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Two-Way Radios & Scanners for Dummies

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Two-Way Radios & Scanners for Dummies

Are you new to radio? This book will help you discover a fun new hobby with helpful possibilities. Get directions, talk to folks around town, or find out whether the fish are biting. Want to check out the morning news in London, help out in emergencies, or tune in to the big race? Radio opens up a world of possibilities—literally. This handy guide tells you about the equipment you need, fills you in on radio etiquette, shows you how to stay legal, and gives you lots of cool ideas for family-friendly radio activities.


Already a licensed ham or scanner user? Learn about alternate types of radio, such as FRS or MURS--what are the rules, really? Here is the information you need on other radio services such as Aviation, Military, and Land Mobile. Put the wideband receive capabilities of your ham rigs to work! Not found in Amateur Radio, trunking radio systems can be quite mysterious, but this book shows you how to listen in using a scanner. You’ll also find lots of references to Web sites with frequency information for local businesses and government agencies.

Are you involved in emergency communications or in training emergency volunteers? This book will broaden your understanding of the radio services that are available to the emcomm responder. Volunteers can use the book as a training manual for radio use. The frequency lists and reference Web sites are invaluable for designing a communications plan.

    Discover how to:
  • Choose and operate different types of radios
  • Get a license if you need one
  • Use the appropriate radio jargon
  • Communicate in emergencies
  • Program a scanner
  • Tune in signals from public service action to sporting events
  • Install radios safely and effectively

About the author: Ward Silver is an electrical engineer who’s been a licensed ham for 31 years. His ham radio call sign is N0AX. He is author of Ham Radio for Dummies and contributing editor and columnist for QST, the monthly magazine for ham operators published by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL--The national association for AMATEUR RADIO).

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