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Practical Antenna Handbook Paperback – May 23, 2001

ISBN-13: 063-9785328544 ISBN-10: 0071374353 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: TAB Mastering Electronics Series
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 4 edition (May 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071374353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071374354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

“The Antenna Builder’s Bible” – Revised, Updated, and Better Than Ever!

The most popular book on antennas ever written and unquestionably the world’s favorite antenna book, Joseph J. Carr’s Practical Antenna Handbook, Fourth Edition is a treasure for anyone with an interest in antennas, from the newest of novices to the most experienced engineer.

This empowering book gives you all kinds of projects -- and it provides you with material that explains exactly why your creations were a success. But most importantly, it prepares you to design and construct your own antennas “for the cases” Carr modestly suggests “that the author thoughtlessly failed to cover.”

This fourth edition blends, in Joseph J. Carr’s words, “the theoretical concepts that the engineers and others need to design practical antennas, and the hard-learned practical lessons derived from actually building and using antennas --real antennas, and the hard-earned practical lessons derived from actually building and using antennas -- real antennas made of real metal -- not merely theoretical constructs on a blackboard.”

Add it to your library and it will no doubt assume a favorite spot inside your toolbox, dog-eared and annotated with your personal notes . . . obviously used and enjoyed to the fullest extent.

New! Added Material on:


*Small transmitting antennas
*Receiving loop antennas
*Antenna modeling software -- including material on EZNEC for Windows 3.0

Covers a Wide Variety of Antennas:


*High-frequency dipole
*Vertically polarized HF
*Multiband and tunable wire
*Hidden and limited space
*Directional phased vertical and directional beam VHF/UHF transmitting and receiving
*Shortwave reception
*Microwave
*Mobile, marine, and emergency
*And much more

Great For:


*Radio and electronics technicians
*Amateur radio operators
*Citizen banders
*Shortwave listeners (SWL)
*Monitoring hobbyists
*Radio enthusiasts and professionals of all types

About the Author

Joe Carr (Falls Church, VA) is a retired military electronics technician and a popular electronics author. He is the author of McGraw-Hill's Secrets of RF Design, 2e and writes a monthly column for Nuts & Volts magazine.

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Carr's book is a classic.
Ernest V. Pons
The book is abundantly illustrated with figures which are simply drawn but provide great clarity.
D Anderton
I found this book to be very similar to the arrl's book , but of a better size.
S. Barr

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By David Stork on January 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read a few of Joe Carr's books and I have a lot of respect for his work, but this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. The bias is toward amateur HF-band antennas, and I was hoping for better coverage of VHF, UHF and radio and television broadcast antennas in a book with such a broad-sounding title. Even some fairly well-known antenna types used by amateurs and scanner enthusiasts receive little or no attention. I have found the ARRL Antenna book to be much more comprehensive.
A fair amount of the material overlaps with Carr's _Secrets of RF Circuit Design_, so bear that in mind if you already own that book. This book is still worth reading, especially if you work the HF and lower bands, but it shouldn't be your ONLY antenna handbook.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Antenna books follow either the practical approach (e.g. Carr's Practical Antenna Handbook) or the mathematical approach (e.g. Kraus's Antennas). To be a true antenna expert, one needs to know both. But for those of us who are not equipped to handle the mathematical approach, the practical approach will do just fine, in which case I would recommend Carr's Practical Antenna Book and ARRL's Antenna Book. Here are some differences between the two:
1. Carr is more readable.
2. ARRL is more comprehensive, with 2.5 times the number of words as Carr.
3. ARRL has more photographs and better looking sketches.
3. ARRL has a multi-author approach (with technical checks and balances) as opposed to Carr's one-man approach. Carr contains few bibliographical references, whereas ARRL has tons of references for further reading.
My opinion: Carr is better for the beginner, but ARRL is better for details and as a reference book. Better yet, get both books, since they serve complementary purposes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The title gives a very readable overview of antennas, installation and usage. This book contains sufficient information to allow the reader to choose, design, install and maintain antennas for TX/RX over the entire frequency spectrum. Book contains only essential theory.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Barna on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a radio operator for an Airborne Infantry (Long-Range Surveillance) unit, this book is indispensable! If you need an HF antenna for a certain wavelength or a specific job, or want an explanation of how long-range 'sky-wave' communications work, then this book is a must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. N. Band on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
A very informative and well presented text on amateur radio antennas. It is the best presentation on grounding the antenna, in contast to other ARRL books. But it could stand more detail about grounding in the next edition. For example why is it not as important to ground a 2 meter antenna. Of course the book does emphasize HF more than VHF since the author is more "into" that band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Anderton on May 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
NB: This is the fourth edition of Carr's classic handbook on antennas. Carr's handbook had been a very popular reference for those who needed to understand the nuts and bolts of antennas without the requisite 'theoretical' background. I didn't think there would be a 5th edition since Joe Carr passed away shortly after delivering the manuscript for the fourth edition (circa 2000). However, I see that a fifth edition is indeed in the works with George Hippisley carrying on the tradition. The book is scheduled for release in late 2011. So, if time is not of the essence--you may wish to wait for the fifth edition.

With regards to the fourth edition....this is a good reference book on antennas for those who need to have a working knowledge of the basics, but lack the mathematical and theoretical background to seriously dig into antenna theory. The book makes few demands on the reader. If you can cope with a few simple algebraic equations and do a little arithmetic with complex numbers--this volume will be completely accessible. There are some trig functions, a few hyperbolic trig functions and several logarithms. You won't encounter Maxwell's equations, you won't be confronted with vector calculus and you will see very little theory. There is a chapter on electromagnetic fields that is highly intuitive which constitutes virtually all of the 'theory' in the book (this chapter leans heavily on a US Army training manual).

The rest of the book is a 'hands on' guide to various antenna types, their salient properties and practical advice on construction and tuning. The book is abundantly illustrated with figures which are simply drawn but provide great clarity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Barr on July 9, 2007
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I found this book to be very similar to the arrl's book , but of a better size. more easily handled, with the addition of the included cd, I expect to find it very useful in my experimentation with antennas, as well as of benifit to my general knowledge.
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