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Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio [Paperback]

Danny Gregory , Paul Sahre

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26 Mar 2003
Jerry Powell began his ham radio operation in 1929 and with the exception of the World War II years (when government forbade ham radio operators to take to the air) he was in continuous communication with people all over the world until his death in 1999. This book tells the story of Powell and the people he met. It is a record of one man's contacts during times of war, depression, peace and floods. Whenever a communication is established for the first time, the recipient of the communication by law must send an acknowledgement card, called a QSL. These QSLs are unique to each individual, it is their stamp and their calling card. This book brings together over 500 QSLs received by Jerry and provides commentary on each one. The authors radioed many of his more recent contacts to get Jerry Powell's story - and the story of ham radio.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (26 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568982816
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danny Gregory lives in New York City. Paul Sahre is principal of his own design firm. He lives in New York City.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking to the World 25 May 2003
By Don Daso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With the rise of "personal" electronics--think Internet, tiny cell phones & other wireless connection tools--the world of ham radio seems to have been passed by, forgotten, or otherwise relegated to the basement, or worse. But this hobby holds on, fascinating & attracting those wanting more, some means of talking, chatting, meeting & interacting with the world at-large. Who want something besides giant corporations (ultimately concerned only with P&L)& sometime silly can-you-hear-me-now keyboard manipulations. Something beyond the anonymous nature of what we call commercial radio.
Hams, by & large, remain a curious lot--curious about how & why radio works. And curious because how is it possible to sit in your room & talk with someone else halfway around the world, without wires or other connections? Curious about the nature of communication itself, about who might be on "the other end" of that circuit. And curious about who & what they might be & do. The process occurs thousands of times, day & night, spanning everything, from continents to cultures to countries to crazy dreams & ideas. There's a romance to it, listening to signals that are all around us, unseen or felt, until we hook up a radio & detect them. Ham radio lets you put your own message out there, into that vast ethereal space, seeking something only you know about, something only you want.
"Hello World" introduces readers to some of that romance, to some of what kept Jerry Powell (whose collection of QSL cards form the basis of the work) doing it for 70 years. To some of what fascinated him, & continues to fascinate millions of others around the world. It's a graphical treat, & a rare look into radio from the amateur's point of view. Hopefully, some youngster, somewhere, will see it, & want to learn more--about radio, the world, & communicating with it via radio.
And Jerry Powell's legacy will live on...and on....
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars N2GJ gives it 2 thumbs up! 5 May 2003
By Mr. Gerald J. Jurrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First of all, if you're a radio amateur already:
RUN, don't WALK, to your nearest bookseller, and BUY THIS BOOK! (In fact, I got mine from AMAZON!)
If you're not, it's OK to walk to your bookseller and BUY THIS BOOK!
In truth, I have only begun to read the book -- an effort that will take me "forever" because of the richness of the fabric these guys have woven. It's fun, it's educational, and truly beautiful; in short, it's a work of art! I agree with the reader/reviewer who suggested a "true" coffee table edition in hardback! I'd certainly get in line to buy one....
It's loaded with wonderful touches: the timeline at the bottom of each page that puts the reader in touch with world events while following, chronologically, Jerry's life; the colorful glossary of ham radio jargon/terminology; the wonderful fold-out centerfold map that shows the location of each person whose postcard (QSL) is depicted; and the complete listing of all 369 cards on the back inside cover pages. You can tell a graphic designer played a key role in this project!
With a built-in audience of at least 2.5 million radio amateur aficionados world-wide (how 'bout a Japanese translation for the 1 million + hams in JA-land?!) this book ought to be a hit. Hey, I can think of at least 675,000 coffee tables in America where "Hello World" should be displayed and loved.
Dan and Paul: thanks for creating this...and for joining us in "the greatest hobby on earth that almost no one knows about!" Best 73,
P.S. We've added Jerry and the authors to our Famous Hams web site. All three of these guys are welcome additions!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demystifies Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) with superb graphics! 1 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was given this fantastic book by my neighbor and friend here in New Jersey, who is a longtime Ham Radio afficionado (and Police Officer by occupation). Truth be told, I have always wondered about Jim's (my mentioned neighbor/friend) hobby/pastime, especially given his tower and antenna systems, which are large and visible and hard to ignore! I did not know much about the hobby, other than 'people talk around the world much like CB'ers talk locally'. I now realize how utterly wonderful, fascinating and riveting this hobby is! Not to mention critical in times of regional or national emergencies! The authors take you on a FASCINATING journey through the ham radio life of an engineer named Jerry Powell, an actual FCC licensed 'Ham' operator from Kansas who moved to New Jersey early on in his career and spent decades on the air from his humble home, communicating with Hams everywhere from all kinds of economic and ideological backrounds. The book is replete with interesting vignettes and descriptions of what Ham Radio is all about, and the true passion and wonderment of engaging in all aspects of this hobby shared by millions around the world. The graphics are first rate, with a veritable 'world tour' of colorful QSL cards, which reflect many of Jerry's contacts with other Ham Operators from every conceivable corner of the world! After reading this book and 'taking in' the wonderful graphics, I even picked up a few entry-level study guides from the ... site (National Amateur Radio organization) on the advice of my neighbor Jim, and I am excitedly planning on obtaining my entry 'Technician' license! I can't wait to get on the air! Just a superb, SUPERB book!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello world nice to meet you. 29 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was utterly unaware of the ham radio community before reading "Hello World". After devouring the book upon it's arrival, I am now totally enamored with both the hams and "Hello World". The book teems with lush images and interesting factoids that let me in on an intriguing and lovable culture.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 27 April 2003
By REHKSH - Published on Amazon.com
"Hello World" is a delightful and innovative way to capture the essence of radio communication as practised by the amateur radio operator. The authors bring a graphically creative approach to a topic that can be hard at times to describe to the uninitiated. The biographical sketch of a ham radio operator over a 70 year period of history is accomplished by a truly remarkable portrayal of the post-card size, colorful "QSL" cards he collected - one for each of the personal two-way radio communications he made with people all over the world. This is a great addition to the 100 year history of written works on amateur radio. The only improvement I can imagine would be to publish a coffee-table version in hardback!
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