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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087259288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872592889
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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By Whitham D. Reeve on August 8, 2013
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Most of the value in this book is having about a dozen antenna analyzer reviews from QST magazine in one place. This book should be helpful to someone who just bought an antenna analyzer and needs some help getting started. There is not very much in this book beyond the basic impedance and voltage standing wave ratio measurements, but many antenna analyzer users do not go beyond this anyway.

If there ever is a second edition, it should include discussions on how to use some of the other features in modern antenna analyzers along with more details why these measurements are important and how to interpret them.

Contrary to most of the other reviews of this book, it is not overpriced when you consider what you get nowadays from book publishers. One of the problems is that, by the time ARRL adds all their overhead and profit, nothing they sell is cheap. The author would have been better off going to one of the self-publishing companies but then he probably would not have been able to obtain permission from ARRL to reprint those reviews. So pay your money and take your choice.

If readers of this review are members of Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), a much more comprehensive review of this book will appear in the September-October 2013 issue of the SARA journal, Radio Astronomy.
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The book presents a short introduction about analyzers and the types of circuits they typically contain and some of the functions they typically perform. It then presents QST reviews (edited reprints) of about a dozen specific units and gives charts making comparisons among a few units in a class (generally, a price range). It covers this material very well. It does not instruct you in how to use an analyzer or how to perform specific tasks with specific units. It also does not make any "buy" recommendations and instead presents data and urges users to select a unit that meets their needs. Having said that, the RigExpert AA-30 comes across as the clearly superior unit and the MFJ-269 as the clearly typical/common unit (at least, that's my impression from reading the book).

One other oddball feature of the text is the presentation of a few non-typical ways you might use an analyzer (as a frequency counter or as a signal source) and also presents a very few non-standard modifications to specific units. It's a good "primer" book to read but it's not going to be a reference beyond the purchase of an analyzer. A great book to check out from the library.
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I thought that this book would show me some good things that I could do with my analyzer. I was wrong. Should have read the title more carefully. It really explained how it works and not much about using it. As a general or extra ham, you should already know this stuff. It has some good points that explain set readings. If your looking for a good review of what anaizaler to buy it could be helpfully.
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Misleading title. ARRL should be more careful to not overstate the contents of their publications in the title. This book is only a guide for someone shopping for an analyzer.
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Excellent when used to determine what options exist and what they are good for. Without this book I would have been shopping in the dark. Unfortunately, it is already a bit out-of-date, given the pace that hand-held electronics are evolving.

The real problem with the book is apparent after you have made the commitment and now own your chosen analyzer. At this point the owner's manual is likely to be much more helpful. For that reason I'll be donating my copy to someone who is in the market for their first analyzer, just like I was.

To summarize: I felt like I got my money's worth but now can use the shelf space for something more useful.
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This book is a superb introduction to antenna analyzers, covering noise bridges, dip meters, and automatic analyzers. The book is about independent gadgets that do not need a transmitter to work – Hallas specifically writes in the introduction that the book doesn’t cover the standard SWR meter that uses the transmitter to supply a tuning signal. Unlike many ARRL books, which are patchwork reprints of old QST Magazine articles, this book is written coherently, from the ground up.

The book is written for beginners, not for people who are already electronics experts with a general radio license. It does help to know a little algebra, for the impedance calculations, and it also helps a lot to know what a resister, capacitor, inductor, antenna and antenna feedline are, and what a radio signal is, but that’s about it. This is the book that you read if you want to find out what is going on with the little magic boxes, but are too shy to ask. After this book you will be ready to buy some kind of meter and start practicing with your antenna measuring gadget. After that, you may want a more complicated book. I’m keeping mine, but that’s because I usually decide that I’m an expert too soon. You even might want to sell it once you’re ready to move on.
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Decent investment if you're planning on buying an analyzer. It supposed it saved me 60.00, so minus the cost of the book I'm still ahead 40.00.
As others have pointed out, it's a good introductory book for what analyzers are, not so much about their real world uses. It is useful for those about to purchase an analyzer, but then it not much use after that, certainly not worth the price the ARRL lists it for.
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