What is included with this book?
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.
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.
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.
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