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My Books

APRS  Moving Hams on Radio and the Internet  A Guide to the Automatic Position Reporting System  by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU.  APRS is among the most popular activities using personal computers in ham radio applications. Getting started often requires little more than a VHF radio and computer. With a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, you have precise position information at your fingertips. Connect the GPS receiver to your APRS station, and you can transmit your location information even as you're moving!
  • Track moving objects on maps (other stations, public service vehicles, marathon runners, etc.).
  • Display weather statistics and storm warnings.
  • Find a hidden transmitter or jammer.
  • Access the APRS network on the Internet (even without a radio!)
The future for APRS applications seems limitless! In this book, you'll learn how to configure hardware and software to make the best use of your APRS station. Software examples include programs for Windows, Mac and Linux. Follow detailed discussions of APRS operation and technical support. To help you get stated, there's also a complete Glossary of Terms and a summary of APRS software commands. APRS  Moving Hams on Radio and the Internet is the third APRS book written by former QST columnist and ARRL author Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU. Softcover. ©2004, The American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ISBN: 0-87259-916-7)  $17.95  You may purchase this book from the author.

Practical Packet Radio  by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU. The title says it all! Learn how to set up your first packet station or exploring TCP/IP or another more-advanced technique. The successor to WA1LOU's classic Your Gateway to Packet Radio, this book covers everything the packet-active ham needs to know: setting up a station, getting on the DX packet cluster, exploring bulletin boards and satellites, and much more. A series of Appendices includes sources of packet-related hardware and software, a Glossary of Terms and the AX.25 protocol. 224 pages. First edition, ©1995-1998, The American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ISBN: 0-87259-530-7)  $15.95  You may purchase this book from the author.

APRS Tracks, Maps and Mobiles  A Guide to the Automatic Position Reporting System  by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, author of the original Getting on Track with APRS. Experience the fastest growing Amateur Radio mode! With the help of this hands-on guide, you will learn how to use APRS to track anything that moves, including marathon runners, emergency vehicles and weather systems. Install and configure the latest APRS software. Learn how to add objects to APRS maps, such as hurricanes and emergency response vehicles. This book also covers hardware installation, navigating maps, tracking, sending and receiving messages and bulletins, direction finding, using the Internet for APRS, and more. Includes the most complete summary of commands for all APRS versions! 224 pages. First edition, ©1999, The American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ISBN: 0-87259-774-1)  $14.95  You may purchase this book from the author.

Getting on Track with APRS  by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU. Packet Radio is hot and APRS (the map-based tracking system) is even hotter. Getting on Track with APRS: A Hands-On Guide to the Automatic Packet Reporting System, by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, is your one stop for quick-and-easy instructions for installing and using the exciting new APRS software. Anyone with a packet station and computer can join the fun. APRS provides a real-time map display of participating stations. When used with a GPS receiver, it is ideal for tracking moving stations. Separate sections cover DOS, Windows and Mac platforms. Chapters include customer installation, map-making, hardware requirements, and even specialized uses such as direction finding, telemetry and DX plotting. (ISBN 0-87259-585-4) 1st edition, ©1996.  $14.95  This book is out of print, but is occasionally available used on eBay.

Your Gateway to Packet Radio, Second Edition ― by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU. The second edition of a classic, this book brings you up to date with the rapid changes in the world of packet radio. (ISBN 0-87259-26-34) 2nd edition, ©1989.  14.95  his book is out of print, but is often available used on eBay.

Your Gateway to Packet Radio, First Edition  by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU. A ham radio best seller, Your Gateway to Packet Radio is the classic book about packet radio. (ISBN 0-87259-203-0) 1st edition, ©1987.  14.95  This book is out of print, but is often available used on eBay.


  1. OMG !. So you r the Ham writer ? I am a Ham fan but in the old days I need to pass the Morse Code test which I am so lazy to learn, be a good listener is OK to mẹ and sure much better to have a license/Call sign. I may have one of your books ?, may be not ?. All in the storage boxes

    1. I wrote for the ARRL for 35 years... including books, QST articles and columns.

      I got my Extra Class license in the late 1970's and had to pass the 20 words-per-minute code teat to get it, as well as a written test on radio theory and ham radio rules and regulations.