Ham Radio Links

The Band Plan

US Amateur Radio Bands

This full-color chart shows all of all the US amateur radio bands with new band allocations.

ARRL -American Radio Relay League

ARRL Home Page – General information on ham radio news.

ARRL Pacific Division – Links to PD clubs, VE test sessions, Pacificon, Section Managers, and a lot more.

ARRL Sacramento Section (SV) – Check up on all the section news.

ARRL Band Plan – This full-color chart shows all of all the US amateur radio bands with new band allocations.

QST Archives – If you need to find an article that was published in QST, this database allows article searches and downloads of QST articles from 1915 to December 2011. QST issues beginning with January 2012 can be accessed through the digital QST archive link that appears in every issue of digital QST.

Federal Communication Commission

Links to General information concerning Amateur Radio, licensing, rules and regulations, forms and call sign system.

FCC Amateur Radio Service. The amateur radio services are for qualified persons of any age who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. These services present an opportunity for self-training, intercommunication, and technical investigations.

FCC Universal Licensing System. FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) is an easy secure online way to renew your amateur radio license. It contains everything you will need for electronic filing. If you prefer to use the paper method use the NCVEC Form 605 and send it to the GEARS VEC, see the VEC link for information.

FCC License Search. The FCC License Search enables you to search for FCC License information using a wide range of criteria.

FCC Paperless Amateur Radio License Policy. NCVEC Form 605 This form can be used for new license applications and upgrades, license renewals and address, and systematic callsign changes. This form should be submitted to the GEARS VEC, not sent directly to the FCC.

FCC Forms. This site has FCC forms for Amateur Radio.

  • FCC 605: Modify license. Address change. Obtain Duplicate. Renew NON-Vanity License.
  • FCC 159: Request Vanity Call. Include FCC 605 form if you have a vanity call.

FCC Part 97 Rules and Regulations. If you are looking for an up-to-date copy of Part 97, you can find it right here.

Dipole Antennas

Dipole Antenna Calculator – Enter primary operating frequency in Mhz and this handy online calculator will provide details regarding suggested dipole antenna length in feet & inches.

Here are a few links to sources of materials for building dipole antennas (GEARS has neither a relationship nor pecuniary interest in these organizations…just good experiences by members):

  • The Wire Man – A good source for coax, connectors, wire, baluns, and other WIREMAN products.
  • Cable-XPerts.com – A source for Coaxial Cables, RF Cable Assemblies, RF Connectors, and more.
  • Parachute-Cord.com –  A source for the largest selection of parachute cord colors in the industry.

Let’s work together

We are committed to serving our communities, and welcome new opportunities to do so. We are available to–and frequently–provide radio communication support for community activities such as: bike races, charity walks, and other local and regional public events.