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Riding the Shortwaves: Exploring the Magic of Amateur Radio Paperback – July 27, 2012
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Don Keith N4KC is a former award-winning broadcaster, an honored broadcast journalist, and a marketing executive. He is also a best-selling author with over twenty books to his credit, including several titles selected as featured selections of The History Book Club and The Military Book Club. His novel FIRING POINT will soon be a major motion picture with the title HUNTER KILLER. He has written fiction and non-fiction about subjects such as college football, NASCAR racing, submarines, World War II history and more. Don has been a licensed amateur radio operator for more than 50 years and is active in all aspects of the hobby.
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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.
Not a big issue, but anything this short is closer to a pamphlet rather than a book.