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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: 1 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer 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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Lawson on February 22, 2007
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The popularity of this book in the Amateur Radio community is all the review that is needed!

Ham radio types generally have bunches of books, many of them reference texts that are dusted off and referred to just occasionally. EMRFD, isn't one of those reference books. This text will take you through the construction of a first rate amateur radio station. It covers the "homebrew" construction of virtually ever piece of equipment that you need to have a ham station capable of making contacts around the world!

The bottom line, if you are a Amateur Radio operator this is a must have text.

73, Bart W0IIT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David M. Clark on January 19, 2009
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If you ever wanted to build your own radio equipment, this is one of the best mixtures of practical as well as theory. This book is an enhanced version of a prior text surrounding solid state amateur radio building.

From HF to UHF, transmitters, receivers, transceivers - superhet as well as direct conversion topics. If you have any aspirations of building your own amateur radio gear, this is a MUST READ reference.
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