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Wes          WS6Z

A few good links are often more useful than a bunch of links.

A bunch of links can be highly useful afterward.

Become a Ham!


First, because it's not that hard!  Regardless of whether you want to get into the hobby for fun, for emergency preparedness or to meet new people, getting started is not hard. There are three levels (Tech, General and Extra), and the bar for the Tech level is quite low and a great way to get started.

As a tech you'll be able to meet lots of interesting people. Being a HAM and talking to local HAM repeaters to a lot of other people is a great way of making friends and finding new people with similar interests.


Study: The easiest way to learn what you need to know is read my my classroom slides about it, web pages about it, listen to a podcast about it, read other presentations about it, read a book about it or attend a class. It doesn't take much studying as a lot of questions are even common-sense.

Practice: Take a practice test to see how close you are!

Take the test: Find a test location, and then go take it! You're frequently allowed to take multiple tests if you want to try for higher levels all in the same day.

Have Fun! Scroll down after the resources section to see what you can get yourself into once you have your license.

Becoming a HAM Resources

Testing Resources
E-HAM Practice Test
Study Guides
Podcast of HAM Class
ARRL Band Summary
VHF Band Plans
HF Band Plans
Frequency Usage DB
10+m 2008 Band Plan
Important Ham Radio Pages
FCC Callsign Interface
Callsign Vanity Info
THE callsign tracking database
Amateur Radio Wiki
Become a storm spotter

Now what?

Ok, I've passed now what?

Now, have fun! There is generally a niche for everyone that will capture your interest. Be it rag-chewing (just talking), contesting (how many people can you talk to in 48 hours), or emergency work (disaster communication support), or something else entirely you'll find some aspect that interests you. Find a local club and their members will be more than happy to help you get started.

What I like doing:

Finding Repeaters
It's time to talk!
Google Earth Repeater Maps
IRLP Nodes
N. CA 2m Repeaters
Groups / News
Never Stop Learning!
Space Weather
#ham Chat Channel
My Login:Yamar
Univ. Radio
Fantastic Information!
Mobile Operator Information
Reported DX-Cluster Maps
Current 6M Propagation
VHF Propagation Map
Combined Solar Number Graph and Cycle
Flash HF Propagation Tutor

Other sites about Wes Hardaker's projects

Sites HAM Radio Projects Groups Misc. Code
Google + WS6Z Net-SNMP Korematsu Elisp
Photographs CQ DNSSEC-Tools MLG Other misc code
Flickr Photos simplex mapping OpenSNMP DavisWiki  
twitter QRZ   Davis CERT team  
Blog Yolo ARES      
Wes Hardaker's Pictures
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Last modified: Sun Feb 7 11:20:24 PST 2010