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Understanding Your Antenna Analyzer Paperback – May 1, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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