Read about it: Ray Dee Oh!

Reading cleanses the soul. Whilst the researching on the internet is predominantly efficient – and abundantly free – for many the activity does not pose any competition for dusting off a great book.

Here are three invaluable books for those interested in long distance FM radio reception.


Easy to understand explanation of propagation, interference and antennas. Published annually. Every enthusiast’s website rips this off to varying degrees!

First published in 2013 by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

$50 new
$38 new for last year’s edition
From $6 for secondhand editions


This was discovered in the three level school library in the 1990s. If any author ‘lit the spark’, it was Andrew R. Yoder. A solid first publication by a student journalist, it is gripping reading. It shows the political impact of broadcasting which can ignite passionate announcers and activists across the world. Proves the hobby is anything but dull!

First published in 1990 by TAB Books.

In 2001, Andrew wrote an updated book called Pirate Radio Stations: Tuning into underground broadcasts in the air & online.

$13 new
From $1 for secondhand copies


This is the legendary Roger Bunney Television Handbook. Because it is quite dated and hard to obtain, this author does not own a copy of this. Nonetheless, plenty of fellow enthusiasts have emailed scanned extracts of this publication. The principles of VHF television reception are generally applicable to FM.

First published in 1981 by Bernard Barbini Publishing.

For those readers who don’t care much for radio reception but are more listeners, you have not been forgotten. The recommendation is…

JONESTOWN: The power and myth of Alan Jones.
A controversial insight into the Sydney radio scene and its enigmatic, almost omnipresent commercial broadcaster Alan Jones. Penned in 2006 by award winning investigative journalist Chris Masters. No need for an image here, just switch on the news this week.

Prices are in US denomination & exclude airmail carriage. The figures presented are indicative. Every effort was made to provide accurate information at the time of publication.

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