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Welcome to the World of Amateur Radio!

Thank you for your interest in Alex discovers Amateur Radio. This is your first step

in discovering the excitement of Amateur Radio. No matter what your age this story

is designed to provide you with basic information about Amateur Radio – its history,

its applications, and its relevance in the world today.

We hope you have fun reading this booklet. We had fun creating it, and encourage

you to get involved in this state of the art hobby. Amateur Radio is enjoyed by

people from all walks of life, young and old alike. No matter what your age we feel

this booklet has enough information for you to want to dip into it again and again. If

you find it interesting and informative please pass it on to a friend when you have

finished with it. For more information on how to become a Radio Amateur, and












the back cover. There


also details

of internet links that you might enjoy. For a concise introduction to

Amateur Radio scan the QR code on the left, or visit the Radio Society

of Great Britain pages for newcomers to the hobby at:

This booklet is based on a modified version of an original publication “The Adventures of Zack and

Max - The Odyssey Begins” illustrated by Kayoko Nakajima © 2002 ICOM America, Inc.

The artwork and text of this


have been fully updated, and further re-written, for use

in the UK by kind permission of the original artist Kayoko Nakajima and Icom America, Inc.

This booklet may be reproduced without further permission by any means, in whole or in part for

personal use by individuals; and for the purposes of promoting amateur radio as a hobby by schools,

clubs, and other organisations. In all cases this notice must remain intact. It must be distributed free

of charge. Originally produced as five comics. No part may be reproduced in any form, or by any

means, for commercial use without the prior written consent of Alec Wood G8WHR.

With the exception of Dave and Kath Wilson, Mathew M3UAY, and Amy M6SIP all characters are

imaginary and any resemblance to any real person, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

All call

signs used in this story are real and are used with permission.


discovers Amateur Radio

© 2010 - 2014 Alec Wood G8WHR.

All Rights Reserved.

An outreach project supported by ‘The learning lighthouse’ CLC (City Learning Centre) Wirral.


First time through just reading the white

speech bubbles gives the story a nice flow.

You can then go back and read the information

boxes and try the quizzes.

… but I hope they don’t miss the

QR code for the Space Station on

page 9,or the one for the Rhythm

of the Code on page 18.