Amateur Radio Operator,Ham Radio Author,DXer,Ragchewer,Amateur Radio Operator,Ham Radio Author,Radiosport Enthusiast,Ham Radio Advocate
Now more than sixty years in amateur radio and still going strong...
I was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1961 at the age of 13 as WN4BDW...later WA4BDW. I changed my call sign to N4KC in the 1970s when I got my Extra Class license. I enjoyed a 22-year career in broadcasting, won numerous awards from the Associated Press, UPI, and others, and was twice named BILLBOARD magazine’s “Broadcast Personality of the Year.” I later helped develop software for radio, TV, and ad agencies and spent another ten years as vice-president of marketing and communications for a major education company. I’m also an author with over thirty-five books published, fiction and non-fiction, and have several screenplays that I hope to soon have in production. My novel HUNTER KILLER was the basis for the major motion picture starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman, and my biography DREAM ON became the documentary film COLORS OF CHARACTER. See my author website, www.donkeith.com, for more.
Don Keith N4KC is not only an active amateur radio operator and former award-winning broadcaster and broadcast journalist. He is also a best-selling author. He has written books—both fiction and non-fiction—on such subjects as college sports, NASCAR, submarines, broadcasting, World War II history, and more. See his books about the exciting world of amateur radio below, or visit Don’s author web site for more info on all his works: www.donkeith.com.
“Amateur radio is just plain fun, and these entertaining short stories show you why...with humor, pathos, drama and more!”
Amateur or ham radio is more alive, more vibrant, more exciting and magical than ever. Now award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith, who is an active and enthusiastic amateur radio operator, spins a series of tales that show exactly what this amazing hobby offers. Help save lives with emergency communications and weather spotting. Compete in radiosport. Talk with friends all over the planet, bouncing signals off the ionosphere, through ham radio satellites in orbit, or even using the tail of a comet, the moon, or the Northern Lights. Bring radio to mountaintops, remote islands, or national parks. And do it all with a station you helped put together. Now, with these exciting, emotional, funny and captivating tales, you can learn about the magic of amateur radio and how you can begin dancing around the dial.
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CLICK HERE to preview, learn more, or purchase DIAL DANCING for Nook, Adobe Digital Editions, or a wide array of other e-reader formats.
More than 1400 terms...1600 definitions...hundreds of web links so you can learn more! This is the most comprehensive Ham Radio glossary ever put together. An invaluable resource for Amateur Radio operators, those just getting interested in the hobby, or old-timers as well. Click on the book cover to see a free sample excerpt or order your copy in paperback or e-book.
Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby now entering its second century. Many who are interested hesitate, though, because of the license, learning the jargon, or building a station. Get on the Air...Now! is designed to help newcomers get started in this vibrant pastime. Also included in this easy-to-read book is The Amateur Radio Dictionary, the most complete ham radio glossary ever compiled. Click on the book cover to see a free sample excerpt or order your copy in paperback or e-book.
“...entertaining and informative...eminently readable by youth or adult, (RIDING THE SHORTWAVES) covers the waterfront, from why Amateur Radio, at 100 years of age, remains fun and relevant...and more to the point, what you need to enjoy and explore ham radio’s magic. Old-timers will enjoy this book, too.” — Rick Lindquist, WW3DE, QST Magazine
“This book is fantastic, IMHO! If you have someone that you know is thinking of becoming a Ham, has inclinations about becoming a Ham, or is actively studying to become a Ham, or recently became a Ham, direct them to this book! I wish this book was out 34 years ago when I first got started.” — Larry Makoski W2LJ
Don’s book about the magic of amateur radio is a best-seller! RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO contains articles and short stories that capture the truly exciting world of ham radio for anyone, regardless the experience with the hobby. See why ham radio has experienced a tremendous resurgence in interest, with over 700,000 licensees in the USA alone. Little technological knowledge is required to get into this fascinating past-time...just an interest in communicating, assisting in weather spotting or disaster relief, melding computers and radio, or myriad other aspects of this exciting hobby.
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Don’s novel WIZARD OF THE WIND is set in broadcasting and features an amateur radio operator as a central character. The book is now available for Kindle and other eBook readers as well as a in a new, revised paperback edition. Both contain an updated dedication list of deejays who were truly “wizards of the wind” as well as author’s notes about how the book relates to what is happening now in radio broadcasting.
Click on the book cover to learn more, “Look inside the book,” and download a copy of the newly re-edited E-BOOK edition with author’s notes
Author Don Keith is available for speaking and presentations to groups of all kinds, either in person or via Skype. For info, details, and potential topics, contact him at [email protected].
Don Keith N4KC writes articles about various aspects of the amateur radio hobby. Some of these articles—plus many more—are now available in book/e-book form. Click BOOKS to learn more.
If you are a ham radio club newsletter editor or provide content for an amateur radio club web site, Don is happy to give permission to use any of them. All articles are copyrighted, but permission is granted to reproduce any of them for non-profit use. Please notify Don prior to such use at [email protected]. Please use them exactly as presented here, with the notice: ”Copyright by Don Keith N4KC. See more of Don’s articles at www.n4kc.com.“
Detailed instructions and links to more info on building your own 5-band hexbeam antenna
Thoughts on using basic marketing concepts in promoting amateur radio to others
Learning from our mistakes after a homebrew antenna project goes bad
The pros, cons, and more info about each ham radio band, 160 through 10 meters
How your radio’s S-meter works and what it really tells you
Congrats on the new license! Now, don’t make this one fatal mistake when getting started
The antenna feedline...here is the scoop on the most important part of your antenna system
Getting the most from your transceiver’s single-sideband audio adjustments
Neat tools you can use to see when and where to you can communicate on the shortwaves
N4KC vents after having to put up with deliberate QRM during a DX pile-up
One of Don Keith’s most requested articles, about building the venerable horizontal loop antenna
A tongue-in-cheek look at what people are really saying when they review amateur radio gear
Story of successful special event station honoring USS Nautilus’s historic North Pole mission
The perceived (and real) obstacles to getting into ham radio...and getting the most from the hobby
What really happens at one of amateur radio’s most iconic event: the flea market
A group of ham radio friends make a discovery about one of its members, and what the hobby means to him
A look at some of the best options to get up a quick, easy but effective antenna system
Besides a radio, here is other gear you need...plus some that would just be nice to have
A look at some of the reasons having more than one ham radio antenna can be a really good idea
No, Morse code is no longer required to get a ham license, but you may want to learn it anyway
Using new methods and techniques to make contacts with stations all over the world