Great Resource For Newly-Licensed Hams, Or Those Returning to the Hobby:

  • How to use the controls on your transceiver

  • How these are being implemented using SDR and direct sampling radios

  • Operating techniques for VHF/UHF repeaters

  • HF radio contesting and DXing

  • FT8 and new digital modes

  • Radio propagation

  • Antennas, transmission lines, SWR and the mysteries of baluns

  • Building your HF station, choosing a radio, connecting your radio to a computer

  • Mobile and portable operation

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The Successful Ham Radio Operator's Handbook

Fred Cady KE7X and Vic DiCiccio VE3YT

This book covers a wide range of topics, helping the reader to understand the excitement of different facets of ham radio and to choose a challenging and exciting activity to pursue.

  • It answers the question "Why is ham radio relevant in the Internet age?"

  • It helps the reader better understand how the radio works. Many hams only use a small fraction of the features of their radio. For example, if you understand how a noise blanker or a roofing filter or the AGC works, you will be able to more easily use these, and other, features of your radio to your benefit.

  • It provides exercises designed to apply the knowledge to cement your understanding of how your radio works without being radio-specific. It is good for all makes and models.

  • It helps the reader get enough background to understand much of the jargon hams who pursue special activities, such as the various digital modes, VHF contesting and moon bounce. It quickly takes the novitiate reader to higher level of understanding and provides URLs and websites that help the reader go deeper into new interests.

  • Antennas remain a key area where all hams can still successfully experiment and create a key part of their station. This book provides information to help new hams get started cutting their own verticals and dipoles. It explains why some popular multiband antennas may have compromises that impact performance.

  • It gives practical guidelines about choosing transmission lines and building and using baluns and chokes.

  • Digital modes such as RTTY, PSK and the new WSTJ modes are explained. The computer-to-radio connections needed for these modes are discussed and illustrated.

  • Many hams are motivated by public service and emergency preparedness. This book describes typical local emergency organizations and national networks.

  • Hams who like to operate while traveling will find practical information on reciprocal international agreements and how to get permission to operate legally.

267 pages, 211 figures and diagrams, and 53 tables of data make understanding the sometimes complicated ham radio operations much easier.