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Now You're Talking!: All You Need to Get Your First Ham Radio License (Now You're Talking, 4th ed) Paperback – April 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Now You're Talking, 4th ed
  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Radio Relay League; 4th edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872597970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872597976
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published by the ARRL,this book prepares you for getting your ham radio Novice license as well as taking the Technician exam. It includes information on selecting your equipment and describes the popular operating modes-essentially all the information you need to get started being a ham. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This book is well written.
S. Hutton-Roehrig
My wife and I both used this book to study for the Technician class exam... and we both passed.
T. C Gerlach
This is a great book to get you started on ham radio.
Cheryl M. Menting

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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Holland on November 9, 2000
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This book is exactly right for someone who wants to become a ham radio operator. This book does two things. It is a self study course that will allow you to pass the Technician level FCC test. It is also a general introduction to all of ham radio, covering the highlights of all that can be done in amateur radio. It has just the right level of sophistication to give a good understanding of all facets of amateur radio but does not get into such extreme detail that it is overwhelming. The technical level is just right as well.
I used an earlier version of this text to study for my amateur radio license (KD4TTC). Even though I studied for the Technician license I was able to pass the written portion of the test for the General license class. However, to get to know Morse code, needed for working the frequencies that will get around the whole globe, you will need to find a way to practice receiving Morse code. While this book won't teach you Morse, you will learn from the book how to go about learning it if you want to. (As an aside, I was not interested in international communications back then, so I skipped that aspect of the hobby. I will be learning Morse this year and will upgrade. There is plenty to do with amateur radio without Morse code, so don't let any disinterest or fear of Morse stop you from becomming a Ham. The book explains all this).
I have not yet come across any aspect of ham radio that was not described at least in overview in this book. I may not know details of lots of aspects of all that is ham radio, but I have not come across anything in Ham radio that I was not introduced to in this book.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Appelbaum on February 7, 2002
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I tried Clay Laster's book and found it to be useless (see my review elsewhere).
So I picked up this ARRL book in anticipation of taking an 8 week Tech course through a local ham radio club for Element 2. I spent about an hour a night with this book, worked through all the questions and answers. In conjunction with web-based practice tests ([...] [...] or other locations -- these are free and invaluable for practice) after 2 painless weeks I found a local VEC site and took the test last Sunday. Passed with a 100% score!
I felt so confident, that I decided to try the General exam (Element 3) the same morning and passed that one too (although not with such a stellar result). I don't have to take the tech course now, and credited the fee toward club membership.
Bottom line -- ARRL knows the tests inside and out. They've been publishing license guides for years, they administer the tests, and they write the manuals so that they can be easily understood -- they don't introduce jargon or advanced concepts/information until the basics have been presented.
Although I already passed the General theory test, I am working my way through ARRL's General license guide -- to make sure I know what I'm supposed to. And studying Morse for Element 1 so I can get my General license. I've already picked up the ARRL licensing guide for Amateur Extra (Element 4) and hope to get there by the summer.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on July 7, 2001
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I am a senior engineer for network security operations. My dad is an amateur radio operator, and my grandfather was as well. I read the 4th edition of "Now You're Talking!" to learn the basics of ham radio and prepare for the Technician license.
Over several weeks I carefully studied chapters 1-10, stopping to answer the questions in chapter 12 when directed. I used the book as a source to make a few notecards on operating frequencies and general electrical engineering principles. The day of the exam, I reviewed the questions in chapter 12 as a whole, and ensured I could answer each correctly.
Without a doubt, this book will prepare you for the Technician exam. If you analyze the questions asked on the exam, they are all fully covered in the text of chapters 1-10. Furthermore, the authors are master educators who present clear explanations for every concept. I found myself with a better understanding of many aspects of radio theory after reading this book, which is more important than simply passing a test!
The only aspect of the book which confused me was the discussion of Technician privileges on page 1-11. The text states "As a Technician, you can use a wide range of frequency bands -- all amateur bands above 30 MHz, in fact." On the same page, Table 1-1 shows Technician licenses provide "All amateur privileges above 50.0 MHz." Table 1-2 on the next page states "Operators with Technician class licenses and above may operate on all bands above 50 MHz." Which is correct, 30 MHz or 50 MHz?
Regardless, I give the 4th edition of "Now You're Talking!" my highest recommendation. At $19 it's a bargain, and it was my sole reference. I earned a perfect score this morning after studying this book, and I look forward to joining the amateur radio community on the air.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2003
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Now're you're talking is a great introduction to ham radio. After reading it for a few weeks I felt I was so ready that I tried to tackle Morse code before getting hold of a VE. Passed both the element 1 and 2 with outstanding scores.
Granted, the book has some parts (such as the antenna section) that are useful to the beginner but not present on the test. I skipped these parts and read them later.
The book explains the information clearly. Some memorization is required of the frequency limits for each band, but that is easy if you practice.
Overall, this was a great first book to get me started in ham radio. I've tried to read many other technical books, but this is one of the only one's I've actually finished front-to-back.
By the way, I'm 13 years old. :)
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