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1st Edition

The RF Transmission Systems Handbook

ISBN 9780849309731
Published May 29, 2002 by CRC Press
504 Pages 389 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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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"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