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Local Amateur Radio Clubs (ARCs)  (website, Facebook page)

WB4FAY’s Lists of Birmingham Metro Area Ham Radio Operators. Super handy!

Birmingham Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
Shelby County Amateur Radio Club, Facebook
Healthcare Community Amateur Radio Club (HCARC), Facebook
St. Clair Amateur Radio Club Inc.
Sylvan Springs Amateur Radio Club Inc., Facebook
Blount County Amateur Radio Club
Walker Amateur Radio Club
Tuscaloosa Amateur Radio Club

Emergency Communications

Alabama ALERT, Alabama Emergency Response Team: (
ARES: Jefferson County, Alabama Amateur Radio Emergency Service
New website under development:
Facebook: ARES and ARES Training Events page
National Weather Service: Birmingham Office

Mike Shaw’s Amateur Radio Training and Events Bulletin Board

Databases ( You’ll hear ham operators say they are “on QRZ.”) That’s this website, useful for lots of things, but a popular place to look people up by call sign. Operators sometimes maintain bios, display photos, etc.
ARRL: The National Association for Amateur Radio
ARRL’s FCC License Search 

Learning about Ham Radio

Ham Study: ( Terrific system for studying for all levels of licensure as a ham operator.
Getting Started: (
Very good stuff for the brand new ham, including information about using repeaters.
Connector Guide: ( Here’s Diamond Antennas’ guide to the sometime baffling world of Ham Radio antenna connectors.

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