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About RF Cafe
1996 - 2016
BSEE - KB3UON
RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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Each week, I select a new book that is relevant to engineers, scientists, students, hobbyists or managers. Most of the time they are sold through Amazon (I earn a few pennies on each sale), but when possible, I present books that are available in an e-book format that can be downloaded for free. The latter are much less available. After all, most people like to be paid for their work, as I'm certain that you do, too.
Note: I just began archiving these picks in May of 2009, but they have been going on since about 2003.
Featured Book: Electronic
Troubleshooting, 2014, by Daniel Tomal, Aram Agajanian. The Most Complete, Current Guide to Troubleshooting
and Repairing Electrical and Electronic Devices. "If it's electronic, and there is troubleshooting to be done,
then this is the book to reach for!" - Dr. Simon Monk. Fully updated for the latest technologies, devices, test
instruments, and problem-solving methods, the new edition of this practical resource provides you with the comprehensive
information you need to troubleshoot today's electrical and electronic equipment. Inside you'll find new and
enhanced coverage of: Wireless communications, Embedded microprocessor systems ,Cutting-edge medical diagnostic
equipment ,Advanced networking technologies. The book uniquely blends traditional electrical theory and components
with modern networking and electronic technology
Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers, by John Essick. This book provides a "learn-by-doing"
approach to acquiring the computer-based skills used in daily experimental work in engineering and the sciences.
Ideal as an instructional lab textbook or for self-study by individual researchers, this book is not a manual-like
presentation of LabVIEW, but rather leads its readers to mastery of this powerful tool through
Featured Book: X-Parameters
Characterization, Modeling, and Design of Nonlinear RF and Microwave Components, by D. Root, J. Verspecht,
J. Horn, and M. Marcu. This is the definitive guide to X-parameters, written by the original inventors and developers
of this powerful new paradigm for nonlinear RF and microwave components and systems. Learn how to use X-parameters
to overcome intricate problems in nonlinear RF and microwave engineering. The general theory behind X-parameters
is carefully and intuitively introduced, and then simplified down to specific
Snap Circuits Electronics
main selling point for this
Snap Circuits kit is the ability to connect your music to it and cause many different kinds of lighting
effects to respond. It is a good way to engage youngsters in electronics design because of the intense visual
feedback. Create circuits with included building blocks like transistors, capacitors, LEDs, resistors, switches,
motors and more - over 55 parts. There is also the
Elenco 130-in-1 Electronic Playground and Learning Center with a more traditional electronics experimenter
format that has many more component types. Great Christmas gifts for kids.
Satellite Comms Ground and Earth Station Handbook
Satellite Communication Ground Segment and Earth Station Handbook, by Bruce Elbert, explores the delivery
end of the satellite link and its relationship to delivery of services. From international telephone network
gateways to direct broadcast home receivers, today's broad range of ground systems and devices require satellite
communication engineers and business managers to have a broad and sound understanding of the design and operating
principles of earth stations and ground control facilities
Featured Book: Practical
Practical Design of Lumped, Semi-Lumped & Microwave Cavity Filters, by Dhanasekharan Natarajan.
This book presents the application of microwave literature for designing lumped/semi-lumped filters and combline/iris-coupled
microwave cavity filters. It provides the physical understanding of the terms and characteristics of radio frequency
(RF) filters. The book complements engineering text books on RF components and provides support for the project
assignments of students. In addition to the functional design of RF filters, the integrated design approach
for producibility and
Dilbert 2015 Day-to-Day Calendar
could be worse than returning to work on January 2, 2015, and realizing that you neglected to procure for yourself
Dilbert desk calendar? Side note: I recently checked into the cost for 'legally' posting Dilbert comics
on RF Cafe. A very polite lady told me her franchise charges $75 per comic for the use of 1 to 9, and
a bargain price of only $50 per use of 10 or more cartoons (other price breaks apply).
So, it won't be happening on RF Cafe anytime soon, but you can always read them
Inventing the Electronic Century
the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries, by Alfred
D. Chandler Jr. History changes quickly nowadays, so some of the reviews are a bit harsh in complaining of lack
of material for the 21st century, which is not the primary subject of the book. "Consumer electronics and computers
redefined life and work in the twentieth century. In Inventing the Electronic Century, Pulitzer Prize-winning
business historian Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. traces their origins and worldwide development. From electronics
prime mover RCA in the 1920s to Sony and Matsushita's dramatic rise 1970s
Featured Book: Understanding
LF and HF Propagation, by Steve Nichols and Alan Melia, is a FREE e-book published by the Radio Society
of Great Britain (RSGB). Says MR.
Nichols, "I wanted to look at the processes behind ionospheric propagation and try to explain some of the terms
that are commonly used, such as solar flux index, K index, interplanetary magnetic field
(Bz) and many more. The end result was a series of features that formed a good
introduction to the topic. When I finished, my good friend Alan Melia G3NYK, took over and wrote three more
features on LF propagation – a topic he is very well placed to explain." Thanks to
Joe Birsa for letting me know
Decoding the Heavens:
the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer - and the Century-long Search to Discover Its Secrets, by Jo
Marchant. Discovered a century ago in an ancient Mediterranean shipwreck, the
Antikythera mechanism instantly attracted
scientific interest. It had gears, which was and remains unique among artifacts from Greco-Roman civilization.
So begins Marchant's mystery about the object, a tale that ends in triumph but not before inveigling individuals
who not only puzzled over the device but also became obsessively devoted to figuring it out. Tantalized by the
Antikythera mechanism, scholar Derek de Solla Price felt it was the clue with which he could
Tracking Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, by Zhancang Wang. Envelope tracking technology
is seen as the most promising efficiency enhancement technology for RF PA for 4G and beyond wireless communications.
More and more organizations are investing and researching on this topic with huge potential academic and commercial
values. This is the first book on the market to give complete introduction, theory, and design considerations
on envelope tracking for wireless communications
Frontiers in Antennas: Next
in Antennas: Next Generation Design & Engineering, by Frank Gross. Edited by one of the world's
foremost authorities on smart antennas and featuring contributions from global experts, Frontiers in Antennas
discusses the latest advances in antenna design and engineering. This pioneering guide deals primarily with
frontier antenna designs and frontier numerical methods. Many of the concepts presented have emerged within
the last few years and are still in a rapid state of development. Each chapter provides in-depth details on
a unique and modern antenna technology.