Ham Radio for Dummies

Ham Radio for Dummies

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By (author) H. Ward Silver

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  • Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 231mm x 25mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Foster City
  • ISBN 10: 0764559877
  • ISBN 13: 9780764559877
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 297,679

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It's time we cleared the air about ham radio. If you think of it as staticky transmissions sent by people in the middle of nowhere, think again. Today's ham radio goes beyond wireless to extreme wireless, Operators transmit data and pictures, use the Internet, laser, and microwave transmitters, and travel to places high and low to make contact. In an emergency or natural disaster, ham radio can replace downed traditional communication and save lives. Whether you're just getting turned on to ham radio or already have your license, "Ham Radio for Dummies" helps you with the terminology, the technology and the talknology.It helps you discover how to: decipher the jargon and speak the language; buy or upgrade your equipment, including the all-important antennas; build a ham radio shack, complete with the rig, a computer, mobile/base rig, microphones, keys, headphones, antennas, cables and feedlines; study for your license, master Morse code, take the test and get your call sign; understand the basics of ragchews (conversations), nets (organized on-air meetings) and DX-ing (competing in contacts to make contacts); and, keeping logs with the vital statistics, including time (in UTC or World Time), frequency, and call sign. Written by Ward Silver, an electrical engineer, Certified Amateur Radio License Examiner, and columnist for "QST", a monthly magazine for ham operators, "Ham Radio for Dummies" gives you the info you need to delve into the science or dive into the conversation.It explains how you can: tune in to the most common types of signals, including Morse Code (CW), single-sideband (SSB), FM, Radioteletype (RTTY), and data signals; break in, introduce yourself, converse, and say or signal goodbye; communicate while traveling (ham radio goes where mobile phones go dead); register with an emergency organization such as ARES and RACES; and, 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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Ward Silver is an electrical engineer who's been a licensed ham for 31 years. He is a contributing editor and columnist for QST, a monthly magazine for ham operators.

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You can be a lifesaver while you make new friendsFind 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 WayExplanations in plain English"Get in, get out" informationIcons and other navigational aidsTear-out cheat sheetTop ten listsA dash of humor and funDiscover how to: Understand ham jargonCommunicate on the airPrepare for the license examSet up a radio shackHelp in an emergency or natural disasterBe a ham on the go

Table of contents

Introduction.Part I: What Is Ham Radio All About?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: 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.Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Give Back to Ham Radio.Part VI: Appendixes.Appendix A: Glossary.Appendix B: The Best References.Index.