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The RF Transmission Systems Handbook

1st Edition

Edited by Jerry C. Whitaker

CRC Press

504 pages | 389 B/W Illus.

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Although it is one of the oldest sectors of electronics and now somewhat taken for granted, radio frequency transmission literally changed our world. Today, it is still the backbone of myriad applications, from broadcasting to electronic counter-measures. The wide variety of hardware in use means that those working in the field must be familiar with a multitude of principles and applications, but finding an up-to-date, comprehensive source for this background material has been difficult, if not impossible.

The RF Transmission Systems Handbook addresses the underlying concepts, operation, and maintenance of high-power RF devices, transmission lines, and antennas for broadcast, scientific, and industrial use. Focusing on devices and systems that produce more than one kilowatt of output power, the handbook explores the following major topics:

Applications: The common uses of radio frequency energy

Fundamental principles: The basic technologies, concepts, and techniques used in RF transmission

Power vacuum devices: The principles and applications of gridded vacuum tubes and microwave power devices

Solid-state power devices: The operating parameters of semiconductor-based power devices

RF components and transmission lines: The operation of hardware used to combine and conduct RF power

Antenna systems: The different types of antennas and their basic operating parameters

Troubleshooting: Basic troubleshooting techniques and the operation of important test instruments

Contrary to the perceptions of many, RF technology remains a dynamic field that continues to advance to higher power levels and higher frequencies. Those who specify, install, and maintain RF equipment will welcome this reference that uniquely serves their needs.


"The text is complemented with numerous excellent charts and diagrams. . . This is a well-organized and written handbook that has brought together a multitude of information. It is intended to serve the information needs of persons who specify, install, and maintain RF equipment, with special emphasis to radio and television hardware. A recommended book for all academic libraries."

-H. Robert Malinowsky, Manager of Collections Development and Reference, University of Illinois at Chicago Library in E-Streams

Table of Contents

Applications of RF Technology

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Amplitude Modulation

Frequency Modulation

Pulse Modulation

Digital Modulation

High-Power Vacuum Devices

Microwave Vacuum Devices

Bipolar Junction and Junction Field-Effect Transistors

Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors

Solid-State Amplifiers

Coaxial Transmission Lines


RF Combiner and Diplexer Systems

Radio Wave Propagation

Antenna Principles

Practical Antenna Systems

Preventing RF System Failures

Troubleshooting RF Equipment

RF Voltage and Power Measurement

Spectrum Analysis

Testing Coaxial Transmission Line

The Smith Chart

Tower Construction and Maintenance

Safety Issues for RF Systems


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General