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Propagation and Radio Science Paperback – May 8, 2015
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The book starts with very basic particle physics, optics and refraction with a focus for how these topics control and modify passing EM waves. It then applies these to the rarified plasma that makes up the ionosphere. Also covered is the effects of ground on propagation and goes into how this all relates to antenna performance. Finally, I think the last few chapters are the best, where the book discusses questions that are still open and potential areas of further research.
So if you don't get distracted, this book has lots of good info and ideas for experimentation.
1 - Language - The author has the skill of depicting technical topics in a very easy to understand and informal way, nevertheless I finished the book with a clear picture of the processes involved.
2 - Crescendo - I like the style of starting with something we are familiar (light) and then building on that to explain the other topics. This requires a bit of understanding in physics, particularly polarization. You will need that concept, but chances are that if you heard of that, you did it for light in whatever physics classes you took.
3 - Coverage - I figured out that radio propagation is a vast field. The author tackles many concepts in a concise way, but it provides links on concepts you want to expand.
On the improvement side, I think some graphs need to be a bit bigger, like the Ionograms (I bought the kindle version of the book), but then jump on Google and you will get the graphs and axis you need to read.
Overall great reading. Good job.
The scope of the book is surprisingly wide, covering a broad topic with delightful completeness. Whether a reader is interested in completeness or in a quick review of radio wave propagation science, this book should satisfy.
There is much more to the science of world wide radio signal propagation than a casual observer might suspect, and this book does an excellent job.
This reviewer was one of the original designers of the "Topside Sounder", the first satellite ionosounder to probe the upper side of the ionosphere, and is proud to have made a contribution to ionospheric physics; this book brought back many vivid memories, some of them sad because they relate to friends and coworkers who are no longer with us ...
of great information here, for beginner and OT alike, and this is a very easy read. Well done! Jeff - N8CC