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Amateur radio
Now you're talking! : all you need to get your first ham radio license
edited by Larry D. Wolfgang ; contributing editors, R. Dean Straw, Dana G. Reed, R. Jan Carman ; editorial assistants, Maty Weinberg, Helen Dalton ; production staff, David Pingree ... [et al.].
Newington, CT : ARRL, [2004].
Here is amateur radio's most popular beginners study guide. In one book, readers have everything they need to earn their Technician Class license. Contains the latest technician class question pool with answer key, for exams taken after June 30, 2003.
     
The ARRL's tech Q&A : your quick & easy path to a technician ham license
edited by Larry D. Wolfgang.
Newington, CT : ARRL, c2003.
This handbook includes each question and answer for the technician question pool. Each question is printed with the correct answer letter shown in bold type. An accurate, but brief explanation is included after each question. Contains everything needed to pass the 35-question technician class exam.
     
Rebels on the air : an alternative history of radio in America
Jesse Walker.
New York : New York University Press, c2001.
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN RADIO Boring DJs who never shut up and who don't even pick their own records. The same hits, over and over. A constant stream of annoying commercials. How did radio get so dull? Not by accident, contends journalist and historian Jesse Walker. For decades, government and big business have colluded to monopolize the airwaves, stamping out competition, reducing variety, and silencing dissident voices. And yet, in the face of such pressure, an alternative radio tradition has tenaciously survived. Rebels on the Air explores these overlooked chapters in American radio, revealing the legal barriers established broadcasters have erected to ensure their dominance. Using lively anecdotes drawn from first-hand interviews, Walker chronicles the story of the unsung heroes of American radio who, despite those barriers, carved out spaces for themselves in the spectrum, sometimes legally and sometimes not. Walker's engaging, meticulous account is the first comprehensive history of alternative radio in the United States. From the unlicensed amateurs who invented broadcasting to the community radio movement of the 1960s and 1970s, from the early days of FM to today's micro radio movement, Walker lays bare the hidden history of broadcasting. Above all, Rebels on the Air is the story of the pirate broadcasters who shook up radio in the 1990s-and of the new sorts of radio we can expect in the next century, as the microbroadcasters crossbreed with the even newer field of Internet broadcasting.
     
All about ham radio
by Harry Helms.
San Diego : High Text Publications, c1992.
  1. "A DX/SWL Press book."
  2. Includes index.
     

Amateur radio, sometimes called Ham radio, is a hobby and public service. Amateur radio operators enjoy personal wireless communications with friends, family members, and even complete strangers.

They communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training. They use a variety of modes of transmission to communicate with one another. Voice transmissions are the most common. Using Morse code internationally can facilitate communications between amateurs who do not share a common language.

Amateur radio operators are required to pass an exam displaying knowledge and understanding of key concepts. There are three types of licenses: Technician, General and Amateur Extra, all having their own levels of frequency and operating privileges. Volunteers, who are other hams, administer license tests. The FCC grants the amateur radio license. Just like a commercial radio station, your amateur station has a call sign. You use it to identify yourself when you first sign on and at regular intervals during your on air session.

Hamfests are where hams meet in person and sell, swap and buy radios and related equipment.

Find a Hamfest

The FCC recognizes amateur radio in times of natural disasters and other emergencies. Amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when other conventional means of communications fail. Amateurs are encouraged to participate in programs to increase skills with message handling, emergency team organization and radio network operation. Annual Field Days are held to practice these emergency improvisational skills.

You can get started in amateur radio by joining a radio local club. They are a great resource that can provide information about licensing, operating practices and give technical advice.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff