AARL
http://www.arrl.org
American Radio Relay League - the national
association for Amateur Radio in the US
Yaesu
http://www.yaesu.com
Yaesu Radios are the brand predominantly used by
the Madhatters
Ham Radio Outlet
http://www.hamradio.com
HRO is a Bay Area local ham radio supply store with
locations in Oakland and Sunnyvale
Upcoming exams
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
ARRL list of upcoming exams
eHam.net
http://www.eham.net
Ham radio on the net - practice exams and tons of
good info, reviews, etc.
WIN System
http://www.winsystem.org/
Western Intertie Network
EchoLink
http://www.echolink.org/
Communicate via ham radio over the Internet
Local ham radio
clubs and groups
http://www.livermoreark.org
Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK)
  http://www.eastbayarc.org/index.htm
East Bay Amateur Radio Club (El Sobrante)
  http://www.narcc.org
The Northern Amateur Radio Relay Council of
California
  http://www.baears.com
Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society
(BAERS)
  http://www.arcaham.org
Amateur Radio Club of Alameda
  http://www.nccc.cc/#
Northern California Contest Club
  http://www.k6sa.net
Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
  http://ccra.us/
Contra Costa Repeater Association
  http://www.mdarc.org/
Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club
Software for
programming radios
https://www.rtsystemsinc.com
RT Systems radio software - commercial/supported
software
  http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home

CHiRP - Good opensource (free) software
Ham Radio Info
Madhatters 4x4 Club of Northern California
In addition to CB radios, the Madhatters have made a big push in recent years to get members licensed for using Ham Radio. Ham Radio is a vastly
superior means of communication on trips, given the longer range (due to higher power and use of repeaters), and vastly better audio quality. Many
members are Technician Class, with several members holding General or Extra licensing (which allow extending band usage, more power, etc - mostly
useful for fixed station operation).
Useful ham resources