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Australian Ham Radio Handbook

* How to become a radio amateur
* How to set up a station
* How you can make contacts
* Ideal for new, returning and experienced hams




cover of Australian Ham Radio Handbook


The Australian Ham Radio Handbook will help you become a radio amateur, set up a station and make contacts on air.

Written for Australian conditions it covers practical topics that existing licence study and theory books miss. For beginning and experienced hams alike, it's an ideal read for anyone interested in taking up, continuing in or returning to amateur radio.

What's in the book? First there's a quick tour of what amateur radio can offer. That includes things you can do right now, with no special equipment or licences required.

Then it describes how to get your callsign and set up a station. Equipment and antennas are covered next. You'll find information on what items are necessary and where you can get it, whether you choose to buy new, buy used or build your own.

Later you'll learn about what different radio frequencies do, the diverse activities hams enjoy and winning tips that will get you contacts almost any time you turn on.

Near the end we cover things you can add to make your equipment more versatile, technical subinterests and how you can learn more. All up it's over 140 pages of solid information that deserves to be in every Australian amateur's shack.

Australian Ham Radio Handbook is available in ebook or paperback formats. It's the author's sixth book, following on from the top-selling Minimum QRP, Hand-carried QRP Antennas, Getting back into Amateur Radio, 99 things you can do with Amateur Radio and the Illustrated International Ham Radio Dictionary titles.

In the United States? Consider Ham Radio Get Started instead. This is the US version, written for your local rules, conditions and activities.




  Sample pages through Amazon sales sites (links below).


Reviews and online coverage

Review by Justin VK7TW (12 min in)


Review by George VK2AOE


Review by Roger Harrison VK2ZRH in Amateur Radio Vol 89, No 3 (ie May 2021)

(Note: Contrary to what the review says, the book includes a table of contents)


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Ordering Australian Ham Radio Handbook

The Australian Ham Radio Handbook is for the new, experienced or returning ham.

It's written specifically for Australia and some information in it does not apply elsewhere.

But I won't stop you if you're overseas and wish to buy it.
You can get it as an ebook for $AU 6.99 (or $US 4.99 or equivalent)
or paperback for $US 12.99 plus postage (ordering information later).

Click on your country's link below to order the ebook.

Australia Brazil Canada

France Germany Italy

India Japan Mexico Netherlands

Spain United Kingdom United States

Prefer paperback? The great news is that you can now order it via Jaycar ($24.95, catalogue Number BM2492) or through their stores. Overseas buyers can either order from Jaycar (good if you wish to combine with a parts order to save on postage) or via the Amazon links above.

If your country isn't listed above, please search 'Australian Ham Radio Handbook' on the Amazon site you normally use. 'Australian Ham Radio Handbook' is available exclusively via Jaycar (paperback in Australia) and Amazon (ebook and hardback outside Australia) and no other source may distribute it.

Don't have a Kindle? Don't worry. Ebooks can be read on a PC, iPad or any other mobile device with free reader software. Please see Free Kindle Reading Apps.

Your feedback is invited and will help make this and any future editions better. Please leave it on the Amazon site or email me via the address in the book.

ISBN-10: 1688856633
ISBN-13: 978 1 68 885663 9

Update: Changed callsign regulations July 30, 2020

Some rules dealing with amateur call signs have changed. For example four letter call signs will no longer be issued and three letter call signs no longer
reflect licence level. New Foundation amateurs will receive three letter call signs while existing Foundation amateurs have the opportunity to apply for a
three letter call sign (for a charge). The change improves access to digital modes and means that if you are a Foundation with a three letter call sign,
you can upgrade to Standard or Advanced without having to change your call sign. Amazon ebooks purchased after 7 August 2020 have been revised
to describe the new arrangements. Or, for more information visit ACMA's changes to amateur call sign policy or visit AMC Amateur Radio.

Also by Peter Parker VK3YE

Ham Radio Get Started: Your successful start in amateur radio (the US version of this book)

Illustrated International Ham Radio Dictionary

Minimum QRP: Doing more with under five watt amateur radio

Hand-carried QRP antennas: Simple antennas and accessories to operate from almost anywhere

More Hand-carried QRP antennas

Getting back into Amateur Radio: What's new and what you forgot

99 things you can do with Amateur Radio: Ideas and inspiration for new and old hams

Available titles

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