This is one of the best books I’ve read on ham radio, because it has saved me the most time and helped me understand the most, compared to other books in my ham radio library: Low Profile Amateur Radio: Operating a Ham Station from Almost Anywhere.
I can say honestly that if I had paid more attention to this book early on, I would have saved many hours of sweat and frustration. It’s full of simple antenna concepts that work well in emergency-type situations because they are often small, portable, and can easily be temporarily rigged. But at the same time, these same antennas would do very well in a permanent installation. I recommend this book to anyone learning about antennas, especially if you want to save a ton of time and effort!
As opposed to some of the engineering-heavy amateur radio tomes available, I found this book to be lighthearted, easy-to-understand, and suitable for many beginners.
Chapter topics include: Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, Low-Profile HF Antennas, Disguised Antennas, Indoor Antennas, Operating Modes and Tips, Interference, Antenna Tuners, Transmitter Output Power, Low-Profile VHF/UHF Antennas, and Mobile Operating
- Pay attention to this guy’s recommendations. He knows what he’s talking about.
(4/19/2014) I have sad news. It appears this book is out of print. While it’s still available on Amazon.com, my last searches show that it’s prohibitively expensive. Maybe this is where I need to think about focusing for my next book! 🙂
Strong recommendation: If you see this book for sale at an amateur radio convention or flea market, snatch it up!