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Profiles in Amateur Radio

Ken Reitz, Features Editor for Monitoring Times magazine, has published a new eBook called, “Profiles in Amateur Radio.” It features stories and biographies from a lengthy list of radio personalities/figures (including  yours truly!). A common theme in many of these personal radio histories is an interest in amateur radio that was built on a foundation of  shortwave radio listening.


February 3, 2012

Profiles in Amateur Radio

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

A new Kindle e-book now available at the link below

Profiles in Amateur Radio” is a collection of nineteen articles taken from the First Person Radio series that appeared over the last three years in Monitoring Times, a national monthly magazine about all things radio, now in its 32nd year. It’s a three part look at the inspirational life stories as told in the words of those on whom shortwave and amateur radio has had a lifelong impact. The book is edited by Ken Reitz KS4ZR, a freelance writer since 1988, Features Editor for Monitoring Times, and author of the Communications and Beginner’s Corner columns which appear monthly in the magazine.

Profiles in Amateur Radio Table of Contents

  • The Uncommon Life of Charlie Gyenes W6HIQ — by Ken Reitz KS4ZR
  • In the Right Place at the Right Time — by Bob Heil K9EID
  • Life’s Been Good to WB6ACU — by Ken Reitz KS4ZR
  • How I Survived Self-Electrocution, Fame, Congress and the Publishing Industry — by Bob Grove W8JHD
  • Reading, ‘Riting and Radio — by Carole Perry WB2MGP
  • CQ at 51,000 Feet and Mach .85 — by Rick Dougherty NQ4I
  • If You’re Old Enough to Read, You’re Old Enough to Get Your License — by Mattie Clauson AE7MC
  • A Life of Service in Amateur Radio by Harry Dannals W2HD
  • My Half-Century in Radio — by Ron Walsh VE3GO
  • A Love of Listening — by Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL
  • My Lifelong Fight for Free Speech Radio — by Allan Weiner
  • Obsessed by Time and Shortwave Radio — by Myke Dodge Weiskopf
  • Crystal Set Leads to Lifelong Hobby and Career — by Maury Midlo
  • Shortwave from Both Sides of the Microphone — by Jeff White
  • A Most Unlikely Radio Career — Keith Perron
  • Radio Dreams of a Lifetime — by Jack K. Neal W8AQ
  • Amateur Radio and Education in America — by Ken Reitz KS4ZR
  • The LBJ High School Experience — by Ronny Risinger KC5EES
  • CQ DX from KC7OEK — by Nick Casner K7CAS, Cole Smith KF7FXW and Rayann Brown KF7KEZ
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New Kindle eBook – “How to Listen To The World”

Ken Reitz (KS4ZR), features editor at Monitoring Times, has released a Kindle eBook called How To Listen To The World. It focuses on almost all aspects of listening to international broadcasts–see full table of contents in the press release below.

This would make a nice, inexpensive last-minute Christmas or birthday gift that can be delivered instantly.

At $2.99, it’s an easy decision! Click here to buy on Amazon. Note that you will either need an Amazon Kindle device or a Kindle application in order to read this book.

(Below: Full Press Release for How To Listen To The World)

“How to Listen to the World” by Ken Reitz KS4ZR is an introduction to shortwave listening, amateur radio, Free-to-Air satellite TV/radio, AM-FM DX, Internet radio and the new phenomenon of cord-cutting; getting off the addiction to cable and satellite-TV.

Much of the material is from columns and feature articles written by the author over the last two years for Monitoring Times, a national monthly magazine about all things radio, now in its thirty-first year. Each section has been updated to include the latest information available with over 100 links to the most important websites for each topic. Previously unpublished material has also been added to give a fuller understanding of each topic. Kindle e-books can be read on any e-reader, laptop, desktop, or smartphone.

About the Author:

A freelance writer since 1988, Ken Reitz has written hundreds of feature articles and columns covering radio and television for several national consumer magazines. He has interviewed many of the top industry leaders and reviewed dozens of new products in this field. He has also earlier enjoyed a five year career in commercial AM and FM broadcasting and has been an amateur radio operator for the last 24 years holding an Extra Class license under the call sign KS4ZR. He is currently the features editor at Monitoring Times for which also he writes the Communications and Beginner’s Corner columns.

“How to Listen to the World” Table of Contents

  • Getting Started in Shortwave Listening
  • Buying Your First Shortwave Radio
  • Chasing DRM: The Elusive Dream of Digital Audio on Shortwave
  • A Look at Three New Shortwave Radios
  • The Best of the Cheap Shortwave Portables
  • Listening to Shortwave Radio in Your Car
  • Weather Facsimile via Shortwave on Your iPad
  • Radio Pirates: The intriguing world of unlicensed broadcasting
  • Amateur Radio for Everybody: Getting Your License
  • Getting Started on HF Part I
  • Getting Started on HF Part 2: Chasing DX
  • Getting Started on HF Part 3: QSL those Contacts!
  • Shortwave and Ham Antennas for the less Financially Endowed
  • Loop your way to HF DX Success
  • The Joys of Ten Meters
  • Digital Operating on the Ham Bands
  • Tuning in to the International Space Station
  • Whatever Happened to TVRO?
  • The Newest FTA Receiver: Manhattan RS1933
  • FM-HD: A Long and Winding Road
  • A Cord-Cutter’s Primer
  • Internet Radio Listening in a Non-FiOS Home
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