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200 Meters And Down Reviews: 5 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $12.00
Description: The "Family Album" of Ham Radio, if you're a ham you really need to read this
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N3DF Rating: 3/5 Aug 8, 2008 11:16 Send this review to a friend
Dry Reading  Time owned: more than 12 months
Unillustrated and, for the most part, uninteresting. The dull writing style does not help. I believe that most people will fund "Fifty Years of ARRL," a book that collects QST articles commemorating the League's 50th anniversary in 1964, a far more useful review of early amateur radio.
W2NSF Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2008 15:05 Send this review to a friend
Must read  Time owned: more than 12 months
Love the dated style. Couldn't get enough of the history. Interesting to see the hobby transform after almost going under. Should be must reading for all hams, newbies to OMs. See that your local library gets a copy for you and your friends.
KY6R Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2008 13:45 Send this review to a friend
Exciting  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The stories about the accomplishments of hams around the world - and their pursuit to improve the technical aspects, the operating aspects and the DX-ing aspects of amateur radio is very exciting.

It even reminded me that traffic handling (before our "ho - hum" over-wired world") was an exciting pursuit.

Funny to read the fellows who proclaimed they would never give up spark, and their contemporaries - who used tubes and CW and pushed way past the "supposed" tubes ratings.

Better, faster, more!
WI7B Rating: 5/5 Nov 17, 2006 13:15 Send this review to a friend
A definitive history of ham  Time owned: more than 12 months

One or two things may surprise you in '200 Meters and Down'. It is not all complements for Hiram and or the ARRL.

Specifically, you don't need a microscope to detect DeSoto's criticism of the ARRL during the important international negotiations for the first, defined amateur bands in the 1920s.

You may also be surprised to learn that convicts were also hams in the early years, or that a sharecropper's son built a CW rig from scratch using an appliance motor to make a vacuum pump to faricate his own tubes. Amazing stuff.
N8DXR Rating: 5/5 Jul 27, 2005 16:30 Send this review to a friend
A fine starting point, but take note of the writing style...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
...which is pretty dated, almost as if the gentility of the conservatory (read: snobbishly effete) was as important as the facts. So be warned that DeSoto's tone can get to you if you let it; editors of today would have cut out a great amount of his flowery language and metaphors, without losing sight of the points he wanted to get across.

But what keeps DeSoto's work at "5" range is the sheer breadth of history, particularly in the early days of our hobby. Yes, the truly definitive history of Amateur Radio is waiting to be written - but this is a great starting point for the researcher willing to undertake the task. Still available through the ARRL, and a pretty good gift or library addition in its own right.

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