This book introduces the reader to amateur radio and prepares them for the FCC Technician license exam. It focuses on electronics and wireless technologies through projects that provide some hands-on hardware construction and operation. The reader can look upon this book as a short course in electronic and radio fundamentals that appear as questions in the FCC exam.
The book also summarizes the many potential activities and sub-interests possible in this hobby such as satellites, QRP (low power operation) and the new digital modes. Finally the book presents a more realistic approach to studying to pass the Technician exam.
About the Author
Charles Platt is a contributing editor and regular columnist for Make: magazine, where he writes about electronics and tools. Platt was a senior writer for Wired magazine, has written various computer books, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and the projects that he writes about for Make: magazine.