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Reviews Summary for Hello World/A Life in Ham Radio (Danny Gregory/Paul Sahre)
Reviews: 7 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $24.95
Description: The story of amateur Jerry Powell, W2OJW as told through his 369 QSL cards - of which each tells a story.
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W4SH Rating: 5/5 Jan 30, 2009 13:36 Send this review to a friend
Well Done  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
A wonderfully done book that I enjoyed reading and will read again. Well worth the time. A nice history lesson based on the QSL's in different parts of the world that Jerry Powell WO2JW, worked in his 70 plus years as a ham. Highly Recommended.
KE5GDB Rating: 5/5 May 4, 2008 11:34 Send this review to a friend
Great Read, I'd recommend to anyone  Time owned: more than 12 months
I LOVED this book! It was amazing to see the different QSL cards and stages of Jerry's Ham Radio interests.

If I can find out the callsigns of his buddies that wrote this book, I'll definitely send them a QSL Card/Thank You card.
K7AGE Rating: 5/5 Jan 6, 2008 09:24 Send this review to a friend
Interesting  Time owned: more than 12 months
Interesting book. A combination of radio operating and history of what was happening in the world at the time of the QSO. The graphics are very good. I knew Ole Ed W6SHW (Smoke House Willie) SK back in 1990, his card is on page 31. Randy
VA7AAX Rating: 5/5 Jan 6, 2008 09:08 Send this review to a friend
really good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This book is nicely done.Artwork is good.description is good.There are a few errors in the writing.Even non-ha friends liked the book
KD6TVH Rating: 5/5 Dec 15, 2006 04:07 Send this review to a friend
Great ending!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I passed this book up a the library several times thinking it was somehow about broadcast radio. I think every new ham interested in DXing should read this book.

The text of the book is simple so don't go looking for technical help (in fact there are a few errors). The art is very well done, and that is what makes this book stand out from 99% of other ham books.

I won't spoil the ending, but after flipping through the book, read the Author's note. You'll find it's not what you thought it was (i.e., a tribute to a SK friend). Even my wife (non-ham) said, "Wow, how cool!"
VE4MM Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2005 20:02 Send this review to a friend
Nice Artwork  Time owned: more than 12 months
Nicely done!

Enjoyable Book.

Michael Mark, P.Eng.
N8DXR Rating: 5/5 Jul 27, 2005 17:42 Send this review to a friend
A WONDERFUL history, and a great read...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
...but there are a couple of unforgivable technical errors in a place you would not expect to find them (more on that at the end).

The opening of this must-have work contains a great image and accompanying line: Above a simple globe are the words "This is the world. Say hello."

Can YOU think of a better slogan for our lifestyle? (No apologies, this book moves Amateur Radio out of the "hobby" stage - it's THAT good and fun)

Without ever meeting Jerry, who became a silent key in February '01 at the age of 92 (yeah, just a kid), Gregory and Sahre have pieced together a wonderful read, made even more enjoyable by the amazing collection of QSLs starting in 1928 when Jerry held the call W9DOG (whatta vanity call before vanity calls were cool) and ending in '94 with a contact in Zimbabwe. And even better: The authors went behind the majority of the cards to pull out great stories of the operators on the other side of the QSOs.

The cover art is also a masterwork: How many books can YOU think of with the title in Morse Code? But the inner flyleafs are an unmitigated disaster in that the authors used a spectral rainbow background that makes the copy a burden to read - and in the back flyleaf, where Jerry's contact log is printed, the black type is literally unreadable thanks to the multicolor backing!

Still, that blunder does not detract in any way from the excellent work found within this book; here's hoping future editions correct that mistake (quickest way is to use white type instead of black).

Yet another superb effort for our calling, and one that ranks up there with The Complete DXer and 200 Meters and Down. Well worth the ARRL keeping this in print; if it's not in their book catalog, shame on them!!

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