* 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.
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
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
Spectrum and network analysers
Universal resonance curve
Wire gauges and related information
Manufacturers of soft-ferrite† and iron-powder** cores
Types of modulation – classification
Worldwide minimum external noise levels
Frequency allocations and designations
SRDs (Short Range Devices)