Ham radio, or amateur radio, is a way to talk with people around the world in real-time, or to send email without any sort of internet connection. It provides a way to keep in touch with friends and family, whether they are across town or across the country. It is also a very important emergency communication system. When cell phones, landlines, the internet, and other systems are down or overloaded, Amateur Radio still gets the message through. Radio amateurs, often called "hams," enjoy radio technology as a hobby, but are often called upon to provide vital service when regular communications systems fail.
Ham Radio For Dummies is your guide to everything there is to know about ham radio. Plus, this updated edition provides new and additional information on digital mode operating, as well as use of amateur radio in student science and new operating events.
• Set up your radio station
• Design your ham shack
• Provide support in emergencies and communicate with other hams
• Study for the licensing exam and choose your call sign
If you're looking to join a college radio club or just want to learn the latest tips and tricks, this book is a helpful reference guide to beginners, or those who have been "hams" for years.
CHAPTER 1: Getting Acquainted with Ham Radio
CHAPTER 2: Getting a Handle on Ham Radio Technology
CHAPTER 3: Finding Other Hams: Your Support Group
Part 2: Wading through the Licensing Process
CHAPTER 4: Figuring Out the Licensing System
CHAPTER 5: Studying for Your License
CHAPTER 6: Taking the Exam
CHAPTER 7: Obtaining Your License and Call Sign
Part 3: Hamming It Up
CHAPTER 8: Making Contact
CHAPTER 9: Casual Operating
CHAPTER 10: Public Service Operating
CHAPTER 11: Operating Specialties
Part 4: Building and Operating a Station That Works
CHAPTER 12: Getting on the Air
CHAPTER 13: Organizing Your Station
CHAPTER 14: Operating Away from Home
CHAPTER 15: Hands-On Radio
Part 5: The Part of Tens
CHAPTER 16: Ham Radio Jargon — Say What?
CHAPTER 17: Station Equipment Tips
CHAPTER 18: Technical Fundamentals
CHAPTER 19: Tips for Masters
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