This is going to be an especially nerdy post, because not only is it about Amateur Radio, but it involves Amateur
Radio as the subject in a series of adventure novels. Books Inspired By Amateur Radio. Who can beat that?
What first turned me onto this subject was an article in the April 2016 Edition of QST for the book titled Contact Sport: A Story of Champions, Airwaves, and a One-Day Race around the World. I bought this book for my Amazon Kindle app, and I have it in my “soon to read” list. It looked like an interesting read, for sure, but it got me to wondering about what other books might be out there for our hobby.
I have several blogs online, this one being the most active, but I also write a book review blog over at Reading Rookie, and I have lots of books on my Amazon Wish List. A few years back, I discovered some fictional stories which were written by Ham Radio operators, where the story involved using radios in emergency situations. One such book is called Night Signals by Cynthia Wall. Upon reading some reviews of this book, I discovered another author named Walker A. Tompkins, who has written a few books back in the 50s and 60s which involved Amateur Radio. Those include:
- Murder by QRM (Radio Amateur’s Library) (my favorite title name)
- Death Valley QTH
- SOS at Midnight
- Grand Canyon QSO
- DX Brings Danger
There might be a few others by this author, I am still digging. I ordered a couple of them yesterday, they don’t seem to be in production anymore, but they are available used. They are also short reads, all less than 200 pages. I’m looking forward to reading a couple, then writing a review for them.
Night Signals by Cynthia Wall was purchased yesterday also. I’ve had it in my Wish List for some time, and I decided it was time to go ahead with the purchase. I some go in phases with reading – I’ll pick it up for a while and plow through several books, then put it down again. My longest run was about 2 years; the first year I read about 25 books and the 2nd I read over 30 books, which means it was more than 1 every 2 weeks. I’d like to do that again.
I don’t only enjoy novels, but also history. In looking up some historical or documentary reads about Amateur Radio, I found the following:
- Ham Radio’s 100th Birthday: This is an interesting blog article from DX Coffee that was written in 2012 for the ARRL 100-year anniversary. A good, quick read.
- 200 Meters & Down: The Story of Amateur Radio – I bought this yesterday at the same time as the novels. It looks like a more in-depth history of Amateur Radio in the USA.
- 3B7C: The Saint Brandon DXpedition 2007 – A history of this DXpedition. I don’t know anything about it, but apparently it was interesting enough to write an ebook on, so I grabbed it
- Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century – A biography for one of the inventors of wireless communications
I am sure the list goes on, but for now, that is all I have saved or purchased. More updates will come later after I do some reading.