Helpful Links

History of Morse Code
(plus other helpful links on how it’s used and what to do to learn it)

Morse Code History
Morse Code and the Telegraph
Morse Code
The Morse Code with a Short History of How it all Started
The History of Morse Code

CW training software

Code Quick – Master Code In 30 Days, Code quick the fastest way to master code.

Super Morse – “Super Morse is the original comprehensive Morse Code training program for the PC. Super Morse permits the user to learn the Morse characters in a very orderly way using several different methods, including one unique to Super Morse; build speed with special exercises; by WD5CID”

Dmorse & WDmorse – DMORSE freeware teaches Morse Code in simple steps. It is useful both for those starting to learn morse and for those who wish to increase their speed. Dos and Windows versions available.

Ham University – Ham University includes Morse Code lessons, graded exercises, and a game. Windows program for helping you pass your FCC Exams, contains all the questions for all three FCC written exams. You can browse the questions, quiz yourself on your weak areas, or set yourself a mock exam.

LumaLearn – This self paced on-line Technicians examination course has been put together by and for a young ham. Use this course to get prepared for the Technician class Amateur Radio license exam.

On-line/in-person CW Classes

CW Academy – Because not everyone is local to Sacramento or able to attend the W6SFM Beginners CW Morse Code classes we hold twice yearly, we have opted to provide another on-line method where you can turn to. CW Academy provides students with FREE on-line classes and live advisors to practice code with face to face via a web chat program.

SFM ARC offers a 10 week (once per week) in-person  CW Beginners Course in the art of Morse Code. Our course strives to teach what other courses can not, the art of both receiving AND proper sending of Morse Code. Every student is provided with FREE Equipment to use at home and in class. Contact us for more information on this twice annual course.

License training classes

Ham University – Ham University includes Morse Code lessons, graded exercises, and a game. Windows program for helping you pass your FCC Exams, contains all the questions for all three FCC written exams. You can browse the questions, quiz yourself on your weak areas, or set yourself a mock exam.

Ham Test Online – •Online courses for the ham radio license exams. (not free but VERY effective)

Morse Academy – Online documentation and overview about Morse Academy, shareware cw learning software

ARRL – American Radio Relay League

ARRL – Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the USA. Today, with more than 158,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States.

IARU Region 2 Band Plan (effective Sep 27,2013)
Band Plan

Other local clubs

El Dorado County ARC
River City ARCS
Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Mt. Vaca Radio Club
North Hills Radio Club
Placer Amateur Radio Klub
Radio Amateur Mobile Society
Sierra Foothills ARC

Sierra Nevada ARS
SOTARS QCWA Chapter 169
Western Placer ARC
Yolo Amateur Radio Society
Yuba-Sutter ARC

MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

KPH/K6KPH – The Maritime Radio Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of the history of maritime radio communications with special emphasis on the stations and companies of the Pacific coast of the United States. The call sign of the amateur station of the Society, K6KPH, is intended as a tribute the greatest of those stations, the “wireless giant of the Pacific”, KPH.

KIDS & YOUNG ADULTS

Comic Books / Coloring Books – (as seen at W6SFM Booth) A collection of 7 Amateur Radio based Comic Books designed to provide you with some basic information about ham radio, giving a glimpse into its history, its applications, and its relevance in the world today. Courtesy of Icom America.

Radio and Antenna information

Random Wire Antenna lengths made easy
RigExpert Antenna Analyzers & Reflectometers

Spotting Programs

Reverse Becon – A great way to see if anyone is hearing you when you call CQ.
DX Summit – One of the best DX spotting sites available on the web.