Amateur Radio Manual

The purpose of this book is to provide a manual appropriate for a North American Amateur Radio Licensing course with added information so that beginning amateurs will have a good reference source to continue their hobby. One of the goals is to make this a practical rather than a theoretical manual and to keep the language simple and understandable.


A typical shack
A Yagi/Uda antenna

Basic Electronics

  1. Atoms  
  2. Conductors and Insulators  
  3. Sources of Current  
  4. What is Current  
  5. What is Voltage  
  6. What is Resistance and Conductance  
  7. Magnetism
  8. Ohm's Law and Resistors  
  9. Direct and Alternating Current  
  10. Sinusoidal Waveforms
  11. Capacitance
  12. Inductance
  13. Reactance
  14. Impedance
  15. Resonance
  16. Tuned Circuit

Active Components

  1. Diode
  2. Transistors for Amplification
  3. Tubes (Glassfet!)

Power Supplies


Feed Lines and Theory

Antennas and Antenna Theory

  1. Dipoles
  2. Verticals
  3. Directional Arrays
  4. Antenna Software
  5. Towers and Safety
  6. Practical Antenna Projects

Rules and Regulations

  1. Canada
  2. United States

Operating Procedures

  1. Amateur Radio Bands
  2. Transmission Frequencies

Further reading