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Ham Radio 101

Or: "Getting started in Ham Radio"

Video: "Ham Radio - Ancestor of the Internet"

 

Local Area NetInternet RadioCall Sign LookupHams in Your Neighborhood
Vanity Call SignsLicense & Certificate PrintingQSL CardsHam Radio Podcasts

 

Quick Reference:

US Amateur Radio Bands [PDF]
Rochester NY Area Repeater Listing [PDF]

 

Elmers:

 (People you can contact when you need help with Ham Radio)

NameCall SignAreaPhonee-Mail

Duane Fregoe

K2SI

Ogden

585-594-4945

k2si@arrl.net

Dan Waterstraat

W2DEW

Henrietta

585-582-1149

higreen@rochester.rr.com

Tim Magee

WB2KAO

Greece

585-704-5747

timwb2kao@aol.com

Rick Wells

W2RW

Greece

585-621-7583

w2rw@arrl.net

Peter Schuch

WB2UAQ

Perinton

585-421-2829

pschuch@rochester.rr.com

Len Crellin

KC2PCD

Perinton

585-267-9805

kc2pcd@rochester.rr.com

Bill Kasperkoski

WB2SXY

Pittsford

585-381-6553

wb2sxy@arrl.net

Tim Brown

WB2PAY

Greece

585-621-3017

wb2pay@arrl.net

Brad Mitchell

N8YG

Brockport

585-637-6872

n8yg@yahoo.com

 

Local Area Nets

There are many local nets in and around the Rochester, NY area.  The nets are always looking for new check-ins so give it a try.

Net

Day

Time

Frequency

Repeater

Echolink

 

 

 

 

 

 

WA2MYG Memorial Newbie Net

Sunday

4:00 PM

146.880 - (PL 110.9)

K2RRA

K2RRA-R

ROC City Net

Sunday

7:30 PM

145.110 - (PL 110.9)

WR2AHL

WR2AHL-R

Monroe County ARES/RACES Net

Thursday

9:00 PM

146.610 - (PL 110.9)

N2MPE

 

ROC City Net (80 Meters)

Wednesday

8:00 PM

3.825 (+/-)

Simplex

Ontario County ARES/RACES Net

Sunday

8:00 PM

145.450 - (PL 110.9)

W2ONT

 

Wyoming County ARES Net

Saturday

12:00 PM

147.315 + (PL 141.3)

WA2CAM

 

Western District Net

Sun - Sat

9:30 PM

145.170 - (PL 110.9)

K2ISO

 

Central NY Traffic Net

Sun - Sat

9:00 PM

147.000 - (PL 71.9)

W2QYT

W2QYT-R 

Livingston County ARES Net

Tuesday

7:30 PM

147.030 + (PL 110.9)

W2COP

 

Orleans County Net

Tuesday

9:00 PM

145.270 - (PL 141.3)

WA2DQL

WA2DQL-R 

Rochester VHF Group 2M Net

Monday

9:00 PM

144.260  (USB)

Simplex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Radio

Internet radio is a great way for new hams to reach other states and countries beyond the local 2M VHF range.  It is also handy to use when the HF bands are not cooperating.  All you need is a Technician license to use some of the programs noted below. 

Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP)............ 

www.irlp.net

EchoLink .........................................................

www.echolink.org

QsoNet ............................................................

www.qsonet.com

eQSO ..............................................................

www.eqso.org

HamSphere ....................................................

www.hamsphere.com

InterACE ..........................................................

www.g4xgt.co.uk/interace-sstv.htm

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Call Sign Lookup

QRZ ..............................

www.qrz.com

WM7D ..........................

www.wm7d.net

QRZCQ………………..

http://qrzcq.com/

HamQTH………………

http://www.hamqth.com/

FCC ..............................

http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp

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Vanity Call Signs

If you get tired of your current call sign and feel the need to change then the two web sites below are good places to start.

Radio QTH ...................http://www.radioqth.net/

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License & Certificate Printing

AE7Q License Generator ..............................http://www.ae7q.net/Generate.php
Radio QTH License Certificate Creator ......http://www.radioqth.net/certificate.aspx

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QSL Cards

Making the contact is half the fun.  The other half is confirming the contact.  Confirmations can be done by exchanging QSL cards via the mail or electronically via the web at "Logbook of the World" or "eQSL".

Logbook of the World .....................................http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
eQSL ................................................................http://www.eqsl.cc
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service ........................http://www.arrl.org/outgoing-qsl-service
ARRL Incoming QSL Service ........................http://www.arrl.org/incoming-qsl-service

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Ham Radio Podcast

Here are some educational and entertaining ham radio related podcasts available on the internet. 

QSO

http://www.tedrandall.com

The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast

http://myamateurradio.com

Radio Amateur Information Network

http://www.therainreport.com

Amateur Radio Newsline

http://www.arnewsline.org

ARRL Audio News

http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news

Soldersmoke

http://soldersmoke.com

Linux in the Ham Shack

http://lhspodcast.info/

ICQ Podcast

http://www.icqpodcast.com

HamNation  (Video)

http://twit.tv/hn

Ham Radio Now  (Video)

http://arvideonews.com/hrn/

HQA Radio  (Video)

http://www.hqaradio.com/

AmateurLogic.TV  (Video)

http://www.amateurlogic.tv/

K7AGE You Tube  (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/user/K7AGE

 

 

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Ham Radio Vendors

This is a small list of ham radio equipment vendors from across the country.  This is not an endorsement for any particular vendor; just an example of what's to be found by Googling "Ham Radio Supplies". 

Amateur Electronic Supplywww.aesham.com
R&L Electronicswww.randl.com
The Ham Stationwww.hamstation.com
Ham Radio Outletwww.hamradio.com
Universal Radiowww.universal-radio.com
GigaPartswww.gigaparts.com
Ham Citywww.hamcity.com
Radio Citywww.radioinc.com
KJI Electronicswww.kjielectronics.com
Texas Towerswww.texastowers.com
MFJ Enterpriseswww.mfjenterprises.com

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Radio Control & Logging Software

Software is available that can be connected to many of the newer HF radios. The software can control the functions of the radio and also log your contacts while automatically recording the frequency, time, and mode.

DXLab                                                            http://www.dxlabsuite.com/
FLdigi                                                            
http://www.w1hkj.com/
Logger32                                                      
http://www.logger32.net/
Ham Radio Deluxe                                     
http://www.hrdsoftwarellc.com/
TRX-Manager                                              
http://www.trx-manager.com/
CommCat                                                     
http://www.commcat.com/

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Logbook Uploading

There are a number of websites where you can upload your logbook. LoTW and eQSL offer awards for confirmed contacts. Other sites are a way to share your logbook with others.

Logbook of the World                                  http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
eQSL                                                             
http://www.eqsl.cc
HRDLog.net                                                 
http://www.hrdlog.net/
QRZ                                                               
http://www.qrz.com/
QRZCQ                                                          http://qrzcq.com/
Club Log                                                       
http://www.clublog.org
HamQTH                                                      
http://www.hamqth.com/
CQ Friends                                                  
http://www.cqfriends.com/
Hamlog.eu                                                   
http://www.hamlog.eu/

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Updated: August 08, 2013  Webmaster@RochesterHam.org