For many amateur radio stations are traditionally home based and associated with a table full of gear. However in recent years many have iota i 32 on the challenge of operating portable, away from home.
A new generation of compact, full-featured, portable radios combines with modern battery technology to make it easier than ever to set up your station and enjoy amateur radio in the great outdoors. This book sets out to show what is possible and the fun to be had when operating portable. With the increase in organised outdoor operating activities by clubs and award programmes such as SOTA, it’s no wonder that more radio amateurs have been inspired to venture into portable operations. Anyone can give portable operating a try and this book shows that portable operators use HF and VHF bands, as well as SSB, FM, CW, and digital modes. This book provides something for everyone, if you want to activate from a picnic table at a nearby park, or a remote summit, Portable Operating for Amateur Radio offers a wealth of practical information to help make your portable amateur radio operations successful.
For the active hillwalker and the home based chaser of summits alike this programme offers endless fascination. SOTA Explained sets out to provide the essential guide to this programme, hilltop radio and much more besides. Taking a portable radio station into the hills and operating from a summit is a fascinating and rewarding way to combine the very best aspects of walking and of amateur radio. SOTA activity is also inexpensive providing the opportunity to achieve a great deal in amateur radio. Many appreciate the freedom this sort of operation offers and the benefits of having a high radio station far from urban electrical interference. SOTA Explained also provides advice for those who do not venture on to the hills but still want to participate in SOTA.
There is a whole chapter dedicated to ‘chasers’ from the bands to choose, how propagation affects your operation, chasing DX stations and rare SOTA activations. SOTA stations and modes of operation. The book is not just for those new to SOTA but the more experienced operator will find much of use too. Be warned: after reading this book, you will never see a hilltop in the same way again. For over 30 years Lee Marsland has been a licensed radio amateur. In that time and in ‘his own words’, there have been plenty of ‘trials and tribulations’.
Lee brings to this book a light hearted look at how his hobby has become more of a way of life that defines him today. Guilds through how he gained his Morse certificate, set up his stations, erected towers and even in more recent times encouraged his grandchildren to take and pass their own amateur radio examinations. The book is full of humorous anecdotes from Lee’s life including the tale of the title which concerns RSPCA officer taking Lee to task about cruelty to his owl despite it being made of plastic. Lee has written this book in an easy to read style that really brings over his Liverpool heritage. His tale of becoming a radio amateur and its challenges is a great read that provides many a chuckle. For many radio amateurs operating on Topband or 160m is endlessly challenging, exciting and intriguing. Building on the success of his first edition author Jeff Briggs, K1ZM, well known as a Topband expert, has extended a book that will appeal to all who operate Topband or are just wondering what is possible on this fascinating band.