The Fast Track to Understanding Ham Radio Propagation

The Fast Track to Understanding Ham Radio Propagation

by Michael Burnette, AF7KB

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Award-winning ham radio author Michael Burnette, AF7KB, takes you on a journey through every form of radio wave propagation, from ground waves to propagation in outer space.

If you've thought "propagation is a lot like the weather -- you can talk about it, but there's nothing you can do about it" -- think again!

For each form of propagation, you'll learn the best ham radio practices to increase your chances of "making the hop", whether that's across town or across the globe.

* Ground Wave Propagation

* Earth-Ionosphere Waveguide Propagation

* Line-of-sight Propagation (It's almost never line of sight!)

* Terrestrial ScatterPropagation

* The Fresnel Zone

* Knife Edge Diffraction

* Tropospheric Scatter

* Tropospheric Ducting

* Tropospheric Bending

* “Normal” Troposhperic Ducting

* Elevated Tropospheric Ducting

* Other Forms of Tropospheric Propagation

* Ionosphere Basics

* The Anatomy of The Ionosphere

* How the Ionosphere Bends our Signals

* Ionospheric Absorption

* What Frequency Should I Choose?

* Space Weather and the Ionosphere

* Sunspots and Sunspot Numbers

* The Solar Flux Index

* Solar Flares and Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances

* Coronal Mass Ejections

* Geomagnetic Storms

* Space Weather Terms

* Types of Ionospheric Propagation

* Getting Started in (Smart) High Frequency DX

* Meteor Propagation

* How the Pros Use Meteor Scatter

* Working Meteor Scatter

* Auroral Propagation

* Space Propagation

* Satellites

* Moon Bounce

*How we Figured out This Ionosphere Stuff

Each topic is fully explained in the conversational, plain-language style of the Fast Track ham license books, with a maximum of illustrations and a minimum of impenetrable math formulas.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163289295
Publisher: Michael Burnette, AF7KB
Publication date: 07/24/2019
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 736,260
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Michael Burnette, AF7KB, started playing with radios at age 8 when he found the plans for a crystal radio set in a comic book and wasted a half roll of toilet paper to get the cardboard tube for a coil form. That radio failed as a practical appliance when it proved to only receive high-power stations that were less than one city block away. This promising beginning blossomed into an equally auspicious 25 year career annoying the public as a commercial broadcaster where he did a bit of everything from being a DJ to serving as a vice president and general manager with Westinghouse Broadcasting (now CBS/Infinity.) By 1989 he owned his own stations in Bend, Oregon, which afforded him abundant opportunities to repair those stations, often in the middle of the night in a snowstorm. In 1992, Burnette left the radio business behind, despite absolutely no clamor for him to stay, and took to traveling the world designing and delivering experiential learning seminars on leadership, management, communications, and building relationships. He has trained people across the US and in Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Finland, Greece, Austria, Spain, Italy, and Russia. In addition to his public and corporate trainings, he has been a National Ski Patroller, a Certified Professional Ski Instructor, a Certified In-Line Skating Instructor, a big-rig driving instructor, and a Certified Firewalk Instructor. (Yes, he can teach you how to walk on fire. Really.) These days he makes his home in the Seattle, WA area with his wife, Kerry (KG7NVJ) and a singularly unproductive cat. He is still playing with radios.

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