12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
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.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2011
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
I just ordered my second copy of this book. Why? Well, it is a newer, better, updated version by Hayward W7ZOI, and Rick Campbell, forget his call sign, maybe KK7B, of the out of print ARRL classic "Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur", by Doug DeMaw, W1FB, which I have owned since forever and is falling apart from use, (try to buy one...... you can't). The secret is that this current book is just as good, if not better, in terms of practical theory, design and construction, which the former excelled at. The copy of the current book I have is I think one of the earlier versions. I don't want to be without this book, the one I have is also coming apart from use (it's a paperback too). So, I am getting myself another one. Do you need any further recommendation?
If you have any interest in rf design, construction, testing, etc. just buy this book. It is one of the best I've ever seen. It is, for instance, just as good in a practical way as Bowick's "RF Design" book, which of course is essential itself.
Do yourself a favor, buy both, this one and Bowick, and along with Horwitz's "Elements of Electronics" book and these two you will have all you need or could possibly absorb and use. Just get them. Or, if you can only afford one of the three, get this one. You won't be sorry.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
Electronics has been a hobby for me most of my life. Radio frequency has always been a world apart- things just work differently at these higher frequencies. 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. Radio is not magic, but there is a sense of the magical about RF, even to someone who has spent plenty of time with digital or even non-RF analog electronics.
Hayward and friends have an engaging style. I also picked up Hayward's more academic book on RF design used. It's a full-on textbook and not for everyone, unlike this book, which is at least for everyone who wants to make changes to circuits at radio frequencies and get some idea of what they have made better or worse.
on July 16, 2015
I was impressed by this book, I was a expecting an amateurish book with very simple explanations taylored towards the maker market, yet I find that the level of this book is quite good. You can build the projects mentioned in this book without understanding everything the author is talking about, im an EE, and can tell you that you really need a solid understanding of electronics and RF if you plan on getting the best out of this book, things like transistor high frequency models, feedback, amplifier configurations, filters, oscillators, etc...
Some of the formulas are just presented without much comment on how they were derived, this is also true of some of the authors decisions on circuit design, in some cases they are just presented instead of giving the complete justification as to why such circuit or part was selected, yet one must recognize that the title of the book has the words "Experimental Methods..." in it, and therefore one shouldnt expect a complete academic derivation of every single thing.
The book covers a lot of material, every page is packed with lots of information, sometimes its overwhealming, if you were planning on doing some light reading this book book may not be the best choice. As some of the other reviews have stated, it does feel like it tries to cover a lot of material, the reader has to jump between different ideas all at once, making things unclear. Some figures or images are not referenced on the main text so you end up wondering why is that picture at the middle of the page, in contrast, many pictures have very large comments or explanations below them which feel out of place, many figures and pictures do not have a number, so the authors refer to them as "the picture above" or "the picture in the previous page" which makes things a bit messy.
I must say that I was a tad disappointed that all the material in this book revolves around the HAM radio aficionado, yes im aware that this is an ARRL book but from the title I was expecting something besides just HAM stuff.
Overall I would say that this is a great book and very much worth the money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
This book gets down to the nuts and bolts. Teaches design. Price is cheaper than ARRL . I will not do any more reviews because they tell me how many words I need!
on November 13, 2014
The following sentence illustrates the detail reported in their experiments: "Total current about 80mA with no RF drive, reaching 200mA or more when drive is increased with most of the increase occurring in the second stage."
Not only are they reporting current consumption, but they measured it independently at different points in the circuit. As an experimenter, this is the kind of stuff you want to know.