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Practical RF Handbook

Book Description

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.

* 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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Chapter 1: Passive components
    1. Resistance and resistors
    2. Capacitors
    3. Inductors and transformers
  8. Chapter 2: Passive circuits
  9. Chapter 3: RF transmission lines
    1. Transmission line operation at d.c.
    2. Transmission line operation at r.f.
    3. Practical transmission lines
  10. Chapter 4: RF transformers
    1. Introduction
    2. Transformer basics
    3. R.F. considerations
    4. Baluns
    5. Line transformers
  11. Chapter 5: Couplers, hybrids and directional couplers
  12. Chapter 6: Active components for RF uses
  13. Chapter 7: RF small-signal circuitry
  14. Chapter 8: Modulation and demodulation
  15. Chapter 9: Oscillators
  16. Chapter 10: RF power amplifiers
    1. Safety hazards to be considered
    2. First design decisions
    3. Levellers, VSWR protection, RF routing switches
    4. Starting the design
    5. Low-pass filter design
    6. Discrete PA stages
  17. Chapter 11: Transmitters and receivers
  18. Chapter 12: Advanced architectures
  19. Chapter 13: Propagation
  20. Chapter 14: Antennas
  21. Chapter 15: Attenuators and equalizers
  22. Chapter 16: Measurements
    1. Measurements on CW signals
    2. Modulation measurements
    3. Spectrum and network analysers
    4. Other instruments
  23. Useful relationships
  24. S-Parameters
  25. Attenuators (pads)
  26. Universal resonance curve
  27. RF cables
  28. Wire gauges and related information
  29. Manufacturers of soft-ferrite† and iron-powder** cores
  30. Types of modulation – classification
  31. Quartz crystals
  32. Elliptic filters
  33. Screening
  34. Worldwide minimum external noise levels
  35. Frequency allocations and designations
  36. SRDs (Short Range Devices)
  37. Index