Riding the Shortwaves: Exploring the Magic of Amateur Radio

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Amateur or "ham" radio is enjoying a resurgence, welcoming thousands to the excitement of the hobby. This hundred-year-old pastime continues to keep up with the times but also leads the way in technical innovations. Ham operator and bestselling author Don Keith (call sign N4KC) mixes easy-to-understand advice with fictional stories to show what the hobby is all about in the 21st century. More

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About Don Keith

Award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith has published more than 25 books, fiction and non-fiction, including several bestsellers. While working as a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and reporting. He was also the first winner of Troy State University's Hector Award for innovation in broadcast journalism. As an on-the-air broadcaster, Don twice was named the Billboard Magazine "Radio Personality of the Year.” He was a broadcast personality for over twenty years in Birmingham and Nashville.

His first novel, THE FOREVER SEASON, was named Alabama Library Association's "Fiction of the Year" award winner in 1997. He later co-wrote a nationally-bestselling thriller with former nuclear submarine commander George Wallace, FINAL BEARING, and its follow-up, FIRING POINT, which has been optioned as a major motion picture.

Don lives in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, with his wife, Charlene. He is also a sought-after public speaker, a member of the Alabama Writers' Forum, and actively supports local and statewide literacy efforts.

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Review by: Tom Kirby on Aug. 05, 2013 :
This isn't a book on how to become a "ham", it's a book about why you SHOULD become an amateur radio operator. It explains how and why hams do the things they do, and warns us that like any subset of the human population, some bad apples do exist. It has valuable tips for you, once you are licensed, and the short fictional stories included reinforce these tips.

Ham radio isn't just old men (in our club's last testing sessions, a 9-year-old and a 12-year old passed their tests), and the author recognizes this, and points out that the hobby is not in decline, but is in fact expanding with new technology.

If you have even the slightest interest in ham radio, read this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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