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

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The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications

(2012 edition)
-- THE standard in applied electronics and communications.


The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications has kept technologists—amateur, professional and students—immersed in the radio art for generations. As innovations in wireless communication march (and race!) ahead, The ARRL Handbook has maintained its place at the forefront—a single resource covering electronic fundamentals, radio design, and loads of practical treatments and projects. You’ll read it, study it, and turn to it…again and again.

Updated and Revised! This eighty-ninth edition of The Handbook includes something for every radio amateur and experimenter:

New Test Equipment and Measurements chapter
New projects, including High-Power RF Samplers, RF Current Meter, and a Two-Tone Audio Oscillator from the ARRL Lab
Updated Elsie™ filter design software
Expanded content on CD-ROM, including an operating supplement for Space Communications, Digital Communications, and Image Communications
New comprehensive treatment of Noise (chapter 5)
…and more!

CD-ROM Included! The CD-ROM includes all of the fully searchable text and illustrations in the printed book, as well as expanded supplemental content, software, PC board templates and other support files.

System Requirements: Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, or Windows® XP, as well as Macintosh® systems, using Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® software. The Acrobat Reader is a free download at PDF files are Linux readable. The Companion Software programs are known to have difficulty running on 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems. The programs were developed for and run on 32-bit versions of Windows operating systems. The Companion Software programs available with the ARRL 2012 Handbook have not been tested with 64-bit versions of Windows.

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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).

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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 Ham Radio License Manual
-- All you need to become an Amateur Radio Operator

Get your FIRST ham radio license! Easy-to-understand “bite-sized” sections. Use this book, and pass the 35-question license test. Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use beginning July 1, 2006. Designed for self-study and for classroom use. Intended for all newcomers, instructors and schoolteachers.

This is the most popular introduction to Amateur Radio! The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is your ticket to joining the ranks of "ham" radio operators.

Use this book to discover the appeal of ham radio. The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of technology, public service, convenience and fun. Some hams enjoy communicating across the country and around the globe, making new friends over the airwaves. Others like to build and experiment with electronics, experiencing cutting edge technologies. Some use their radios and skills during emergencies or disasters when all else fails. And, today's ham radio gear offers possibilities for getting started at any level. Your first radio station might be at home, in the car, or small enough to take with you on the go.

Use this book to study for your first license exam. Every page presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an effective operator. You'll cover small sections at a time:

  • Welcome to Amateur Radio
  • Radio and Electronics Fundamentals
  • Operating Station Equipment
  • Communicating with Other Hams
  • Licensing Regulations
  • Operating Regulations
  • Radio Safety

At the end of the book, you'll find the entire Technician Question Pool--so you can be sure you're ready at exam time.

Use this book and you’ll be on the air in no time at all. You'll turn to it again and again as you are getting started!

No Morse code test is required for the Technician license.

See also supplemental material and corrections to the First Edition.


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. 


The ARRL Extra Class License Manual

Everything You Need To Pass Your Extra Class Written Exam!

Extra class is the highest of all Amateur Radio licenses! Achieve this level, and you’ll have access to all ham radio frequency privileges. Work rare stations you’ve only dreamed of! Expand your knowledge of radio communications theory and practice! With this manual, you’re only a few steps away.

  • Easy-to-understand theory and rules. Everything you need to pass the 50-question Extra class written exam!
  • Latest Extra class question pool (Element 4) with answer key, for use beginning July 1, 2002.
  • Detailed explanations for all questions, including FCC rules.
The Extra class license is the third of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to Extra class, you must already hold a General class license (or have recently passed all of the exams required for a General class license). There is no additional Morse code examination required to upgrade to Extra class. Earning an Extra class license has never been easier…with help from ARRL!

8th edition, Second printing 2003, © 2002-2003, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


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Your Complete Guide to the Amateur Radio Regulations, 13th Edition

Every ham should have a copy of the Rules that govern the Amateur Radio Service. Having a current copy of the FCC Rules means you'll be able to follow important, recent changes to the Amateur Service!

  • Includes the entire text of Part 97, with easy to read explanations
  • Completely updated to include the latest regulatory changes
  • Enhanced index with Part 97 cites
  • New 60-meter frequency details!
  • New sections make license modifications a breeze!
  • A new section to guide you through the FCC Universal Licensing System
  • Extensive new material explaining FCC mandated registration under the Commission Registration System
  • Use of the Internet and Amateur Radio
  • Repeaters, Public Service, and Interference
  • A letter from the President of the United States recognizing Amateur Radio
Turn to your copy when you have a question about any aspect of operating on the amateur bands. Keep a copy nearby!

Thirteenth edition. © 2003, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


Log Book, Atlas and Maps

ARRL Log Book

The classic log book. (No computer required.)

8.50" × 11" spiral log book.
© 1997, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


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.


ARRL's Wire Antenna Classics

A collection of the best articles from ARRL publications
So many wire antenna designs have proven to be first class performers! Here’s an entire book devoted to wire antennas, from the simple to the complex. Includes articles on dipoles, loops, rhombics, wire beams and receive antennas—and some time-proven classics! An ideal book for Field Day planners or the next wire antenna project at your home station.
Volume 1. First edition, third printing, 2002. © 1999-2002, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


HF Antennas for All Locations

by Les Moxon, G6XN.
Here's a thought-provoking book that details the design and construction of hundreds of amateur antennas, including some unusual designs. Don't let a lack of real estate keep you off the air. Whether you're in a downtown apartment or on top of a mountain, you'll find at least one antenna that'll work for you!

322 pages. 2002 printing. Second edition, © 1993, Radio Society of Great Britain.


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.



Practical Cures for Radio Frequency Interference

There are two kinds of hams: Those who don't have interference problems and those who get on the air! If you're among the latter, you need the information in this book. ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI, and a team of RFI experts have compiled the best advice available on every type of interference: automotive, television, computers, lamps, VCRs, stereos, intermod, telephones, and interference due to powerlines. If it's a device that can be affected by interference, including your station receiver, you'll find practical cures in this book. This extensively rewritten book is the successor to ARRL's earlier interference book, Radio Frequency Interference, How to Find It and Fix It. You'll find more real-life examples and the most up-to-date and proven techniques for curing all kinds of interference problems. The latest RFI regulations, suppliers, and a complete bibliography have been updated and expanded.

320 pages. First edition, © 1998, 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.


Experimental Methods in RF Design

by Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, Rick Campbell, KK7B, and Bob Larkin, W7PUA

Immerse yourself in the communications experience by building equipment that contributes to understanding basic concepts and circuits. Explore wide dynamic range, low distortion radio equipment, the use of direct conversion and phasing methods, and digital signal processing. Use the models and discussion to design, build and measure equipment at both the circuit and the system level. Laced with new unpublished projects and illustrated with CW and SSB gear.


  • Basic Investigations in Electronics

  • Chapters on Amplifiers, Filters, Oscillators, and Mixers

  • Superheterodyne Transmitters and Receivers

  • Measurement Equipment

  • Direct Conversion Receivers

  • Phasing Receivers and Transmitters

  • DSP Components

  • DSP Applications in Communications

  • Field Operation, Portable Gear, and Integrated Stations

This work is successor to the widely popular Solid-State Design for the Radio Amateur, published in 1977. CD-ROM included with design software, listings for DSP firmware, and supplementary articles.

512 pages. © 2003, published by American Radio Relay League (ARRL).


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.


8926.jpg (276787 bytes) Hints & Kinks for the Radio Amateur--18th edition

Hot Tips from the pages of QST.

Hints & Kinks for the Radio Amateur is the first place hams turn for information about new modes, new projects, and the latest tips. You’ll find something on every page to solve problems, improve your operating, and simply have more fun on the air: Equipment Tips and Mods Batteries and Other Power Sources Digital Modes Troubleshooting Restoration Construction/Maintenance Test Gear Antenna Systems Operating Station Accessories Interference (RFI/EMI)

PLUS more emphasis on computers and software
PLUS a newly updated list of suppliers
AND feature articles from the popular QST column The Doctor is IN

176 pages. © 2003, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.


QRP and Stealth Operation

Low Power Communication  -- The Art and Science of QRP  by Richard Arland, K7SZ.
3rd Edition.

Build, experiment, operate and enjoy ham radio on a shoestring budget!
Ask any QRPer, and they'll tell you that less really is more. With a handful of parts, you can build a radio and put it on the air. ARRL's Low Power Communication has the resources you need for getting started and the latest information on advanced QRP techniques. Explore kit building. Chase DX. Build antennas. Brush-up on propagation theory, and take a band-by-band operating tour. Low power, low cost--and big fun!

  • Getting Started in QRP
  • Equipment and Station Accessories
  • Operating Strategies
  • Antennas
  • HF Propagation
  • Specialized Modes
  • Emergency Communication
  • Vintage Gear
  • ...and more

Rich Arland, K7SZ has been a radio amateur and avid QRP enthusiast since 1963. He has authored many articles for ARRL and its monthly journal, QST. Rich is an ARRL member and has served as an ARRL Technical Advisor.

240 pages. 2nd Edition, © 2004, The American Radio Relay League.


W1FB's QRP Notebook  by Doug DeMaw, W1FB.

Packed with construction projects for QRP transmitters, receivers and accessories. This second edition is the completely rewritten successor to Doug's popular QRP Notebook, and features totally new circuits. Learn the inside secrets from this veteran builder, writer and former QST Technical Editor. Most of the projects feature printed circuit boards that are available from a commercial source. Gain understanding of circuits. Experience firsthand the thrill of making contacts using equipment that you built.

184 pages. Second edition, third printing 1999, © 1991-1999, The American Radio Relay League, Inc.