Radio and Tech. Books from the ARRL and Others

Wayne and I  are serious radio book addicts. Here are some of the favorites from our personal libraries. 

73, Eric (WA6HHQ) and Wayne (N6KR)

Handbooks and Operating

ON4UN’s Low Band DXing
-- Antennas, Equipment and Techniques for DXcitement on 160, 80 and 40 Meters

25 Years of Low Band Success!

The fifth edition features new and updated material. Highlights include…

…a thoroughly revised discussion of receiving antennas. You’ll discover how to greatly enhance their operational bandwidth. In addition, low-signal transformers for Beverages and other receive-only antennas are analyzed in great detail, along with effective common-mode filters.

…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!

…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.

…a new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor.

DXing on the Low Bands
Receiving and Transmitting Equipment
Antenna Design Software
Antennas: General, Terms, Definitions
The Feed Line and the Antenna
Receiving Antennas
The Dipole Antenna
Vertical Antennas
Large Loop Antennas
Phased Arrays
Other Arrays
Yagis and Quads
Low Band DXing from a Small Garden
From Low Band DXing to Contesting

CD-ROM included! The CD-ROM includes the entire book in a fully searchable PDF format as well as ON4UN’s software (Windows XP only), antenna modeling files, photographs and more.

Product Details
Softcover: 672 pages
Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.; Fifth Edition/First Printing (December 2010)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-87259-856-0
Product Dimensions: 8 3/16 x 10 7/8 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.0 pounds


The ARRL Operating Manual

-- 9th Edition

If you’re an active ham radio operator, you probably have a story about your first radio contact. Many hams remember that experience even more than their first license examination. That’s because operating is fun and exciting!

The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs is the most complete book about Amateur Radio operating. It was written to help guide you through the dozens of ways hams communicate with each other. It contains information that every ham needs:

Beginners – explore the broad range of ham radio activities, practices and events.
Intermediate hams – sharpen your skills, earn awards and participate in contests.
Experienced hams – find frequently needed references, details on new technology, and new ways to enjoy your favorite activities.

New Edition - Extensively Updated! This 9th edition is the BIGGEST revision in years! Over 80% of the content has been completely re-written. You'll enjoy the latest information!


  • Amateur Radio — All About Operating
  • VHF/UHF — FM, Repeaters, Digital Voice and Data, SSB and CW
  • Emergency Communications
  • Traffic Handling — Getting the Message Through
  • DXing — Contacting Those Faraway Places
  • Contesting — Competitive Wireless
  • HF Digital Communications
  • Image Communications
  • Amateur Satellites
  • The FCC Rules and You — Operating Legally, Safely, and Appropriately
  • Operating Awards
  • References - Call Sign Prefix List, Antenna Bearing Maps, Abbreviations, and much more.

352 Pages. Ninth edition, first printing. © 2007, published by American Radio Relay League, Inc.


A year of DX 

Personal pick of Eric and Wayne.

Bob Locher, W9KNI, author of the best selling DX Book, The Complete DX'er, set out on a mission to compete in the Big Leagues of DX. A Year of DX is Bob's personal account of the challenges, joys and sorrows he experienced in pursuit of winning the CQ DX Marathon. Look over Bob's shoulder as he works country after country, yes, and missing a few along the way, but always trying to optimize his chances and the hope of logging the next one.

A Year of DX mixes in a wealth of other material, some dealing with equipment optimization, some thoughtful, some humorous. Any Ham who enjoyed "The Complete DX'er" is certain to enjoy this book.

Also available: The Complete DX'er by Bob Locher, W9KNI.

280 pages. © 2010, published by Idiom Press.

The Complete DX'er    

Personal pick of Eric and Wayne.

"..sure to be the most important operating accessory in the rising DXer's shack."

Since its first publication to rave reviews in 1983, W9KNI's masterpiece, "The Complete DX'er" has become the guidebook for the rising DX hunter. This new third edition fully retains the approach and feel of the original classic. Every significant aspect of DX'ing is covered, from learning how to REALLY listen, how to snatch the rare ones out of the pile ups, and how to secure that elusive QSL, plus advice on siting, equipment selection and antennas. Chapter after chapter of 'reports from the front' detail life in the pile ups, the excitement of landing the new one, the agony of defeat; entertaining and educating at the same time. This third edition is certain to retain its status as an all time classic.

Bob Locher is also an enthusiastic Elecraft K2, K3 and KPA500 owner. 

One of my favorite books! It captures the mystery and excitement of looking for those rare stations I experience whenever I hunt DX. - Eric, WA6HHQ

Bob also wrote an excellent article for CQ Magazine (Oct. 2002) about DXing with the K2 titled: Musings on an Experiment in QRP  (.pdf, 770KB).

Click Here to view Chapter 1 (PDF)

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3rd Edition. © 2003, Idiom Press   Order

Up Two, Adventures of a DXpeditioner   by Roger Western, G3SXW

Are you a DX'er? Have you longed to be on the other side of the pile-ups? Do you dream of taking a rig to exotic locations? Do thoughts of mountains, oceans, and deserts send shivers down your spine?

If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, you are in for a rare treat. A new book, "Up Two - the Adventures of a DXpeditioner" by renowned DX'er Roger Western, G3SXW, is certain to bring you the vicarious thrills of operating from exotic places. Roger's DX'ing endeavors go far more afield than the relatively sanitized isles of the standard winter tourist circuit, bringing us operations from places as diverse as Afghanistan and Tristan da Cuhna.

Some of Roger's operations were keyed to major DX contests, others purely as DX'peditions. Always operating without support from any of the major DX Foundations, Roger has mounted exciting operations from 22 different rare countries. Without exception, these were countries reached by standard commercial travel arrangements, and in most cases hand carrying in the radio equipment needed. Some operations were solo, others with one or more other operators.

Roger details his adventures with licensing authorities, the excitement of land fall on a long sea journey, of bus rides across West Africa, of hostelry owners suspicious of things like antennas, of taxi drivers and of course of the huge pile-ups.

The book is also filled with invaluable advice for others interested in their own DX'peditions; what to take, what to do, problems to avoid, ways to make things work.

This book spans over 30 years of DX'pedition life experiences. Anyone with an appetite for exotic locations will find tales of wonderment about some very foreign places. Be sure to order your copy today.

Table of contents
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240 pages © 1999-2003 Idiom Press  Order

License Manuals and FCC Rules

The ARRL General Class License Manual

 "The ARRL General Class License Manual is FANTASTIC. Passed my exam with 34 correct answers!"  Ed Lapinski, K1MAE,

Everything You Need To Pass Your General Class Written Exam!

Earning a General class Amateur Radio license is your key to worldwide communications! Pass the 35-question General class written exam with help from this popular study guide.

* Inside you’ll find: Easy-to-understand theory and rules.
* Latest General class question pool (Element 3) with answer key, for use beginning July 1, 2004.
* Detailed explanations for all questions, including FCC rules.
* “Setting Up Your Station” chapter to help you get on the air with your new General class license privileges.

The General class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General class, you must already hold a Technician class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). You must also pass a 5 words-per-minute Morse code test. ARRL has code practice cassette tapes, audio CDs, and computer software to help you learn the Morse code (start with ARRL’s Your Introduction to Morse Code to learn all the characters and pass the 5-WPM exam).

Also available: The ARRL General Class License Manual--4th edition, for use through June 30, 2004

Earning a General class license has never been easier…with help from ARRL!

400 pages. 5th edition, 2004, The American Radio Relay League, Inc. 


Log Book, Atlas and Maps

Radio Amateurs World Atlas

Beautifully detailed maps of the world, with call-sign prefixes.

Booklet of full-color maps showing country boundaries, call-sign prefix boundaries, CQ zones, states and provinces, and more. Index lists all ITU-allocated as well as national prefixes. April, 2001 printing, © by DARC.



Antenna Books

9043.jpg (282092 bytes) The ARRL Antenna Book (book with CD-ROM)

-- 21st Edition

All the information you need to design your own complete antenna system.

Since the first edition in September 1939, radio amateurs and professional engineers have turned to The ARRL Antenna Book as THE source of current antenna theory and a wealth of practical how-to construction projects. Use this book to discover even the most basic antenna designs-- wire and loop antennas, verticals, and Yagis--and for advanced antenna theory and applications. Many of the antennas in this edition benefit directly from advances in sophisticated computer modeling.

This 21st edition has been extensively revised to include information you can use to build highly optimized or specialized antennas. The book includes new content on Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) techniques, phased arrays, S-parameters as used in modern vector network analyzers (VNA), Beverage receiving antennas, mobile “screwdriver” antennas, ionospheric area-coverage maps, and much…much more.

Fully searchable CD-ROM included!
Bundled with this book is a CD-ROM containing The ARRL Antenna Book in its entirety, using the popular Adobe® Reader® software for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh® systems. View, search and print from the entire text, including images, photographs, drawings…everything!

The CD-ROM contains additional utility programs, including:
YW -- Yagi for Windows (view manual) TLW -- Transmission Line for Windows (view manual) HFTA -- HF Terrain Assessment for Windows (view manual) Range-Bearing -- compute range/bearing or latitude/longitude Arrayfeed1 -- designing phased-array feed systems EZNEC-ARRL -- antenna modeling for Windows

Thousands of Propagation Tables
Propagation forecasts for more than 170 QTHs around the world for all portions of the solar cycle are included on the CD-ROM (PDF format for Adobe Acrobat Reader).

CD-ROM System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 98 or later for PCs. Publication PDF files can be view on any Apple Macintosh computer that has Preview or Adobe Reader ver. 7 or 8 loaded. Additional software utilities are included, for Windows and DOS only.

Also available: The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications

Softcover book with CD-ROM. 21st edition, © 2007, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


Technical Books

RF Exposure and You

Answers to all your questions about meeting the FCC RF exposure regulations. It's not complicated! Simple step-by-step ARRL worksheets help you determine if your station complies with the new rules, and if not, how to correct it. Includes tables needed for almost any station. Understand the rules and basic electromagnetic theory through plain-English explanations. The complete text of the new regulations are included. Learn how to operate your station safely and legally. Every active ham should have this book!

320 pages. First edition, second printing, © 1998-2003, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


Understanding Basic Electronics

This book provides a stepping-stone to learning electronics. With the foundation it helps you create, you'll be ready to learn more advanced concepts. Written in an easy-to-understand style for electronics beginners, Understanding Basic Electronics is also for those who want to brush up on electronics principles. Loaded with illustrations, the book starts with math skills and progresses to dc and ac electronics principles. It concludes with clear, simple explanations of how components like diodes, transistors and integrated circuits work.

314 pages. First edition, sixth printing, 2002, © 1992-2002, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


Digital Signal Processing Technology  by Doug Smith, KF6DX

Essentials of the Communications Revolution

A complete, readable presentation on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in communications technology. The work is sufficiently analytical for those skilled in math to fully understand DSP and its applications, while simultaneously affording those less mathematically inclined an understandable picture of this exciting technology. Presented from an engineering perspective, the material achieves a balance between theory and practice. Smith gives a complete discussion of contemporary DSP technology, with special emphasis on applications of DSP in communications.

  • Introduction to DSP 
  • Digital Sampling 
  • Computer Representations of Data Digital Filtering 
  • Analytic Signals and Modulation 
  • Digital Coding Systems for Speech 
  • Direct Digital Synthesis 
  • Interference Reduction 
  • Digital Transceiver Architectures 
  • Hardware for Embedded DSP Systems 
  • DSP System Software 
  • Advanced Topics in DSP
    and more...

© 2001. Published by the American Radio Relay League, Inc.


Fred Cady Books

Elecraft Macro Programming

This book is designed to help you use the programming capabilities of Elecraft transceivers and panadapters to control their operations. Chapter 1 describes the hardware features of the K3S/K3 and KX3 macro capabilities. Chapter 2, contains the nitty-gritty details of the Programmer’s Commands you will be using to create macros. It summarizes the Programmer’s manuals for the transceivers and panadapters. The Programmer’s Commands are listed in convenient functionally organized tables and images of the K3S/K3, and KX3 key tap and hold codes are given. Chapter 3, “Programmable Function Keys and Macros”, is key to learning how to write and use macros to control your transceiver and/or panadapter. Chapter 4, Writing Macros – Some Rules of the Road, provides guidelines that are critical to writing macros that produce expected and consistent results. Chapter 5, “The Elecraft KPod”, shows how to use the KPod and Chapter 6 gives over 130 macro examples to get you started

Product Details
Coil Bound: 194 pages
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Edition: First Edition 1.4 Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 2.0 pounds


The Elecraft KX2 -- Ultra Portable, Handheld, HF Rig

This 6" x 9" spiral bound hard copy is designed to go on the road or to the summit with you.  It fits nicely into Rose's KX2 case.  It contains all KX2 information needed for portable and home base operation.  This handy, portable book has a brief explanation for including the KXPA100 amplifier and the KXAT100 antenna tuner but users may want to purchase The KX2 Companion's Guide to the KXPA100 and KXAT100 for additional explanations on how the amplifier and tuner work. 

Product Details
Spiral Bound: 152 pages
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Edition: First Edition 1.1 Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 2.0 pounds


The KX2 Companion's Guide to the KXPA100 and KXAT100

To add some more firepower to your 10-watt KX2, you may want to add the 100-watt KXPA100 amplifier and KXAT100 antenna tuner.  This guide explains in much more detail the operation of the amplifier and tuner than The Elecraft KX2 -- Ultra-Portable, Handheld, HF Rig does.  Here you will find a complete explanation of why you should run the tuner in Manual mode instead of Auto.  The features of the KXPA Utility program are covered also.

Product Details
Spiral Bound: 41 pages
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 0.375 pounds


The Elecraft KX-Line

This book includes the operational details of the amazing KX3 transceiver, the KXPA100 100 watt amplifier and tuner, the PX3 panadapter and the KX3-2M/4M VHF transverter module. These additions provide us with an all-mode, 100 watt transceiver for 160 through six meters, plus an all-mode two- or four-meter (for non-US amateurs) radio. There are schematics and diagrams for those who are visual learners, plus there are greatly expanded text explanations for those who learn best by reading. Hands-on learners will enjoy working through exercises designed to illustrate the KX3’s many features

Product Details
Spiral Bound: 262 pages
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 2.0 pounds


The Portable KX3 - Going for the Summit with the KX3 and KX2-2M/4M

This 6" x 9" spiral bound hard copy is designed to go on the road or to the summit with you. It fits nicely into Rose's KX3 case. It contains all KX3 information needed for portable operation including the KX3-2M/4M transverter module. Changes from the first edition include updates to account for firmware changes and the addition of a chapter on the KX3-2M/4M transverter. This handy, portable book does not include the KXPA100, KXAT100, or PX3 Panadapter. Order The Elecraft KXPA100, PX3, and 2M/4M Transvert or The Elecraft KX-Line -- The Complete Station for your stay-at-home copy to cover the entire KX-Line. (Updated to firmware revisions: KX3 - 2.33)

Product Details
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 2.0 pounds


The Elecraft K3 and P3

This book covers the details you need to effectively operate the Elecraft K3 and P3. If you are thinking about buying a used Elecraft K3, this book will help you review the options that may be in your proposed purchase. Many options are still available. Some are no longer available, usually due to components being no longer available, and some can be replaced by newer K3S modules. We briefly describe these and cover in more detail the popular KXV3B Transverter and Receive Antenna Interface and the KIO3B I/O Interface while comparing them with their K3 predecessors. If you all ready have a copy of “The Elecraft K3 – Design, Configuration, and Operation, 2nd Edition”, you might consider purchasing “Upgrading the K3 with K3s Components”. If you want all your information in one place, this is the book for you. You might also consider “The Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier and KAT500 Tuner” if you are going to add these to your basic K3 and P3 station.

Product Details
Spiral Bound: 318 pages
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 3.0 pounds


The KPA500 Amplifier and KAT500 Tuner

This edition has been formatted for electronic publication and reading. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author. Purchasers may make physical and backup copies for their own use but may not distribute it in any way. Like the K3 and KX3 books, you will find many diagrams, schematics, and visual aids for understanding the K3s, KPA500 and KAT500 K-Line. You'll find text expanding on what Elecraft has put into the K3, KPA500, and KAT500 Owner's Manuals for those of you who like to learn by reading, and you will find in each section exercises to help you verify your understanding by experimentation. KX3 and non-Elecraft transceiver owners will find useful information to allow them to use the KPA500 and KAT500 also.

Product Details
Spiral Bound: 129 pages
Publisher: Fredrick M. Cady
Standard Copyright License
Language: English
Shipping Weight: 2.0 pounds