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A fully revised and updated edition of the classic antenna reference
Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition thoroughly covers the wide array of advances in the field that have occurred in the 10 years since the previous edition was published. These topics, all discussed in the book, include:
- High speed Internet access
- Wireless devices and WiFi networks
- The 160-meter band
- New RFI sources to keep pace with microprocessors and digital electronics
- Low-priced, high-performance antenna modeling software
- Specialized directional antennas for weak-signal reception
Recommendations for specific dimensions, materials, and components minimize wasted procurement costs and assembly time. The book offers just enough antenna and propagation theory to grasp the basic concepts, preparing you for selecting and building the most effective antenna for the job.
Comprehensive coverage of antenna technologies
Background and History; Radio Communications Fundamentals; Antenna Basics; Radio Wave Propagation; Transmission Lines and Impedance Matching High Frequency Building Block Antennas; Dipoles and Doublets; Large Wire Loop Antennas; Multiband and Tunable-Wire Antennas; Vertical Antennas; Directional High Frequency Antennas; Antenna Arrays and Array Gain; Wire Arrays; Vertical Arrays; Yagi (Beam) Antennas; Cubical Quad Antennas; High Frequency Antennas for Specialized Uses; Beverages, Small Loops, and Other Receiving Antennas; Hidden and Limited Space Antennas; Mobile and Marine Antennas; Emergency and Portable Antennas; Antennas for Shortwave Listeners (SWLs); Antennas for Other Frequencies; Antennas for 160 meters; VHF and UHF Antennas; Microwave Waveguides and Antennas; Radio Astronomy Antennas; VLF Antennas; Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Antennas; Test, Measurement, and Design Aids; Antenna Modeling; The Smith Chart; Instruments for Tuning, Adjusting, and Troubleshooting; Mechanical Construction and Installation Techniques; Supports for Wire Antennas; Towers for Beams, Quads, and Verticals; Ground; Systems for Safety and Performance; Zoning, Restrictive Covenants, and Your Neighbors; Useful Trigonometry and Geometry Relations; Suppliers of Antennas, Towers, Hardware; and Accessories; Internet Resources and Web Sites
Fully revised and updated, "Practical Antenna Handbook" covers advances to antenna technology that have occurred over the past decade, and includes new information on wireless devices and networks, radio frequency interference, and the 160-meter band.
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
About the Author
Joe Carr, W2RU,
was a military electronics technician and a popular electronics author. He authored McGraw-Hill's Secrets of RF Design, Second Edition
and wrote a monthly column for Nuts & Volts
George W. (Bud) Hippisley, W2RU,, a long-time active amateur radio operator, earned his BSEE degree from MIT and has given talks on the basics of antennas and ionospheric propagation to radio clubs for more than 35 years. He has won or ranked nationally in many competitive on-the-air operating events. Bud is a consultant and serves as adjunct faculty in physics at Utica College.
Table of Contents
Part I. Background and History
; Chapter 1.
Introduction to Radio Communications Fundamentals; Chapter 2.
Antenna Basics; Chapter 3.
Radio Wave Propagation; Chapter 4.
Transmission Lines and Impedance Matching Part II. High Frequency Building Block Antennas
; Chapter 5.
Dipoles and Doublets; Chapter 6.
Large Wire Loop Antennas; Chapter 7.
Multiband and Tunable-Wire Antennas; Chapter 8.
Vertical Antennas; Part III. Directional High Frequency Antennas
; Chapter 9.
Antenna Arrays and Array Gain; Chapter 10.
Wire Arrays; Chapter 11.
Vertical Arrays; Chapter 12.
Yagi (Beam) Antennas; Chapter 13.
Cubical Quad Antennas; Part IV. High Frequency Antennas for Specialized Uses
; Chapter 14.
Beverages, Small Loops, and Other Receiving Antennas; Chapter 15.
Hidden and Limited Space Antennas; Chapter 16.
Mobile and Marine Antennas; Chapter 17.
Emergency and Portable Antennas; Chapter 18.
Antennas for Shortwave Listeners (SWLs); Part V. Antennas for Other Frequencies
; Chapter 19.
Antennas for 160 meters; Chapter 20.
VHF and UHF Antennas; Chapter 21.
Microwave Waveguides and Antennas; Chapter 22.
Radio Astronomy Antennas; Chapter 23.
VLF Antennas; Chapter 24.
Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Antennas; Part VI. Test, Measurement, and Design Aids
; Chapter 25.
Antenna Modeling; Chapter 26.
The Smith Chart; Chapter 27.
Instruments for Tuning, Adjusting, and Troubleshooting; Part VII. Mechanical Construction and Installation Techniques
; Chapter 28.
Supports for Wire Antennas; Chapter 29.
Towers for Beams, Quads, and Verticals; Chapter 30.
Ground; Part VIII. Systems for Safety and Performance
; Chapter 31.
Zoning, Restrictive Covenants, and Your Neighbors; Part IX. Appendices
; Appendix A.
Useful Trigonometry and Geometry Relations; Appendix B.
Suppliers of Antennas, Towers, Hardware; and Accessories Appendix C.
Internet Resources and Web Sites