Practical RF Handbook, 4th Edition

Practical RF Handbook, 4th Edition,Ian Hickman,ISBN9780750680394






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A hands-on guide to RF design for engineers, technicians, students and enthusiasts

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Key Features

* Practical coverage of the cutting-edge technology behind the fast-moving world of communications electronics
* Real-world design guide for engineers, technicians and students, covering key principles with a minimum of maths
* Updated throughout, including coverage of recent hot topics such as UWB, WiFi and WiMax


Radio Frequency (RF) is the fundamental technology behind a huge range of modern consumer electronics and wireless communication devices, and this book provides a comprehensive and methodical guide to RF for engineers, technicians, enthusiasts and hobbyists with an interest in the electronics behind radio frequency communications.

In Practical RF Handbook, Ian Hickman draws upon his own radio engineering background to develop a hands-on guide to the difficulties and pitfalls of RF design with a minimum of maths. A broad coverage includes devices, circuits, equipment, systems, radio propagation and external noise to fully acquaint the reader with the necessary circuit technologies and techniques.

The fourth edition brings the book fully up-to-date with new advances in RF, including coverage of OFDM, UWB, WiFi and WiMax.


Design engineers, advanced-level technicians, engineering students, electronics hobbyists and amateur radio operators. Engineers from other disciplines looking to broaden their knowledge of RF / communications technology.

Ian Hickman


Affiliations and Expertise

Electronics author and freelance journalist

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Practical RF Handbook, 4th Edition



Chapter 1: Passive components

Resistance and resistors


Inductors and transformers

Chapter 2: Passive circuits

Chapter 3: RF transmission lines

Transmission line operation at d.c.

Transmission line operation at r.f.

Practical transmission lines

Chapter 4: RF transformers


Transformer basics

R.F. considerations


Line transformers

Chapter 5: Couplers, hybrids and directional couplers

Chapter 6: Active components for RF uses

Chapter 7: RF small-signal circuitry

Chapter 8: Modulation and demodulation

Chapter 9: Oscillators

Chapter 10: RF power amplifiers

Safety hazards to be considered

First design decisions

Levellers, VSWR protection, RF routing switches

Starting the design

Low-pass filter design

Discrete PA stages

Chapter 11: Transmitters and receivers

Chapter 12: Advanced architectures

Chapter 13: Propagation

Chapter 14: Antennas

Chapter 15: Attenuators and equalizers

Chapter 16: Measurements

Measurements on CW signals

Modulation measurements

Spectrum and network analysers

Other instruments

Useful relationships


Attenuators (pads)

Universal resonance curve

RF cables

Wire gauges and related information

Manufacturers of soft-ferrite† and iron-powder** cores

Types of modulation – classification

Quartz crystals

Elliptic filters


Worldwide minimum external noise levels

Frequency allocations and designations

SRDs (Short Range Devices)


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