Sam Shontz, 88, was our friend for more than 40 years. Sam passed away on June 5, 2020. Sam, with Mary Lou N2CLX, was a USA County Hunter, earning USA-CA number 436 (all 20m mobile) on 19 Sep 1983.

Sam's former calls: WN2GEX, WB2GEX and N2CLV. Awards: WAS, WAC, WAZ, DXCC and 10-X#20135.

The coronavirus lockdown prevented me from seeing Sam these past months, but I was able to have an extended conversation with him on June 4 before he was transferred to hospice later in the day. My wife and I miss Mary Lou and now Sam. RIP.

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  1. History Behind [W]2XQ Call
  2. IARUWant to get your amateur radio license? Start by reading…
    1. Licenses are issued by governments. Rules and regulations and tests differ. Your national amateur radio organization is the best place to start the process. Information on the process for applying for a license, acquiring study materials, where to take the license examination, where to find local radio clubs (to find mentors and…) and more should be available. The IARU is an international umbrella organization for all national amateur radio associations; find your country's organization.
    2. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
      1. Australia: Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)
      2. RACCanada: Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
      3. Japan: Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL)
      4. Korea: Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL)
      5. Switzerland: Union of Swiss Shortwave Amateurs
      6. South Africa: South African Radio League (SARL)
      7. United Kingdom: Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
      8. Member since 1975USA: American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
        1. US Amateur Radio Bands (also see the worldwide table on the FCC site)
        2. Code Practice Files (CW will never die…)
        3. ARES vs RACES FAQ (Two Flavors of Amateur Radio Emergency Operation)
        4. Southern New Jersey (SNJ) Section
          1. Southern New Jersey Section EmComm New
        5. USA & Canadian Frequency Coordinators
  3. AE4TM Science and Photography Web Site
  4. Antennas
    1. Beverage
    2. Antenna Calculator (KD4SAI)
    3. Chameleon Antenna (portable & loop ant's)
    4. The Classic Multiband Dipole pdf
      Steve Ford, WB8IMY, QST, March 2004
    5. HF Antennas 101 pdf
      Van Field, W2OQI, QST, September 2004
    6. Line of Sight, Horizon et al
      1. Create RF Coverage Map New
      2. RF Line of Sight
  5. APRS | Automatic Packet Reporting System
    1. Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map
    2. APRS Direct
    3. Google Maps
  6. Azimuth Map (NS6T)
  7. Beaches on the Air (BOTA)
  8. Call Signs
    1. Call Sign History
      1. History of Call Signs, including Vanity pdf
      2. An Overview of Amateur Call Signs—Past and Present (QST May 1994) pdf
      3. Research Old Amateur Radio Calls
        1. Amateur Radio Call Books
        2. How to Find Old Amateur Radio Call Signs
        3. Internet Archive Search: subject:"callbook"
        4. Old Amateur Radio Callbooks Available
    2. Call Sign Lookups
      1. Government Agencies
        1. Australia: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
        2. Canada: Spectrum Management and Telecommunications
        3. Republic of South Africa (RSA): South African Radio League (SARL)
        4. USA: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
      2. HamCall
      3. HamData
      4. HamQTH
      5. Ham Radio Outlet : Tools : Lookup
      6. QRZ
      7. Silent Key Archive
  9. SJRAClubs
    1. Marine Radio Historical Association (K6KPH)
    2. South Jersey Radio Association (K2AA)
  10. Coax Attenuation Chart
  11. Digital
    1. Modes
      1. AllStar
        1. AllstarLink
          1. Wiki
        2. Asterisk Allstar…
        3. Equipment
          1. Allstar Nodes and Radio-less Node Adapters
          2. ClearNode | Node-Ventures | W6WNG
          3. G7RPG microHUB
          4. TechNo By George, LLC | WB3DZZ
        4. Nets
          1. East Coast Reflector Tech & Swap-Shop Net
          2. WIN System Technical Net (Friday 1900 Pacific)
      2. AMBE
        1. XRF Reflectors Lovers Club
      3. D–Star
        1. Colorado HD Hotspot Discussion Net
        2. D-STAR Info
          1. D-STAR Nets
          2. D-STAR Reflectors
        3. D-STAR101
        4. D-STARusers
        5. Peanut (app)
        6. Quadnet2 Nets
        7. Reflector 20 D-STAR Dashboard
        8. XLX Multiproticol Gateway Reflector | K2IE (ex-K2DLS)
      4. DMR Updated
        — The DMR material is sufficiently large in size to warrent its own page.
      5. FT8
        1. FT8 Operating Guide pdf by Gary Hinson, ZL2IFB
      6. P25
        1. Colorado HD Hotspot Discussion Net
        2. How to program Motorola APX™ Series P25 Two-Way Radios for use with the OpenSPOT 2 pdf
        3. P25 Reflectors
        4. P25 Reflector List
        5. Project 25 Technology Interest Group
        6. XLX Multiproticol Gateway Reflector
    2. Reflectors
      1. REF, XRF, DCS, XLX: what’s the difference?
      2. X Reflector Directory
      3. XLX Multiproticol Gateway Reflector
    3. Resources (multiple modes)
      1. N5AMD's Digital Voice Resource
      2. W2SJW's Digital Radio Sounds
  12. DX
    1. DXheat|DXcluster
    2. DXwatch
  13. EchoLink
    1. Link Status
    2. Search for EchoLink-equipped Repeaters (North America)
    3. UK Repeaters : Echolink…
    1. History of the Ham Radio Callsign
  15. East Coast Reflector | WB2JPQ (Allstar, Echolink, tech net…)
  16. Equipment
    1. Aerial-51
    2. Batteries America : FNB-80Li for Yaesu VX-6R et al
    3. Chameleon Antennas
    4. QRP Labs
    5. SignalStuff
    6. XIEGU X5105 | Radioddity
    7. The complete review of XIEGU X5105
  17. FCC Amateur Radio Service
    1. FCC Part 97 Rules & Regulations
  18. Find Amateurs By Location
    1. FCC Bulletin
    2. FCC Advanced Amateur License Search
    3. FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in the US
  19. Gray Line (Sunrise‒Sunset Terminator)
  20. Ham Radio School (get your license)
  21. IRLP | Internet Relay Linking Project
  22. K0BG (mobile ops)
  23. K9YC (audio interference solutions) New
  24. Latitude–Longitude Calculations
  25. Learn CW Online
  26. Library
    1. Amateur Radio Operation in the Soviet Union: 1965 (2.4mb) pdf
      F Gayle Durham, Center for International Studies, MIT, June 1965
    2. The Radio Amateur's Hand Book by A. Frederick Collins
      A Complete, Authentic and Informative Work on Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony (1922)
  27. Lightning
    1. IEEE: How to Protect… pdf
    2. Lightning Protection for the Amateur Radio Station – Parts 1, 2 and 3 pdf
      Ron Block, KB2UYT, QST, June-August 2002
  28. Media New
    1. CQ (aka CQ Magazine)
      1. Awards Program (eg, USA-CA)
    2. QRZ Now | Ham Radio News
    3. LLP
  29. Morse Code (translator, trainer, more... fun)
  30. ND6T's Simple and Easy Projects
  31. NG3K Amateur Radio Contest/DX Page
  32. OH8STN Digital Radio & Off Grid Power
  33. Peanut by PA7LIM
    1. Global Dashboard
    2. USA Dashboard
    3. Rooms
    4. WebRadio
  34. Propagation Predictions
    1. ITURHFProp – Propagation Predictions
    2. Propagation (ARRL)
    3. Proppy (also see "About" for help)
    4. VHF Propagation Map
    5. VOACAP Quick Guide
      1. VOACAP Online HF Predictions (Amateur Radio)
  35. QRP (low power)
    1. List of QRP General Coverage Amateur Radio Transceivers New
  36. QSL
    1. QSL Cards, Old (by W8JYZ)
      1. History of Call Signs, including Vanity pdf
  37. Reddit
    1. Amateur Radio
      1. Wiki
    2. Ham Radio
  38. Raspberry Pi
  39. Repeaters
    1. Burlington & surrounding NJ counties (VHF/UHF et al)
    2. Coordinating Councils
      1. Area Repeater Coordination Council (ARCC) (sNJ, ePA)
      2. MetroCor–Metropolitan Coordination Association, Inc. (nNJ, NYC area, LI)
      3. Middle Atlantic FM and Repeater Council (T-MARC) (DC, DE, MD, nVA, eWV)
      4. USA & Canadian Frequency Coordinators (info not available from ARRL)
    3. New York City
      1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to New York Repeaters
      2. Repeaters
    4. Publications
      1. RepeaterBook
        1. DMR Repeaters in DE
        2. DMR Repeaters in MD
        3. DMR Repeaters in NJ
        4. DMR Repeaters in NY
        5. DMR Repeaters in PA
  40. RF Calculators
  41. Signal Stuff (antenna & electronics projects)
  42. SM0VPO's Homebrew Homepages (antenna & electronics projects)
  43. Twit: Ham Nation Streaming video
  44. W8JI

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