Interesting Links and Books

The Internet is filled with useful, informative, and fascinating sites which can greatly enhance our enjoyment of this hobby. The links I have included here are those which I have found to be of benefit to my pursuit of radio, or they are instructional/resource sites which reflect my small attempt to give something back to the hobby. I will attempt to categorize the links for ease of navigation. This will necessitate some overlap,  but I will try to keep this repetition to a minimum. As this is the Internet, links come and go, so I apologize in advance if a link is dead – I will do my best to weed those out as I can!


** Newest Bookmarks (ATV and DATV Links (12.18.18)) **

Amateur TV and Digital ATV really great site for all things ATV. – some outdated info, but lots of good stuff still current Long but interesting info from a guy who really is into DATV – you can kinda skip through some of the intro parts about his background etc. about an hour or so long podcast the website of the aforementioned guy in the podcast – good info British Amateur Television Club – the Brits have been doing this forever, so they know a thing or two! Lots of info, and links to beginning pages, recommended equipment at different levels of interest/expense etc. A simple 5.6 receiver Archive of CQ-TV issues DARA page –

— Local Nets

Newcomers and Elmers Net

— HF Net Listings

Amateur Radio HF Phone Nets Heard in Ohio


— Contest Calendar

WA7BNM Contest Calendar: 8-Day Calendar

Equipment Manuals of all Kinds

— Propagation and Weather

Space Weather

Sunspot Propagation

NZ4O “Weekly” MF/HF/6M Radiowave Propagation Forecast / Solar Cycle 24 / Spaceweather / Amateur Radio VHF Aurora Website / Solar Cycle 24 / Spaceweather / Amateur Radio VHF Aurora WebsiteHF Propagation tutorial

HF Propagation and Solar-Terrestrial Data Website


Basics of Radio Wave Propagation

Introduction to Propagation

Ionospheric Propagation Maps |

WSPRnet | Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) coverage area predictions

Unusual HF Propagation Phenomena


Near-Real-Time MUF Map

YouTube: spaceweatherwoman – excellent propagation forecasts

— Antique Radios

obsolete electronic components, electronic components items in store on eBay!

Antique Radio Forums • View topic – fluke 1911a freq counter

Steve’s Test Equipment Shop

TSM articles by KB8TAD

Technical books online


Nostalgia Air

Capacitor uF – nF – pF Conversion Chart

Restoration of Valve Communications Receivers

Adrian’s Site Downloads – Manuals, Schematics & Articles : Hickok Microvolt Generator model 191X

NJ7P SQL Tube Database Query

American Radio History: Documenting the History of Radio TV and FM broadcasting

KF5CZO: PACO C-25 Capacitor Tester

EICO 628 Vacuum Tube (Valve) Emission Tester

Eico Tube Testers – Tone Lizard

TubeSound » Blog Archive » Classic emission tube testers

— Radio

Digital Modes Samples

Raspberry Pi running WSPR

Raspberry Pi and Amateur Radio (there may be some overlap)

N5DUX Ham Tools ***

Running WSPR on Raspberry Pi ***

History of Telecommunications

Dave’s Radio Receiver Page – N9EWO – Traffic Cameras, Traffic Video, Live Traffic Cams

Southgate Amateur Radio News

AD5X Articles

KB2VGH Website

Radio amateur activities of ON4SKY, LX4SKY

Welcome to – Your beginner’s guide to shortwave radio

A few radio reviews (shortwave and other)

MONIX Military Monitoring

Crystal Radio Page

regenerative radio receivers

MONIXWeb – Scanner Frequencies and Information for Cincinnati and Dayton

Grandad’s Electronics

The College Amateur Radio Club Association



Jill’s DX440 / ATS803-A Page

Magna Shortwave Database


Technical books online by FM and TV DX


Amateur Radio

Strong Signals – Radio Monitoring At Its Finest

Strong Signals – Sony ICF-SC1PC First Impressions

Battery Tech Central – Alinco Radio Batteries

Ham Radio Manual Sources

GE Ham News

LMR Coaxial Antenna Cable for Ham, CD & WFI | Times Microwave LMR400

swan manuals


Antennas Radios Amplifiers Baluns and Receiving Systems for HF

The WireMan – Products for Amateur & Professional Radio since 1976

All Electronics | Electronic and Electro-Mechanical Parts and Supplies at Discount PricesFair Radio Sales Company, Inc. – CatalogKV5R: Icom IC-706MkIIG Mods and Tips

SSTV Easypal and MMSSTV

Bell System Technical Journal, 1922-1983

Summits On The Air – Welcome to SOTA!

Yaesu CAT Interfaces [CT62]

Display Reception Reports

APRS Paths And Digipeating 101

Kuhne electronic | TR 222 H

electronics tutorials for newcomers learn basic electronics for free

Absolutely Amateur Radio

W8AK Repeaters

MTS UPDATE 706 & Help Page

Ham Radio VideosTE Systems — Electronic Equipment

Taming A Hot Brick By Paul Bock, K4MSG

W7AIA, TrainingW3OI Radio Club

Howeth: Table of Contents (1963)

Technical books online

Update your FT-817, FT-857, or FT-897 with the new 60 meter channel | Right AnglesCW Academy – Resources

OTR.Network Library (The Old Time Radio Network)

MFJ 259 antenna analyzer calibration, problems, and service warnings

Fox River Radio League

Worldwide HAM Radio QSL Website – Rankings – All Sites

E-skip, tropospheric ducting and other VHF propagation phenomena « Engineering Radio

Shortwave schedules around the world with frequencies in kHz and distance calculator

Realistic DX-160

Commercial Element 1 | NC4FB Amateur Radio

rtl-sdr – OsmoSDRAntique Electronic Supplydownloadwacars

Upconverter – opendous – MF/HF Converter for Receivers – Open Hardware designs and related works by Opendous Inc. – Google Project Hosting

Low cost Software Defined Radio (SDR) Panorama |

Baofeng UV-5R Baofeng UV5R F-11 UV5RA UV5RC UV5R+ UV5RAX

Butler County VHF Association, Ohio


K1IW Amateur Radio Repeater and Broadcast Transmitter Database Websearch

Winpack – The World of Free Packet Software Amsterdam (Downloads)

AmericanRadioHistory.Com – Documenting the History of Radio TV and FM broadcasting

Find Web Deals Online For Tools at Micro Mark

The Best Amateur Radio and Shortwave Apps for iOS and Android smart phones | The SWLing Post

Utility Monitoring Central

CCrane Radio EP Technical Page

YouTube: Thomas Witherspoon – Radio Reviews etc. – “how-to” and equipment reviews in French and English

YouTube: MFJ Enterprises – Amp Info

YouTube: Rob Wagner – Radio and Electronics

YouTube: Sandydiesel – Digital Modes

— General Shortwave

The NDB List Information Page

Bulgarian DX blog: Frequency change of Radio New Zealand International in English

Echo Charlie Pirates | Radio Pirates | Echo Charlie SW Listeners

Prime Time Shortwave – Your guide for English shortwave broadcasts

BROADCAST – Chelmsford Calling NetworkShort Wave HeavenMedia Network Vintage Vault


The Shortwave Radio Audio Archive


— Internet “Shortwave”

— Milcom

Utility Planet

Russian Navy Callsigns | planesandstuff

— Air Monitoring

AirNav: KCVG – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

planeplotter / VDL mode 2

U.S. VHF Channels

— DX Stuff

– – web dx cluster

432 Mhz and Above EME Newsletters by K2UYH (W6/PA0ZN)

NG3K Amateur Radio Contest/DX Page

Short-Wave Frequency Schedule for BBC in ENGLISH at 05:37GMT

GoodDX – Home of the DXrobot

NCDXF Home Page

DX World – Ham Radio news for real DXers – Free DX Resource for all Radio Amateurs

DxCoffee – Hamradio Magazine – News, insights and everything about Amateur Radio

— Electronics

Basic Electronics – New!

Electronics Tutorials – New!

Maker Pro

Electronics 101 theory course FREE online basic – advanced

Frequency Meter / Frequency Counter 10Hz-60MHz

Learning about Electronics

Double Superheterodyne Radio Receiver :: Radio-Electronics.Com

Build a 1000 MHz RF Spectrum Analyzer Inexpensively

MDS975 – “Making A Transistor Radio” by George Dobbs

Open Directory – Recreation: Radio: Amateur: Homebrew

602 mixer

WM2U’s Soundcard Interfacing Schemes

YouTube: Mr. Carlson’s Lab

YouTube: Afrotechmods – Fun With Electronics

YouTube: All American Five Radios

YouTube: Bandersentv – Some Electronics Videos

YouTube: Dennis Carter – Basic Electronics Videos

YouTube: EEVBlog – One of the Best Electronics Blogs Around

YouTube: electronicsNmore – General Electronics and Projects

YouTube: GBPPR2 – Ham Radio and Electronics

YouTube: Jeri Ellsworth – She has a lot of nice electronics videos here

YouTube: mjlorton – using test equipment

— Antennas

VK5AJL – Why buy baluns – make your own.

Ham Radio Site – <BALUN SELECTION>

Active antennas – MARTIN – G8JNJ

PPT – Antenna Modeling for Beginners PowerPoint Presentation – ID:2640065

Angle of Radiation – What is it? ***

160 Meter 8 Foot Diameter Balanced Coaxial Receive Loop Antenna By NZ4O

450 Ohm Slim Jim Antenna Project by KE4NU

 Antenna Theory


Basics of antennas

End Fed Zepp Antenna – QRZ Forums

Field DeploymentFox Hunting Homebrew

G0KYA’s Amateur Radio BlogG3USF’s Worldwide List of HF Beacons

G4NSJ AMATEUR RADIO HOMEPAGEHam Radio Blog – IW5EDI |  Assembling GAP Titan DX Antenna

How to build a tuned loop antenna – Ham Radio Library

KU4AB.COM – 6 meter Horizontals

Magnetic Loop Antennas, Magnetic Loop Info, How to Build A Magnetic Loop, W2BRI Loops

Martin E. Meserve – K7MEM – Inverted V Antenna Design

N2CKH Amateur Radio Software™

Neets Module 10-Introduction to Wave Propagation, Transmission Lines, and Antennas

Pocket Loop Antenna by

Publication List

Quad Amateur Antenna PDF | Download Free Ebook Quad Amateur Antenna

Radio Station of Roger J. Wendell – WB�JNR (WB0JNR)

Random length wire

Random Wire Antennas – Best Lengths To Use For Random Wire

Tactical Link Systems

The art of noise nulling — antenna special on

Variable Capacitors


W5GI Website – D3 Antenna

Wire Sizes for Antennas



Small antennas and radiation resistance

What tuners do

Easy Ten A simple 80 Meter CW Transmitter Using A 2N3904.

Shortwave America: Antenna Designs, Reviews, and Tutorials

The BUXCOMM J-pole Handbook

Free Yagi Antenna Designs for Ham Radio

SHOP | Loops – N – More

Antenna Projects and Notes

AT&T Archives: Similarities of Wave Behavior – AT&T Tech ChannelTracking Solar Flares

NorCal QRP Club – NorCal Doublet Antenna

NorCal QRP Club – Crappie Antenna

EA6VQ – Get ready for 2m MoonBounce communications

Active Antenna Amplifier Ham Kit

To Reading Rooms

IBP Beacon Reception

The Amateur Radio Operator Antenna Basics Handbook

Math, Physics, and Engineering Applets

All Ununs – Greater than 50 ohms – Balun Designs

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— Blogs

The Intimate Audio Gadget | The Radio Kitchen

SWLing Blog

Books (Internet Searches on the Titles should turn up multiple sources)

Back Issues & books – The MagPi MagazineThe MagPi Magazine

— ARRL Handbook – (not necessarily the latest edition) the gold standard for encyclopedic information about amateur radio; multiple years

— ARRL Antenna Book – same as above, but focused on all things antennas

— Radio Communications Handbook (RSGB) – the British equivalent of ARRL Handbook, again older editions are quite good

— ARRL Hints and Kinks (8 Collections so far) – these are short topics with suggestions and problem-solving ideas (get ‘em used!)

— Antenna Classics series from ARRL – culled from articles in QST over the years, such as wire antennas, Yagis, verticals, etc.

— ARRL Operating Manual – good for exploring the world of amateur radio

— The Worldwide Listening Guide by John Figliozzi – absolutely excellent SWL reference with not just stations, but program guides

— Building Successful HF Antennas – Peter Dodd RSGB; considered an expert and has been writing a column for their publication for years

— Antennas Mastered – Peter Dodd

— The New Shortwave Propagation Handbook – George Jacobs, et al. – excellent book on propagation for HF; shouldn’t overlook books on shortwave radio since our HF bands are in the same parts of the spectrum

–Art of Electronics – great practical resource for understanding circuit design from a not-so-technical standpoint

— Rider’s Perpetual Troubleshooters Manuals – these and many other older public domain books may be found online for download at such places as:

— Oscilloscope Guide – BK Electronics – basic How-To for using oscilloscopes

— Radio Antenna Engineering

— Electronics Experimenter’s Manual

— A Course in Radio Fundementals

— A Beginner’s Guide to Radio by F. J. Camm – 27 lessons on radio basics

— RCA 3-volume books on Tubes – comparisons and alternatives

— Amateur Radio Essentials – RSGB Publication – excellent short articles on various aspects of theory and projects to build

— Elimination of Electrical Noise – RSGB Publication

— Reflections III – Excellent book on feedlines and how waves travel between the radio and the antenna

— Novel Antennas – RSGB Publication for interesting antennas which can work in small/unusual spaces

— Hart Reviews – RSGB Publication concerning various equipment reviews from the last 20 years or so, more details than just specs and features

— Beginner’s Guide to Reading Schematics

— Successful Wire Antennas

— UHF/Microwave Experimenter’s Handbook

— Satellite Handbook – ARRL Publication

— Propagation and Radio Science – ARRL Publication

— Antenna Physics – An Introduction — ARRL Publication

Be sure to check out the online shops of both the ARRL and The RSGB: