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By Ward Silver

You could be a lifesaver when you make new friends!
Find out approximately ham radio, organize on your license, and subscribe to the thrill!

Hams do cool such things as chatting with fogeys worldwide and supporting with communications in the course of emergencies. If hamming it up feels like enjoyable, here’s the inside track, together with licensing requisites and the way to establish a station. And if you’re already authorized, this ebook can help you begin sounding (and feeling) like a professional!

The Dummies approach
Explanations in undeniable English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and different navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A sprint of humor and fun

Discover how to...
* comprehend ham jargon
* speak at the air
* arrange for the license exam
* organize a radio shack
* assist in an emergency or typical disaster
* Be a ham at the cross

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Hams are required to have a license, no matter where they operate. int/home/). Each member country is required to have its own government agency that controls licensing inside its borders. In the United States, hams are part of the Amateur Radio Service, which is regu­ lated and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Outside the United States, Amateur Radio is governed by similar rules and regulations. Amateur Radio licenses in America are granted by the FCC, but the tests are administered by other hams acting as volunteer examiners, or VEs.

17 18 Part I: What Is Ham Radio All About? ߜ Cables and feedlines: Look behind, around, or under any piece of shack equipment and you find wires. Lots of them. The radio signals pipe through fat, black round cables called coaxial (coax). You’re probably familiar with audio cables from stereo equipment. Power is supplied by colored wires not terribly different in size from house wiring. I cover cables and feedlines in more detail in Chapter 12. Although you perform many of the same functions as the hams from the nine­ teenth century, the modern shack is as far removed from the home-brewed breadboards in the backyard shed as a late model sedan is from a Model T.

Chapter 2 Getting a Handle on Ham Radio Technology In This Chapter ᮣ Calculating radio waves ᮣ Stocking your shack with gadgets ᮣ Understanding the effects of nature on ham radio H am radio covers a lot of technological territory. And to be successful in ham radio, you need to have a general understanding of the technology that makes up ham radio. In this chapter, I cover the most common terms and ideas that form the foundation of ham radio. Fundamentals of Radio Waves Understanding ham radio (or any radio) is impossible without also having a general understanding of the purpose of radio — to send and receive infor­ mation by using radio waves.

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