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In the list of subatomic particles, electrons are the smallest and lightest (and often the fastest) of those that are definitely known to be capable of independent existence. Read the first page
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for Beginners & Non-techies 18 Feb 2001
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This book was definitely written for non-technical people. In order to enjoy this book, one does not have to have great knowledge in electronics and mathematics. As matter of fact, the author completely avoids using mathematical equations and replace it with very easy-to-follow graphs to explain the complex "Radiophysics". The author did a very good job of explaining difficult topics of "Radiophysics" using normal everyday language. An excellent starter book for anyone who is interested in learning how our modern communication works. I wish I had read this book before I started my college engineering courses. Concepts mentioned in this book can be a stepping stone for anyone(high school students, people in technical sales, non-technical managers, and even tax agents) who is considering a career in RF/wireless communication field. This book will definitely set you in the right path for an introductory communication class.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Awesome intro to theory behind RF!! 28 July 2001
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I'm just beginning to get into Amateur Radio (ie: Ham radio) to move my career more toward RF technology. This book really lays out the info very gently, doesn't try to impress you with huge words or complex theorems. For anyone trying to gain insight into RF, this is a GREAT starting point. But, if you're trying to get into Ham radio, get the test book first from the ARRL and pass the Technician's exam. After that, you can apply practically all the theory found in this book and expand your knowledge further through experience.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A perfect niche book 22 Oct 2011
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I've been dusting off a lapsed lifelong professional interest in RF, network technologies and related areas recently, and as part of that research I stumbled across this excellent book. If you've dug around the field at all you probably have realized that there are two large categories of books on RF and communications. The first is the very superficial, utterly non-technical book that will let you pick the topic out of a line up but not really understand it. The second large category is the college textbook written for electrical engineers, which is full of Grrek letter -laden formulae and is incredibly technical. Both serve their purposes to be sure, but are not universally relevant or accessible.

Sinclair's book starts off at a very, very basic level and uses plain, conversational language to explain RF theory from the ground up. It really is a fantastic resource that I keep going back to for fundamental points in a readily comprehensible format. I recommend this book professionally to a lot of people who lack a decent grasp of the basics, and without exception they are up to speed in very short order once this book arrives.

Well written, organized and very sound. Can't recommend this book highly enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's Only OK 12 Aug 2013
By Jerry G. Persall - Published on
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The very small Aussie-centric portion of this book is not the problem. It's not very conversational and I've had to look elsewhere to find some one with fresh eyes to explain it to me. Sometimes the best person to explain something to you is a veteran; sometimes it's not.
Poorly written. 11 July 2014
By Ad_vice - Published on
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Not what i expect. Only read the 1st two chapters and i am just as confused about the subject as before i started.

You can learn more from wikipedia than from this book. I don't think you need a thick book to explain the subject in laymans terms. I was expected to see things like "an oscillator create a sinusoidal signal which is radiated from the antena then broken down into carrier waves, sidebands, etc." How the signal is broken up, and the detection process that recreate the original signal.

If this explanation is in the book i didn't see it. One day when i learn the subject i will write a book. "Not everyone can teach"
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