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Basic Radio

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Basic Radio is a wide ranging introduction to the principles of radio waves, transmission and reception, and to the technologies of broadcasting, satellite and personal communications. As well as being a textbook for vocational courses such as City & Guilds and BTEC Ian Poole's book is essential reading for all communications and broadcast professionals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright page
  5. 1: Radio today, yesterday and tomorrow
    1. The story of radio
    2. Radio tomorrow
  6. 2: Radio waves and propagation
    1. Radio waves
    2. Frequency to wavelength conversion
    3. Polarization
    4. Radio spectrum
    5. How radio signals travel
    6. Layers above the earth
    7. Ground wave
    8. Skywaves
    9. Distances and the angle of radiation
    10. Multiple reflections
    11. Chordal hop
    12. Critical frequency
    13. MUF
    14. LUF
    15. Skip zone
    16. State of the ionosphere
    17. Propagation prediction
    18. VHF and above
    19. Tropo-scatter
    20. Sporadic E
    21. Meteor scatter
    22. Frequencies above 3 GHz
  7. 3: Capacitors, inductors and filters
    1. Capacitors
    2. Inductors
    3. Tuned circuits
    4. Mutual inductance and transformers
    5. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" class="italic">Q</span> factor factor
    6. Low pass and high pass filters
    7. Band-pass filters
    8. LC filters
    9. Quartz crystals
    10. Crystal filters
    11. Monolithic crystal filters
    12. Mechanical filters
    13. Ceramic filters
    14. Frequency standards
  8. 4: Modulation
    1. Radio carrier
    2. Morse
    3. Amplitude modulation
    4. Single sideband
    5. Frequency modulation
    6. Frequency shift keying
    7. Phase modulation
    8. Phase shift keying
    9. Pulse modulation
    10. Frequency hopping
    11. Spread spectrum
    12. Transmission codes
  9. 5: Receivers
    1. Crystal set
    2. TRF receiver
    3. Direct conversion receiver
    4. The superhet
    5. Basic superhet receiver
    6. Overcoming image response problems
    7. IF breakthrough
    8. Spurious signals
    9. Automatic gain control
    10. Multiple conversion sets
    11. Synthesizers
    12. Multi-loop synthesizers
    13. Direct digital synthesizers
    14. Phase noise and reciprocal mixing
    15. Filters
    16. Selectivity and filters
    17. Demodulator
    18. Digital signal processing
    19. Sensitivity and noise
    20. Signal to noise ratio
    21. SINAD
    22. Noise factor and noise figure
    23. Strong signal and overload
    24. Intermodulation distortion
    25. Third order intercept
    26. Blocking
    27. Cross-modulation
    28. Dynamic range
  10. 6: Transmitters
    1. Transmitter building blocks
    2. Amplifiers
    3. Mixers
    4. Filters and matching networks
    5. Simple Morse transmitter
    6. Amplitude modulation transmitter
    7. Single sideband transmitter
    8. Frequency modulation transmitter
    9. Speech processing
  11. 7: Antenna systems
    1. Resonance and bandwidth
    2. Impedance
    3. Gain and directivity
    4. Angle of radiation
    5. Height
    6. Antenna system
    7. Feeder
    8. Feeder impedance
    9. Standing waves
    10. Loss
    11. Velocity factor
    12. Types of feeder
    13. Matching unit
    14. Types of antenna
  12. 8: Broadcasting
    1. AM broadcasts
    2. VHF FM
    3. Stereo
    4. C-QUAM
    5. RDS
    6. Digital audio broadcasting
  13. 9: Satellites
    1. Satellite orbits
    2. Satellites
    3. Placing a satellite in orbit
    4. Path calculations
    5. Communications satellites
    6. Navigational satellites
    7. Other uses
  14. 10: Personal communications
    1. Basic system
    2. Base stations
    3. Mobile phones
    4. System control and call routeing
    5. Control and signals
    6. Digital systems
    7. Private mobile radio (PMR) systems
  15. Appendix: Basic calculations
  16. Index