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Ham Radio for Dummies, by Ward Silver Reviews: 13 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $21.99
Description: A reference manual for the beginner in Amateur Radio
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KI4CFS Rating: 5/5 Sep 19, 2004 12:02 Send this review to a friend
Great book, want more & way to give feedback  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have now given the book to a friend interested in ham and she wants to learn more! It worked as a book to introduce people to ham radio! Keep a copy around to loan to friends really interested! Of course getting them on the air is an even better start! Most beginner books are too beginner and the next level books are too advanced. This covers from interested in the field to beginner ham thatís really is serious!

I also have to say, I am real pleased that the Ham Radio For Dummies but I think something were left out and hope the author is reading this. Maybe a second book or non-dummies book just on these topics would be good!

1) As a new ham, I have to say GREAT book!!! ARRL need to take note!!! Instead of adding more pounds to their books they need to as more clarity of understanding and I think their authors have lost the perspective of a new person! This book has not!! So ARRL if you are reading this take note!!!

2) It is REAL annoying that there is no way to email the author of this book, and in this day and age unacceptable. If the author can read this please consider correcting that! Just good customer service. If you have to make it a dummies page where you have to fill the comment in on a page and you donít get to see the real email address, thats a start. If I have missed this than hopefully someone can post it or let others know. If you are committed to feedback make it easy to get.

3) The book needs to explain how to use SWR meters, what are the features, dummy load, and using test equipment. Maybe this is for another group but this is not well handled by the other guy (ARRL).

4) Want more on Expelling RF Grounding vs. DC grounding.

5) Again, there is a bonus chapter on the dummies web site that I recommend that is the best start in explaining all the features of ham radios. (Which almost NO one else does!). And worth down loading but of courses no easy way to give feedback to the author.

If the book were not so great I would take a point off for difficulty to give feedback to the author. But I can say if you write him a letter, (assuming you can find his address). He is very nice and replies.

In closing, itís a great book and I want more books like this!!! Working to see through the beginners eyes!
KI4CFS Rating: 5/5 Aug 9, 2004 01:15 Send this review to a friend
Thank you Ward Silver for writting this!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is getting my Dad in action on learning about Ham radio. I found it fun to read, great web resources, and shares the passion of Ham radio. I just let a client barrow my copy and he is considering getting into to the field over this book. Keep a copy to loan out to friend!

W4PA Rating: 5/5 Apr 21, 2004 16:42 Send this review to a friend
Good first-timers guide  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great beginner's guide to Amateur Radio in clear, easy-to-read format. Not for the active ham - certainly for the newly-interested or newly licensed. Information on how to get a license, building a station, getting on the air - essentially everything hams "do".
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