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Make the Most of Your Home Workshop

Amateur Radio operators have a long tradition of going beyond operating, moving into technology development, home construction, and experimentation. Designing and building one’s own station equipment can be rewarding, providing more in-depth knowledge and excitement. There are a number of ways to make good use of a properly equipped workshop for projects. We will explore many of the options radio experimenters choose to pursue.

The Radio Amateur’s Workshop is your guide to setting up and maintaining an efficient at-home laboratory and work station. It describes the tools you’ll need for projects ranging from assembling electronic kits to building and testing antennas. Subsequent chapters look at a wide variety of workshop test equipment, including an explanation of how various instruments can be used to develop, fabricate, and evaluate projects. Become part of the do-it-yourself movement—discover fun and creative ways to use radio technology at your workshop today.

Publication Details

  • Softcover: 160 pages
    Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.; First Edition (November 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1-62595-048-2
    Product Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 9 inches
    Shipping Weight: .60 pounds

  • Table of Contents

    • Why Do We Need a Workshop?
    • The Basic Workshop
    • Soldering — The Connection Method of Choice
    • Other Connection Methods
    • Ratchet-Up for Antenna Projects
    • Basic Measurements for the Workshop
    • Advanced Measurement Systems
    • The Personal Computer in the Workshop and Laboratory

  • Foreword

    Amateur Radio operators have a long tradition of going beyond operating, moving into technology development, home construction, and experimentation. While such activity is in no sense required of an Amateur Radio operator, it can add to the understanding and depth of the experience as well as offer additional rewards and excitement.

    This book is intended to assist readers with the information needed to set up and establish the kind of workshop and laboratory environment that will make building and maintaining equipment and antennas as productive as possible. It starts with describing the tools needed to assemble kits, then moves to antennas. Both are frequently a starting point for amateur construction activity. Subsequent chapters describe various shop and test equipment, including explanations of how tool or instrument each can be used to develop, fabricate, and evaluate projects.

    As with all ARRL books, be sure to check to see if there are any last minute changes that didn’t get into the book before it went to the printer. Updates and errata, if any, can be found at www.arrl.org/notes/.

    David Sumner, K1ZZ

    Executive Vice President

    Newington, Connecticut

    October 2015

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