Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Books For Ham Radio By Gordon West And ARRL

  One of the best books I ever bought was the 1986 ARRL Handbook. I bought that way back in 80s when I was in college in Electrical Engineering. Back then I was not in Ham Radio, I was using it for Electronics in college. I was always looking at all the information on Ham radio and thinking about going for my license. Well I was young, married and had my first daughter. I was so busy with everything I just never got to it. I finally got my Technician License and then my General License in June of 2010. So as you can see I have not been a Ham all that long. I am always learning something new or thinking or building some kind of antenna.
  So if you are looking for good books on Ham Radio, Studying for your License, Building Antennas or whatever you are doing look into one of the ARRL Handbooks. If you are studying for one of your Ham Radio Licenses I would definitely recommend one of the books by Gordon West. I had bought some through Radio Shack years ago and I still have them. I do like the newer books by Gordon West, because they are easy to read and learn from. I intend on buying one to use to study for my Extra License pretty soon.
 

  There are plenty of other books available through Amazon, Ebay or from one of the local Ham Radio Dealers on the internet. Some of my favorites are Universal Radio, DX Engineering, Ham Radio Outlet and AES Electronics. Of course there are other very good Ham Radio Dealers out there as well to choose from. You can also find good books on building Ham Radio Antennas if that is what you like to do. I would also suggest books on shortwave radio as well. The list of books just goes on and on. If you find a book I would look at the reviews on it and then decide if you want to buy it.
  If you are looking for a book or license manual check out the stores below the posts.
  Thank You for reading and Happy Holidays from Dan KC2YTI 73s.
       

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Couple Of Repair Tools If You Are Running Windows Besides Linux


    If you are running windows xp, vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 this tool can save you a lot of headaches. The tool I am talking about is a repair tool from tweaking.com and is free. I recommend this to anyone who is a computer technician or if you are trying to repair your own system. I have used it a number of times and it has saved the time of performing an in place upgrade or repair mask on an older windows xp system. You can find this tool at this website link http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/windows_repair_all_in_one.html . Basically all you have to do is either perform a clean boot on the system and then run the tool. You will see on the website how to perform a clean boot on various operating systems. I generally set the system I am cleaning viruses on to run in the safe mode with networking. This basically does the same as a clean boot and I have not had any problems. It is a very useful tool unfortunately it does not work for any Linux or mac operating systems.

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