The Bacon Station - HAM Tutorials, Reference, and Lessons
Our collection of resources and links relating to amateur radio. We also have subsection of resources by topic when you connect to the topics pages.

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Resources: 90 Topics: 12
Tips: 1 Lessons: 3
Activities: 8 Reference: 8
Utilities: 8

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General Links

FCC Univeral Licensing
Use this site to search and see if your license is posted. You can even login to print out a copy of your license, or look up information for others.
ARRL Hamfests Calendar
A listing of registered HAM Fests
ARRL Store
A great resource for HAM related books and other information for ARRL.

BaoFeng UV-5R

Quick Programming Reference
A quick programming reference guide for these radios.
Channel Worksheet
Worksheet to use when programming this radio. Need to write very small, but helpful when gathering frequencies.
Menu Items (Short List)
A listing for the menu items for this radio
Full Menu with Descriptions
Provided by (KC9HI) Jim Unroe, a full listing of the menu items with some explanations.

Electronic Projects and Programming

Programming language
The ever-growing Arduino community is made up of everyone from hobbyists and students to designers and engineers all across the world.
Ramsay Electronics
Patented portable bench top RF Shielded Test Enclosure was a revolution in RF testing, providing unprecedented visual and hands-on access to equipment in a tightly controlled RF-free test environment.
Seeed Studio
Seeed is a hardware innovation platform for makers to grow inspirations into differentiating products. By working closely with technology providers of all scale, Seeed provides accessible technologies with quality, speed and supply chain knowledge.
Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. We offer a software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering a creative ecosystem that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and layout and manufacture professional pcbs.
Maker products, electronics, supplies, and tools.


Impedance Matching
Article that discusses Impedance Matching
delabs Circuits
delabs and dapj Websites which include some Tech Blogs are centered around Electronics Engineering Technologies. The Focus is on Product Design, Instrumentation and Automation.
RF Cafe
Web based engineering and amateur radio magazine and information
Digi-Key Electronics
World's largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment
Mouser Electronics
Misc. electronic and engineering parts.

HAM Projects

Various technical articles, projects, and reviews
A directory of all things Amateur Radio related including projects and tutorials.
Various build projects and documentation
MOXON Antenna Project
The goal of this website is to share the experiences of MOXON antenna builders everywhere.
AA5TB - The End Fed Half Wave Antenna
Build a half wave, end fed antenna.
VK2TIP Electronic Tutorials
Free comprehensive electronic tutorials.
Adapt Data Solutions - Web-based CRM and Issue Tracking
K1EL Kits
Ham Radio Kits
KC8UNJ Software
Programming software for HT radios

International Space Station

ARISS Website
Website for the (ARISS) Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.
Schedule a Contact
Schedule a contact with the International Space Station. There are certain times when an application window opens that allows schools to apply to schedule a designation time to coordinate communications with an astronaut in space. You have to apply for this privilege.
ISS Tracker
Use this website to track the International Space Station.
Upcoming Contacts
Sometimes schools will broadcast live on the Internet during their scheduled contact with the ISS. Use this list to see the next scheduled contact.
NASA Kid's Club Page
Games, videos, activities and more for kids from NASA.
NASA Spot the Station
Use this website to determine when the ISS will pass over your location.
Internation Space Station (ISS) Official Website
Get the latest news, images, videos and more from humanity's home in orbit -- the International Space Station.
HAM Radio on the ISS
Web page about amateur radio aboard the International Space Station.

Listen On Internet

A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously. SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to different signals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.
Broadcastify - Fire, Police, EMS, Aircraft, Rail
The worlds largest source of Public Safety, Aircraft, Rail and Marine Radio Live Audio Streams.

Logging Software

N3FJP - Amateur Radio Software
From that first program, our software library has grown to more than 100 applications! Amateur Contact Log is an easy to use general logging program that has many great features including tracking of worked all states, counties and countries. The rest of our programs are easy to use "contest specific" applications.
N1MM - Contest Logger
N1MM Logger is the world's most popular ham radio contest logging program. For CW, phone and digital modes, its combination of contest-optimized features is unmatched. The program can be used with Windows XP (sp3) / Vista / Seven / Eight / Ten

On Air Tools and Resources

ARRL Band Plan Guide - Color
ARRL's color coded band guide for all bands. Use this when working the radio so that you stay within the limits of your (and your club's) license.
W5YI - Kenwood - Colored Band Plan
Another colored band plan that you can use when you are on the air. Let's you know the legal spaces for your particular areas for your license.

Open Source Software

Linux Operating System
Main site for Linux
Unbuntu Linux Distribution
Distribution of Unbunto Linux
Harv's Hamshack Hack
Run Linux and all the HAM software directly from this dl CD ISO file.
Live Linux Distribution
A collection of IS files that you can download for Linux
A large collection of Ham Radio Software for Linux.


Near Vertical Incident Scattering Antenna
Information about NVIS Antenna by Dr. Carl O. Jelinek N6VNG (SK)
HF Propagation Primer
A simple HF Propagation Tutorial and Primer
HF Propagation Prediction and Ionospheric Communications Analysis

PSK31 Digital Mode

Reverse Beacon Networks - PSK Reporter And WSPR
Great article on Our Ham Nation that explain PSK Reporter and how Reverse Beacons work.
Visual of Digital Modes
One of the main problems encountered by the newcomer to digital modes (or digimodes as they are known) is how to identify what they are seeing/hearing. This article by G4UCJ explains the different modes and what they look like on the waterfall.
PSK Reporter
Use this website to see if you are being heard out there on the airwaves. The page has documentation on how to use the website. This utility comes in handy if you are not sure if you are getting out correctly or not.
Specs on ARRL Website
Specifications about PSK31 listed on the ARRL website. Discusses in more detail about the protocol and how it works.
Official Website
The "official" website for PSK31. Find links for software download, suggested bands and more.
Wikipedia - PSK31
Wikipedia entry/page for PSK31. Has a lot of information relating to the mode and how to use it.
Top 10 PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 1)
M0JCQ's Ham Blog post about PSK31. Has some great information and an embedded video for more information.

Radio Direction Finding

Homing In Website
A complete website dedicated to the Art and Science of Radio Direction Finding.
ARR Radio Direction Finding
Information about radio direction finding on the ARRL website.
Micro-Fox T-Hunt Transmitters
Byonics website has various electronic projects for amateur radio. You can purchase your fox or T-hunt transmitters already built if you don't want to build your own.

Reference Pages

NOAA Weather Radio
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. is the world's largest radio communications data provider, featuring a complete frequency database, trucked radio system information, and FCC license data.
Repeater Book
Welcome to the best FREE resource for amateur radio repeater information around the world. We have the most up-to-date amateur radio repeater listings (updated by you, our admins, and repeater coordinators). This site is different than others because we use local admins that collect repeater data. is one of the widely used websites for looking up information about amateur radio operators.
All About Circuits
Great resource found by H. Jackson that talks about different types of circuits. Thank you H. Jackson.

SDR Related

W1HKJ Software
Software for fldigi
SDR# - Airspy
Airspy is a popular, affordable SDR (software defined radio) based communication receiver with the highest performance and the smallest form factor.
HDSDR is a freeware Software Defined Radio (SDR) program for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10.
Ham Radio Science
Articles relating to SDR.
Products for SDR

Skywarn Links

Storm Prediction Center
NOAA / National Weather Service
National Skywarn Homepage
Main web page for National Skywarn
National Weather Service (CLE)
National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio
Mahoning County Skywarn
Mahoning County, Ohio Skywarn webpage
The National Center for Atmospheric Research
Real time weather images and data
NWS Norman, OK With Training
National Weather Service in Norman, OK with on-line training.
MetEd Online Training
On-line training for Skywan

Special Event Stations

13 Colonies
July 1 - July 7 - Annual special event that commemorates the 13 original colonies.
2017 KB7QPS Air, Space, and Technology Operating Event
Taking place throughout 2017 (check the website for specific dates) - To commemorate man's historical milestones in air, space, and technology over the last 400 years by operating special event stations and making as many contacts as possible.
Route 66 On the Air
Normally taking place in September, this Special event commemorates Route 66 and you can make contacts with stations along the route.
Search ARRL for Special Event Stations
Search engine on ARRL for registered special events.
CQ Magazine Listings
CQ Magazine listing of special events and hamfests. Mostly hamfests are listed.
WA7BNM Contest Calendar
A comprehensive calendar of various contests and contacts from all over the world.

Student Clubs

Bloomington High School South Amateur Radio Club
School club in Bloomington Indianna
Newton Falls Technology and Multimedia Club (K8TKA)
School club in Newton Falls, Ohio

Youtube Videos (Misc)

NBEMS 01 - Installation & Basic Configuration
Download, install and configure basic settings for FLDigi, FLMsg & FLWrap
AMSAT Education by EMike KC8YLD, 2014 Dayton Hamvention
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD and AMSAT VP for Educational Relations, discusses how K-16 education can assist AMSAT launch satellites, the cooperation between AMSAT, NASA, and the ARRL, and how you can participate in this important work.
The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio in HD
ARRL's new video, "The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio," is an 8-minute video that follows some of the innovative, imaginative and fun ways "hams" use radio technology in new and creative ways. The presentation is directed toward the DIY (do it yourself) movement, which is inspiring a new generation of creators, hackers and innovators. The message should be helpful for existing members to shape the ways they understand and talk about ham radio.
MFJ Presentation: Testing Baluns
An Evening with Martin F. Jue: MFJ's Antenna Analyzers Testing Baluns using the MFJ Antenna Analyzers at Ga Tech, February 25, 2010
Discoving Amateur Radio
An introduction to Amateur Radio and the many possibilities it offers for learning, safety and security, and helping others throughout our world.
Hurricane Katrina Interview and Audio
"When all else fails, this is the system that doesn't." That's what the WRAL-TV reporter says in this interview with ham operator KN4AQ as Hurricane Katrina crosses New Orleans. THEN, a recording of actual Amateur Radio communications bringing an emergency message into New Orleans.

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