- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764559877
- ISBN-13: 978-0764559877
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 171 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
You can be a lifesaver while you make new friends
Find out about ham radio, prepare for your license, and join the fun!
Hams do cool things like talking to folks around the world and helping with communications during emergencies. If hamming it up sounds like fun, here’s the scoop, including licensing requirements and how to set up a station. And if you’re already licensed, this book will help you start sounding (and feeling) like a pro!
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Understand ham jargon
- Communicate on the air
- Prepare for the license exam
- Set up a radio shack
- Help in an emergency or natural disaster
- Be a ham on the go
About the Author
Ward Silver is an electrical engineer who’s been a licensed ham for 31 years. He is a contributing editor and columnist for QST, a monthly magazine for ham operators.
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Top customer reviews
Reading the section about how to build and operate your own station left me drooling in my ignorance. It talks about finding a mentor to teach you Ham radio skills. I was hoping this book would do that for me but I really do need a mentor. The reason I'm interested in Ham radio is it's practicality in a disaster situation if all other means of communication are no longer working. It would be a great advantage to know what events were taking place in other parts of the country and world.
I'm not totally giving up on learning Ham radio skills. I bought a small portable radio capable of picking up Ham signals. I just can't use it for talking, which I doubt I would do anyway now that I know you have to study and take a test to qualify. Nobody'd want to hear what I had to say anyway lol!
I think this book would be real good for those already somewhat familiar with all that is involved in Ham radio, but for those who are not even registering on the lowest levels of the scale of newbie knowledge (like me) it might not be as useful as hoped. It left me pretty much blowing bubbles.
Please note that "Ham Radio for Dummies" is not intended to prepare individuals for the FCC Technician Class license test, although there is much useful information in the book. Those preparing to take the Technician Class licensing test should consult a proper study guide: the most current version of the Ham Radio License Manual (Amateur Radio Relay League) and/or Technician Class (Gordon West).
This book is very organized and well written; the topics flow in a logical pattern, keeping one's interest. I read this book in two setting and found it to be enjoyable and rewarding. I would recommend this book to a novice who is curious about ham radios and considering pursuing a ham license.