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New Book of Short Stories Highlights ‘Magic of Ham Radio’:


Don Keith, N4KC

July 30, 2017

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New Book of Short Stories Highlights ‘Magic of Ham Radio’:

A new book by prolific, award-winning, and best-selling writer Don Keith employs short fictional stories to demonstrate what the author calls the “magic” still inherent in the century-old hobby of Amateur (or “Ham”) Radio. Keith is also a long-time active participant in the hobby, holding the Amateur Extra-class license and the call letters N4KC.

“Some claim that our hobby is old-fashioned when compared to cell phones and social media,” Keith says. “That is not true. Amateur Radio is in the midst of a resurgence and offers more excitement than ever to anyone interested in technology, communications, competition, public service, experimentation or just plain having fun.”

Keith says he has written these stories to more powerfully demonstrate various aspects of the hobby, any of which might attract attention from newcomers if they were aware of how dynamic and diverse Ham Radio is today. He even went to great lengths in the book’s title to emphasize the fun aspects. The book is officially titled “DIAL DANCING: Tales of the fascinating, fabulous, frequency-hopping, wavelength-walking, power punching, ionosphere-scorching, ditting and dahing, digital dancing and glorious globe-spanning wide and wonderful world of amateur radio.”

Among the stories are a tale of a new licensee making a first contact with a rather interesting operator on a distant island, learning he is a part of a historical event. Another story is about a relatively new female Ham operator who takes on a bold challenge from a crotchety old-timer. Yet another tells the story of an African-American Amateur who has concerns when he learns about discrimination experienced on the airwaves by early black Ham operators.

“Many prospective Hams still don’t know about how well our hobby ties in with their other interests,” Keith notes. “Or how diversified our membership is nowadays. It can be as technical as someone wants, or can require very little technical knowledge or interest. That is what I hope to show in these stories. Some are funny. Some are heart-tugging. I hope all are entertaining.”

Don Keith has written two other books about Amateur Radio. “RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO” pushes the same ideas about the broad appeal of the hobby and is specifically aimed at the “Ham Radio is passé” mindset. “GET ON THE AIR…NOW!” is the result of informal research the author conducted to try to determine why many have shown interest in the hobby but never obtained a license, or why others did become licensed but never dug deeper into Amateur Radio. He addresses some of the perceived roadblocks and provides tips on overcoming them. One aspect he determined discourages newcomers is the hobby’s jargon. The book includes a “dictionary” with over 1400 terms, 1600 definitions, and hundreds of web links. That section has been published separately in an easy-to-use book, in paper and e-book editions, called “THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY.”

Each of these works is available in traditional paper and all e-book formats wherever books are sold, including, Barnes Noble, Books-a-Million, Sony Store, and more.

Don Keith N4KC has been a Ham since 1961, when he was thirteen years old. He is very active in all aspects of the hobby and is a member of the American Radio Relay League. Amateur Radio led to a twenty-two-year career in radio broadcasting, where he was twice named “Radio personality of the year” by Billboard Magazine. He has published more than thirty books, including several national best-sellers. He writes on a broad range of subjects, fiction and non-fiction, including World War II, college sports, submarines, NASCAR racing, military thrillers, and more. His novel “FIRING POINT,” co-written with George Wallace, will be released as a major motion picture in late 2017, under the title “HUNTER KILLER.” Two more of his books have been optioned for the screen.

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(For interviews, more information, or review copies, legitimate reviewers or press may contact the author at Book cover and author images are available on following pages.)

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