Ham Radio Internet Resources

Services marked with "*" require an amateur radio license for full access.

Clubs and Organizations

ARRL The American Radio Relay League is the largest organization representing amateur radio operators in the United States.
AMSAT AMSAT, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation designs, builds, and controls a flock of satellites carrying amateur radio.
JARL The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has embarked on a project to create a web presence. Their first page describes the upcoming JAS-2 satellite.
NZART The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters represents Kiwi hams.
TAPR Tucson Amateur Packet Radio is the leading club promoting the development of amateur packet radio on the ground and in satellite applications.
TIARA The Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association holds monthly meetings in English in the Tokyo area. The meetings are on the last Friday of the month, beginning at 1930 JST.
PRUG The Packet Radio Users' Group (PRUG) is the largest ham radio TCP/IP-oriented club in Japan. They maintain a WWW page about their activities. Although the text is Japanese, even with English software you may enjoy some of the pictures available.
Japan JN2MRJ, Mano-san, maintains a listing of other amateur radio clubs in Japan.

Connection to Internet - Packet Radio Gateways

There are a number of gateways that allow access to packet radio networks from the internet. These systems are open to licensed amateur radio operators. Register your interest in using the system during your first connection. Your initial login should be by your callsign, using your name as the password. Send a message to the SYSOP of the system requesting access. Include your callsign, name, EMail address, home packet BBS address (if any), and desired password.

Packet Radio BBS Access by EMail

There are a growing number packet radio BBSes that respond to commands by EMail. Registration of your amateur radio license and EMail address are required. Complete usage details will be mailed in response to your registration.

FTP Archive Sites


Information on receiving postings for many of these groups is available from LISTSERV@ucsd.edu. In the body of your first message, place the two lines:


Mailing Lists

There are a large number of ham radio related mailing lists. One of them may cover an area of special interest to you. In most cases, to "subscribe" you send EMail to "listname"-request@host with the body of your message containing the line:
SUBSCRIBE listname
               ADDRESS                     MESSAGE BODY
ARRL Letter    listserv@netcom.com         subscribe letter-list
Contests       cq-contest-request@tgv.com  subscribe {address}
DX             dx-request@ve7tcp.ampr.org  subscribe {address}
QRP            listserv@lehigh.edu         subscribe qrp-l
Networking     listserv@tapr.org           join netsig
Newsline       listserv@netcom.com         subscribe newsline-list
Packet BBSes   listserv@tapr.org           join bbssig
TCP/IP         listserv@ucsd.edu           subscribe tcp-group {address}
ARRL VE Info   listserv@netcom.com         subscribe arrl-ve-list
W1AW bulletins listserv@netcom.com         subscribe w1aw-list
FTP to other mailing list archives

QSL Information

QSL information is available by sending EMail to qsl-info@aug3.augsburg.edu. Simply include the DX callsigns of interest in the body of the message.

There is also a WWW QSL information service at: http://promet12.cineca.it/htlzh/qsl.html

US/Canadian Callbook Callsign Lookup

To look up a Canadian or United States callsign, just enter CALL callsign (example: CALL AI8A). Use the QUIT command when you are finished.

Becoming a US Ham

Information on obtaining a US amateur radio license is available by sending EMail to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). In the body of your message, put the lines:
US amateur radio licensing exams are held world-wide by teams of accredited volunteer examiners.


Comments on this hypertext list of resources can be mailed to 7j1ajh@amsat.org.

73! Jim Tittsler 7J1AJH/AI8A
Last update: 2001.03.16