Other web resources about amateur radio
Radio amateurs have been quick to embrace the internet. Many thousands of webpages now provide information about almost any aspect of amateur radio.
There are several well known web-rings focussing on amateur radio websites. The Australian Amateur Radio webring has over a hundred web pages set up by Australian radio amateurs, including this VKFAQ site. You can follow automatic links from one site to the next, using the Next and Previous links in the Webring table on the home page of each site. The VKFAQ home page includes links to other sites in the Australian Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio World webrings.
You can also go to the home page of Ringsurf which hosts the software and database driving the webrings. Once you are there, use the search facilities to find webrings related to any subjects you wish.
For newcomers to Amateur Radio in Australia, Peter Parker VK3YE maintains VK3YE's Gateway to Amateur Radio. This site for the newcomer to amateur radio, contains many in-depth articles on various facets of the hobby. Information on becoming licensed, constructional projects, operating and equipment is also provided.
What internet newsgroups cover amateur radio?
Internet newsgroups tend to cover topics of broad amateur interest. Examples include general amateur radio topics in a particular country, antennas, digital communication and amateur equipment.
The Australian newsgroups are
- aus.radio.amateur.misc which replaced the aus.radio newsgroup around July 95. The aus.radio newsgroup originally started out as a mailing list, ar-list, which was started by Dave Horsfall VK2KFU, some time around 1987.
- aus.radio.amateur.digital, for the discussion of digital modes, including packet radio
- aus.radio.amateur.wicen, which carries messages re WICEN
International newgroups covering amateur radio include
- rec.radio.amateur.antenna: US based group discussing antennas
- rec.radio.amateur.digital.misc:US based, re digital communications via amateur radio
- rec.radio.amateur.equipment: US based, re radio equipment, commercial
- rec.radio.amateur.homebrew: US based, re home made equipment, kits and other
- rec.radio.amateur.misc: US based, discusses a wide variety of subjects
- rec.radio.amateur.packet: US based, re packet radio via amateur radio
- rec.radio.amateur.policy: US based, on licence conditions and some specifically US issues
- rec.radio.amateur.space: US based, re space communications
- uk.radio.amateur: UK based, covers a wide range of subjects.
- rec.radio.amateur.dx: US based, supposedly about DXing (long distance radio contacts) but contains lots of noise.