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Practical Antenna Handbook

Practical Antenna Handbook

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By (author) George W. Hippisley, By (author) Randy Slone, By (author) Joseph J. Carr

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  • Publisher: TAB Books Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 784 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 33mm | 1,860g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0071639586
  • ISBN 13: 9780071639583
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 309,488

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THE DEFINITIVE ANTENNA REFERENCE--FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED! Design and build your own antennas with the help of this unique guide. Updated and revised to provide clear answers to questions frequently asked by hobbyists and electronics technicians, Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition blends theoretical concepts with hands-on experience--requiring only high school mathematics Reorganized to flow logically from broad physical principles to specific antenna design and construction techniques, the book begins by covering the fundamentals. Then the half-wave dipole is discussed both as an excellent antenna in its own right and as a conceptual tool for predicting the performance of other designs. Transmission line impedance matching techniques--and a companion Smith chart tutorial--lead into "must have" accessories for tuning, monitoring, and troubleshooting antenna system performance. Other tools, such as antenna modeling software and network analyzer add-ons for PCs and Macs, are addressed, and concluding chapters offer fresh insights into support structures and installation techniques. NEW TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE: Characteristics of all-driven and parasitic arrays Beverages and small MF/HF receiving loops Top-loaded shunt-fed towers and other verticals Theory and design of Yagi beams Effect of real ground on propagation and antenna patterns, impedance, and efficiency Lightning protection and four kinds of ground systems Zoning and restrictive covenants COVERS A WIDE VARIETY OF ANTENNAS: Dipoles and inverted-Vs Quads, delta, and NVIS loops Wire arrays (bobtail curtain, half-square, rhombic) Verticals and shunt-fed towers Rotatable Yagi beams MF/HF receiving antennas (flag, pennant, K9AY, Beverage) Mobile and portable antennas VHF/UHF/microwave antennas And many more GO TO WWW.MHPROFESSIONAL.COM/CARR5 FOR: * Tables of worldwide geographic coordinates and antenna dimensions vs. frequency * Supplier updates * Author's blog * Additional photographs and schematics * Links to tutorials and specialized calculators

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Joseph Carr was a military electronics technician and the author of several popular electronics books, including McGraw-Hill's Secrets of RF Design, Third Edition and Old Time Radios! Restoration and Repair. He wrote a monthly column for Nuts & Volts magazine. George W. (Bud) Hippisley, W2RU, earned his BSEE degree from MIT, and was formerly chief operating officer for a major supplier of electronics to the cable TV industry. A long-time active amateur radio operator who has won or ranked nationally in many competitive on-the-air operating events, he has given talks on the basics of antennas and ionospheric propagation to radio clubs and other groups for more than 35 years.

Table of contents

Part I. Background & History; Chapter 1. Introduction to Radio Communications Fundamentals; Part II: Fundamentals Chapter 2.< Radio-Wave Propagation Chapter 3. Antenna Basics Chapter 4. Transmission Lines and Impedance Matching Chapter 5. Antenna Arrays and Array Gain Part III: High-Frequency Building-Block Antennas Chapter 6. Dipoles and Doublets Chapter 7. Large Wire Loop Antennas Chapter 8. Multiband and Tunable Wire Antennas Chapter 9. Vertically Polarized Antennas Part IV: Directional High-Frequency Antenna Arrays Chapter 10. Wire Arrays Chapter 11. Vertical Arrays Chapter 12. The Yagi-Uda Beam Antenna Chapter 13. Cubical Quads and Delta Loops Part V: High-Frequency Antennas for Specialized Uses Chapter 14. Receiving Antennas for High Frequency Chapter 15. Hidden and Limited-Space Antennas Chapter 16. Mobile and Marine Antennas Chapter 17. Emergency and Portable Antennas Part VI: Antennas for Other Frequencies Chapter 18. Antennas for 160 Meters Chapter 19. VHF and UHF Antennas Chapter 20. Microwave Waveguides and Antennas Chapter 21. Antenna Noise Temperature Chapter 22. Radio Astronomy Antennas Chapter 23. Radio Direction-Finding (RDF) Antennas Part VII: Tuning, Troubleshooting, and Design Aids Chapter 24. Antenna Tuners (ATUs) Chapter 25. Antenna Modeling Software Chapter 26. The Smith Chart Chapter 27. Testing and Troubleshooting Part VIII: Mechanical Construction and Installation Techniques Chapter 28. Supports for Wires and Verticals Chapter 29. Towers Chapter 30. Grounding for Safety and Performance Chapter 31. Zoning, Restrictive Covenants, and Neighbors Appendix A. Useful Math Appendix B. Suppliers and Other Resources Index