Ham Radio for Dummies

From the Back Cover
You can be a lifesaver while you make new friends
Find out about ham radio, prepare for your license, and join the fun!

Hams do cool things like talking to folks around the world and helping with communications during emergencies. If hamming it up sounds like fun, here’s the scoop, including licensing requirements and how to set up a station. And if you’re already licensed, this book will help you start sounding (and feeling) like a pro!

The Dummies Way

Explanations in plain English
“Get in, get out” information
Icons and other navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:
– Understand ham jargon
– Communicate on the air
– Prepare for the license exam
– Set up a radio shack
– Help in an emergency or natural disaster
– Be a ham on the go

About the Author
Ward Silver NØAX has been a licensed ham since 1972 at the age of 17. Ward’s
experiences in ham radio contributed greatly to a 20-year career in broadcasting
and as an electrical engineer and programmer, developing instrumentation
and medical electronics. In 2000, he turned to teaching and writing as a second
career. He is currently adjunct faculty with Seattle University’s Electrical and
Computer Engineering department, concentrating on laboratory instruction.
You can find his monthly columns and articles in QST magazine and in the
biweekly e-mail newsletter, “The Contester’s Rate Sheet.” He is the author of
the ARRL’s online course, “Antenna Design and Construction.” His ham radio
interests include multi-operator and low-power (QRP) contesting, DX-ing,
and antenna design. He is the author of “NØAX’s Radio Puzzler” (a collection
of quizzes and puzzles), and co-author (with K7LXC) of “HF Tribander
Performance – Test Methods & Results” and “HF Vertical Performance – Test
Methods & Results.” He is the winner of the 2003 Bill Orr Technical Writing

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Tune in to the most common types of signals, including Morse Code (CW), single-sideband (SSB), FM, Radioteletype (RTTY), and data signals
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Help in emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires, or severe weather
Pursue your special interests, including contacting distant stations, participating in contests, exploring the digital modes, using satellites, transmitting images, and more

Complete with a glossary and ten pages of additional suggested resources, Ham Radio for Dummies encourages you to touch that dial and take that mike.

CUL. (That’s Morse Code for “see you later.”)

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