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Ham Radio For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-59211-3
384 pages
August 2013
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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Ham Radio 5

Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with Ham Radio 7

Chapter 2: Getting a Handle on Ham Radio Technology 19

Chapter 3: Finding Other Hams: Your Support Group 31

Part II: Wading through the Licensing Process 53

Chapter 4: Figuring Out the Licensing System 55

Chapter 5: Studying for Your License 65

Chapter 6: Taking the Test 73

Chapter 7: Obtaining Your License and Call Sign 79

Part III: Hamming It Up 91

Chapter 8: Making Contact 93

Chapter 9: Casual Operating 123

Chapter 10: Operating with Intent 155

Chapter 11: Operating Specialties 173

Part IV: Building and Operating a Station That Works 215

Chapter 12: Getting on the Air 217

Chapter 13: Organizing Your Shack 255

Chapter 14: Housekeeping (Logs and QSLs) 271

Chapter 15: Hands-On Radio 277

Part V: The Part of Tens 297

Chapter 16: Ten Secrets for Beginners 299

Chapter 17: Ten Secrets of the Masters 303

Chapter 18: Ten First-Station Tips 307

Chapter 19: Ten Easy Ways to Have Fun on the Radio 311

Appendix A: Glossary 315

Appendix B: The Best References 325

Index 337

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Author Information

H. Ward Silver got his first ham radio license in 1972. His ham experiences led to a 20-year career as an electrical engineer, designing microprocessor-based products and medical devices. He writes for the American Radio Relay League and publishes a popular ARRL e-newsletter, The ARRL Contest Update.

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Errata

Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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23 List of Five Frequency Ranges
The list of five frequency ranges on page 23 is a general description of what stations and services you'll find there. The formal definition of UHF includes everything from 300 MHz to 3 GHz as shown in Figure 2-2. Traditionally, most users of the spectrum consider everything above 1 GHz to be "microwave" but if you are studying for your license, remember 300 MHz - 3 GHz as the full range for UHF.
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