- Series: Tab Electronics Technical Library
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 4 edition (November 28, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071361871
- ISBN-13: 978-0071361873
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio 4th Edition
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From the Back Cover
This revised edition of the most trusted guide in all of ham radio is here just in time to help you pass the new No-Code Technician Class exams!
Used by thousands of ham operators to understand and set up their first shortwave transmitters, and to get their licenses--Clay Laster's Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio is the proven way to start sending from your own set. Complete Get-Hamming and Get-Your-License Kit. You don't need any special training or skills to begin. All you need is this book! Clay Laster explains radio and electronics fundamentals needed to set up a transmitter and become a licensed "ham" operator from the ground up. Reflecting both the newest equipment and revisions to the Federal Communications Commission rules and tests, this guide gives anyone interested in amateur radio:
*An exciting introduction to shortwave--used for round-the-world fun and communications, for emergency and disaster signaling, and, yes, still used by spies
*All the guidance you need to become a ham radio operator
*A mini-course in electronics, focused on radio fundamentals
*Understandable instruction in wave propagation, power supplies, and electronic circuits
*Complete study guide for getting your Novice Operator or No-Code Technician Class licenses*Study hints for preparing for FCC exams
*Recent FCC RF Safety Rules and Guidelines
*384 FCC Technician Class Question Pool with Answers
*Shortwave operator's do's-and-don't's, practices and procedures
If you want to communicate over the airwaves both locally and globally, and listen in on conversations heard by very few--if you want to launch your own ham radio station and earn a coveted FCC license, you've picked the very best place to start. Take this book home, and it will take you into the realm of communication, new friends, good times, and technical mastery beyond your dreams.
About the Author
An electronics engineer and college instructor, Clay Laster, W5ZPV, has been an avid ham radio operator for more that 46 years. He holds the Amateur Extra Class License and the FCC General Radiotelephone Operator's License.
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The initial few chapters dealing with radio communications theory and principles of electricity and magnetism are easy enough for a beginner but the author soon forgets who he writing for in subsequent chapters. As an example the author describes a zener-follower regulator as follows:
"the output voltage,Vout, is determined by the zener diode reference voltage,Vp less the base-emitter junction voltage Vse.
This junction voltage is approximately 0.3 volts for germanium transistors and 0.7 volt for silicon transistors."
I doubt very much if a beginner is interested in this much information.
This book is OK for one who already knows the basics of the hobby (maybe as a superficial review).
But a true novice should not spend time or money with this book.
Even if you don't know anything about Ham Radio and not sure if you want to get involved, this is also the book for you. The only out dated part of the book is where Clay tells you that you need to learn Code to past the exam. The FCC and waved the code requirement, so you forget about that section. Almost everything in the book is useable now.
Biggest change? The FCC does not require morse code at all, for any license class, not even Amateur Extra Class! More priviledges have also been granted to lower class licensees, neither of which are covered in the 2001 edition I purchased!
Still a great book if you can get it at a good price!