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RSGB Radio Communication Handbook RSGB Radio Communication Handbook

New 12th edition

Whether you are an operator who wants to know what goes on 'under the hood', an avid constructor or someone keen to go on learning about electronics and communication radio the RSGB Radio Communication Handbook is the one book you need. With nearly 600,000 words plus 2,000 illustrations and tables crammed into 864 pages it is not only a comprehensive guide to the technical side of amateur radio book it is terrific value too.

This edition of the RSGB Radio Communication Handbook has been thoroughly updated with many expanded features. You will find a completely revised HF Receivers chapter and the Propagation chapter has also been completely rewritten with an eye on improving clarity and understanding. There are new authors for the sections on Practical Microwave Antennas and the Low Frequencies. Based on the popular Homebrew column in RadCom there is a new chapter which follows the design and construction of an HF transceiver, and provides a host of valuable information and circuit ideas. Expanded chapters include Practical VHF-UHF Antennas, The Great Outdoors, Morse and Digital Communications with many other chapters have had new, revised and updated parts. Since the last edition, there has been more use of microcomputers, such as the Raspberry Pi, in amateur radio projects; a new amateur band at 472kHz has also been created. These changes have been incorporated into the relevant chapters. Peter Hart's comparison chart of HF receiver performance has been updated, there's more on optical communications and new datamodes have been included.

New readers and old hands alike will find hundreds of pages packed with the distilled knowledge and experience of acknowledged experts on each topic. In amateur radio there is always plenty to learn and this book is the ideal way to expand your knowledge on your favourite activity, or to discover and explore something new.

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Enclosed with the book there is a fully searchable electronic version of the Handbook in PDF format. You will find many bonus chapters that we couldn't squeeze into the book, samples of other RSGB publications and even a host of useful amateur radio software.

If you only ever buy one book on amateur radio the RSGB Radio Communication Handbook should be that book. Whatever you use it for the RSGB Radio Communication Handbook will become a valuable tool that helps you get the very best out of amateur radio.


Size: 210x297mm (A4), 864 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8697 9


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Rig Guide Rig Guide
Edited by Steve White, G3ZVW

Brand new and with more radios covered than ever before

Fully updated and covering more that ever before the Rig Guide is rightly one of the most popular amateur radio books around. Regularly revised and updated there is nothing else quite like the Rig Guide a book that simply defines the prices of amateur radio equipment in the UK, what more could you ask for?

If you are planning to buy or sell any amateur radio equipment you should not be without the Rig Guide. If you want to know what the trade in price is for your existing kit or how much it will fetch as a second hand item, this book provides it along with current retail prices to. The book begins with tips for buyers and a guide to selling and trading. The guide even tells you how to avoid getting lumbered with stolen gear. The Rig Guide contains a list of the abbreviations used in the descriptions and an explanation of them all. The guide isn't limited to popular commercial amateur radio transceivers but also covers receivers, scanners and linear amplifiers too. You'll find extensive lists of past models from Acom to Yaesu, with over 20 manufacturers listed in-between, including Icom, TenTec, Kenwood, etc. We're not just talking about current models either and you will even find details on the many Chinese manufacturers. DSP isn't forgotten either with a dedicated section on the equipment available. Amateurs trust RSGB reviews and a full list of RadCom reviews since 1990 is included and when piece of equipment was reviewed by RadCom it is highlighted on the listing. Overall the Rig Guide contains details of over 360 of pieces of amateur radio equipment covering HF, VHF & UHF. Each item is described in an easy to understand listing that covers its main features, band coverage etc with a photograph of the equipment.

Knowing the worth of any piece of equipment means you can easily cover the cost of the Rig Guide with just one purchase or sale. Selling or Buying, you need a copy of the Rig Guide, don't be at a disadvantage - buy a copy today!

Size: 210x297mm, 96 pages ISBN: 9781 9101 9302 0

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ARRL Your First Amateur Radio HF Station ARRL Your First Amateur Radio HF Station
By Steve Ford, WB8IMY

Getting Your First HF Station Started!

Setting up your first HF Amateur Radio station can be a complicated task. From selecting your first radio to putting up your first antenna, there are a number of important choices you'll need to make.

The ARRL Your First Amateur Radio HF Station is a complete guide to setting up your station and getting started in HF communications. It's filled with practical advice you can put to use right away. Whether you're new to Amateur Radio or HF operating, live on acres of open property or in a tiny apartment, this book will show you how to get on the air and enjoy all that Amateur Radio has to offer. The book answers all the questions a new Ham would ask in bite size chunks such as "What kind of antenna should you use?", "What radio should you buy?", "What About a Computer?" and much more.

From choosing your antenna for your new station this book provides details the type of antenna you could choose and how well your station will function for years to come. All its chapters are treated in the same way so you will learn the technical advantages and disadvantages, but the economics of choosing one type of antenna over another. Even if you should you buy new or used equipment. What features are most important and do you need an amplifier? ARRL Your First Amateur Radio HF Station even includes antenna designs you can build yourself, what types of accessories you need and whole lot more.

If you are new to amateur radio or setting up a new station ARRL Your First Amateur Radio HF Station provides great advice and tips that will benefit every reader.

Size: 184x227mm, 176 pages ISBN: 9781 6259 5007 9


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Building a Transceiver Building a Transceiver
By Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ & Elaine Richards, G4LFM

Home construction is alive and well amongst the ranks of today's radio amateurs and Building a Transceiver brings to life how making something as complex as an HF transceiver can be achieved with very simple equipment and techniques.

One of the benefits of building your own transceiver is that you will understand how it works and then you should be able to fix it or improve it in the future. Building a Transceiver is based on the relatively complicated HF transceiver project that has been broken down in to smaller modules that can be built and tested individually. Each module is described in cookbook fashion so that the constructor understands how it works before starting the build. The constructor may choose to build a complete transceiver based closely on this design, add in some of your own modules or you may prefer to mix and match by using parts of this design and integrating them into a completely different project. This modular approach means that you could, for example, take the VFO design and adapt it for use as a signal source in test equipment.

Building a Transceiver is based on the hugely popular 'Homebrew' column in RadCom written by Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ. Readers will find that the book covers the detailed electronic design process and practical constructional techniques necessary to build the transceiver. Most modules are in the dead-bug construction style and this is fully detailed along with a number of other useful techniques. Photographs are also provided to help the reader visualise the final layout of each section. Each element of the transceiver is described fully with details of components and any board layouts available.

You may never build the complete transceiver described in this book but the construction techniques and testing has been designed with the resources of an amateur radio shack in mind, so will be useful whatever your level of experience and whatever you decide to build.

Size 174x240mm, 176pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9301 3


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ARRL Circuit Simulation & Analysis ARRL Circuit Simulation & Analysis
Using PSpice to design and test your next project!

The traditional way of circuit design was to build a physical prototype, test it over a range of operating voltages, signal levels, temperatures and other factors, then tweak, and test some more. Not only can this be hugely time consuming and frustrating it is no longer necessary. This changed with the arrival Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis (SPICE) in the 1970s. Today PSpice offers valuable features for circuit designers - saving time and gaining insight with computer simulation.

The ARRL Circuit Simulation and Analysis book is an introduction to designing and testing simple circuits using PSpice software. It discusses the tools you'll need to create simple circuits and understand their behaviour, prior to building them in the real world. From the experienced circuit builder to the beginner with a limited background in basic electronics PSpice can be the essential tool in evaluating circuit performance. Readers will find chapters dedicated to the OrCAD User Interface, Netlist Element Lines, Netlist Control Lines, Basic Simulation Types and PSpice Probe Tool. The book does not stop there and you will also find chapters on Semiconductors, Miscellaneous Components, Transmission Lines, Sub-circuits, Advanced Analysis and even sample Circuits.

ARRL Circuit Simulation and Analysis provides a great introduction to the PSpice and is the ideal companion for anyone who constructs their own circuits.

Size: 184x227mm, 224 pages ISBN: 9781 6259 5005 5


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SWR Explained SWR Explained
A Radio Amateurs' Guide to Electromagnetic Waves, Transmission Lines and VSWR

By Reg Irish G4LUF

Many radio amateurs are familiar with the concept of the Standing Wave Ratio (SWR) and the effect it has on the transmission and reception of signals. Few however understand much about it beyond the adjustment of an antenna tuning unit to the reduce SWR. SWR Explained sets out to fill that gap and provide the context that makes electromagnetic Waves, transmission Lines and VSWR comprehensible.

Written by leading electrical engineer Reg Irish G4LUF SWR Explained sets out by explaining what waves are, how they move in free space and how guided waves react. Steering clear of great chunks of heavy mathematical theory the author brings your personal experience to bear so that the reader gets a practical feel for the topic. How transmission lines react is explained along with matching and even using transmission lines as resonant circuit elements. There are designs for measurement of transmission lines and a practical guide to the working of a VSWR meter.

SWR Explained provides a guide to the mysteries of electromagnetic waves, transmission Lines and VSWR yet is light on heavy mathematics. If you want more information about understanding this fascinating topic this book is recommended reading.

174x240mm, 64 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8699 3

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Six & Four Six & Four
The Complete Guide to 50 and 70MHz Amateur Radio

By Don Field, G3XTT

Six Metres (50MHz) - the 'Magic Band' - has always been 'different'. It sometimes behaves as an HF band, with world-wide propagation, but at other times acts more like a VHF band, enjoying the benefits of Sporadic E, meteor scatter and other occasional propagation modes. Because it has so many facets, 6m is both a challenge and an enigma and it draws amateurs from both the VHF and HF worlds. Six & Four is the complete guide to this fascinating band and the similar Four Metre (70MHz) band.

Six & Four is based on the hugely popular 6 Metre Handbook, which is credited by some with doing much to popularise the 50MHz band. This book has moved on and is intended as a handbook for both the 6m and 4m bands. It includes a host of new material on the 4m band and the 6m material has been extensively rewritten to bring it fully up to date. There are details of the new equipment that has become available, especially by way of software-defined radios. There have also been some significant advances made in antenna design and EME ('moonbounce') activity has increased. There are new challenges, made possible by technological developments such as the WSJT and capabilities for remote operation have come on apace. And there are many ways to stay abreast of band openings and activity, through smart phones and other technologies. Six & Four covers all this and a lot besides.

Six & Four is essential reading for all radio amateurs, especially those who want to try something new and different. There's something for everyone, from the beginner who has never been on 6m or 4m and wants a detailed guide, to those who might already have 200+ countries confirmed on 6m! With new countries gaining temporary or permanent access on a regular basis, both bands are a lot of fun, as this book shows!

Size 210x297mm, 288pages, ISBN: 9781 9050 8690 0


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Radios to Go! Radios to Go!
Getting the Most from your Handheld Transceiver
by Steve Ford, WB8IMY

If you want to get the most out of your hand held transceiver 'Radios to Go!' is the book for you. Modern technology has allowed manufacturers to pack a wealth of features into handheld transceivers. With so many features, however, it isn't always easy to get the full benefit from your investment. This book sets out to show you how to get at the features and use them day to day.

With even the user manuals telling the whole story of your radio transceiver 'Radios to Go!' lets you unlock the 'hidden' capabilities that are often not even described. Most dual-band 2-meter/70 cm handheld transceivers can be used to communicate through amateur radio satellites, but you usually won't see this discussion in your average user manual but it is covered in 'Radios to Go!'. Readers will find topics covered include: Why Are They Called HTs? (And Which One Should I Buy?), the Care and Feeding of Batteries, Memories, Scanning, Antennas, Software Management and Microphones & Headsets. There is even coverage of the Alphabet Soup: CTCSS, DTMF and DCS and even IRLP and EchoLink. For those looking for more the book also covers 'Expanding Your Horizons: APRS and Satellites'

If you own a handheld transceiver and want to get more out of it, or if you're trying to decide which transceiver to buy, 'Radios to Go!' is the essential guide.

Size 155x228mm, 112 pages ISBN: 9780 8725 9307 7


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Hints & Kinks for the Radio Amateur - 18th Edition Hints & Kinks for the Radio Amateur - 18th Edition

Ideas for Any Shack!

The QST monthly Hints & Kinks column is one of the most popular sections of the ARRL magazine - and it's easy to see why. This brand new book takes the very best of column from 2004 to 2011 to produce an new 18th edition. If you're in the mood for an evening or weekend project, you'll find it in Hints & Kinks. If you're looking for a solution to a problem, chances are you'll find it there as well.

The chapters in the book are wide ranging and cover topics as diverse as Equipment Tips and Mods, Batteries and Other Power Sources, Restoration and Interference (RFI/EMI). There are also chapters on Mobile and Portable Stations, Software and Computers, Troubleshooting and Test Gear, Construction/Maintenance, Antenna Systems and even ones covering Operating and Around the Shack.

This book is wide ranging and full of useful advice, new ways to do things, better ways and perhaps just other ways. If you are just looking for solutions or are an avid constructor you will find this book fascinating and it is a thoroughly recommended read.

Size: 208x275mm, 192 pages ISBN: 9780 8725 9520 0


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Emergency Power for Radio Communications Emergency Power for Radio Communications

By Michael Bryce, WB8VGE

When all else fails...how will you communicate?

This new second edition of Emergency Power for Radio Communications, explores the various means of electric power generation from charging batteries, to keeping the lights on. Regardless of if you are facing a serious power outage or simply looking for power options on field day this book provides solutions.

Emergency Power for Radio Communications covers the foundation of any communications installation 'the power source', offering ways to stay on the air when weather or other reasons cause a short or long term power outage. There are also ingenious ideas for when you are beyond the commercial power grid. The book identifies methods of alternative power generation that will work best in your particular situation, perhaps taking advantage of possibilities already on hand. The contents are wide ranging and cover generators such as solar, gas, wind and water through to batteries. You will also find information on load sizing, inverters, safety, emergency practices and much more.

Size 276x207mm, 224 pages, ISBN: 9780 8725 96153


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Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur
4th Edition
By Clive Smith, GM4FZH

Many of us would like to analyse the performance of our stations but find that professional test equipment such as spectrum analysers prohibitively expensive. Yet it is can be easy to make many pieces of very useful test equipment yourself at home. Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur is a book that provides the definitive guide to the equipment that can be made or used to measure the various parameters of an amateur radio station.

This fourth edition of Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur has been fully updated a revised to show what can be achieved today with the simple, inexpensive and easily obtainable. Test equipment for measuring current, voltage, the value of components, frequencies, receiver performance, RF power, modulation, antennas and transmission lines, noise, transmitter linearity and much more is all covered. For the home builder there are numerous projects, from a simple fuse tester to a high quality 1.3GHz signal source and much more. One chapter even covers software based test equipment that runs on a PC and includes specialist calculators, oscilloscope and spectrum analyser programs, signal generators, SINAD analysis and even design tools for RF filters. Surplus equipment often appears on the amateur market and the use of this equipment such as frequency counters and oscilloscopes, which previously would have been beyond the means of most of us but has become relatively cheap in recent years is well documented in this book. There is an appendix of useful reference data with everything from resistor colour coding to discrete semiconductor coding and surface mount device identification to common coaxial cable equivalents. There is even a second appendix of PCB and component layout diagrams for many of these projects.

If you are at all interested in what makes your radio tick as either keen 'home-brewer' or a 'black box' operator Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur is the must have for your book shelf!

Size 174x240mm, 256 pages, ISBN: 9781 9050 8672 6


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Valves Revisited Valves Revisited
A fascinating guide to the world of thermionics

By: Bengt Grahn, SM0YZI

For over half a century, valves (or tubes) dominated electronics. They could be found in public address systems and hearing aids, televisions and computers, communications and medical equipment, and of course in the radio set in every home. Since the advent of the transistor and the silicon chip, valves have almost completely disappeared. However, valves are still the preferred device in specialist applications, usually involving high power, including microwave ovens and some transmitters. There are hi-fi enthusiasts who argue that valve audio amplifiers give a more accurate and pleasing sound than those using semiconductors.

Valves Revisited is a wide ranging book that provides the basics of how valves work through to how to build your own. There are details of the use of valves in domestic radios, test equipment and amateur transmitters. There are also detailed descriptions of the use of valves in amplifiers, receivers, power supplies, signal generators along with guides to modulation, receiver design, measurement, fault finding and much more.

Valves Revisited provides the principles and practice behind every part of the valve radio and is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the technology. If you simply want to know more about valves, or plan to restore a classic vintage set, or even to build valve equipment from scratch this is the book for you.

To read a sample of this book (669kb PDF) click here

Size 174x240mm, 272 pages, ISBN: 9781 9050 8670 2


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Homebrew Cookbook Homebrew Cookbook
By Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ

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If you are interested in home construction, Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ is the acknowledged expert in this field. The RadCom columnist on the subject, Eamon brings his enthusiasm, common sense and easy to understand approach to the Homebrew Cookbook, such that readers will be reaching for their soldering iron with inspiration.

Homebrew Cookbook starts with the very basics of hombrew and progresses to advanced topics. There are construction methods that take you right through all the main techniques from dead-bug layouts through to dedicated printed circuit designs. The PCB section is packed with simple ideas that will allow you to make PCBs cheaply and easily without any specialist equipment. Eamon even shows you how to use sunshine or cheap halogen security lights as a UV source! Construction projects start with receiver designs and a simple direct conversion receiver, followed by a more sophisticated superhet receiver. Homebrew Cookbook also includes an SSB transmitter, PA and a VHF transverter. All the designs are modular, making it very easy to extract sections for other uses and adapt the designs to suit your needs. Where test equipment is required Eamon has simple circuits on hand to allow you to build your own rather than have to buy commercial equipment. Eamon also deals with homebrew antennas with lots of useful tips for making practical and effective antennas with junk-box components. Through the book is an adherence to homebrew principles as all projects use simple construction techniques with cheap, readily obtainable, components. Eamon even tells you how to make the most of eBay to find what you need.

The Homebrew Cookbook is an edited, updated book of Eamon's writings from the pages of RadCom and a fantastic reference with simple, well-proven solutions to most construction problems. Homebrew Cookbook will have you itching to dust off the soldering iron and start construction.

174x240mm, 208 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8657 3

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ARRL Understanding Basic Electronics - 2nd Edition ARRL Understanding Basic Electronics - 2nd Edition
By Walter Banzhaf, WB1ANE

A Step-by-Step Guide to Electricity, Electronics and Simple Circuits

This is the new second edition of the highly popular Understanding Basic Electronics. The book is designed as a gateway into the exciting world of electricity and electronics, written in an easy-to-understand style. It is ideal for beginners and non-technical readers, searching for more information, on the basic principles of electronics. Written in "bite-sized" chunks readers will find material from digital electronics, DC and AC circuit concepts and even explanations of semiconductor material, integrated circuits, FETS and much more. There are many "real world" examples and illustrations along with small "kitchen table" projects which help to bring abstract concepts to life.

If you are interested in widening your knowledge of electronics or simply filling in gaps in your knowledge Understanding Basic Electronics is recommended reading.

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Hands on Radio Experiments Hands on Radio Experiments
by H. Ward Silver, NØAX

As the title suggests this book is a great collection of amateur radio experiments from the "Hands-On Radio" column that appeared in the pages of the ARRL magazine QST. The collection covers a wealth of topics designed to educate today's radio experimenters, and inspire others who want to learn what makes their radios work.


Complete with part lists the book contains experiments that have been broken into a variety of sections including Radio and Electronic Fundamentals, Semiconductor Basics, Building Block Circuits, Power Supplies, Filters, Oscillators & Buffers, Transmission Lines & Impedance Matching and Workshop & Design Techniques. All the experiments are step-by-step and even seasoned experts will encounter new approaches to practical methods, new explanations for familiar topics and new ideas that will enhance your understanding of the amateur radio.

ISBN: 9780-8725-9125-7


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Weekend Projects Weekend Projects
for the Radio Amateur

By George Brown, MW5ACN

If you are interested in construction or just good advice this is a book for you. As the title suggests Weekend Projects for the Radio Amateur is packed with over sixty articles covering a wide variety of projects for every radio amateur.

Weekend Projects for the Radio Amateur is broken down into two main parts: Build It Yourself and Reference with the first part split further into three sections Aerials, General and Station Accessories. The Aerials section, contains, six antennas for you to try along with information on erecting antennas and their maintenance. Moving on the reader is treated to a design for an 80M transceiver and getting into the 10GHz band in the General section. The Station Accessories section is huge, containing dozens of projects covering everything from a dry cell tester and ni-cad chargers through ATU designs and much more. The books Reference part is packed with articles to maximise the hobby. There are articles on oscilloscopes, noise reduction circuits, radiation resistance along with guides to HF Contesting and getting started on a shoestring.

Weekend Projects for the Radio Amateur has something for everyone. The reader will find it jam packed with articles all in language that no-one will find stuffy or boring. This book is excellent those just looking for interesting ideas to construct and for the newcomers to the hobby looking to expand their knowledge.

ISBN: 9781-9050-8641-2
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Radio Nature Radio Nature
by Renato Romero, IK1QFK

Radio signals are not, as is commonly thought, recent phenomena. Nature has spoken through radio signals since the origins of the Universe. Radio Nature is fascinating look at these signals, a guide to receiving and analysing them.

Radio Nature describes these strange signals coming from our own planet and beyond. There is information about tweeks, insects, whistlers, choruses and even flying saucers (nothing to do with spaceships). Readers are provided with details of artificial and false signals that can confuse the natural radio listener. For the more committed there are designs for simple receiving equipment and antennas along with guides to how you can use simple receiving equipment to hear natural radio. The book also explains how to try to predict storms and even earthquakes using the signals that can be captured.

Radio Nature is truly a book for all. If you are a beginner the book opens up a fascinating area for you. For the more committed this provides a comprehensive guide to natural radio and useful reference work.

ISBN: 9781-9050-8637-5
Size 174x240mm, 256 pages


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RF Design Basics RF Design Basics

By John Fielding, ZS5JF

RF Design Basics is the latest book by acclaimed author John Fielding, ZS5JF. This book is a practical guide to Radio Frequency (RF) design rather than the more usual text book written for post-graduate electronics engineers. Aimed at those who wish to design and build their own RF equipment, this book provides a gentle introduction to the art and science of RF design. The fourteen chapters of RF Design Basics cover subjects such as tuned circuits, receiver design, oscillators, frequency multipliers, design of RF filters, impedance matching, the pi tank network, making RF measurements, and both solid-state and valve RF power amplifiers. One chapter explains the meaning of S parameters, while another is devoted to understanding the dual gate Mosfet. Much attention is given to the necessity of cooling valve PAs and there is even a practical
design for water cooling a large linear amplifier, a subject overlooked by most other publications.

RF Design Basics neatly fills the gap between a beginner's 'introduction to radio' and RF design text books. Written for the average radio amateur, this book is an accessible and useful reference work for everyone interested in RF design.

© RSGB 2006, ISBN 9781-9050- 8625-2 size 210x297mm 192 pages


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Power Supply Handbook Power Supply Handbook
By John Fielding, ZS5JF

Have you ever wondered how your power supplies work? Have you ever wanted to build or modify a power supply but haven't had the confidence? Do you need a supply that is difficult to find or expensive to buy? The Power Supply Handbook answers all of these questions, and much more.

This book provides all that is required to understand and make power supplies of various types. Power Supply Handbook is written in an easy to approach style by the electronics guru John Fielding, ZS5JF. John has over 30 years experience building power supplies both for business and home use. This book explains how to select each of the components in a power supply, how the various types of circuit work and how to measure the finished supply. Power Supply Handbook covers a range of converters and also deals in detail with the ubiquitous switch-mode supplies. There are also chapters on high voltage supplies, batteries and chargers, and test equipment. Packed with this and much more Power Supply Handbook teaches the reader how to be confident with building, maintaining and using power supplies of all types.

From the new home constructor looking for a straightforward guide through to those seeking a practical reference book, all will find this book a useful and a must for their bookshelf.

© Radio Society of Great Britain, Size 240x174mm, 288 pages, ISBN 1-905086-21-0


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Circuit Overload Circuit Overload
"The bumper book of circuits for radio amateurs"

By John Fielding, ZS5JF

This is the book that all keen home constructors have been waiting for! Circuit Overload includes 128 circuit diagrams, complemented by an additional 89 other diagrams, graphs and photographs and is a unique source of ideas for almost any circuit the radio amateur might want.

Circuits are provided that cover wide range of topics. Chapters have been devoted to audio, metering & display, power supplies, test equipment and antennas. Chapters have also been included that cover the design of low-pass, high-pass and band-pass filters. Nor are valves forgotten with, two chapters of Circuit Overload devoted to this fascinating topic.

Circuits include a two-tone oscillator for correctly setting up SSB transmitters, a temperature controlled crystal oven, a speech clipper, a solar panel battery charger, a simple intercom system, an RF 'sniffer' device, a product detector for an SSB / CW receiver, a Morse code oscillator, a phase modulator for an FM transmitter, a novel idea for an 'el cheapo' signal generator, a Noise Figure meter, a nicad battery charger and cell rejuvenator, a mains frequency monitor, an inrush current limiter, a high-power PIN diode antenna switch, crystal oscillators, an audio notch filter, audio amplifiers, 455kHz, 10.7MHz and 21.4MHz markers, a variable voltage bench power supply unit, a very low power transmitter for 1.3GHz to assist in aligning a 23cm converter, and much, much more.

Throughout the book, circuits are presented in an easy to understand fashion and many can be inter-connected to make a more complex item if so desired by the reader. If you are interested in home construction this book provides simple circuits and advice for the beginner with more complex circuits for the more experienced.

© RSGB 2006, ISBN 1-905086-20-2 size 240x174mm 208 pages



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Pic Basics Pic Basics

By Cliff Powlesland, G8CQZ

The PIC series of microcomputer chips are one of the most useful innovations for anyone interested in home construction of electronic devices. PIC Basics is a straightforward guide to the use and programming of the PIC and is aimed at those with little or no experience in programming computers.

The reader is taken from "What is a PIC?" with basic descriptions and discussions of programming languages and techniques. Then the book goes on to describe PIC processors in much more detail, right down to register level. This isn't as daunting as it seems - the author manages to keep a potentially baffling section at a very readable level. The following chapter treats the various PICs built-in peripherals in a similarly approachable manner.

There are also chapters on the various compilers and hardware programming techniques and details of projects you can make. The projects are quite diverse, but are generally shack-friendly. They include a Morse key, an automatic Morse generator, a Morse decoder with LCD display, two-tone audio generator, 30MHz frequency counter, digital voltmeter, and a PC-based audio recorder which uses a PIC as the front end. The book provides all the steps needed to put together these projects along with full listings of what is needed for each project.

There are a large number of PIC devices available, each with differing characteristics and PIC Basics contains some hints on how to choose and use the right PIC for your own project, and where to get additional information to turn your ideas into a reality.

This book provides a great introduction to PICs, both in terms of the hardware and the programming techniques which can be employed.

© RSGB 2006, ISBN 1-905086-18-0 size 240x174mm 208 pages


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Amateur Radio Essentials Amateur Radio Essentials

Edited By George Brown, M5ACN

This is a book for everyone, beginner and old hand alike, who is interested in amateur radio. Amateur Radio Essentials aims to answer frequently-asked questions that the editor has fielded on the telephone while working for the RSGB.

The subject matter covers everything from Rho to Radiation Resistance, from Filtering to Fractal Aerials, and from Solar Indices to Spurious Signals. The content is divided into six broad sections covering a huge range of amateur radio material. Beginners can find basic information about most of the things that matter in amateur radio, whilst old hands can find data that other textbooks often don't include.

Edited from articles originally published in the RSGB house journal, RadCom, this is a reference book and guide to the FAQs of amateur radio. It is unmatched in its scope and relevance.

© Radio Society of Great Britain, Size 240x174mm, 288 pages, ISBN 1-905086-12-1




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Emergency Power for Radio Communications Emergency Power for Radio Communications

by Michael Bryce, WB8VGE

When all else fails...how will you communicate?

With Emergency Power for Radio Communications, you will explore the various means of electric power generation from charging batteries, to keeping the lights on. This book covers the foundation of any communications installation--the power source. Use this book to plan ways to stay on the air when weather or other reasons cause a short-term or long-term power outage. Find ways to reach beyond the commercial power grid. Identify methods for alternative power generation that will work best in your particular situation, perhaps taking advantage of possibilities already on hand. The contents of this are wide ranging and cover generators such as solar, gas, wind and water through to batteries, inverters, safety and emergency practices.
© 2005. Published by ARRL, 164 pages 275x210mm - ISBN: 0-87259-953-1


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25 Years of Hart Reviews 25 Years of Hart Reviews

by Peter Hart, G3SJX

25 years of Hart Reviews is a collection of every single review Peter Hart, G3SJX has published in RadCom from 1979-2004. RadCom's leading equipment reviewer has covered some of the most significant changes to radio technology in the last 25 years. Peter has covered the first amateur radio equipment to include microcontrollers which, in turn, made possible the single tuning knob digital frequency synthesiser and the ability to make stable oscillators at VHF. This made viable the up-conversion broadband superhet architecture which forms the basis of virtually all successive designs up until the present day. Nearly 100 equipment reviews are included in this book and cover every conceivable type of transceiver, including a variety of antennas and amplifiers as well. This book is not only a fascinating view of 25 years of amateur radio equipment but is a valuable guide to the new and second hand buyer of equipment.

RSGB, paperback, 210 by 297 mm, 264 pages. ISBN: 1-905086-10-5


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Technical Topics Scrapbook - All 50 Years Technical Topics Scrapbook - All 50 Years

By Pat Hawker, G3VA

For 50 years Pat Hawker MBE, G3VA has written his hugely popular Technical Topics column in RadCom. Technical Topics Scrapbook -50 Years brings together the whole 50 years of Technical Topics as a data CD along with the fifth and final compilation book of the column covering the years 2005 to 2008.

Technical Topics Scrapbook -50 Years includes all the words, pictures and line drawings from column produced presented exactly as they first appeared. The CD contains easy to use PDF copies of the pages arranged in annual collections from 1958 to 2008. Whilst the book reproduces the pages from the years 2005-2008 in the popular scrapbook format. This set draws together Pat Hawker's blend of clippings and contributed material, linked by his own unique commentary, enriched by a lifetime of fascination for the technical aspects of radio.

This CD and book set provides a fascinating insight into the development of radio and amateur radio in particular. Technical Topics Scrapbook -50 Years is also an invaluable collection of experimental antennas, circuit ideas and radio lore for everyone keen on radio and electronics. If you are interested in Pat Hawker and Technical Topics, this book and CD set is a must have and the definitive collection

ISBN 9781-9050-8639-9
Size 210x297mm, 176 pages plus CD


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Technical Topics Scrapbook 1995-1999 Technical Topics Scrapbook 1995-1999
by Pat Hawker, G3VA

This is the third compilation of 'Technical Topics' articles, produced by popular demand. 'Technical Topics' is by far the most successful regular column in the RSGB's journal RadCom and we are pleased to be able to present the article's pages in this handy book, together with a new index.

1998 saw the 40th anniversary of the column, written since 1958 by Pat Hawker, G3VA. Pat continues to make 'Technical Topics' a fascinating collection of circuit ideas, antenna lore, component news and scientific discussion, all at the most practical level.

There can be few radio amateurs who have not used a circuit or idea from 'Technical Topics', or who have not learned from the wealth of information available in these pages.

If you have an interest in radio and electronics, you will find this book a fascinating read.

1st Edn, 2000, RSGB, paperback, 297 x 210mm (A4 portrait), 314 pages. ISBN: 1-872309-61-3


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Technical Topics Scrapbook 1990-1994 Technical Topics Scrapbook 1990-1994
by Pat Hawker, G3VA

This second compilation of the pages of Technical Topics covers the five years from 1990 to 1994. It includes all the words, pictures and line drawings from the most popular column in the RSGB’s magazine RadCom. Pat Hawker’s blend of clippings from other publications and contributed material is linked by his own unique commentary, enriched by a lifetime of being interested in the technical aspects of radio, both professionally and as a radio amateur.

The pages are presented exactly as they appeared in RadCom, but an overall index has been added. This invaluable collection of experimental antennas, circuit ideas and radio lore is a must for anyone keen on radio and electronics.

1st Edn, 1999, RSGB, paperback, 297 x 210mm (A4 portrait), 314 pages. ISBN: 1-872309-51-8


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Technical Topics Scrapbook 1985-1989 Technical Topics Scrapbook 1985-1989
by Pat Hawker, G3VA

A collection of all of the very popular Technical Topics articles by Pat Hawker, G3VA, published in Radio Communication magazine during the years 1985 to 1989. Pat has produced a wealth of ideas, modifications, and tips for the radio amateur for many years, and this book contains a sample of his contribution to amateur radio in the most popular RadCom column of all time. This book could well provide that vital 'spark' for your next project!

1st Edn, 1993, RSGB, paperback, 271 by 210 mm, 346 pages.


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1940s Amateur Radio Special Edition 1940s Amateur Radio Special Edition

6 Book Set
Shortly after WWII the RSGB produced a hugely popular series of booklets detailing various aspects of amateur radio. This series of books published in 1947 - 1949 covered amateur radio as it was then. The RSGB is now re-issuing these booklets, in their original form as a special edition. Each book is a gem being an historical encapsulation of electronics as it was and what radio amateurs were doing with it. The set contains 6 booklets with a nearly 450 pages of fascinating material. Not only is this collection a historical master class in amateur radio, it provides an ideal understanding of the way the past has shaped the direction of current technology.
Books include:
VHF Technique - Propagation of VHF waves; VHF aerial systems; VHF transmitters; VHF receivers; VHF measurements; Frequency modulation. 96 pages
Transmitter Interference - Cooperation and goodwill; Interference to medium-wave broadcast reception; Interference curable at the transmitter; Interference curable at the receiver; Interference to television. 32 pages
Valve Technique - General considerations governing valve operation; Voltage amplifiers; Audio frequency power amplifiers; Radio frequency power amplifiers, frequency multipliers and oscillators; Detectors; Frequency changers; Power rectifiers; Special applications; Noise generated in valve amplifiers; Valves for VHF. 104 pages
Receivers - Fundamental principles; Principles of receiver design; Tuning circuits; Straight receivers; Superheterodyne receivers; Frequency-modulation receivers; Construction; Power supplies; Fault-finding, adjustments and calibration. 96 pages
Microwave Technique - Introduction to microwaves; Circuit elements - tuned circuits and cavity resonators; Circuit elements - waveguides; Circuit elements - valves; Transmitters and receivers; Aerials; Measurements. 68 pages
Simple Transmitting Equipment - Fundamentals; Aerials; Simple transmitters; Five-band 25-watt transmitter; Simple VFO circuit; Crystal-controlled frequency sub-standard. 52 pages

Please Note: The cover design has altered from that originally announced in March 2006 RadCom

© Radio Society of Great Britain, Size 184x120mm ISBN 1-905086-14-8


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RF Amplifier Classics RF Amplifier Classics

This great book includes two-dozen projects and articles from the pages of QST and QEX, published between 1980 and 2003. There are amps for HF, MF, VHF and microwave. These are high quality works from respected authors such as Gary Breed, K9AY; Jerry Pittenger, K8RA; Bill Sabin, W0IYH; Al Ward, W5LUA; Dave Meacham, W6EMD and others.

Use this book to shorten your discovery work, find practical designs and construction details for classic valve and solid-state amplifiers at power levels from 5 W to 1.5 kW. Build safe and reliable amplifiers whilst producing loud and clean signals

176 pages. © ARRL 2004-2005.
ISBN: 0-87259-931-0


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Experimental Methods in RF Design Experimental Methods in RF Design

by Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, Rick Campbell, KK7B, and Bob Larkin, W7PUA

Immerse yourself in the communications experience by building equipment that contributes to understanding basic concepts and circuits.

Explore wide dynamic range, low distortion radio equipment, the use of direct conversion and phasing methods, and digital signal processing. Use the models and discussion to design, build and measure equipment at both the circuit and the system level. Laced with new unpublished projects and illustrated with CW and SSB gear.

Contents:
* Basic Investigations in Electronics
* Chapters on Amplifiers, Filters, Oscillators, and Mixers
* Superheterodyne Transmitters and Receivers
* Measurement Equipment
* Direct Conversion Receivers
* Phasing Receivers and Transmitters
* DSP Components
* DSP Applications in Communications
* Field Operation, Portable Gear, and Integrated Stations

This work is successor to the widely popular Solid-State Design for the Radio Amateur, published in 1977.

CD-ROM included with design software, listings for DSP firmware, and supplementary articles.

512 pages. © 2003, published by American Radio Relay League (ARRL). ISBN: 0-87259-879-9


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The ARRL Image Communications Handbook The ARRL Image Communications Handbook

by Dr. Ralph E. Taggart, WB8DQT
Explore the possibilities of using Amateur Radio to see and talk with other hams! With home computers, widely available software, and gear many hams already own, it's easier than ever to enjoy the imaging modes: Narrow-Band Television (NBTV), Amateur Television (ATV), Slow-Scan Television (SSTV), and Weather Satellite Imaging (WEFAX).

Book includes CD-ROM with software utilities.
Softcover. © 2002. Published by the American Radio Relay League. ISBN: 0-87259-861-6



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Digital Modes for all Occasions Digital Modes for all Occasions

By Murray Greenman, ZL1BPU

This is the book for every person who is interested in Amateur Radio Digital Modes, as it is simply the most complete book yet written on this subject.

Written by a leading expert on digital modes this book describes serial transmission and various data and error correction techniques. It explains the differences between a bit, a byte and a symbol, the baud and BPS, Baudot and ITA2. The history of digital modes is covered along with reviews all the important modes and tools available for PC sound card. The book also describes the performance of each mode under different propagation conditions, explains what these conditions are, and how to manage them.

As well as over 100 excellent illustrations, there are extensive appendices of technical information. These include precise and carefully illustrated details of how to set up the computer and sound card for digital modes. Glossaries of digi-mode terms and an extensive reference section of books, papers, software and web sites related to digital modes.

With this book you will be able to:
· Set up your computer effortlessly, using hints to avoiding all the pitfalls
· Learn how to connect the computer and radio together safely and simply
· Learn where to find all the software you need, at no cost
· Operate exciting real-time QSOs, working across town or around the world
· Learn which modes to use, which are best for certain conditions
· Operate visual modes, such as Hellschreiber, FAX and SSTV

Written for the average radio amateur through to the seasoned digital mode expert, this book is a must for everyone!

2002 Edition, RSGB, paperback, 208 pages, size 240x174mm ISBN 1-872309-82-8


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Digital Signal Processing Technology Digital Signal Processing Technology

The Essentials of the Communications Revolution
by Doug Smith, KF6DX

A complete, readable presentation on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in communications technology. The work is sufficiently analytical for those skilled in math to fully understand DSP and its applications, while simultaneously affording those less mathematically inclined an understandable picture of this exciting technology. Presented from an engineering perspective, the material achieves a balance between theory and practice.

Smith gives a complete discussion of contemporary DSP technology, with special emphasis on applications of DSP in communications.

Contents:
* Introduction to DSP * Digital Sampling * Computer Representations of Data * Digital Filtering * Analytic Signals and modulation * Digital Coding Systems for Speech * Direct Digital Synthesis * Interference Reduction * Digital Transceiver Architectures * Hardware for Embedded DSP Systems * DSP System Software * Advanced Topics in DSP *and much more...

© 2001. Published by the ARRL - ISBN: 0-87259-819-5


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