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Victorian Internet HF Antenna Handbook Complete DXer WireBook 5New!
Keys Keys Keys Keys II the Emporium Keys III World of Keys Ultralight HF'n
Guide to HF Fun QRP Romps! 33 Weekend Projects History of Electric Telegraph
 Vibroplex Collectors Guide Telegraph Collectors Guide Story of Enigma  Solar Made Simple
A to Z of Electronic Construction Ham Radio Anthologies Sevick's Baluns & UnunsNew!  AA0ZR's Living Up There
Ted McElroy, World's Champion Radio Telegrapher

from Jane Wodening, AA0ZR

Living Up There

   Living Up There
(MX-WLUT)
 
     A decade in the Rocky Mountains' Fourth of July Canyon
    by Jane Wodening, AA0ZR

   $15.00 

"Reality was not invented ten thousand years ago by humans." -- J. W.  

Observations and stories from a decade of living alone in remote 4th of July Canyon, with only the birds and wildlife for company, and more than a passing nod to Amateur Radio.    Softcover, 5 x 7, 130 pp


Audio Book

    Living Up There- the Audio Book (MX-WLUTA)

     Read by Jane Wodening.  MP3 Audio CD Set

    $15.00

from Penguin Books...


vicinetThe Victorian Internet (PB-SVI) 
The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
by Tom Standage

$13.00 

The “mother of all networks” was the telegraph network which began before the Civil War and continued to develop into the 1920's. Standage sees the telegraph network as a model for the Internet and there are indeed many similarities. The Internet is often cast as a revolutionary mode of communication, with far-reaching social, political, economic, and moral implications. But if you look at it as a logical extension of technology, the Internet is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. In contrast, the introduction of the electric telegraph was truly revolutionary. That word “electric” is very important, because the first telegraph system was demonstrated in France in 1794 (the French gave this moving-arm system the name “telegraph").  It took another fifty years of development before the electric telegraph came into being, but once it did the development of true networks was immediate, explosive, and with far-reaching consequences. 

Today the Internet is shaping cultures the world-over, and changes are occurring at a rate not seen since the mid-19th century.  Standage does an excellent job of studying the Victorian "Telegraph Culture," with lots of entertaining behind-the-scenes stories.  

 


from CQ Books...


Baluns & UnunsUnderstanding, Building, and Using Baluns and Ununs (MC-2BU) 
by Jerry Serick, W2FMI

Theory and practical designs for the experimenter.  Jerry Sevick is well known in the amateur radio community and his work on transmission line transformers, baluns and ununs, has been adopted as  a standard by the IEEE.  Part one of the book deals with understanding the basic principles of transmission line transformers (TLTs) and part two is a practical guide to their design, construction, and use.  
Softcover, 8-1/2 x 11, 130 pp

Sevick's Understanding...Baluns/Ununs HARDCOPY (MC-2BU)  $19.95
Sevick's Understanding...Baluns/Ununs CD ROM (MC-2BUCD)  $14.95



W6SAIThe W6SAI HF Antenna Handbook (MC-W6SAI) 
by Bill Orr, W6SAI

$19.95 

Bill Orr was one of ham radio's most respected authors, known for his easy-to-understand, down-to-Earth, writing style. In keeping with this tradition, rather than filling a textbook with theory and complicated diagrams, Bill and CQ have produced a thoroughly practical text for any antenna enthusiast, jam-packed with dozens of inexpensive, practical antenna projects that work!  

From choosing an appropriate antenna type to installing it and using it, everything you need to know is in this handy volume.

W6SAI HF Antenna Handbook HARDCOPY (MC-W6SAI)  $19.95
W6SAI HF Antenna Handbook CD ROM (MC-W6SAICD)  $14.95

 


homebrew
...Ham Radio Anthology

Homebrewing Techniques (MC-HBT) 

$19.95 

One of the strongest assets of Ham Radio magazine was its focus on building.  This anthology brings together the most useful and practical advice and techniques for the person who wants to build anything from small solid-state projects to beam antennas.  All the original pages are presented just the way they looked when newly published from 1968 to 1990.  When there's no one around to show you "how to build it," reach for t Home Brewing Techniques Anthology.  Softcover, 8-1/2 x 11, 170 pp. 


Test & Repair
    ...Ham Radio Anthology
Test Equipment and Repair Techniques (MC-TRT) 

$19.95 

From building test gear to troubleshooting a rig, this anthology of the best articles on the subject has been carefully slected to mee today's needs just as well as it met the needs of its readers in decades past.  It includes techniques and devices that work ar are easily duplicated, and gives today's ham a much-needed helping hand at solving equipment problems on their own.  Old timers will recognize many of the techniques and designs, but to newer hams, it's all new! Softcover, 8-1/2 x 11, 170 pp.


antennas  ...Ham Radio Anthology
Antennas (MC-AN1, AN2) 

Volume 1, 1968-1972 (MC-AN1) $19.95 
Volume 2, 1973-1975 (MC-AN2) $19.95 

Carefully selected, these two antenna anthologies cover all types of antenna designs and theory from 160 meters through microwaves. All articles have been selected to be as timely and valuable to today’s Ham as they were to Ham Radio readers of the time. Softcover, 8-1/2 x 11, 170 pp.



from Idiom Press...


cdxerThe COMPLETE DX'er, 3rd Edition (ID-CDX)
by Bob Locher, W9KNI

$19.95 

First published in 1983, Bob Locher's Complete DX'er was sadly missed when the second edition sold out. Copies sold on a popular Internet auction site for many times to the original cover price.

The third edition took over three years to complete, and you will quickly appreciate the effort that Bob has put into updating it.

If you're new to Amateur Radio, this one book will tell you everything you need to know about the mysterious world of DX, and if you are an old denizen of the "DX Dogpiles" you will learn some new tricks.  Speaking of learning new tricks, a pleasant surprise in the 3rd edition is the amount of attention devoted to QRP DX.

Written in an engaging personal narrative style, The Complete DX'er is as entertaining as it is informative.   There are 26 chapters in the 223 page book-- from "Basic Listening" to "The Last Secret," it's all there in a very palatable format.  The 3rd edition of The Complete DX'er is certain to confirm the book's status as an all-time classic.
 



from Press Jones, N8UG...


wirebook
WIREBOOK V
(MX-WB5)

by Press Jones, N8UG

$12.00 



Press Jones N8UG is the "Original Wireman,"  your source for the best wire, cable, and connectors. And his Wirebooks have been THE reference for materials and techniques for decades.  The new WIREBOOK V is still in the straightforward style of WIREBOOKS I, II III, and IV,  with chapters on :
  • Coaxial Cables,
  • Connectors,
  • Cable Routing and Burying,
  • Grounding and Lightning,
  • Balanced Line,
  • Antenna Wire,
  • Wire Antennas,
  • Baluns,
....plus hints, tips, a W2DU discussion, and a few laughs.

WIREBOOK 5 has over 200 pages and 'OPEN-BAK' binding for stay-open use. There are many useful pictures, charts, tables and hints. The information provided will help the interested amateur make the right choices, avoid commercial double-speak, and get the maximum performance from his station at the least cost. Seldom has so much hard data been presented with so much entertaining commentary, making WIREBOOK 5 a must-read for all hams, radio and electronics enthusiasts.



from Dave Ingram, K4TWJ...
K4TWJ SK

It is with great sadness that I observe the passing of my friend, mentor, and colleague
Dave Ingram, K4TWJ.  Dave passed away on January 20th, 2010.  I worked closely
with Dave for many years, and we became friends who could while-away hours talking
about life, the universe, and everything in it--  including telegraph keys and QRP
.
Dave was a prolific writer, and his XYL Sandy, WB4OEE, has promised
to keep his books available as long as hams are interested in them.

Marshall, N1FN   



33wknd33 Simple Weekend Projects,
for the Ham, the Student, and the Experimenter!
 (IB-WP)

by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ

$17.95 

The picture on the cover says it all.  Have you ever wished you had a guidebook for getting a child interested in electronics and amateur radio?  These educational and practical projects demand the minimum in skill or expeirience, and will provide hours of fun.  The chapter headings are:


  • The Joys of Homebrewing
  • Elmer's Sugarcoated Electronic Theory
  • Projects for the Home Station
  • HF Antennas
  • Special Treats for VHF Enthusiasts
  • Big-time Accessories for Your HF Mobile Rig
  • A Potpourri of Fun Projects

  •  

    ultralighthfULTRA LIGHT HF'n (IB-UL)
    by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ

    $15.95 

    -- Temporarily Out of Print --

    Hams are always looking for new challenges, and one new specialty which is getting a lot of attention is the "ultra-light" portable and emergency operation."



  • The HF Pack & Pedestrian Mobile Craze
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Communicating with Low Power
  • Monitoring the World via Shortwave
  • Alternate Energy Ideas
  • FT-817 Tips Galore

  • ... and much, much more.

    hffunYour Guide to HF Fun (IB-HF)
    by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ

    $15.95 


    With reduced requirements for a ham license with HF privileges, a growing number of VHF/UHF operators are discovering the joys of classic amateur radio.  "Your Guide to HF Fun" is specifically aimed at the newcomer to HF operation.  It's a whole new world-- let Dave be your guide!


      • Rig Specs & Features Simplified
      • Assembling a Great Station
      • Installing & Tuning Antennas
      • Using Tuners & Checking SWR
      • Secrets of DXing & Contesting
      • Operating Tips Galore

      • ... and much, much more.


    qrp romps
    QRP Romps!
    (IB-QR)

    by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ

    $17.95

    QRP is low-power operation.  Its afficionados arbitrarily restrict themselves to 5W of HF power-- barely more than a CB-- yet manange to work the world.  DXCC, contests, and amd just about anything you can do with high power, you can do with QRP.   

    What's happening in QRP Today, in 90 pages of coil-bound info that will provide hours of fun and ideas!

    GO GREEN with QRP!
      • Discover the world of QRP
      • Secrets to QRP success
      • The gear -- The goodies
      • The kits -- The clubs
      • The contests -- the fun!
      • ... and much more.


    keys1Keys, Keys, Keys (IB-KK)
    A Visual Celebration of Amateur Radio's Favorite Accessory
    by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ
    $9.95

    Keys, Keys, Keys is out of print.  The publisher assures us that it will be reprinted, but cannot indicate when that might be.

    Liberally illustrated, this 96 page volume is in its third printing!  The first "key reference" book on the market "Keys, Keys, Keys" has withstood the test of time and become a classic.  Chapters include:

      • Famous Name Bugs
      • Limited Production Bugs
      • Collecting, Restoring, Adjusting, and Using Keys
      • Hand Key Haven
      • Telegraph and Code Apparatus of Yesteryear
      • Modern Keys and Paddles ...and much more


    keys2KEYS II: THE EMPORIUM (IB-K2)
    The World's Most Admired Keys -  New And Old
    by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ

    $15.95
    Continuing the theme begun in "Keys Keys Keys," Ingram explores some of the more obscure and interesting telegraph instruments


  • Classic Hand Keys
  •  Ever Popular Bugs
  • Exotic Bugs and Keys
  • QRP Keys and Paddles
  • New Keys and Paddles... and much more



  • keys3KEYS III: THE WORLD OF KEYS (IB-K3) 
    The World's Most Unique, Exotic, and Glamorous -  New And Old

    by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ


    Released at Dayton in May 2005, Ingram's "Keys III":is the third volume in an exhaustive treatment of keying equipment and it includes spark keys, camelbacks, and dual polarity keys through modern keys, bugs and paddles.
      • Spark Keys
      • Double Lever Keys
      • Camelbacks
      • Proud Pumpers
      • Far Out Fun Keys
      • Famous Vibroplex Bugs
      • Less Known Bugs
      • Beyond Belief Bugs
      • Marvelous Miniatures
      • Modern Keys, Bugs & Paddles
    The CD-ROM version of Keys III features high-resolution and full color images of over a hundred of the world's most prized keys. The book is laid out in several chapters using html format, so you can easily read the whole book, and navigate through it, using your customary web browser.   

    Keys III, "The World of Keys" book,  softcover, 78pp IB-K3 $17.95
    Keys III, "The World of Keys" CD-ROM,
    B-K3CD $15.95
    ---Special Book and CD-ROM combo Save $3.95!
    IB-K3CDB $29.95




    from Artifax Books...


    McElroyMcElroy, World's Champion Radio Telegrapher
    2nd edition, 2007
    (AB-TM) 
    by Tom French, W1IMQ
    $24.95

    Sorry, the 2007 edition is sold out and out of print.  
    New July 2010 CD-ROM Version (see below)

    How many famous telegraphers can you name?  Only one ever really made it big as a telegrapher, inventor, marketer, and all around good guy, and that was Ted McElroy.  Not only did he win the world's chanpionship for copying Morse code, he held touch typing records and manufactured Morse keys and bugs that are valued by collectors, many of them still in use in radio shacks around the world. And his 1939 record of 75.2 WPM has never been beaten-- relatively recent claims of higher speeds are based on different (and more generous) methods of calculating the speed, and/or much shorter texts.  

    Leading "Mac" authority and collector Tom French gives you an entertaining biography of Ted McElroy, the man and the legend, and a detailed reference work for the Mac Keys.

      • 152 pages (indexed)
      • Complete Life and Times of T.R. McElroy
      • Pictures and illustrations
      • The Telegraph Keys of T.R. McElroy
      • Mac Key Serial Numbers
      • Replicas of original ads
      • ... and much more.
    McELROY CD
    New July 2010 CD-ROM Version  (AM-TMCD)
    The complete book in pdf format.

    $12.00




    vibrocgVibroplex Collectors' Guide
    3rd edition with supplement
    (AB-VCGCD) 
    by Tom French, W1IMQ
    $15.00   CD-ROM
    For over twenty years this book has been the primary collector's reference to the semiautomatic keys (bugs) made the the Vibroplex Company. Includes descriptions and illustrations of every bug from the Autoplex, the 1905 Original, the Model X, Double Lever, Blue Racer and more, including their variations, as well as the first three paddles and the straight key. The book also includes historical information on the keys, the complete patents (with the original drawings) that gave Horace Martin control of his inventions, identification and description of all of the nameplates, dating information, and much more. Illustrated with drawings, photographs, and reproductions of early advertisements.  CD-ROM, PDF Format. .




    Story of the ENIGMA (AB-ECD)
    by Tom Perera, W1TP
    $15.00 

    History, Technology and Deciphering. This is the story of the Enigma cipher machine, the primary device used by the German Military during WW-2 to produce what they believed were secure coded messages. The comprehensive text and 1,000 JPG color photos on this CD by Tom Perera trace the development of codes, cipher machines, and the Enigma, its civilian and military models, its operation, strategies used to decipher its messages, and its mechanical and electrical construction. The CD also includes an excellent Enigma simulator program, copies of Enigma manuals, and a bibliography. No installation required, PC and MAC compatible.



    colguidePerera's Telegraph Collector's Guide (AB-PCG)
    by Tom Perera, W1TP
    $19.95 

    Third edition: Bigger, better, already a collectable in its own right! Noted collector Tom Perera, W1TP, has updated his popular guide. More pictures, more prices, water-resistant cover. He identifies and discusses keys, registers, sounders, relays and other telegraph instruments with more than 300 pictures and descriptions as well as a value guide with current collector price guidelines. This handy resource also includes Reinke's and McEwen's lists of makers, excerpts from Nutting's J-series book, Seneker's bug list, Navy key numbering, and more. This is an indispensable reference for every key collector, in a convenient size for carrying around ham fests and antique malls. Use on its own or in conjunction with the CD version                                                  (see below).
    Softcover, 6-3/4 X 9.5, 104 pages.
      • 104 pages
      • 300 Pictures and Descriptions
      • 300 Current Prices
      • History
      • 1200 item Index
      • Identification
      • Reference Lists
      • Restoration tips... and much more.




    Perera's Telegraph Key Reference 2007 CD ROM (AB-PCD)
    by Tom Perera, W1TP
    $15.00 
        Over 5,000 files with over 600 Mb of data, and more than 3,000 pictures, HTML formatted documents for easy viewing with your browser

        Complete Perera's TELEGRAPH COLLECTORS GUIDE (2nd edition) with embedded pictures

        W1TP TELEGRAPH & SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT MUSEUMS
        (with all 1600+ pictures embedded in the text)

        MODERN PRACTICE OF THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH, (1881) Frank L. Pope
        (...with Instant Access to Pages and Illustrations)

        The 1929 WESTERN UNION PLANT CATALOG (...Transcribed by Richard S. Loveland, N3IA
        and converted to HTML coding by Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO )

        Russ Kleinman's SPARK KEY PROJECT (...with some of the pictures.. Internet connection
        required for access to privately owned images)

        CUMULATIVE INDEX TO BACK ISSUES OF ''THE VAIL CORRESPONDENT'' (1992-1998)
        ...A complete listing of 250 articles from this out-of-print journal with information about how to order back-issues.)

        CUMULATIVE INDEX TO BACK ISSUES OF ''MORSUM MAGNIFICAT'' (1986 - Present)
        ...A complete listing of 3000 topics/articles from this current journal with information about how to subscribe and
        order back-issues.)

        CUMULATIVE INDEX TO BACK ISSUES OF THE ''KEYLETTER'' (1992 - Present)
        ...A complete index to 1600 keys/topics discussed in printed issues of ''The KEYLETTER'' with information
        about how to subscribe and order back-issues.

        ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE W1TP TELEGRAPH & SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT MUSEUMS:
        ...Text Pages for fast Reading...with Instant One-Click Access to 1600+ Images

        ORIGINAL HIGH RESOLUTION MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHS IN .PCX and .BMP Formats

        SHAREWARE VIEWERS FOR THE ABOVE HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS


    prescottHISTORY, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF
    THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH (AB-HTP)
    by George B. Prescott,  1860/1866 (fourth edition),
    1972 reprint.
    $24.95 

    An indispensable early reference to landline telegraphy. Includes instruments, circuits, systems, the first Atlantic cable, and many illustrations. A reader writes: "Thank you for making this book available. I've tried to find [an original] in the past through various book stores that specialize in antique or hard-to-find books, but with no luck." (D.M.). NOTE: These books were improperly stored by the reprinter and the cover may be faded, stained or discolored; thus our low price for this hardcover landline classic.
    Hardcover, 5.25 X 7.75, 508 pages.



    solarSolar Made Simple (AB-SMS)
    by Tom French, W1IMQ
    $5.95 

    How to Use a Solar Panel to Charge your Battery If you're interested in using solar power to operate an amateur radio station or charge the battery in your RV, or just curious as to how sunlight can provide "free" electricity, this book explains it all.
    Softcover, 5.5 X 8.5, 52 pages.


    from Milestone Technologies...


    A to Z of Electronic Construction (MT-AZ)
    by Marshall Emm, N1FN
    $10.00 

    Hard-copy reprint of N1FN's popular construction series, the A to Z is  also available free on the web. Everything you ever wanted to know about building things electronic. It's a must-read for the beginner to intermediate builder, with plenty of detailed explanations and illustrations.  The A to Z was originally published in four parts in the late lamented 73 Magazine.  8-1/2 x 11, stapled, 38 pages.
     

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