This book us very useful to explain Ham Radio to Almost-Hams and help all the New Hams learn and have more success and fun on the air.
Ham Radio For Dummies will answer your questions about Ham Radio and help with the "Now What?" questions after passing the exam.
It's all about mentoring and that's been its purpose from the first edition. The overall structure has been very successful and this new edition builds on it.
- Here's a list of the high points for the fifth edition:
- Every portion of the book was updated to some degree
- All new how-to-tune and make-contact sections to include SDR technology
- Covers digital voice modes and systems like DMR in more detail
- The exam process has been updated to cover remote sessions
- Lots of tips to alert the reader about topics in the exam question pool
- More about WSJT-X modes like FT8
- Operating practices updated to popular techniques and specialties
- Lots of technical guidance about radios, antennas, tools, etc
And for those of us more experienced, the book might touch on something we don't know a lot about and that's helpful, too. The Dummies format is easy to read in bite-size chunks.
Respond to the call of Ham Radio
Despite its old-school reputation, amateur radio is on the rise, and the airwaves are busier than ever. That’s no surprise: being a ham is a lot of fun, providing an independent way to keep in touch with friends, family, and new acquaintances around the world—and even beyond with its ability to connect with the International Space Station! Hams are also good in a crisis, keeping communications alive and crackling during extreme weather events and loss of communications until regular systems like cell phones and the internet are restored. Additionally, it’s enjoyable for good, old-fashioned tech geek reasons—fiddling with circuits and bouncing signals off the ionosphere just happens to give a lot of us a buzz!
If one or more of these benefits is of interest to you, then good news: the new edition of Ham Radio For Dummies covers them all! In his signature friendly style, longtime ham Ward Silver (Call Sign NØAX)—contributing editor with the American Radio Relay League—patches you in on everything from getting the right equipment and building your station (it doesn’t have to be expensive) to the intricacies of Morse code and Ohm’s law. In addition, he coaches you on how to prepare for the FCC-mandated licensing exam and tunes you up for ultimate glory in the ham radio hall of fame as a Radiosport competitor! With this book, you’ll learn to:
- Set up and organize your station
- Communicate with people around the world
- Prep for and pass the FCC exam
- Tune into the latest tech, such as digital mode operating
Whether you’re looking to join a public service club or want the latest tips on the cutting edge of ham technology, this is the perfect reference for newbies and experts alike—and will keep you happily hamming it up for years!