Practical RF Handbook

Practical RF Handbook

4th Edition - September 25, 2006

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  • Author: Ian Hickman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465876

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Radio Frequency (RF) is the fundamental technology behind a huge range of modern consumer electronics and wireless communication devices, and this book provides a comprehensive and methodical guide to RF for engineers, technicians, enthusiasts and hobbyists with an interest in the electronics behind radio frequency communications.In Practical RF Handbook, Ian Hickman draws upon his own radio engineering background to develop a hands-on guide to the difficulties and pitfalls of RF design with a minimum of maths. A broad coverage includes devices, circuits, equipment, systems, radio propagation and external noise to fully acquaint the reader with the necessary circuit technologies and techniques.The fourth edition brings the book fully up-to-date with new advances in RF, including coverage of OFDM, UWB, WiFi and WiMax.

Key Features

  • Practical coverage of the cutting-edge technology behind the fast-moving world of communications electronics
  • Real-world design guide for engineers, technicians and students, covering key principles with a minimum of maths
  • Updated throughout, including coverage of recent hot topics such as UWB, WiFi and WiMax


Design engineers, advanced-level technicians, engineering students, electronics hobbyists and amateur radio operators. Engineers from other disciplines looking to broaden their knowledge of RF / communications technology

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Passive components

    Resistance and resistors


    Inductors and transformers

    Chapter 2: Passive circuits

    Chapter 3: RF transmission lines

    Transmission line operation at d.c.

    Transmission line operation at r.f.

    Practical transmission lines

    Chapter 4: RF transformers


    Transformer basics

    R.F. considerations


    Line transformers

    Chapter 5: Couplers, hybrids and directional couplers

    Chapter 6: Active components for RF uses

    Chapter 7: RF small-signal circuitry

    Chapter 8: Modulation and demodulation

    Chapter 9: Oscillators

    Chapter 10: RF power amplifiers

    Safety hazards to be considered

    First design decisions

    Levellers, VSWR protection, RF routing switches

    Starting the design

    Low-pass filter design

    Discrete PA stages

    Chapter 11: Transmitters and receivers

    Chapter 12: Advanced architectures

    Chapter 13: Propagation

    Chapter 14: Antennas

    Chapter 15: Attenuators and equalizers

    Chapter 16: Measurements

    Measurements on CW signals

    Modulation measurements

    Spectrum and network analysers

    Other instruments

    Useful relationships


    Attenuators (pads)

    Universal resonance curve

    RF cables

    Wire gauges and related information

    Manufacturers of soft-ferrite† and iron-powder** cores

    Types of modulation – classification

    Quartz crystals

    Elliptic filters


    Worldwide minimum external noise levels

    Frequency allocations and designations

    SRDs (Short Range Devices)


Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2006
  • Published: September 25, 2006
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465876

About the Author

Ian Hickman

Affiliations and Expertise

Electronics author and freelance journalist

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