McMinn County Amateur Radio
Helps & Software Page
This page contains links to some handy helps
and software for hams! Feel free to download!
*NEW* Can't run
ladder line because it is too close to your house? See this link.
Huge Website of Grounding info! http://www.solacity.com/Lightning.htm
This site is a
compendium of links that pertain to radio of all types.
This web site checks
for QSL info on over 60 sites and can also calculate postage. See
TN Ham License Plate
form! Jerry, NE4L, has provided a pdf formatted form of the TN
Ham License Plate application, that you can fill out all of the
blanks except the signature, then print it out to take to your
County Court Clerk's office. See http://www.mcminnarc.com/helps/TN_Ham_Tag_Form.pdf
BRYCE K. ANDERSON,
K7UA has written an excellent resource named “THE NEW
DXER’S HANDBOOK”. You can download a personal copy
(with his permission) at
It is about a 1MB download.
Meeting People with
Ham Radios - Page with links to ham radio groups and info.
So, you want to put
up a really long all band loop antenna (a "Skywire")? See
and scroll down to N4KC's Skywire Horizontal Loop
Great resource on
grounding practices from PolyPhaser. http://www.protectiongroup.com/Utility/Knowledge-Base
Good article on trap
and coil loss in antennas. Is about verticals, but the info
applies to many situations. http://www.bencher.com/pdfs/00816ZZV.pdf
Do you need to cipher (aka figure, calculate, estimate, etc) some type of equation? See this site: http://www.calculatoredge.com/
Putting in a new
220V outlet for that new amp? Or, trying to figure out which wire
goes where on a GFI? See http://www.ask-the-electrician.com
putting up a tower? The info on this site is a MUST READ before
you do! http://www.championradio.com/technotes.html
I am about to sell my station! I don't hear nothin' but
noise! Before you do, download and read this... Noise Abatement on HF
10M won't be dead
forever! Build N4NLM's 10M Delta Loop...easy! http://www.mcminnarc.com/helps/10MDeltaLoop.pdf
license study materials FREE! See
Theory Study Guides
for ALL amateur radio tests: Why
buy one? Download what you need from http://www.ncvec.org/ . Click on
"Amateur Question Pools" on the left
Ned Swartz, K1GU works Field Day with the MCARC, and he sent me a very good article on navigating the FCC ULS website for license renewals and update. It is a small pdf file, available at this link http://www.mcminnarc.com/helps/fcculsinfo.pdf . (Right click and "Save As".)
UI-VIEW32 for APRS resource and setup page.
Just can't remember those resistor colors? Click
"here" for a resistor and capacitor
program! (Only 230kb)
What about a web site where you can learn
about or look up all kinds of electronic data? See http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/
Got power line noise? Don't know how to get it
resolved? Here is a good resource: http://www.powerlinenoise.com/
Here is a simple circuit
you can build to use your power supply to charge a 12V back-up
battery and it will automatically change over when the power
fails! Click "here" to
Here is a neat UTC clock
you can download...it looks like this in "window"
mode... and like this minimized in the system
Just click ztime.zip and it
will download. Unzip it to your "C" drive, and put a shortcut to
it in your "Start Up" folder and it will run when you boot up!
Neat little utility and only 89kb!
Need to know how to wire
a mic to your rig? Then click this link... http://homepage.ntlworld.com/rg4wpw/date.html
Got some goodies you would like to give
others? E-mail the webmaster!