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Experimental Methods in Rf Design (Radio Amateur's Library) Paperback – February 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0872598799 ISBN-10: 0872598799

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Product Details

  • Series: Radio Amateur's Library (Book 288)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Radio Relay League (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872598799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872598799
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone with an interest in RF design needs this book.
G. Johnson
This book is a good guide to getting in and trying to make things, and learning how to measure stuff so that you can tell if you are making progress or not.
David Eaton
If you have any aspirations of building your own amateur radio gear, this is a MUST READ reference.
David M. Clark

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Johnson on March 31, 2006
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Anyone with an interest in RF design needs this book. The authors are well known and respected in the ham radio community for their prolific writings covering the full range of RF-related topics. The keys to the success of this book are its emphasis on practical solutions and a conversational writing style, not unlike the famous ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications (a.k.a., The Handbook). It focuses on the building blocks of transmitters and receivers, gradually moving from fundaments (e.g., oscillator topologies) to practical building blocks (a stable VFO), and finally to complete systems such as a receiver. Some very useful and straightforward test equipment is also designed. Much of the book is devoted to analog RF/audio design, but the chapters on DSP are quite welcome and again, quite accessible.

Each example is clearly illustrated with clean, consistent, annotated schematics and parts lists and a nice narrative thats walks the reader through the circuit. Above all, they explain exactly WHY that particular funny component was placed in that particular place, and how its value was selected, and what happens if you change its attributes. Theory is not overlooked, either, though they do try to steer away from calculus so far as possible, leaving that to the countless textbooks. References for each chapter are extensive and many are also supplied on the included CD-ROM.

If you have any interest at all in RF design, and especially if you plan on building any equipment, I recommend that you buy this book. You will not be disappointed!

-Gary, WB9JPS
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Drew on February 10, 2011
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I was a bit disapointed with this book after reading the reviews.
I found this book to be more like the ARRL Handbook in the sense
that it covered many topics but without details.
For example, in the filter chapter it referenced FIR and IIR filters but
did not explain what they were. I already knew but, if you already know then
what new information is this book adding. One or two paragraphs on about 25 different subjects just ends up being a confusing mess. It should instead focus
on 10 important topics and go in to detail on those. Just briefly touching a bunch of different areas really does no good except forces the reader to seek other books to figure out what they are talking about.

As a side note I am happy with a book called "RF Circuit Design" by Chris Bowick. It covers a few topics from the ground up and shows you a design process. The chapter on filters showed me how to design a filter in 20 minutes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry on February 6, 2012
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I would like to echo what others are saying about this great book.
It has tons of great information that is well explained.
One big problem is tons of missing words.
It really bothers me when I spend this amount of money for such a poorly printed book.
At least they could make a list so I could fill in the missing words,
many of which you have no way of telling what is missing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee A. Mushel on August 30, 2007
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Any amateur interested in the technical side of the hobby or who still builds some of his own equipment will find that this book is one of the most rewarding to be found! It deserves to be book number two in any ham library, right after the Handbook!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gualtieri on June 17, 2013
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I was interested in purchasing this book, but was nervous because of the printing issues others had mentioned. I decided to buy it since the author has a website that provides the complete text of chapter 1, which had the majority of the errors. When I received the book I was pleasantly surprised that the errors have been fixed! Just wanted to pass the word along for others who might be unsure about ordering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Simpson on December 20, 2011
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The other reviewers are correct about the excellence of this volume. The copy I received, however, has many words missing! There is just a blank space on the page where a word should be. An example can be found in the middle of the 2nd column on page 1.4., but there are several on almost every page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott on August 9, 2007
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I am really pleased with this purchase. The authors bring their considerable expertise and expose their methods in designing practical radio equipment. I designed my first feedback amplifier with known input-output impedances and stage gain. It came out right on the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Al Woodhull on May 9, 2012
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The content of this book is as excellent as I expected it to be from all I had read about it on various ham radio related groups on the Internet. There are many projects one can duplicate, but unlike a cookbook there is often discussion of how a design can be modified to affect some aspect of performance or to take advantage of alternative parts.

But the book is marred by a serious production error. The first chapter is full of blanks in the text, where apparently an alternate type style was specified that was not rendered in printing the book. I suspect what is missing is boldface type, in the References at the end of Chapter 1 there are just blanks where the titles of books and journals should appear. I just cannot comprehend how any reasonable editing process could have let these errors slip through.

An alternative corrected first chapter is available on the Internet, but either one must make a printout to supplement the book or laboriously look up and fill in by hand all the blank spaces.
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