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However, I recently became a new ham. I spotted the book while browsing my Kindle and flipped through a few pages. With my increased interest in ham radio, I found the book well organized and relevant to my new hobby. I was reading it as I progressed from my technician class to general class license, and I found some of the topics meshed with what I was studying at that moment and gave me a little bit better insight.
Aside from the purely technical aspects of amateur radio, the book also focused on the more human side of the activity. By the time I got halfway through it, I realized how much I was enjoying the read.
This is a terrific look at the history and current state of a hobby that's still thriving in spite of the internet and cell phones. If you're a techno, you'll enjoy the discussions of antennas, propagation, and other technical information. However, if you're not, there's a great deal of nostalgic Americana about a unique hobby here.
Sitting in a room alone, on a cold evening, and picking up a distant CW (Morse Code) signal, answering, and then engaging in a delightful conversation with a complete stranger, from another country and culture is a unique experience. Knowing that signal bounced off the ionosphere, somehow, makes it better.
Riding the Shortwaves captures that experience. Read it.
The book is very well written and engaging, I won't spoil anything but it made me shed a tear as well.
If you're studying for your license or is newly licensed and is feeling some trepidation about getting on the air I can guarantee that you will find pleasure and inspiration reading this book.