- Paperback: 976 pages
- Publisher: American Radio Relay League (ARRL); 21 Pap/Cdr edition (May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872599876
- ISBN-13: 978-0872599871
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 20.3 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,379,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The ARRL Antenna Book [With CDROM] Paperback – May 2007
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Especially I appreciate the fine balance between theory and practical info
Further it's a great feature to get the complete book on a CD in the PDF format - great!
Ejner Nicolaisen OZ9EU
I have taken electrical engineering courses on antenna analysis and design. Good courses. Although I learned how to analyze antenna performance and model their patterns, I still didn't feel I could design a practical high-performance antenna system yet. That is where amateur radio and earlier editions of this 976-page practical design and construction antenna book came to the rescue. Looking back, I believe it also made a difference in my first five years as a young electrical engineer developing and testing side-looking airborne radars (SLAR) based on phased arrays.
So, what makes this antenna book the one to own?
Coverage: Extensive practical design and performance material on all the popular antenna systems and many unconventional antennas. For most antenna types, design topics include system variables (e.g., number of elements, spacing, matching network), performance vs. frequency, multi-band configurations, stacked arrays, real-world terrain effects, and alternate configurations. Throughout the book are numerous photos of hardware, diagrams, schematics, and performance plots. There are chapters on the design and construction of high-performance yagi antenna: 432 MHz (70 cm band) with 22-elements and 144 MHz (2 m) design supporting 10 to 19 elements. Circular polarized antenna design to establish links to LEO and elliptical orbit amateur satellites are covered. There are chapters on material selection for antennas, towers, and supports. There is an extensive chapter on atmospheric effects on radio wave propagation. There is even a short chapter on HF antenna systems for sailboats!
Reference material: Nearly every chapter includes an extensive bibliography that includes papers from CQ, QST, Antenna Engineering Handbook, RF Design, Proceedings of the IEE, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and the Radio Handbook. At the end of Chapter 2, there is an extensive list of textbooks on antennas (including the ones from my college courses).
PDF: The CD ROM that is included contains a fully searchable PDF of this book. Nice bonus feature.
This is a first-class reference book on the design of RF antenna systems!
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Try looking for SWR, S-meter, Antenna Tuner, etc. You will find them scattered allover the book without any proper introductory information. I totally not recommend this book unless you have 2 or more years of experience in Radio and strong theoretical knowledge. Not that there's much theory in the book, but they assume you know the basics.