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Radio:

  1. ARRL Homepage - info on amateur radio.
  2. Amsat Homepage - information on amateur satellites.
  3. The Husky Amateur Radio Club - W8YY, my alma mater's amateur radio club.
  4. WB2HOL's Radio Direction Finding Projects page - Several RDF projects, with photos and construction details.
  5. Commercial radio station information - coverage maps, locations, and websites.
  6. Sounds from the first satellites - recordings of Sputnik I and some other early satellites.
  7. Green Bay Professional Packet Radio - Lots of great wireless networking and microwave info, homebrew test equipment.
  8. Universal Radio - New and used amateur radio equipment. Great selection of mobile antennas and mounts.
  9. Callsign Lookup
  10. U.S. Marine Corps Field Antenna Handbook - A good straightforward introduction to radio propegation and antenna theory. Lots of good advice on selecting and improvising antennas for specific situations.

Electronics:

  1. Alternator Secrets - Information about how alternators work, how to alter them for higher voltage, and how to make A/C generators from induction motors.
  2. The Circut Cookbook - lots of interesting circuit schematics.
  3. Wenzel Associates Technical Library - More electronic schematics, most in PDF format.
  4. Laurier Gendron's Handy Dandy Little Circuits - Various schematics, some useful on their own, others as building blocks for larger projects.
  5. Bowden's Hobby Circuits - Another collection of schematics.
  6. Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ - Lots of neat stuff, including Sam's Laser FAQ, and Sam's "Notes on the Repair Of..." series of articles -- extremely useful info if you like to repair your own equipment. There are articles that cover everything from CD players to rotary lawn mowers.
  7. EZ-10 - a 10 dB WiFi corner reflector
  8. Nixies, Decatrons, and other counting tubes - Information on these stylishly obsolete indicators.
  9. National Semiconductor data sheets and free samples
  10. Maxim data sheets

Vendors:

  1. DC Ace Electronics - If you need a rechargable battery pack for anything, these guys probably either have it or can build it.
  2. Dan's Small Parts and Kits - I haven't ordered from this place yet, but they seem to have a nice selection of RF parts.
  3. BG Micro - A surplus electronics company. Cheap LCD displays are a specialty.
  4. Marlin P. Jones & Associates - Another good electronics surplus outfit.
  5. All Electronics - Surplus electronic and electrical parts.
  6. Alltronics - Yet another surplus house.
  7. Fair Radio Sales - Military and industrial surplus electronics. This is a good place to look for older stuff, like vacuum tubes and Collins military gear.
  8. Mouser Electronics - New parts from many different manufacturers.
  9. DigiKey - New parts, with a particularly good selection of ICs. Very quick shipping.
  10. Jameco - Generally not the best prices, but they stock some obsolete parts that are hard to find elsewhere, particularly for older computers.

Projects:

  1. An analog network bandwidth meter
  2. fan.c is a little utility I wrote many years ago to control my Toshiba Satellite Pro's processor fan from FreeBSD. Included in case anyone's still using one of those old beasts.
  3. Notes on using ATX power supplies to power transceivers

Floppy & CD Tools:

Useful programs or utilities that fit on a single 3.5-inch floppy disk or bootable CD-ROM.

  1. MEMTEST-86 - Memory test program for x86 computers. Now included on many Linux installation CDs, so you may already have it.
  2. Tom's Root/Boot - A bootable floppy containing a surprisingly complete array of Linux tools and utilities. This makes a great generic "rescue disk" for almost any Linux installation.
  3. GRML - My current favorite Linux rescue CD.
  4. RIP - (R)escue (I)s (P)ossible, another Linux rescue CD that may work better on some hardware.
  5. PhysTechSoft Disk Editor - A very nice disk sector editor with mouse support. Can be booted stand-alone from a floppy -- no operating system needed!
  6. Darik's Boot And Nuke - A bootable floppy or CD that securely wipes hard disks. Useful if you're concerned about identity theft or industrial espionage when discarding old hard disks or computers.
  7. Windows NT/2000/XP password and registry editor - A bootable CD with a password reset tool and offline regedit program. Linux based. I thought carefully about including this, because it has questionable uses. Just like a locksmith sometimes needs a set of lock picks, however, there are times when a system administrator really needs this tool.
  8. How to fix a corrupt FAT32 boot sector with DEBUG (available on the Win98 Emergency Disk)
  9. How to fix a corrupt FAT32 boot sector - alternate method using PhysTechSoft Disk Editor.

Palm:

  1. Weasel Reader - A very nice reader program that supports both zTXT and PalmDoc files. Here are some Project Gutenberg etexts I've converted to zTXT format for this reader:
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