I buy a new Hardbound Handbook and the Antenna Book every 5 years and search out older ones when they are cheap I buy them. Books are like other things if you read them it gives you something no one can ever take away from you "Knowledge" on that subject or at least a prespective. Since joining the hobby just a few short years ago they do fly by to quickly I usually spend at least 4-5 hrs a day studying about things relating to the hobby. In what time I have left here I can not come close to but covering a very small percentage of it because it's so far reaching a subject, but so intresting that it pulls me in even futher day by day. This is one of the things that make this hobby so great over others I have done in my life all the knowledge that you need to grasp to basics of so many different things I know of no other way than books and to use the internet to your advantage also but be careful there of the pitfalls.
Another vote for another handbook and thats John's "ON4UN's book Low Band DXing as well as a web site w8ji.com Tom is quite advanced hisself I use both myself often.
I also bought a Handbook when I was licensed a paperback edition and in 2 1/2 yrs the covers were coming off and pages were coming loose. I used my license manuals (ARRL) for reference after I passed the tests and the remember some of the math from the Extra manual when needed.
73 de Fred N0AZZ
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