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Digital Microwave Communication: Engineering Point-to-Point Microwave Systems Hardcover – 13 Aug 2013

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The first book to cover all engineering aspects of microwave communication path design for the digital age Fixed point-to-point microwave systems provide moderate-capacity digital transmission between well-defined locations. Most popular in situations where fiber optics or satellite communication is impractical, it is commonly used for cellular or PCS site interconnectivity where digital connectivity is needed but not economically available from other sources, and in private networks where reliability is most important. Until now, no book has adequately treated all engineering aspects of microwave communications in the digital age. This important new work provides readers with the depth of knowledge necessary for all the system engineering details associated with fixed point-to-point microwave radio path design: the why, what, and how of microwave transmission; design objectives; engineering methodologies; and design philosophy (in the bid, design, and acceptance phase of the project). Written in an easily accessible format, Digital Microwave Communication features an appendix of specialized engineering details and formulas, and offers up chapter coverage of: A Brief History of Microwave Radio Microwave Radio Overview System Components Hypothetical Reference Circuits Multipath Fading Rain Fading Reflections and Obstructions Network Reliability Calculations Regulation of Microwave Radio Networks Radio Network Performance Objectives Designing and Operating Microwave Systems Antennas Radio Diversity Ducting and Obstruction Fading Digital Receiver Interference Path Performance Calculations Digital Microwave Communication: Engineering Point-to-Point Microwave Systems will be of great interest to engineers and managers who specify, design, or evaluate fixed point-to-point microwave systems associated with communications systems and equipment manufacturers, independent and university research organizations, government agencies, telecommunications services, and other users.

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GEORGE KIZER is a telecomm consultant specializing in microwave radio engineering and training. Before retiring from Alcatel North America's Wireless Transmission Division in 2001, he worked at Collins Radio and Rockwell International's Microwave Division of the Collins Radio Group. Mr. Kizer also served as chairman of the TIA's Fixed Microwave Section from 1991 to 1996.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Wealth of Information 17 Oct 2013
By W. Miner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Digital Microwave Communication by George Kizer
To the best of my knowledge there is no other text that covers so many aspects of digital point to point microwave radio. As one other reviewer noted, this is more of an encyclopedia on microwave radio covering everything from the history of point to point microwave radio to personnel and equipment safety.
If you are developing a new microwave radio route or upgrading existing sites you will find this book invaluable for all of the planning, engineering, and management requirements.
W. Miner
AT&T Microwave Radio Technical Support/Maintenance Engineer (retired)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Digital Microwave Communications by G. Kizer 30 July 2013
By Pierre Catala - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very impressive, this isn't just a book, it's an encyclopedia of all subjects related to Point to Point Microwave systems.
It is likely to become THE reference book for practicing engineers in this field. The author, in addition to sharing his personal experience, has done a very extensive search and study of the related literature (each of the 16 chapters has several pages listing reference documents, including some unpublished ones!.) The book includes very thorough descriptions and calculations of the different factors to consider in designing microwave links.
There are also many beneficial observations concerning realistic application of formulas.
Convenient tables can be found e.g.: choice of K factor (which is too often only presumed),
Although I don't understand the practical value of numbers given to the 13th decimal point, I am impressed by the extensive demonstration of antennas near-field power density calculations, a subject not often covered, yet important in view of the MPE legal requirements . It could also be useful in determining RFI within the multitude of antenna "farms".

The analyses of rain fading, obstructed paths and paths performance are more detailed than usually found and will be quite useful. So are the 12 pages (Appendix B) concerning personnel & equipment safety, an often neglected subject.
A few, mild, criticisms:
A Glossary of Acronyms might have been useful for people new to the field.
Some of the, numerous, figures could use more explanation.
There are some unavoidable glitches in a 730 page book, e.g.: Fade duration equation (bottom of page 108) is missing. Occasional comment (or value) on the wrong page.
However, my general observation is that Mr. Kizer has written an imposing text and I highly recommend it as a professional reference and workbook.
Pierre Catala, MSEE, NCE
Practicing Microwave Engineer,
Sr. Technical Advisor, Lockard & White.
ex Telecom Course leader in the Texas A&M Engineering Technology Dept.
All the Information you need in one place! 18 Oct 2013
By Timothy P Hardy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
George's first book on this subject was extremely comprehensive, but this new one has everything one would ever need to understand the basics as well as detailed theory involved in successfully engineering and implementing a point-to-point microwave communications system. A must have for anyone working on point-to-point microwave systems!
This is a Fantastic Book 13 Aug 2013
By E. Allen - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the most up to date and complete book available on the subject of Digital Microwave Communications.
The book is crammed full of illustrations and examples with the mathematics behind each equation.
This is a must have book for every engineer and manager involved in digital microwave communications.
Useful to my work 7 Aug 2013
By Conrado Nuesca - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I deal with point-to-point microwave system in my work everyday and find this book useful and informative. It is recommended to everyone designing microwave networks.
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