.  And that is a choice I have made.  But, of course, the Linux community comes through.  I currently use Chirp to program my radios.  This package is compatible with a wide variety of radios.  Check out the web site:

Chirp

Chirp is also cross platform.

You will also need a cable to program your radio.  An inexpensive one can be found on e-bay:

Programming Cable

I have used these cables on both my FT-60R and FT-817ND radios.  They have worked flawlessly.

73 de Mike, W6GYC

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