Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
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Helpful Links

Quick Operating Reference

ARRL Band Plan:

Color Chart (as of 9/22/2017) (PDF shows allocated frequencies and privileges)

The Considerate Operator’s Frequency Guide (PDF)

ARRL Band Plan (site link)

Local Information:

Rochester NY Area Repeater Listing  (PDF)     (CSV for CHIRP)      (revised 03/09/2023 and 03/09/2023)

Repeater listing compiled by Dave Timmons (W2DST) from data supplied by Jim Stefano (W2COP), 1st Vice-President of the Upper New York Repeater Council (UNYREPCO), Western New York - Southern Ontario Repeater Council (WNYSORC), the ARRL 2014-2015 Repeater Directory, and local users of the repeaters.

Local Area Nets

There are many local nets in and around the Rochester, NY area.  The nets are always looking for new check-ins so give it a try. See our Operating Page for a local nets.

Digital Radio


What is BrandMeister Brandmeister Wiki
BrandMeister Main Page
BM Talk Groups (as of 2021-02-19) PDF   CSV
BrandMeister New York Amateur Repeater Network 

Internet Radio

Internet radio is a great way for new hams to reach other states and countries beyond the local 2M VHF range.  It is also handy to use when the HF bands are not cooperating.  All you need is a Technician license to use some of the programs noted below. 

Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP)

Call Sign Lookup


Vanity Call Signs [ add others]

If you get tired of your current call sign and feel the need to change then the two web sites below are good places to start.

Information on Vanity Call Signs

License & Certificate Printing

AE7Q License Generator
Radio QTH License Certificate Creator

QSL Cards

Making the contact is half the fun.  The other half is confirming the contact.  Confirmations can be done by exchanging QSL cards via the mail or electronically via the web at "Logbook of the World" or "eQSL".

ARRL Incoming QSL Service
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
Logbook of the World

Ham Radio Podcasts

Here are some educational and entertaining ham radio related podcasts available on the internet. 

AmateurLogic.TV  (Video)
Amateur Radio Newsline
ARRL Audio News
Dave Casler
HamNation  (Video)
Ham Radio Crash Course 
Ham Radio Now  (Video)
HQA Radio  (Video)
ICQ Podcast
K7AGE You Tube  (Video)
Linux in the Ham Shack
Radio Amateur Information Network
The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast

Ham Radio Vendors

This is a small list of ham radio equipment vendors from across the country.  This is not an endorsement for any particular vendor; just an example of what's to be found by Googling "Ham Radio Supplies". 

DX Engineering Ham Radio Gear
Five Dash Inc. Kits — SDR
Four State QRP Group Kits — QRP
GigaParts Range of Gear and DIY
Ham City Ham Radio Gear
Ham Radio Outlet Ham Radio Gear
HobbyPCB Kits — HF, VHF, Arduino
KJI Electronics Ham Radio Gear
MFJ Enterprises Antenna, Support Equipment
Pacific Antenna Kits
QRP Labs Lits
QRPme Kits — QRP
R&L Electronics Ham Radio Gear
Radio City Ham Radio Gear
Texas Towers Antennas
The Ham Station New and Used Gear
Universal Radio New and Used Gear

Radio Control & Logging Software

Software is available that can be connected to many of the newer HF radios. The software can control the functions of the radio and also log your contacts while automatically recording the frequency, time, and mode.

Ham Radio Deluxe
Log4OM 2

Logbook Uploading

There are a number of websites where you can upload your logbook. LoTW and eQSL offer awards for confirmed contacts. Other sites are a way to share your logbook with others.

Club Log
CQ Friends
Logbook of the World

Last revised: 03/26/23 12:30 PM

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