- 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: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joe Carr's Receiving Antenna Handbook Paperback – January, 2000
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This is a complete guide to high performance receiving antennas for longwave all the way to the upper end of the shortwave spectrum. This isn't some warmed-over collection 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 shortwave antennas, and loop antennas for the AM broadcast band. -- Joe Carr gives you complete 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 or build one of the designs in this book. Give your receiver what it needs to pull those weak signal out of the noise - a good antenna!
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Top customer reviews
In this day and age we are looking for smaller and less expensive antennas that will do the job.
This book is great in explaining what you will encounter.
The math is minimal and I after 70 years of using antennas discovered something I did not know existed in the math that is involved in short antennas.
I designed a correct radiation angle antenna for my truck that was electrically correct for 28.5 mc as well as optimum radiation angle only to find 30 years later that the math bore my trial and thousands of error process that resulted in an antenna that would allow my 5 watts of power to compete with Kilowatts getting from Hawaii to all over the planet.
Even one 360 degree trip where the audio would put Don Knotts level of shaky to shame.
Antennas may be electrically perfect and not get you out of town if the radiation angle is wrong by very little.
Think of the process as a house of mirrors where you see an image of everything inside no matter where it is from anywhere in the room and one wrong angle at the door will stop the process from that point.
Vertical antennas are like that.
I once tested 5 antennas by listening to a repeater transmission 100 miles away on 146 plus mc.
All of these commercial antennas were electrically perfect.
One did not hear the signal at all and the Motorola spike was twice as good as the nearest GE competitor with near full S meter scale.
Just because the antenna has good standing wave numbers does not mean it will do the job.
Joe here, does not get into radiation angles specifically but when frequency goes up the angle becomes critical when it comes to WHERE the energy GOES AND COMES. This is where Joes plan of do it right and the angle will be right comes in.
My experience and this book taught me that there is little latitude for error when you want to design an antenna that actually couples your equipment to remote equipment no matter how near or far.
ALSO transmission lines that may be electrically correct may suck the life out of your project if you choose to go cheap OR WRONG Z are discussed. 300 feet of RG58 fed by 25 watts at 150 mc will show close to no power at the other end.
Try a spool for yourself and see the facts that using the $100 per foot cable is worth every penny when it comes to avoiding a waveguide.
This book gets into power loss which is a two way street. Read and understand this book and get a leg up on success.
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.