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on 4 June 2016
Fantastic book for anyone who needs to make precision measurements of RF and microwave components using a vector network analyzer. A great all-round book which covers the basics of what's inside that very expensive box that sits on the bench, right the way through to some more advanced material on fixture removal and noise measurement. Written in an easy to read style with an injection of the author's gentle humour. In addition to rigorously covering key material such as error correction (aka calibration) there's also a wealth of practical information regarding connectors and cables. In short, this is an excellent book which I keep within arms reach as a definitive reference. Recommended for advanced undergraduate study through to practising professional. Dr Dunsmore works for Keysight (and formerly Agilent and Hewlett Packard), so while examples are drawn from their equipment stable this doesn't come across as a sales pitch. So useful is this book that I would suggest that Keysight include a free copy with every VNA purchased!
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on 28 September 2012
The author, Joel Dunsmore works for Agilent developing the latest vector network analyzers, and knows his subject very well. The book is not a light read. It is very thorough, but avoids unnecessarily complicated maths. There is plenty of detail - it does not skip over difficult concepts. The 652 pages contain 652 pages of useful material - not hundreds of pages of waffle which some books have. There are lots of diagrams and graphs.
The chapter on the time-domain method goes into a lot of detail. I used to think the price to add the TDR option to Agilent VNAs was excessive, given I thought it was just an inverse Fourier Transform of the frequency domain data. But how wrong I was!

The title of the book says "advanced" and some of the techniques are certainly advanced - like for example vector corrected noise figure measurements. As such, some of the material is not very relevant to users of older, less advanced VNAs like my 20 GHz HP 8720D.

The author is a regular contributor to the Agilent Network Analyzer forums (his username is Dr_Joel). So if you buy the book, and get stuck on something, you can easily ask on the Agilent VNA forums. Joel is a very helpful guy.

I'm sure a lot of the information in the book would be useful to users of Rohde and Schwarz, Anritsu and possibly the cheap (<$500) VNAs, but it has an Agilent bias, which is understandable.

This is one of the best technical books I have bought - and I have a lot. Highly recommended if you want to really understand how VNAs work, and how to use them best.

Dr. David Kirkby BSc MSc PhD. C.Eng MIET.
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on 18 June 2017
Highly satisfactory.
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