Satellites SimSmith Suppliers: Amateur Radio Links
Satellites SimSmith Suppliers – amateur radio links to help you in the hobby.
- Amsat – Amateur Radio in Space: https://www.amsat.org/
- A Multi-purpose Portable Setup: https://ivok.home.xs4all.nl/pa1ivo/portable_satellite_setup.html
- Cheap Antennas for the Amsat LEO’s: https://www.wa5vjb.com/references/Cheap%20Antennas-LEOs.pdf
- Compact and effective 2m/70cm dual band antenna for satellite operation: http://rksvyturys.blogspot.com/2013/08/compact-and-effective-2m70cm-dual-band.html
- Going Portable with the Amateur Radio Satellites: https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/KB1SF_Going-Portable-Amateur-Satellites_2017.pdf
- Heavens Above: https://www.heavens-above.com/main.aspx
- Satellites – cheap antennas for the low earth orbit amateur radio satellites: http://www.wa5vjb.com/references/Cheap%20Antennas-LEOs.pdf
- SimSmith, links to software and videos: https://www.w0qe.com/SimSmith.html
- SimSmith, software to download: http://www.ae6ty.com/Smith_Charts.html
- Army Radio Sales Co. – (Clansman radios and similar): https://armyradio.com/
- BaMaTech for the QRP LAbs QCX enclosure and more: https://www.bamatech.net/
- Bitsbox, established in 2006, a small independent family business based in the English Midlands specialising in the supply of electronic components at low prices to the hobby electronics, education and maker markets in the UK and around the world:
- Bowood Electronics, suppliers of electronic components: https://www.bowood-electronics.co.uk/
- Capacitive CW Touch Key Circuits by M0UKD: https://m0ukd.com/homebrew/capacitive-cw-touch-key-circuits/
- Cricklewood Electronics, millions of components: https://www.cricklewoodelectronics.com/
- GQRP Club Sales: http://www.gqrp.com/sales.htm – http://www.gqrp.com/sales.pdf
- Ham Goodies: https://www.hamgoodies.co.uk/
- Hans Summers for Radio, Electronics and Computing Projects: http://www.hanssummers.com/
- KANGA Products- Electronic Kits for the Radio Amateur: https://www.kanga-products.co.uk/
- Langrex Vintage Electronics, suppliers of valves and other vintage components: https://www.langrex.co.uk/
- Mirfield Electronics: https://www.mirfield-electronics.co.uk
- Pacific Antenna – Affordable QRP Antennas and Kits at exceptional value: http://www.qrpkits.com/
- QRP Labs Kits: https://qrp-labs.com/
- SDR-Kits is a very small family business which Jan Verduyn, a licensed Amateur with callsign G5BBL, started in 2008 after retiring from a lifetime working in Maritime Communications and the Cellular Networks in a variety of technical and management roles: http://sdr-kits.net/
- Sotabeams, amateur radio for the great outdoors: https://www.sotabeams.co.uk/
- Spectrum Communications, Incorporating G2DYM Aerials & Garex Electronics: http://www.spectrumcomms.co.uk/
- Walford Electronics Ltd, amateur radio kits: http://www.walfords.net/
What is amateur radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service. As a licensed amateur radio operator, you are permitted to transmit and receive radio signals on frequency bands allocated for use by amateur radio amateurs. Amateur radio operators use these designated bands of radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications. A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century. Amateur radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.
Amateur radio operators use the amateur radio bands for a variety of purposes:
- Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships,
- Competing in international competitions to test the effectiveness of their equipment and their skill as a radio operator,
- Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
- Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station),
- Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to maintain that capability.
There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.