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Ham Radio 101

Or: "Getting started in Ham Radio"

Video: "Ham Radio - Ancestor of the Internet"

Ham Radio - Ancestors of the Internet from Mark Svoboda on Vimeo.

 

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-MailRadio(s)
Brad MitchellN8YGBrockport n8yg@yahoo.comTen Tec
Tim MageeWB2KAOGreece585-704-5747timwb2kao@aol.comKENWOOD
Dave TimmonsW2DSTN Greece585-392-6729dstimmons@gmail.comYAESU
Don KiserAC2EVN Greece585-613-1035dkiser100@gmail.comELECRAFT K3
Dan WaterstraatW2DEWHenrietta585-582-1149higreen@rochester.rr.comELECRAFT - YAESU FUSION
Duane FregoeK2SIOgden585-594-4945k2si@arrl.netYAESU
Tim BrownWB2PAYOgden585-750-2087tjbrown@rochester.rr.comYAESU - KENWOOD
Peter SchuchWB2UAQPerinton585-421-2829pschuch@rochester.rr.comICOM
Bill KasperkoskiWB2SXYPittsford585-381-6553wb2sxy@arrl.netICOM
Dave CarlsonKA2OQZBatavia585-704-4169kdcarlso@gmail.com ICOM

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.

NETDAYTIMEFREQUENCYREPEATERECHOLINKIRLP
       
ROC City NetSunday7:30 PM145.110 - (PL 110.9)WR2AHLWR2ROC-R8058
Ontario County ARES/RACES NetSunday8:00 PM145.450 - (PL 110.9)W2ONT  
Wayne County ARES NetSunday8:35 PM146.685 - (PL 71.9)WA2EMO  
The AWA NetMonday7:00 PM145.110 - (PL 110.9)WR2AHLWR2ROC-R8058
The Radio Wave NetMonday7:30 PM146.655 – (PL 110.9)WR2ROC  
Rochester VHF Group 2M NetMonday9:00 PM144.260  (USB)Simplex  
Western District Net (ARRL NTS)Monday9:30 PM146.640 - (PL 0.0)K2XZ  
Western District Net (ARRL NTS)Tues - Sun9:30 PM145.390 - (PL 0.0)K2XZ  
Orleans County NetTuesday9:00 PM145.270 - (PL 141.3)WA2DQL  
ROC City NetWednesday8:00 PM3.826  (LSB)Simplex  
Monroe County ARES/RACES Net (1)Thursday8:00 PM146.610 - (PL 110.9)N2MPE  
XRX ARC Net (2)Thursday8:00 PM145.290 – (PL 110.9)W2XRX  
Rochester VHF Group 6M NetThursday9:00 PM50.200 (USB)Simplex  
Wyoming County ARES NetSaturday12:00 PM147.315 + (PL 141.3)WA2CAM  
Livingston County NetSaturday8:00 PM147.030 + (PL 110.9)AA2GV  
(1) Every Thursday except meeting night which is typically the 4th Thursday of the month
(2) Net meets the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month

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: December 26, 2016  Webmaster@RochesterHam.org