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RSGB Radio Amateur Operating Manual RSGB Radio Amateur Operating Manual
8th Edition

By Mike Dennision G3XDV & Steve Telenius-Lowe, PJ4DX

Despite what many believe amateur radio is a fast-moving hobby and every year sees numerous changes. Since the first edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual, it has provided the best practical guide to the hobby as it is today and this edition is no exception.

The 8th edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual is written and edited by those already skilled in their field so that, no matter what the activity, you can not only learn the basics but also the techniques that lead to success. Operating is an essential part of amateur radio. We all learn early on how to communicate with our fellow amateurs. However, to get the best out of our hobby, skills must be learned. And no matter how skilled you are in your particular field, there is much to learn when embarking on another activity. Techniques for operating on all bands from 136kHz to 24GHz, and all modes from CW to ATV, are included.

This edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual has been completely revised and updated, and includes an analysis of the recently revised UK licence, new information on RSGB awards and contests, the 472kHz band, the eleven 5MHz channels now available to all Full licensees, a code of ethics and the boom in digital repeaters. Almost all shacks will have a computer of some kind, running digital modes, controlling the station, logging or simply accessing relevant Internet pages, and these topics are covered in detail, including references to apps that will run on smart phones and tablets. There are chapters on building your station, DX operating, QSLing, contests, computers, modes, propagation, mobile and portable, repeaters, satellites and more.

Anyone who wants to enjoy amateur radio operating to the full be they a beginner or expert, will find the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual, remains a mine of useful and practical information about all aspects of amateur radio operating and is essential reading.

Size 210x297mm, 240 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9313 6

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IOTA Directory - 50th Anniversary Edition IOTA Directory - 50th Anniversary Edition  New

Edited by Roger Balister, G3KMA

Now celebrating 50 years the Island on the Air (IOTA) programme is one of the most popular DX programmes in the world. To mark this golden anniversary the fully updated IOTA Directory provides the essential guide to participating in the IOTA award programme and much more.

Edited and introduced by IOTA manager Roger Balister, G3KMA IOTA Directory - 50th Anniversary Edition contains a review of the first 50 years of the programme from the founder of the programme Geoff Watts through to the present. The extensive colour section of the book also contains fascinating articles covering the IOTA operation on "Timoteo Dominguez", the upsurge of Island Activity in Indonesia and even Antennas for IOTA DXpeditions. There is much more besides with details of the latest IOTA Honour roll, Golden List, etc. The IOTA Directory - 50th Anniversary Edition is the only complete, official listing of IOTA islands but is much more than just a simple list. This edition contains all the rule changes and island updates of this dynamic and exciting programme. There is everything you need to participate in IOTA, from an explanation of the programme, the rules, lists of islands, grouped by continent, and indexed by prefix through to application forms and masses of information and advice for island hunters, award applicants and DXpeditioners alike.

If the simple act of collecting QSL cards from around the world hasn't appealed before. The multitude of islands and the fascinating IOTA programme laid out in this book will change your mind. The IOTA Directory - 50th Anniversary Edition is a must have if you are already involved or simply just interested.

Size 210x297mm, 128 pages ISBN 9781-9050-8694-8

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RSGB Prefix Guide RSGB Prefix Guide
NEW 11th Edition

by Fred Handscombe, G4BWP

The RSGB Prefix Guide is simply the very latest amateur radio prefix information available and a lot more besides.

Fully updated with all the very latest changes in the amateur radio world the RSGB Prefix Guide is the best guide available to amateur radio prefixes. This edition has the latest changes to allocations, from E6 to the Pacific island nation of Niue through to Z8 for the newly formed nation of South Sudan. Readers will find more "special" prefixes mapped and even one new DXCC entity. The latest deletions are here including Malyj Vysotskij Island that has now been handed back to Russia.

This latest edition of the RSGB Prefix Guide has a "new look" making listings clearer and easier to use than ever before but still retaining its popular lay flat design. The listings provide a huge range of additional information covering references for continent, CQ Zone, DXCC, IOTA, ITU Zone, Latitude & Longitude and a whole lot more. Readers will find comprehensive lists of DXCC deleted entities, Russian & CIS entities and even the popular DXCC checklist is here. There is the very latest information on various award programs including IOTA, CQ WAZ, DXCC, WAS and others. There is also an index of countries and their callsign allocations divided by continent as are more detailed listings for the wide range of RSGB awards.

From the basic "what was that Call?" question through to research for an elusive award, this book provides what is needed. If you are interested in DX, awards or simply operate the HF bands the RSGB Prefix Guide is the book for you.

Size 210x297mm (landscape) 80 pages ISBN 9781 9050 8695 4

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Radios to Go! Radios to Go!
Getting the Most from your Handheld Transceiver
by Steve Ford, WB8IMY

If you want to get the most out of your hand held transceiver 'Radios to Go!' is the book for you. Modern technology has allowed manufacturers to pack a wealth of features into handheld transceivers. With so many features, however, it isn't always easy to get the full benefit from your investment. This book sets out to show you how to get at the features and use them day to day.

With even the user manuals telling the whole story of your radio transceiver 'Radios to Go!' lets you unlock the 'hidden' capabilities that are often not even described. Most dual-band 2-meter/70 cm handheld transceivers can be used to communicate through amateur radio satellites, but you usually won't see this discussion in your average user manual but it is covered in 'Radios to Go!'. Readers will find topics covered include: Why Are They Called HTs? (And Which One Should I Buy?), the Care and Feeding of Batteries, Memories, Scanning, Antennas, Software Management and Microphones & Headsets. There is even coverage of the Alphabet Soup: CTCSS, DTMF and DCS and even IRLP and EchoLink. For those looking for more the book also covers 'Expanding Your Horizons: APRS and Satellites'

If you own a handheld transceiver and want to get more out of it, or if you're trying to decide which transceiver to buy, 'Radios to Go!' is the essential guide.

Size 155x228mm, 112 pages ISBN: 9780 8725 9307 7

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ARRL Portable Antenna Classics ARRL Portable Antenna Classics
Antennas for operating on the Go!

Portable operating is gaining popularity in the Amateur Radio community. For amateurs who are unable to install permanent outdoor antennas at home, portable installations are often the only way they can get on the air. There are also amateurs who simply enjoy operating outdoors, in nature. For them, portable antennas are necessities.

ARRL Portable Antenna Classics is a collection of helpful articles drawn from the pages of QST the ARRL membership journal. Readers will find HF Antennas with single and multiband designs for all bands from 80m - 10m. Likewise there are VHF/UHF Antennas covering 2m and 70cm and even 6m. There are novel ideas such as the 'HF walking stick antenna' through the imaginatively named antennas 'The Octopus', 'The Shooter', 'The Black Widow' and many other. With over thirty antennas included there is a wide choice of easy to build and easy to use antennas for every band. Masts and other supports are not forgotten and you will find ingenious ideas for getting your portable antenna off the ground and keeping it there.

Featuring easily constructed antenna systems, ARRL Portable Antenna Classics offers practical ideas and projects to get you on the air from anywhere.

Size 208x276mm, 128 pages, ISBN: 9781 6259 5034 5

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ARRL Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook ARRL Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook
Prepare for the Unexpected!

The UK may not suffer too many tornados and earthquakes but we do see lots of fun runs and public events. For all these events when getting the message through is critical - amateur radio works! And has consistently been the most reliable means of communications when other systems have failed. This book provides a guide to how American radio amateurs work closely with disaster relief agency officials from FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other response organisations to offer wireless communications aid.

The Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook is for all amateurs who volunteer their time and skill to serve their communities. It provides knowledge needed for communicating quickly and effectively during disasters, emergencies, and community events, as well as an opportunity to learn more about this amateur radio public service and its unique role in supporting the public.

Size: 208x275mm, 304 pages ISBN: 9780 8725 9484 5

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RSGB Contest Review RSGB Contest Review
by Alan Hydes, G3XSV

This is a special publication that records and summarises all RSGB contest results from late 2009 and all of 2010.

This book picks up from the last set of RSGB contest results that were published in Sports Radio Roundup in winter 2009 which appeared in the December 2009 issue of RadCom. In previous years many contest results had been published in full either as feature articles or in the Sports Radio and Contesting columns of RadCom. As space is at a premium in a magazine that goes to all members of the Society, it was decided that a better approach would be for a dedicated publication to be made available to members on request and non members at a low cost. This would provide a permanent archive of RSGB contest results and create a useful reference source for those interested in contesting. For many people it is convenient to access a single printed document hence the RSGB Contest Review.

Size 210x297mm, 80 pages

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Amateur Radio Mobile Handbook Amateur Radio Mobile Handbook
2nd Edition

By Peter Dodd, G3LDO

The fascination of taking a radio away from home and making contact with stations both near and far is an enduring one in amateur radio circles. Written by acknowledged mobile expert Peter Dodd, G3LDO Amateur Radio Mobile Handbook is for those who regularly "go mobile" or simply want to start doing so.

Mobile operation can offer a great escape from EMC problems or restricted home operation and provide the challenge of the quest for that really good operating location. This book is designed to cover all these aspects of this popular part of the hobby. From the basics of amateur radio mobile, installing radio equipment and antennas in a vehicle, maritime mobile, bicycle mobile to pedestrian mobile you will find it all covered here. In addition Amateur Radio Mobile Handbook contains a chapter on antenna measuring equipment and how to use it. You will even find the use of kite or balloon supported antennas and the experimenting with unconventional antenna arrangements described. There are also guides to the possibilities of APRS and D-Star operation.

In spite of a greater use of electronics and the lack of space in modern vehicles, the availability of lightweight, comprehensive radios means that it has never been easier to become a mobile operator. The Amateur Radio Mobile Handbook provides the essential reading for all those who want to get the most out of amateur radio mobile.

Size 240x174mm, 128 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8671 9

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ON4UN's Low Band DXing ON4UN's Low Band DXing
25 Years of Low Band Success!

By John Devoldere, ON4UN

New Fifth edition

John Devoldere's highly popular book ON4UN's Low Band DXing has now been thoroughly updated with lots of new material. You will find many new highlights including a thoroughly revised discussion of receiving antennas and how to greatly enhance their operational bandwidth. There is a new examination of phased arrays, with new concepts such as the hybrid-fed 4-square array and opposite-voltage feed system. This is a must-read for every serious antenna builder! You'll also find low-signal transformers for Beverages and other receive-only antennas all analyzed in great detail, along with effective common-mode filters. There are dozens of new propagation maps based on DX Atlas, as well as an in-depth analysis of the influence of sunspot cycles on 160-meter ducting. Readers will also find a new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor.

ON4UN's Low Band DXing also includes a wide range of topics including chapters on Propagation, DXing on the Low Bands, Receiving and Transmitting Equipment, Antenna Design Software, Antennas: General, Terms, Definitions and The Feed Line and the Antenna. You will also find specific antenna chapters covering, Receiving Antennas, Dipoles, Vertical Antennas, Large Loop Antennas, Yagis and Quads. There are also chapters dedicated to Phased Arrays, Other Arrays, Low Band DXing from a Small Garden and From Low Band DXing to Contesting

This book includes a CD-ROM with the entire book in a fully searchable PDF format as well as ON4UN's software (Windows XP only), antenna modelling files, photographs and more.

Size: 210x274mm, 672 pages, ISBN: 978-0-87259-856-0

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Remote Operating for Amateur Radio Remote Operating for Amateur Radio
By Steve Ford, WB8IMY

Many amateurs are now discovering the advantages remote operating when confronted with restricted antenna locations or interference issues. Remote Operating for Amateur Radio is the essential guide to establishing your own remote controlled station.

Remote Operating for Amateur Radio provides the basics of how the Internet works, how home networks operate and how to interconnect amateur radio hardware and software for remote internet control. This book also addresses the aspects of remote station control, networks and the transmitting & receiving challenges. Readers will find station diagrams, software advice and even tips for activities such as DXing and contesting. If you have restricted operations in your shack or even no shack at all, this book provides solid, practical advice on how to get back on the air remotely.

If you want a guide to getting on the air across the internet Remote Operating for Amateur Radio is the ideal solution.

Size 206x273mm, 112pages. ISBN: 9780 8725 9092 2

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Storm Spotting for Radio Amateurs Storm Spotting for Radio Amateurs
By Michael Corey, W5MPC and Victor Morris, AH6WX

This book is aimed directly at those who interested in tornados and other severe weather phenomenon. Using the assistance of thousands of volunteer storm spotters the American SkyWarn® program of the National Weather Service provides a first line of defence against severe weather. Many amateur radio operators are trained storm spotters and this book includes information on resources, training and equipment available to them. The book starts with a straightforward introduction to the subject moving to practical safety information for this hazardous activity and details of what to expect. There are extensive guides to meteorology and hurricanes and storm spotter activation procedures. Readers will also find reportable weather criteria, how to develop a local storm spotter manual and the experiences of storm spotters from around the US. Thoroughly recommended reading for those interested in all severe weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, floods, damaging wind, and winter weather

208x274mm 160pages ISBN: 9780 8725 9090 8

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World Licensing and Operating Directory World Licensing and Operating Directory
By Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX


If you have ever thought of taking your radio on holiday or organising a DXpedition, the World Licensing and Operating Directory is the guide for you. Written by well known DXer Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX who has visited 83 DXCC entities and operated from 37 of them, this book has been meticulously researched and has input from nearly 100 contributors. There is all the information you need to get on the air from over 200 countries and territories around the globe.

The World Licensing and Operating Directory is lavishly illustrated throughout with over 230 photographs and maps. There is information on how to obtain an amateur radio licence in almost every country in the world - but this is only part of the story. There is information on organising a DXpedition and "All you wanted to know about licensing (but were afraid to ask)". There is also a major section of the book that provides full details of how to rent more than 75 amateur radio stations around the globe - from Europe to the Pacific and from the Arctic to the Equator! There is a 32-page full-colour section with spectacular photographs of rental stations, including some of the most impressive antenna set-ups in the world.

This unique book will appeal equally to hardened contesters or DXers looking for a competitive station to rent and to those who simply want to complement their family holiday with some amateur radio operation from an unusual location.

ISBN: 9781-9050-8646-7, Size 240x170mm 160pages

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HF Amateur Radio HF Amateur Radio

By Ian Poole, G3YWZ

The HF (or short wave) bands are one of the most interesting areas of amateur radio. Stations from all around the globe can be heard and many interesting contacts can be made. Operating on these frequencies requires many skills if the most is to be made of the time that is available.

This second edition of HF Amateur Radio by the leading amateur radio author Ian Poole, G3YWX sets out all that your need to know about the radio spectrum from 1.8 to 30MHz. This book takes the reader through setting up an efficient amateur radio station, which equipment to choose, installation, and the best antenna for your location. It is packed full of information including which frequencies to use, how to operate on the bands, and the advantages of each type of transmission. Written in an approachable and informative style, this book has been fully revised and extensively expanded for this edition.

HF Amateur Radio will benefit those new to amateur radio, anyone contemplating exploring the world below 30MHz, and just about any licensed amateur or short-wave listener who feels he could get more out of his station.

Size 240x174 mm, 144 pages, ISBN 9781-9050-8629-0

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Radio Orienteering - The ARDF Handbook Radio Orienteering - The ARDF Handbook


By Bob Titterington G3ORY, David Williams, M3WDD and David Deane, G3ZOI

Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) - also known as Radio Orienteering - is an outdoor pursuit which combines orienteering with the amateur radio skill of direction finding. Competitors use their skills to locate a number of hidden transmitters within a given time limit. This book is aimed at giving readers everything they need to become involved in this fascinating sport.

Radio Orienteering - the ARDF Handbook is packed with information as you'll find everything from 'top 10 tips to improve performance' to 'organising an ARDF event'. Beginning with the fascinating history of ARDF the book provides a general overview of the sport. The reader will find pages telling you what you need to know about taking part in your first ARDF event, including clothes to wear, equipment to use, safety, and a guide to way that an event progresses. There are details of the art of plotting bearings, with detailed instructions on how to make the best of your equipment and the methods of translating your receiver results onto your map. There is even a chapter is devoted to training and practice hints and good pointers on how to prepare physically for an event.

Readers of Radio Orienteering - the ARDF Handbook will also find included a great deal of equipment intended for home construction. There are details for 3.5MHz and 144MHz DF receivers, a 2m Yagi antenna, plus transmitters, keyers and fixed antennas. There are substantial constructional projects through to simple documented circuit diagrams. Several of the designs have practical applications other than for strictly ARDF purposes.

This book is an excellent and rounded reference work, highly readable, well-illustrated and is ideal for investigating this sport for the first time or for those looking to extend their knowledge.

ISBN 9781-9050- 8627-6, Paperback, Size 175x240mm 112 pages

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ARRL Amateur Radio on the Move ARRL Amateur Radio on the Move

from Your Car, Boat, Aeroplane, Motorcycle or Backpack! -Expert advice for radio operating on the go!

"Amateur Radio on the Move" is a great boook filled with advice from people with lots of hands-on, practical experience with the joys, as well as the problems and pitfalls, of mobile radio operating. It covers radios you can use mobile, getting power to run a radio, installation tips, safety, antennas for mobiling, getting rid of the noise, opperating hints and tips and software

Chapters include:
Mobile in Your Automobile by Roger Burch, WF4N; Mike Gruber, W1MG; Terry Rybak, W8TR; Mark Steffka, WW8MS
On the Go with Maritime Mobile by Steve Waterman, K4CJX
Aeronautical Mobile by Dave Martin, W6KOW
RV Mobile and Motorcycle Mobile by Al Brogdon, W1AB
HF Unplugged by John Bartscherer, N1GNV

© 2005, The American Radio Relay League, Inc. paperback, ISBN: 0-87259-945-0

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Who's Who in Amateur Radio Who's Who in Amateur Radio

Ever wondered who that was?

Who is that person you hear on the air?

Well the RSGB now has a book that just might tell you! Radio amateurs are often people whose achievements are often known only to themselves, or to their immediate friends and family. Who's Who in Amateur Radio? is a first attempt to reveal the achievements of radio amateurs. The level of achievement varies from small personal goals, for instance making contacts with every continent of the World, to the holding of many international offices. Whilst many of the achievements listed are radio-related, for instance winning contests, others involve serving the community. Some of those listed are credited with major inventions such as the radio microphone. The entries in Who's Who in Amateur Radio? may also come as a surprise to those who had no idea that their on-air friends had achieved so much in their lives.

Who's Who in Amateur Radio? provides a listing of around 500 of the most active amateurs, including their name, callsign, place of residence, date of birth, profession, education, when they were first licensed, their amateur radio achievements, areas of amateur radio interest, and amateur radio club or society memberships. In nearly 50% of the cases the listing is accompanied by a photograph of the individual which will help to put a face to that well-known callsign. Entries are in alphabetical order by current callsign but included is an index by surname and appendices listing various key people in amateur radio, and in particularly in the history of the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Whatever the level of achievement, Who's Who in Amateur Radio? makes fascinating reading and is an invaluable guide to the personalities of amateur radio.

160 pages, 240 x 175mm, paperback ISBN: 1-905086-03-2

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DXing on the Edge - The Thrill of 160 Meters DXing on the Edge - The Thrill of 160 Meters
by Jeff Briggs, K1ZM

A fascinating chronicle of what it takes to navigate the 160 meter band. Includes useful operating tips and descriptions for many practical antennas needed to be successful on 160 meters. This book includes an audio CD with some truly exotic and exciting QSOs made from prominent DX stations. Many photos and historical information included, from the early 1930s through present day. ©1997.

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