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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best RF design book I know., 15 Jan. 2000
I first saw this book about ten years ago. It was great then and I still refer to it about once every month for routine design calculations that I can never remember. New RF engineers tend to think that there is one correct solution to every problem. Unfortunately in RF usualy there isn't, but as far as the nuts and bolts that can be calculated, looking in Mr Bowick's book is the easiest way to understand how it's done. It is easiest because there are worked examples that go through every step. It's a great confidence booster to know that design calculations are correct, if if your circuit isn't working quite as you expected! The weakness of the book is that it doesn't try to treat the 'black art' areas such as oscillators and phase noise, and it only scratches the surface of PA design. This is not a serious failing however as other books attempt to cover this. Nor is it a circiut cookbook, try the ARRL manuals for that. There is no 'rocket science' in this book, just the basics, but the treatment of the material is brilliant. In summary, this is the first RF book you should buy, then you need lots of other books (to look at, at least) and lots of experience of solving real RF problems.