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Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio : TAB Electronics Technical Library - Clay Laster

Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio

TAB Electronics Technical Library

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Essential A-to-Z Ham Radio Guide

The revised edition of the most trusted guide in ham radio is here just in time to help you pass the new No-Code Technician Class exams Used by thousands of ham operators to set up their first shortwave transmitters and to get their licenses, Clay Laster's Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio, Fourth Edition delivers all the guidance you need -- from radio and electronics fundamentals needed to set up a transmitter to the newest equipment to revisions to the Federal Communications Commission rules and tests. If you want to communicate over the airwaves both locally and globally and listen in on conversations heard by very few, take this book home, and it will take you into the realm of communication, new friends, good times, and technical mastery beyond your dreams.

You get:
Understandable instruction in wave propagation, power supplies, and electronic circuits
Complete study guide for getting your Novice Operator or No-Code Technician Class licenses
Study hints for preparing for FCC exams
Shortwave operator's do's-and-don't's, practices and procedures
Appendix packed with 250 sample examination questions and answers

Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction to Amateur Radiop. 1
Who Can Become a Ham Radio Operator?p. 1
New Avenues into Amateur Radiop. 2
About Amateur Radiop. 2
A History of Amateur Radiop. 3
Early pioneersp. 3
Beginning of amateur radiop. 5
First licenses for amateur radio operatorsp. 7
The death knell for amateur radiop. 8
The golden age of amateur radiop. 9
Amateur Radio--A Scientific Hobbyp. 11
Amateur Radio Public Servicep. 12
The Path into Amateur Radio--The Technician Class Licensep. 15
How to Prepare for the FCC Technician Class Examinationp. 19
The Federal Communications Commissionp. 21
The FCC Volunteer Examiner Programp. 22
FCC Amateur Radio Operating Classesp. 22
The Amateur Radio Frequency Spectrump. 23
FCC Rules and Regulationsp. 25
Part 97: Amateur Radio Servicep. 25
Amateur Call-Sign Allocationsp. 55
How to Learn International Morse Codep. 58
What is Morse Code?p. 58
How code is transmittedp. 59
Who can learn Morse code?p. 61
The FCC Written Examinationsp. 67
The VEC question poolp. 67
Scheduling the examinationp. 69
Taking the examinationp. 69
Radio Communications Theoryp. 71
Definitionsp. 71
The Radio Circuit--Transmitter to Receiverp. 73
The Electromagnetic Spectrump. 74
Frequency and wavelengthp. 76
The radio frequency spectrump. 78
Wave propagationp. 80
Types of Propagationp. 80
The Effects of the Ionosphere on Radio Communicationsp. 82
Ionospheric layersp. 83
Sunspots affect the ionospherep. 83
High sunspot activityp. 84
Propagation characteristics of the ionospherep. 85
Nighttime propagation conditionsp. 87
Principles of Electricity and Magnetismp. 89
Definitionsp. 89
Fundamentals of Electricityp. 91
Atoms and matterp. 92
Negative and positive chargesp. 93
Electricity--the flow of electronsp. 93
Units of voltage and currentp. 94
Conductors and insulatorsp. 95
Resistance and resistorsp. 95
Some Basic Electrical Lawsp. 98
Ohm's lawp. 99
Resistors in seriesp. 100
Resistors in parallelp. 100
Series-parallel combinationsp. 101
Current flow in series dc circuitsp. 101
IR voltage dropsp. 104
Current flow in parallel dc circuitsp. 105
Magnetismp. 106
The magnetic fieldp. 106
Temporary and permanent magnetsp. 107
Electromagnetismp. 107
Magnetomotive force (MMF)p. 108
Electromagnetic inductionp. 109
Alternating current and voltagep. 109
The ac sine wavep. 109
ac circuitsp. 111
Capacitors and Capacitancep. 112
How capacitors workp. 114
Capacitor voltage ratingsp. 115
Connecting capacitors in parallelp. 115
Connecting capacitors in seriesp. 116
Capacitive reactancep. 116
Phase angle of capacitorsp. 118
Testing capacitorsp. 118
Inductors and Inductancep. 119
Inductancep. 119
Series inductorsp. 121
Parallel inductorsp. 121
Inductive reactance, X[subscript L]p. 123
Phase angle of inductorsp. 123
Transformersp. 124
Basic transformer conceptsp. 125
Testing inductors and transformers with a multimeterp. 127
ac Circuit Analysisp. 128
Impedance and phase anglesp. 128
Resonance and tuned circuitsp. 129
The Q of resonant circuitsp. 131
Power Relationshipsp. 131
Power in a dc circuitp. 132
Power in an ac circuitp. 132
Maximum power transferp. 134
Tubes and Semiconductorsp. 135
Definitionsp. 137
Vacuum Tubesp. 139
Thermionic Emissionp. 139
General Types of Vacuum Tubesp. 141
Diodesp. 141
The diode as an ac rectifierp. 143
Triodesp. 144
How triodes workp. 145
Triode amplification actionp. 147
Limitations of triodesp. 148
Tetrodes and Pentodesp. 149
The tetrodep. 149
Limitations of the tetrodep. 150
The pentodep. 151
The pentode as an amplifierp. 152
Beam-power tubesp. 153
Gas-filled tubesp. 153
Cathode-ray tubesp. 154
Diodes, Transistors, and Other Semiconductor Devicesp. 154
n-type semiconductorp. 156
p-type semiconductorp. 156
How semiconductor devices are madep. 156
The pn junctionp. 157
How diodes workp. 160
Reverse biasp. 161
Diode circuitsp. 162
Special-Purpose Diodesp. 164
The zener diodep. 165
The varactor diodep. 166
Transistorsp. 166
Bipolar transistor constructionp. 169
npn transistor operationp. 169
pnp transistor operationp. 171
Common-base amplifying circuitsp. 171
Common-emitter amplifier circuitsp. 174
Common-emitter design considerationsp. 176
Variations in transistor characteristicsp. 179
Voltage gain of common-emitter amplifier circuitsp. 180
Frequency limitations of transistorsp. 181
The common-collector configurationp. 182
Summary of transistor characteristicsp. 184
Transistor testingp. 184
Transistor testing with ohmmetersp. 185
Field-Effect Transistorsp. 187
The junction field-effect transistorp. 188
Characteristics of junction field-effect transistorsp. 189
JFET circuit configurationsp. 190
Insulated-gate field-effect transistorsp. 192
Depletion-mode IGFET operationp. 192
Enhancement-mode insulated-gate field-effect transistorsp. 194
Care and handling of insulated-gate semiconductor devicesp. 196
Optoelectronic Devicesp. 197
Photodiodesp. 198
Light-emitting diodesp. 199
LCD displaysp. 199
Integrated Circuitsp. 200
Types of integrated circuitsp. 200
A typical IC--the 555 timerp. 202
Packaging of integrated circuitsp. 202
Linear and digital integrated circuitsp. 202
Power Suppliesp. 205
Definitionsp. 206
Power-Supply Design Considerationsp. 209
The power transformerp. 209
Rectifier circuitsp. 210
Filter circuitsp. 213
Electronic voltage regulatorsp. 218
A word of cautionp. 223
Electronic Circuitsp. 227
Definitionsp. 227
Audio- and Radio-Frequency Amplifiersp. 232
Basic Types of Amplifiersp. 234
The ideal amplifierp. 234
The Decibelp. 236
Voltage and Current Ratios in Decibelsp. 239
Amplifier Power Levelsp. 242
Class-A, -B, -AB, and -C Amplifiersp. 243
Amplifier Efficiency of Operationp. 244
Interstage Coupling Techniquesp. 245
Direct couplingp. 245
Resistance-capacitance (RC) couplingp. 247
Transformer couplingp. 247
Impedance couplingp. 247
Push-Pull Operationp. 248
Integrated-Circuit Amplifiersp. 249
An IC Audio Amplifier for the Ham Shackp. 250
The Oscillator: An Amplifier with Feedbackp. 253
The Basic Oscillator Circuitp. 254
Oscillator Characteristicsp. 255
The Tuned LC Oscillatorp. 255
Oscillator Circuitsp. 257
Introduction to Radio Transmittersp. 269
Definitionsp. 272
The CW Transmitterp. 275
The Master Oscillator Power Amplifier Transmitterp. 276
Amplitude-Modulated Transmittersp. 280
Conventional AM transmittersp. 280
AM carrier and sideband signalsp. 282
Single-Sideband Modulationp. 283
Frequency Modulationp. 288
FM transmittersp. 289
Transmitter Performance Testsp. 290
Transmitter frequency measurementsp. 290
Frequency countersp. 291
Transmitter power measurementsp. 292
Introduction to Radio Receiversp. 295
Definitionsp. 297
Receiver Basicsp. 298
Receptionp. 299
Selection or selectivityp. 300
Demodulation or detectionp. 301
Reproductionp. 302
Simple Receiversp. 302
Tuned radio-frequency (TRF) receiversp. 302
Direct-conversion receiversp. 303
The Superheterodyne Receiverp. 305
RF amplifiersp. 307
Local oscillatorsp. 307
Mixersp. 309
Regenerative-detector receiversp. 310
IF amplifiersp. 310
Detectors and beat-frequency oscillatorsp. 312
Automatic gain controlp. 312
S metersp. 313
Interference and Receiver Limitationsp. 313
Receiver Overloadp. 314
Harmonic Signalsp. 315
Constructing the "Sudden" 160- to 20-Meter Direct Conversion Receiverp. 315
FM Receiversp. 319
All about Transmission Lines and Antennasp. 323
Definitionsp. 324
Transmission Line Basicsp. 326
Types of Transmission Linesp. 327
Twin-lead linesp. 327
Coaxial transmission linesp. 328
Standing Wavesp. 329
Standing-wave ratiosp. 329
High-Frequency Antennasp. 332
Half-wave doublet (or dipole) antennap. 333
Safety and other considerationsp. 340
Multiband antennasp. 347
Vertical antennasp. 350
Beam antennasp. 351
Station Wiring Diagramsp. 355
RF Radiation Safety and Radio Communications Practices and Proceduresp. 357
Definitionsp. 357
Radio Frequency Environmental Safety Practicesp. 361
Determining Compliance with FCC RF Safety Rules and Regulationsp. 365
General RF safety recommendationsp. 367
Radio Communications Practicesp. 368
Station installationp. 368
Station layoutp. 369
Station wiringp. 370
Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI)p. 371
Elimination of RFIp. 371
How to Use Test Equipmentp. 373
Meter movementsp. 373
Ammetersp. 374
Voltmetersp. 374
Ohmmetersp. 375
The multimeterp. 377
Wattmetersp. 377
Operating Proceduresp. 377
Operating courtesyp. 378
CW or telegraph proceduresp. 379
Q signalsp. 379
The RST signal-reporting systemp. 380
Prosigns and standard abbreviationsp. 380
A Typical Contact on the Technician Bandsp. 380
Element 2--Technician Class Examination Question Poolp. 385
Answersp. 481
The W5YI RF Safety Tablesp. 485
Indexp. 491
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ISBN: 9780071361873
ISBN-10: 0071361871
Series: TAB Electronics Technical Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 28th November 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.9
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised