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Your how-to guide to become a ham 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, Your how-to guide to become a ham 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. 


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Your how-to guide to become a ham 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, Your how-to guide to become a ham 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. 

30 review for Ham Radio For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

  1. 4 out of 5

    W Marks

    Whether you're a beginner, a seasoned operator, or someone getting back on the air after a long absence, Ham Radio for Dummies (you'll want the updated 4th edition that covers the latest technologies) is one of a select number of references that belongs in every amateur's shack. Distilling the many facets of this complex hobby into a single, accessible book is a Herculean feat, but Silver has done it, always employing a conversational style that makes for informative and enjoyable reading. Withi Whether you're a beginner, a seasoned operator, or someone getting back on the air after a long absence, Ham Radio for Dummies (you'll want the updated 4th edition that covers the latest technologies) is one of a select number of references that belongs in every amateur's shack. Distilling the many facets of this complex hobby into a single, accessible book is a Herculean feat, but Silver has done it, always employing a conversational style that makes for informative and enjoyable reading. Within the text, you'll also find prompts that direct you to additional online material written for the book (this proved particularly useful when delving into emergency communication, Autopatch, etc.). For those who have just received their Technician license, you won't find a better Elmer than N0AX. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I listened to the audiobook version of this book. There are some parts that didn't translate well, like when the reader is reading URLs, or charts of things that would be a handy reference. It would be great if I could see a list of all the URLs and if I could see all the charts and pictures in the print version. Aside from that. I can't complain. Between this book and a few days doing practice tests (and reading the explanations) at hamstudy.org, I passed my Technician exam. I listened to the audiobook version of this book. There are some parts that didn't translate well, like when the reader is reading URLs, or charts of things that would be a handy reference. It would be great if I could see a list of all the URLs and if I could see all the charts and pictures in the print version. Aside from that. I can't complain. Between this book and a few days doing practice tests (and reading the explanations) at hamstudy.org, I passed my Technician exam.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    An ok book, I guess, but I think I just read the wrong thing. I was looking for more of a manual on the exam, etc. This is more of a general-purpose read that, really, I didn't find particularly useful. An ok book, I guess, but I think I just read the wrong thing. I was looking for more of a manual on the exam, etc. This is more of a general-purpose read that, really, I didn't find particularly useful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I love this book and cannot recommend it enough. It's got a lot of information, but is organized in a way that you can easily skip over anything not interesting to you. Loads of good information in here, definitely recommended if you are interested in getting started on amateur radio I love this book and cannot recommend it enough. It's got a lot of information, but is organized in a way that you can easily skip over anything not interesting to you. Loads of good information in here, definitely recommended if you are interested in getting started on amateur radio

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    A little long in the tooth. Some of the urls are no long active. That being said, it is a simple introduction to the hobby and generally fits the “for Dummies” series quite well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tristan

    A good overview of amateur radio. A nice supplement for the license manuals, or to read if you are curious about the hobby and want to know more about it before studying for a license.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Magnuson

    Good complete introduction to the hobby. Lots of useful information and advice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tao

    A little outdated, but still very informative and helpful for HAM newbies.

  9. 4 out of 5

    George

    Pretty good book for the new ham radio operator. It's basic enough to give an understanding and detailed enough to challenge. Covering a wide range of areas, it's not meant to be read cover-to-cover like a novel. Pick out a chapter and dive in. If you have additional questions or want more, references are provided. Informative. Pretty good book for the new ham radio operator. It's basic enough to give an understanding and detailed enough to challenge. Covering a wide range of areas, it's not meant to be read cover-to-cover like a novel. Pick out a chapter and dive in. If you have additional questions or want more, references are provided. Informative.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Pilz

    This book is a basic introduction into what ham radio is, but I expected more material towards the tests, exams and training. This is more a 'what-is' book and 'how-to-get-into-it' book than a 'how-to' book. This book is a basic introduction into what ham radio is, but I expected more material towards the tests, exams and training. This is more a 'what-is' book and 'how-to-get-into-it' book than a 'how-to' book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Chauran

    I read this book after becoming licensed to fill in any gaps left from cramming for all three exams with the ARRL manuals. The well-organized nature of this book alone helped to smooth over some wrinkles in my understanding of some concepts. I intend to read more by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    Valid for all types of radio comms. Teaching tool for crew.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    621.38416 S5872 2013

  14. 4 out of 5

    Drew Kerlee

    garbage. Too much technicality, not enough friendly. Usually Dummies books are friendly. This one is intimidating.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    It was ok but learned more talking with Elmers and internet resources.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    First licensed in 1983, I left the hobby in 1986 and came back in 2014. This book brought me back up to speed and introduced some new modes like PSK31 that didn't even exist in the '80's. First licensed in 1983, I left the hobby in 1986 and came back in 2014. This book brought me back up to speed and introduced some new modes like PSK31 that didn't even exist in the '80's.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    New to the dummies series, but this was a great book to help get into this new hobby.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susanna

    Ham requirements have changed, so I perused the book and then gave it back to the friend who loaned it to me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Petr Rataj

    Absolutely perfect!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bob S.

    Very helpful book on Amateur Radio. If you are just starting into this hobby, I highly recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    It some good overall descriptions of what's available in Ham Radio but doesn't do much for passing the exams. It some good overall descriptions of what's available in Ham Radio but doesn't do much for passing the exams.

  22. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Martinez

    ARRL Manual is better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Sibley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marv

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Arwood

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Fields

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Holm

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