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Ham Radio for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

360 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2004

ISBN-13: 9780764559877

ISBN-10: 0764559877

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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. You discover how to: Decipher the jargon and speak the languageBuy or upgrade your equipment, including the all-important antennasBuild a ham radio shack, complete with the rig, a computer, mobile/base rig, microphones, keys, headphones, antennas, cables and feedlinesStudy for your license, master Morse code, take the test and get your call signUnderstand the basics of ragchews (conversations), nets (organized on-air meetings) and DX-ing (competing in contacts to make contacts)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 signalsBreak in, introduce yourself, converse, and say or signal goodbyeCommunicate while traveling (ham radio goes where mobile phones go dead)Register with an emergency organization such as ARES and RACESHelp in emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires, or severe weatherPursue 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.")

Specifications

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2004
ISBN-13: 9780764559877
ISBN-10: 0764559877
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 360
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.75 x 9.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 0764559877

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 2
Icons Used in This Bookp. 4
Where to Go from Herep. 5
What Is Ham Radio All About?p. 7
Getting Acquainted with Ham Radiop. 9
Tuning In Ham Radio Todayp. 10
Roaming the World of Ham Radiop. 15
Communicating with Ham Radiop. 16
Building a Ham Radio Shackp. 16
Getting a Handle on Ham Radio Technologyp. 19
Fundamentals of Radio Wavesp. 19
Basic Ham Radio Gadgetryp. 22
Ham Radio on the Airp. 25
Dealing with Mother Naturep. 26
Finding Other Hams: Your Support Groupp. 29
Radio Clubsp. 29
The ARRLp. 33
Specialty Organizations and Clubsp. 37
Online Communitiesp. 41
Hamfests and Conventionsp. 44
Wading through the Licensing Processp. 49
Figuring Out the Licensing Systemp. 51
The Amateur Service: An Overviewp. 51
Becoming Licensed: Individual License Classesp. 54
Understanding Call Signsp. 58
The Volunteer Licensing Systemp. 59
Studying for Your Licensep. 61
Demystifying the Testp. 61
Finding Resources for Studyp. 62
Finding a Mentorp. 65
Mastering Morse Codep. 67
Taking the Testp. 71
Finding a Test Sessionp. 71
Signing Up for a Testp. 73
The Big Dayp. 74
Obtaining Your License and Call Signp. 79
Completing Your Licensing Paperworkp. 79
Finding Your New Call Signp. 81
Registering with the FCC Onlinep. 84
Picking Your Own Call Signp. 86
Maintaining Your Licensep. 88
Hamming It Upp. 89
Making Contactp. 91
Listen, Listen, Listen!p. 91
Tuning In a Signalp. 93
Deciphering a QSOp. 103
Q-Signalsp. 106
Making a Callp. 107
Casual Operatingp. 117
Operating on FM and Repeatersp. 118
Chewing the Ragp. 131
Pounding Brass--Morse Codep. 137
Receiving Messages Afloat and Remotep. 142
Operating with Intentp. 145
Joining an Emergency Organizationp. 146
Preparing for an Emergencyp. 149
Operating in an Emergencyp. 152
Providing Public Servicep. 156
Operating on Netsp. 157
Handling Trafficp. 159
Specialtiesp. 165
DX-ingp. 165
Taking Part in Radio Contestsp. 178
Chasing Awardsp. 187
QRP: Low-Power Operatingp. 189
Getting Digitalp. 193
Operating via Satellitesp. 203
Seeing Things--Image Transmissionsp. 206
Building and Operating a Station That Worksp. 209
Getting on the Airp. 211
Setting Goals for Your Stationp. 211
Choosing a Radiop. 215
Choosing an Antennap. 225
Supporting Your Antennap. 236
Computers in the Shackp. 243
Buying New or Used Equipmentp. 246
Upgrading Your Stationp. 246
Organizing Your Shackp. 249
Designing Your Ham Shackp. 249
Building in RF and Electrical Safetyp. 258
Grounding Power and RFp. 260
Housekeeping (Logs and QSLs)p. 263
Keeping a Logp. 263
Selecting a QSL Cardp. 265
Sending and Receiving QSLsp. 266
Hands-On Radiop. 269
Acquiring Tools and Componentsp. 269
Maintaining Your Stationp. 275
Overall Troubleshooting Tipsp. 276
Troubleshooting Your Stationp. 277
Troubleshooting Your Home and Neighborhoodp. 283
Building Equipment from a Kitp. 288
Building Equipment from Scratchp. 288
The Part of Tensp. 291
Ten Secrets for Beginnersp. 293
Listening, Listening, Listeningp. 293
Buddying Upp. 293
Knowing Your Equipmentp. 293
Following the Manufacturer's Recommendationsp. 294
Trying Different Thingsp. 294
Nobody Knows Everythingp. 294
Practicing Courtesyp. 294
Joining Inp. 295
Getting Right Back in the Saddlep. 295
Relax, It's a Hobby!p. 295
Ten Secrets of the Mastersp. 297
Listening, Listening, Listeningp. 297
Learning What's Under the Hoodp. 297
Reading Historyp. 297
Having a Sharp Axep. 298
Practicing Makes Perfectp. 298
Paying Attention to Detailp. 298
The Problem Ain't What You Don't Knowp. 298
Antennas Make the Differencep. 298
A Decibel Is a Decibel Is a Decibelp. 299
Ham Radio Is a Lifetime of Learningp. 299
Ten First Station Tipsp. 301
Being Flexiblep. 301
Looking and Learningp. 301
Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basketp. 302
Used-Equipment Bargainsp. 302
Building Something!p. 302
Being Well-Groundedp. 302
Saving Money by Building Your Own Cablesp. 303
Building Step-by-Stepp. 303
Finding the Weakest Linkp. 303
Being Comfortablep. 303
Ten Easy Ways to Have Fun on the Radiop. 305
Listening for People Having Fun and Joining Inp. 305
Special Events and Contests Are Looking for You!p. 305
Making Up Your Own Contestp. 306
Sending a Radiogram, Ma'amp. 306
Joining the Paradep. 306
Going Somewhere Coolp. 306
Squirting a Birdp. 307
Learning a New Lingop. 307
Shortwave Listening (SWL-ing)p. 307
Visiting a New Groupp. 307
Ten Ways to Give Back to Ham Radiop. 309
Preparing Yourself for Emergenciesp. 309
Preparing Your Community for Emergenciesp. 309
Volunteering in Your Clubp. 310
Performing Public Service Assistancep. 310
Experimentingp. 310
Participating in On-the-Air Monitoringp. 310
Acting as a Product Tester or QSL Managerp. 311
Representing Amateur Radiop. 311
Being an Elmerp. 311
Making Lifelong Friendshipsp. 311
Appendixesp. 313
Glossaryp. 315
The Best Referencesp. 329
Web Portalsp. 329
Operating Referencesp. 330
Technical Referencesp. 335
Amateur Magazinesp. 339
Vendorsp. 340
Indexp. 341

Book description

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. 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)
  • 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
  • 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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