Ham Radio for Dummies 2nd Edition (Wiley)


Make international friends, train with technology, and assist in emergencies — become a ham!


Before there was e-mail or Facebook, there was ham radio — used to talk to people around the globe and to communicate during disasters and emergencies. Hams still come to the rescue, but today they can also transmit images, use the Internet, and take advantage of the most powerful private wireless communications capacity in the world. Ready to join the fun?

  • Find out what ham radio is all about, explore the technology, and find a group that shares your interests
  • Join the ranks by preparing for the licensing exam, passing the test, and getting your call sign
  • Get a feel for what happens on different bands and learn to tune in a signal on SSB, FM, HF, VHF, and UHF
  • Set up your radio and learn about its many features — memory channels, special filters, hands-free operation, and more
  • Learn the difference between casual operating, operating with intent, and operating specialties
  • Find out how to choose equipment, design your ham shack, and set up a station that works
  • Be ready to help your community in case of an emergency or natural disaster
  • Open the book and find:
  • The effect of solar and weather conditions on radio waves
  • Translations of ham lingo
  • What an FM repeater is and when to use one
  • All about antennas
  • How to get your e-mail using the radio
  • Tips for mastering Morse code
  • Basic troubleshooting advice
  • Ten secrets beginner hams should know

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.


About the author: Ward Silver is an electrical engineer who got his first ham radio license in 1972. His ham radio call sign is N0AX. He is a contributing editor and columnist for QST, the monthly membership journal of ARRL, and publishes the ARRL e-newsletter, The ARRL Contest Update.

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