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Joe Carr's Receiving Antenna Handbook Paperback – January, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: HighText Publications (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878707078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878707079
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Don't be one of those people who spend big money for a deluxe communications receiver and then waste its potential by using a poorly designed, inefficient antenna system with it. For top reception from 100 kHz to 30 MHz, your receiver needs an antenna that can deliver as much signal as possible to it.
Joe Carr's Receiving Antenna Handbook is a complete guide to high performance receiving antennas for long wave all the way to the upper end of the short-wave spectrum. This isn't some warmed-over collection of slightly modified ham radio transmitting antenna designs; instead, it is a comprehensive examination of slightly modified ham radio transmitting antenna designs; instead, it is a comprehensive examination of antennas intended specifically for receiving purposes. Among the many topics Carr discusses are:
* The basic theory behind all receiving antennas
* How signals propagate over long distances and how to design antennas to maximize reception distance
* How to construct a tuned antenna for any frequency below 30 MHz
* Special designs for indoor and limited space applications
* Getting a good ground connection at radio frequencies
* Safety considerations in antenna design and installation
* Beverage, rhombic, and other directional short-wave antennas
* Loop antennas for the AM broadcast band
Joe Carr gives you complete construction details for each antenna. Most can be easily constructed using only wire or aluminum tubing. And you don't need to be an electronics genius to understand Joe's clear, friendly text to build one of the designs in this book. Give your receiver what it needs to pull those weak signals out of the noise-a good antenna!
Do yourself (and your radio) a favor and purchase this book, you will not be sorry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Axelrod on August 6, 2002
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Joe Carr's Receiving Antenna Handbook is one of the best books for both the new and the more experienced listener. The book describes many antenna sytems that the average person can build and use to help in their listening. Don't be scared off by more technical books, Joe Carr takes you thru the process in easy to understand terms.Highly recommended
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By David E. Strohm on June 5, 2014
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This book adds to my collection of antenna resources. It is well written and documented. All radio enthusiasts should have it.
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By J. Ollinger on July 21, 2013
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Even with "reciprocity," the needs of receiving and transmitting antennas aren't quite the same. If you're transmitting, you're pushing full watts, maybe tens, perhaps hundreds of watts out. When receiving, you're dealing with mili and microwatts.

Carr writes, as he states, from "the receiving point of view" which is a little different than the transmitting POV. But it's not that much different. Primarily this antenna book covers all the things that any other good antenna book covers, so if you're looking for something really new and different, I don't think you're going to find it here.

On the plus side, and it's a big plus, Joe Carr is a very good writer and this book the best on the subject that I've seen so far--at least from a beginner's standpoint (and that would be me). It's technical but not filled with advanced math. He's able to describe what's happening without a thick layer of engineering gobbledegook. I think this is a great first antenna book, and then you can go on to the ARRL Antenna Book for the heavy lifting.

I am a little bit disappointed, which is why I only gave this four stars instead of five. My interest is listening, not transmitting, so I was hoping this would really hone in on how to maximize reception, and I didn't really see that. Of course, the problem with antenna installation is that there are so many variables--where you are, what you're trying to receive, and what the local conditions are--that nobody could provide what I was looking for. Still, considering this book is the RECEIVING antenna handbook, I did expect a little more emphasis, somehow, on the Receiving part of things and I just don't see it here.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who's just starting out and wants to know about antennas, regardless of your POV. Carr's an excellent writer and this book is worth the money.
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By T. Walters on December 13, 2012
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An excellent book covers the antenna very well I have learned a many things I did not know from this book and am very happy with it .
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