Amateur Radio encompasses many different organizations, modes of operation and opportunities for the newly licensed ham. Whether you're interested in digital modes, emergency preparedness, Morse code operation, civil emergency service, space weather and the effects on propagation, antenna designing and modeling, satellite operations, there is something for everyone. The links below are to direct you to web sites that will introduce you to this fascinating hobby.
These links only scratch the surface of what's available to you after you receive your license. The best part of our hobby is that it continues to expand and grow and is often the leading edge of technology.
ARRL.ORG The Amateur Radio Relay League. Considered by many as the parent organization for amateur radio.
AMSAT.ORG Launches and maintains the ham radio communities' fleet of satellites.
ARES Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ARISS Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.
CQ "CQ" is hamspeak for "calling any station". It's also a monthly publication about ham radio.
D Star Icom's digital radio format.
Echolink The most popular Internet linking method.
eHam.NET General amateur radio news, classified ads and equipment reviews.
IARU International Amaeur Radio Union. Helps regulate frequencies worldwide and promotes new amateur bands.
FISTS Dedicated to the preservation of morse code.
IRLP Internet Radio Linking Project. The first project to use voice over the internet to interconnect radios.
MARS Military Affiliate Radio System. A civil auxillary who assist the military with communications/
NCDXF/IARU Worldwide beacon project administered by California hams. Beacons are used to check
band and path openings and operate 24 X 7.
QRZ.COM General amateur radio news. Also has a database you can use to look up other hams by call sign
and practice test for all amateur radio exams.
RACES Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services
Radioteletype Yahoo group. Use free software and your computer for this traditional operating mode.
PSK 31 A fairly new, but very popular, low-power digital mode. Requires free software and a computer.
SKY WARN A resource for storm spotters. Help relay vital information before and during weather disasters.
Space Weather The latest news on sunspot activity and propagation forecasts.
TARP Tuscon Amateur Radio Program. A club that focuses primarily on packet radio.
WinLink A global radio email and emergency communications system.
WWV The National Institue of Standards radio broadcast. Great for checking frequencies, time
Fox Hunting Radio direction finding. The sport of Kings!