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ISBN-13: 978-0786429660
ISBN-10: 0786429666
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Richard A. Bartlett, professor emeritus of Florida State University, lives in Tallahassee.
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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (August 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786429666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786429660
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Holoch on January 9, 2009
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This book and Hello World are the two best "Social History" books on amateur radio. Others have missed the mark that this one hits. I do find it interesting that there has been what seems like a growing interest in such types of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Wilson on July 21, 2010
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This is a well written, extremely well documented book that really makes the early years of amateur radio come to life, and gives even old timers a look at the hobby as it was before they joined the ranks. This is a great read, in depth and one you will refer back to from time to time.
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An excellent book on the early history of ham radio. Not technical, but covers the transition from spark to CW, phone and newer modes. Interesting history of all the major expeditions to the polar regions using ham radio, it's importance during natural disasters, and World Wars. Details the efforts of the ARRL to form a united effort to establish coast-to-coast relays, and effectively represent amateur interests in government and international regulations. The various military branches' radio schools during WWII, their training methods, and programs was particularly interesting. Highly recommended.
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This book is an excellent and well documented review of the "news worthy" events in ham radio history up to 1950. There are a good number of interesting photos from that era.

However, the technical aspects of the development of ham radio are not covered. Such details as when tubes replaced spark and what frequencies were used or what power was used are treated only in a very cursory fashion.

Toward the end of his book, the author does refer the reader to the book "200 Meters & Down" by DeSoto which covers this aspect of the history of ham radio in considerable detail.
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Nicely done! The only thing that was a bit off-putting was that many of the images from the book are not available in the Kindle version due to copyright... not the author's fault, of course... A social history, yes, but readers without a ham background may have trouble following along in places. Overall, this is a great effort by Bartlett!
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Thus far I am still reading this book but I have found it very well written and just full of great history.
To my amazement the author is the brother of Bart Bartlett who was a neighbor and good friend who helped me many times when I was a teenager and just getting into Ham Radio. I use to listen to Bart's code practice transmissions from Belmont, CA to get my code speed up which was a great benefit to me when I became a Radioman in the U S Navy.
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Being an Amateur Radio Operator for over 59 years, I found this book to be the most fascinating of any, with such unique, detailed information I've never suspected existed. I think that anyone, interested in electronics, will miss out on the very basics as to how Amateur Radio ever got off the ground. Hence, the foundation to modern technology became what it is today!
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