|[AMRadio] They just re-formatted the Radio Amateur's Handbook|
bguyger at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 15 13:14:46 EDT 2013
There's no doubt that any stepping stone that can be put out for beginners helps. I've been building gear since I was maybe 8 and I'm 66 now and boy do I owe a lot to Elmers and just reading things like the ARRL Handbook and QST's back in the day. OK I admit it, I was a nurd before the word was invented. I think one of my first books was a well used '49 ARRL hb that someone gave me, which I still have.
FWIW I was recently given a Radio Handbook published by Editors and Engineers in 1947. Plenty of theory explained very well, but the construction parts pretty much consist of a picture of a transmitter or receiver etc. and a schematic and you're on your own, no detailed explanation of how to. I guess it goes back to the old days (20's-30's) when radio front panels weren't labeled. If you didn't know what that control did, you had no business messing with it. Someone came along and realized that if the field / hobby was to grow the newbies needed a little help here and there.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:31 AM, "manualman at juno.com" <manualman at juno.com> wrote:
Excellent reference book for the newly minted amateur. Even some
"seasoned" amateurs could benefit from the material in this book.
On Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:56:29 -0400 "Tom Chesek" <tchesek at epix.net>
> I became a ham in September 2002 and purchased the first edition of
> Radio for Dummies after it came out in 2004. I was a
> Johnnie-come-lately to
> the hobby at the time being 51 years old but I did have formal
> training and some personal experience with electronics as a hobby.
> been a newly minted ham I found the book to be an excellent
> resource. It
> gives just enough information to allow a basic understanding of a
> topic. On
> my quest to become a ham I "self-elmered". By that I mean that I
> did not
> seek out anyone or any club for assistance and I relied on the
> mainly, for help initially. I felt more comfortable doing it this
> way at my
> pace. In my opinion this book can be the perfect publication to for
> prospective ham or an inexperienced ham. I think that we have all
> teachers in our lives that we did not connect with and others who
> everything seem simple. Books are like that so this might be the
> one that
> works for you.
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