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I never REALLY understood Part 15 until I found this article by the ARRL.

AMATEUR ULS License Search

Here is the latest Part 97 update directly from the FCC

Jump Kits

ARRL's Hambands
in color PDF

Ready Kits

ICS213 Form


Licensing & Testing

W1AW ARRL DX Bulletins

Tour the abandoned Russian 'Duga 3' "Woodpecker" Antenna Array

Amateur Radio Today
Video with Walter

Jeff (K4LMP's)
Web Site

Radio Mods
Radio Direction Finding
KWARC's Dipole Calculator
Ohm's Law Calculator

Interactive Map

Official US Time

RadioReference Dot Com



Here is the 2014-2018 Tech Pool
in pdf format with the
CORRECT ANSWERS highlighted.

Right-click on any link and select
"Save Link As"
to save the question pool on your local drive.

Here is the question pool with only the correct answers for
General Class in .pdf format for July 1st, 2015.

Below is the Extra Class Question Pool with only the correct answers. The Diagrams are also included in this self extracting Archive.

Here is the Extra Class Question Pool
that went into effect July 1, 2012.

So, you think it's too tough to get a Ham Radio License?
Press play and listen to Denzel for 4 and a half minutes.
So, tell me again about how you can't do it?

Here's a good source of Amateur Radio News.

Be sure you check out THIS article!

The Internet Archive website has every edition of 73 Magazine archived. Feel free to click on the logo above and get lost for days reading and reliving the experience! You newer Hams will find out that Baofeng hasn't always existed! People actually had to BUILD their equipment back in the "good old days!" Also, make sure you check out the prices in some of the ads from back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. $25.00 radios didn't exist back then! Whatever you do, enjoy this journey back in time and share the link with your family and friends. They'll get a kick out of it too!

Click on the image above to see another awesome J-Pole design.

Want to learn Morse Code?
Here's a good place to start!

Interested in obtaining a vanity callsign?
Click HERE to read all about it!
Thanks to our friend Steve Robeson, K4YZ (SK)
for posting this article on facebook!

Weather for Kingsport, Tennessee

FCC Callsign Database

Amateur radio license plates

These plates are available to owners or lessees of passenger motor vehicles who are residents of the state of Tennessee and who hold an un-revoked and un-expired official amateur radio license issued by the FCC.

The annual fee for automobiles is $46.50. If the applicant is a member of emergency or rescue squad or ARES, the annual fee is $21.50.

The annual fee for motorcycles is $39.50. If the applicant is a member of emergency or rescue squad or ARES, the annual fee is $14.50.

Personalized Amateur plates are not available.

The registration is authorized under the emergency category but has a separate plate. The application for Amateur Radio license plates must be supported with a copy of the FCC Amateur Radio license submitted to the Vehicle Services Division.

To apply for Amateur radio license plates, download the application form HERE then fill it out and mail it in. After sending the application in you will receive a confirmation by mail from the state in about 2 weeks.

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the plates to be made and delivered to your county court clerk's office.

This Information courtesy of: Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Did you know?

YOU can renew your own FCC Amateur Radio license for FREE.

Except for the fees involving Vanity licensing,
all FCC Amateur Radio license application and renewal actions are FREE.

You now have the OPTION from the FCC website to continue recieving a
paper license or downloading your license in pdf and printing it out yourself.

However, you might prefer a license that you can customize yourself.

For that, go to Dean Gibson's
Amateur Radio Tools Webpage.

Also, if you're interested in saving your license as a .jpg image, you can use the snipping tool
that comes with Windows. (It's located under Windows Accessories in the Start Menu).

For you PREPPER types, here is the
Standardized Amateur Radio
Prepper Communications Plan

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This is the link to the
latest version of CHIRP.

If your radio programming cable doesn't work,
try this before you get pissed and just throw it away!
It is likely that there is nothing wrong with it.
Try installing the older drivers first.

These are the Prolific Chipset drivers
for newer programming cables.

Curious? Read The following Notes-

After downloading the above file, run it.
(Don't worry, it's safe - I created it myself.)

You'll find a folder appropriately named
"PROLIFIC DRIVERS" on your desktop.
Open that folder & run the correct
executable file for your Operating System.

After you've run the corrrect exe for your Operating System, plug in your cable, and go to the CONTROL PANEL. Open the DEVICE MANAGER and look for the Prolific USB to Serial adapter (IT'S LOCATED UNDER COM AND LPT PORTS) that has an exclamation next to or over the icon for that device (It should stand out rather noticably). Double click on that device. In the box that pops up, click on the driver tab at the top. Now click on update driver and select Browse my computer for driver software. On the next screen, click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. You will see at least two (perhaps more) drivers available - they will all have dates associated with them.
Select the OLDEST one (circa: 2009) and then click next.
Wait for Windows to do its thing, and-

You now have a working cable for your radio!

FYI: The drivers that Windows will automatically install from the internet are specifically designed to not let your programming cable work if it doesn't have the original manufacturer's chipset inside.

This was done by the Prolific Corporation in an
embarrassing attempt to force customers to buy only THEIR chipsets.
And now you know - The rest of the story!

Have fun programming!

Click here to view
(or right click and save)
these instructions.

Check out:
The K5EHX repeater search.
Enter your callsign, or just about any other
info about your location and this site will
come back with a list (along with a map!) of most
repeaters that are within range for you.

Thoughts on the "Mystery" Antenna
By Gene Hinkle, K5PA

Click HERE for the J-Pole handbook!

Build your own 2 meter
bi-directional gain antenna!

HERE is a good way
to make a JPole for
Emergency use!

Here is a nice
J-Pole Calculator!

North America Radio Beacons
LF/MF Radionavigation Stations

W3WVG Amateur Radio Software

Click HERE

to download the last FREE version of HRD

Dipoles for Dummies!
Click HERE for the ARRL ARES Newsletter

How to work amateur radio satellites with your handheld radio!

If you have a Pro 96, Pro 97 or Pro 99 scanner,
Don Starr has released 180 day license keys
for these programs.
Click Here to view these keys.
The software to program scanners can be found here:
It is worth noting that many
of his programs are free to use.