Ham Radio For Dummies

Ham Radio For Dummies

by H. Ward Silver
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Ham Radio For Dummies by H. Ward Silver

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118592113
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 87,338
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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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Ham Radio For Dummies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ward Silver N0AX has done a superb job of distilling the essense of amateur (ham) radio to a manageable volume that is a valuable resource for both the beginner and expert alike. After 35 years as a ham I still managed to find several interesting topics and tid-bits even after only my first cursory review. A great read but more importantly a good introduction for folks who either have never heard of the ham radio hobby before or whose perception kept them from pursuing the hobby further. 73 - Dino KL0S
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book shortly after I got my Technician Class license and I find it facinating! There is an almost unending amount of information offered! A must have for anyone that has an Amateur License or is interested in getting one!
Craig_the_Impaler More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent overview of Amateur radio. Every technology I am aware of at prescient time is covered in reasonable depth. Anyone who is curious about HAM radio will do well to read this book. What this book is not is it is not a study guide to help pass the Amateur license exam. Although there are many questions on that exam that may be answered within this book do not attempt to take the test unless you have used a study guide! I read the Nook version which shows a newer copy write than the paper version. I do not have a hard copy to compare with but it appears the Nook version does not have new material. Furthermore, many of the URL's hyperlink'd in the text are now dead. If the URL's were good I'd have given up five stars...
aragornTX More than 1 year ago
I know almost nothing about Ham Radio. This book kept introducing new concepts at such a pace I could barely keep up and it seemed to be in kind of random order. Maybe if I read it again it would go more easily. I WAS surprised how much I remembered once I started studying for my Technician license, so some of it did sink in.
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