Shortwave Radio Listening for Beginners

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Shortwave radio bands in the U.S. and abroad are a vital source of alternative news,information,music and commentary,all refreshingly free of routine commercial formatting. Shortwave Radio Listening for Beginners can show anyone how to listen in on today's most unusual radio broadcasts from across the country and around the world. A long-time shortwave listener and ham radio enthusiast,Anita Louise McCormick,KA8KGI,makes it easy for beginner's to learn how shortwave radio works,what kind of equipment is available...
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Overview

Shortwave radio bands in the U.S. and abroad are a vital source of alternative news,information,music and commentary,all refreshingly free of routine commercial formatting. Shortwave Radio Listening for Beginners can show anyone how to listen in on today's most unusual radio broadcasts from across the country and around the world. A long-time shortwave listener and ham radio enthusiast,Anita Louise McCormick,KA8KGI,makes it easy for beginner's to learn how shortwave radio works,what kind of equipment is available and where to find it,what stations can be heard and when,and how shortwave listening can come in handy at school or work. McCormick also describes how to become a licensed ham radio operator.
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John Mort
Shortwave radio is becoming more--not less--popular in this age of the computer; in fact, many ham enthusiasts use computer modems in their broadcasts. In her excellent primer, McCormick explains why shortwave is so much easier to receive over long distances than FM or AM and offers profiles of some of the major shortwave broadcasters worldwide. These include the BBC; Deutsche Welle, the "Voice of Germany"; the evangelical station, HCJB, in Quito, Ecuador; Radio for Peace International, in Costa Rica; Radio New Zealand, which relays a great deal of local AM programming; and the wild WWCR of Nashville, which offers an open programming that sometimes includes a link with pirate stations. McCormick discusses those pirate stations, which often have political agendas but sometimes go on the air simply to foil the FCC. She includes a summary of equipment the beginner will need; tables, with band frequencies, of shortwave and clear-channel AM stations; and appendixes covering clubs, associations, and publishers devoted to radio. McCormick is an entertaining writer, and her book will indeed tell beginners what they need to know.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830641369
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 7.67 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.


How Did It Start? Long Distance AM Listening.
A Hobby You Can Enjoy Right Now.
Shortwave Radio.
Exploring the International Bands.
Shortwave Station Profiles.
Listening Above the Shortwave Bands.
And Now for the Details! Entering Ham Radio.
The Mysterious World of Radio Waves.
Appendices: Log Pages.
Radio Clubs in the USA and Canada.
Sources (Radio Publications and Supplies).

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