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Ham Radio For Dummies, 2nd Edition

An ideal first step for learning about ham radio

Beyond operating wirelessly, today’s ham radio operators can transmit data and pictures; use the Internet, laser, and microwave transmitters; and travel to places high and low to make contact. This hands-on beginner guide reflects the operational and technical changes to amateur radio over the past decade and provides you with updated licensing requirements and information, changes in digital communication (such as the Internet, social media, and GPS), and how to use e-mail via radio.

  • Addresses the critical use of ham radio for replacing downed traditional communications during emergencies or natural disasters
  • Provides updates to all documentation of the American Radio Relay League
  • Explains recent changes to picking your own call sign
  • Places a special emphasis on the major reasons people get into amateur radio: emergency communication, digital communication, and do-it-yourself science
  • Looks at online mapping and charting of websites

Whether you’re just getting turned on to ham radio or already have your license, Ham Radio for Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you with the terminology, the technology, and the talknology.

Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Ham Radio
Chapter 1. Getting Acquainted with Ham Radio
Chapter 2. Getting a Handle on Ham Radio Technology
Chapter 3. Finding Other Hams. Your Support Group

Part II: Wading through the Licensing Process
Chapter 4. Figuring Out the Licensing System
Chapter 5. Studying for Your License
Chapter 6. Taking the Test
Chapter 7. Obtaining Your License and Call Sign

Part III: Hamming It Up
Chapter 8. Making Contact
Chapter 9. Casual Operating
Chapter 10. Operating with Intent
Chapter 11. Operating Specialties

Part IV: Building and Operating a Station That Works
Chapter 12. Getting on the Air
Chapter 13. Organizing Your Shack
Chapter 14. Housekeeping (Logs and QSLs)
Chapter 15. Hands-On Radio

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 16. Ten Secrets for Beginners
Chapter 17. Ten Secrets of the Masters
Chapter 18. Ten First-Station Tips
Chapter 19. Ten Easy Ways to Have Fun on the Radio

Appendix A. Glossary
Appendix B. The Best References

Book Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd Edition (August 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118592115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118592113
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