This is a list of resources I’ve found useful and would like to keep for reference. I hope others find them useful as well!
Denver/Boulder area clubs
- Rocky Mountain Radio League
- Denver Radio Club
- Denver Radio League
- Boulder Amateur Radio Club
- Longmont Amateur Radio Club
- Rocky Mountain Ham Radio - a sort of “meta club” providing services to other clubs
Other Denver/Boulder area groups and resources
- Colorado ARES R1D6 - Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties
- Colorado ARES R1D3 - Boulder and Broomfield Counties
- Colorado AuxComm - a program of Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management
- Army MARS Region 8
- Edge Of Space Sciences - not a ham group per se, but their scientific balloons are tracked via amateur radio, and many members are hams
- Colorado Connection repeater network - “a unique statewide two meter linked FM radio system with additional coverage into adjacent states”
- Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Clubs - Regional frequency coordinator
- Ham Radio Outlet - physical store in Aurora
- Winlink - radio email service, used heavily in EmComm
- Pat alternative client
- Xastir for viewing and publishing APRS data directly on the Pi
- PiGate for using Winlink on another computer via WiFi
- PiPat, another Winlink over Wifi system
- TNC-Pi - a TNC running on a Raspberry Pi
- Mobilinkd - a portable TNC with Bluetooth
- Digital multi-mode low-power hotspots
- md380tools and md380tools-vm: This looks like a great improvement for the TYT MD-380, but I don’t think it was compatible with the V05.01 hardware that I got. I encountered an analog squelch issue I couldn’t resolve. The md380tools repo is currently based on D013.020. I was able to get the radio working again with stock D015.001.
- Jim Blocker KF5IW continuously updates and publishes a DMR contact list with worldwide coverage from sources like radioid.net, so you can always tell who’s talking.
- Dave Casler KE0OG has a helpful video on setting up the AnyTone D878UV for APRS, because it’s not intuitive (at least, not as a first-time APRS user).
- Since I primarily use Linux and many radio programs are built for Windows, I use Virtualbox to run
Windows as a guest within Linux. There’s a
from François Marier VA7GPL; I had missed the point about the
vboxusersgroup, and it prevented me from attaching USB devices.
Test study aids
- ARRL Technician, General and Extra license manuals for in-depth learning
- ARRL General and Extra license Q&A books for exam cramming
- Roy Watson’s Technician, General and Extra practice exam Android apps
- Practice exams on hamstudy.org
(I’m only linking the products I used personally, but most of these study resources are available for all three exam levels.)