Radio science for the radio amateur Ham radio and the pursuit of scientific exploration and discovery

Eric P. Nichols

Book - 2013

Regardless of your experience and resources, as a ham radio operator you have what it takes to make a meaningful contribution to science and technology. Nichols explores and explains the often profound differences between science and technology, and dispels the notion that we know all there is to know about radio. Using a fresh, playful approach, he guides you through some of the most fascinating "nooks and crannies" of the radio universe.

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Newington, CT : American Radio Relay League 2013
Main Author
Eric P. Nichols (-)
Physical Description
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 23 cm
  • Preface: Unfinished business
  • The radio amateur and scientific investigation
  • On mindset, measurement, and making good science
  • Safety first
  • The basics
  • Data acquisition: the road from concept to confirmation
  • Software tools for hard numbers
  • Optics: where radio sees the light
  • The electromagnetic spectrum at a glance
  • Free space radio
  • A polar exploration, practically speaking
  • The big picture: plasma as pachyderm
  • The complex ionosphere: weird and wonderful non-linear phenomena
  • Ionospheric science in a can
  • Smith charts, scattering parameters, and sundry science tools
  • Put SPICE in your life for circuit simulation
  • Antenna modeling from the NEC up
  • Large-scale DAQ and networking
  • Graphs and graphics for a big picture
  • Rolling your own: building instruments for radio science
  • Now for some real radio science
  • Appendix I. Test questions and answers
  • Appendix II. Alphabetical formulary.