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Links to interesting stuff, in no particular order

Arduino and Stuff

Parts and Software: http://fritzing.org/home/
 

Kits

Kits for Kids (and big kids): https://www.elenco.com/
 

Who Knew?

Rent a fire tower lookout from the USFS Forest Service: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r1/recreation/?cid=fsp5_030855

 

Fun Sites – interesting to browse

Tubetime: http://tubetime.us
6 Meter stuff (mostly): http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/

 

Power (to run radios)

LiIon batteries, solar panels, chargers – made in SoCal! https://www.bioennopower.com
Battery University
Samlex America some of the best power supplies made. Also used extensively in remote communication systems. Please check out the DC-DC inverters – great for keeping a constant 13.8 V to your HF rig no matter what the battery voltage.

 

Amplifiers

Solid state high power info and kits: http://www.w6pql.com
 

Antennas

6, 2, and 0.07 meter antenna comaprison: http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/6mTable.htm
Loop Fed Array (LFA) the best antenna for 6 meters

 

Tools

Test and Simulate Serial Circuits: https://docklight.de/
 

Surface Mount

 

Suppliers

Digikey: (Fast, in MN): https://www.digikey.com
Mouser: Good for RF parts plus everything else: https://www.mouser.com
Element14: Raspberry Pi HQ: https://www.element14.com/community/welcome
Test equipment, component analyzers: https://www.peakelec.co.uk Distributor: http://www.amascott.com/index.html
Feed line and connectors: https://rfconnection.com
Control head/mic cables: https://www.n2rga.com
Heatsinks: Heatsinkusa.com
Coax, connectors, etc.: https://rfconnection.com
 

WSPR, FT8, WSJT-X, etc.

See Dimension 4 (below) for automatically setting your PC’s clock
 

Radio Propagation

Great site site to run V/UHF coverage plots for repeaters: https://www.ve2dbe.com/english1.html
DX Maps https://www.dxmaps.com
Solar Propagation: http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html

 

Time (Useful stuff for WSJT too)

Verify computer time: https://time.is (you need it to be right!)
Time setting tool: http://www.thinkman.com/dimension4/
Calculate UTC/Time Zones: http://www.timebie.com/std/utc.php
 

Computers

Benchmarks: http://browser.geekbench.com 
Raspberry Pi Universal GPIO: http://wiringpi.com/
Simulator for PDP-11 and others: https://skn.noip.me/pdp11/pdp11.html
 

Radio History

Historic radios:  http://www.radioblvd.com
WEAU tower collapse: https://youtu.be/9fO8f_Qu3ls
 

Publication Archive

Free Ham Publications http://www.n5dux.com/ham/pubs/
 

Audio Processing / Analysis

Audio schematics, projects, and information: https://sound-au.com
 

FCC

Equipment Authorization Search: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/GenericSearch.cfm
Enter “Yaesu” for Applicant Name, select an appropriate date range, then select “Start Search”. Note that the “upper frequency” column represents the highest frequency the device can RECEIVE.
 
Looking for a new call sign?: http://radioqth.net/
 

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