RF Cafe Software
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.
Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit
2015 the year you finally jump onto the
Arduino bandwagon. For $55US you can get started on an Arduino project in 2015. Includes a 72 page
full color instruction manual giving you a full introduction to Arduino programming as well as step by step
tutorials on how to use each component in this kit. This Kit is recommended for the beginner interested
in leaning the basics of Arduino programming as well as the expert in Programming.
Trade Your Old Books on Amazon
Did you know that Amazon has a program whereby you can sell your book on their website and get up to
80% back? If your book is eligible, Amazon even pays the shipping cost for you to send it to them. Here are
the details on the
Amazon Book Trade-In program.
The Career Guide Book
Career Guide Book for Engineers, by John A. Hoschette. Currently, John is a technical director with Lockheed
Martin in Eagan, Minnesota working on mission computers. His work encompasses developing the next generation
mission computers for the F-35,P-3, F-16 and F-22 jet fighter aircraft. Building super computers that fly. His
area of technical expertise is optical data networking.
Spectrum and Network
and Network Measurements, by Robert A. Witte. This new edition of Spectrum and Network Measurements
enables readers to understand the basic theory, relate it to measured results, and apply it when creating new
designs. This comprehensive treatment of frequency domain measurements successfully consolidates all the pertinent
theory into one text. It covers the theory and practice of spectrum and network measurements in electronic systems.
It also provides thorough coverage of Fourier analysis, transmission lines, intermodulation distortion, SNR
Nothing Says "It's Christmas"
a mere $10 you can own this iotatronized, blinking LED Christmas tree for wow your co-workers. It comes as a
kit and needs a 9V
to act as both the power supply and a weighted base. Velleman has a lot of simple, inexpensive, build it yourself
electronic kits. Hurry - there are only seven shopping days left 'til Christmas!
RF & Microwave Toolbox App
RF & Microwave Toolbox app has more than 50 calculators that includes noise figure, microstrip, filters,
amplifiers, attenuators, electric fields, series & parallel RCL circuits, mixers, antennas, radar cross
section, capacitance & inductance, color, baluns, voltage dividers, directional couplers, and much more.
Featured Book -The Scientists:
Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors, by John Gribbin.
"A wonderfully readable account of scientiﬁc development over the past ﬁve hundred years, focusing on the lives
and achievements of individual scientists, by the bestselling author of
In Search of Schrödinger's Cat. In this ambitious new book, John Gribbin tells the stories of the
people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. He begins with Copernicus, during
the Renaissance, when science replaced mysticism as a means of explaining the workings of the world, and he
continues through the centuries, creating an unbroken genealogy of not
ARRL 2015 Handbook
ARRL Handbook is widely used by radio amateurs as a reliable and highly-respected guide to station design,
construction, modification, and repair. Introduced in 1926 as the Radio Amateur s Handbook, each edition has
remained true to this publishing legacy: a concise source of reference and information for applied radio electronics
and experimentation. Chapter by chapter, you will discover the theory, practical information and construction
details to expand your knowledge and skill as an
Amateur Radio operator and experimenter.
The Best of Modern Marvels
History Channel Presents The Best of Modern Marvels. These would make a good gift for your kids as inspiration
to pursue careers in high tech - maybe even engineering. Did you see my recent post on the survey done on
expectations for various college degree majors? If the lad or lass doesn't plan to be a doctor or lawyer,
engineering is definitely a good choice. The videos make a good gift for yourself as well, so start dropping
hints in time for the Christmas shoppers.
The Homeowner's DIY Guide
Herres has sharpened his pencil and written a couple new books for the DIYer tackling electrical wiring issues
The Homeowner's DIY Guide to Electrical Wiring goes beyond the typical book of this sort and devotes
considerable space to modern electrical devices like wide screen TVs, computers, wireless devices, alternative
energy, home automation, satellite receivers, etc. He also discusses electrical services, specialty devices
like ground fault and arc fault interrupters (GFIs and AFIs), recent National Electrical
Code changes, and much more. Stay tuned for a review and accompanying quiz on David's
The Electrician's Trade Demystified.
$100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, by Chris
Guillebeau. It's a long title, but aptly descriptive according to the rave reviews posted on Amazon. Having
thoroughly enjoyed running RF Cafe for the last 15 years, I definitely recommend that you make 2015 the year
you finally jump in and start a business of your own - if that's the kind of thing you've been wanting to do.
The pay might be lousy, at least at first (and forever for that matter), but it
beats spending a lifetime doing something you really don't want to do.
An Affordable Personal
the early 1990s a decent flatbed scanner from HP cost started at about a kilobuck - the price of a nicer notebook
computer today. 3D printers are at that price point now, and in all likelihood will be in the $250 realm by
2020. You could easily justify the investment for company use and/or use it to provide an impetus for getting
your kids interested in high tech and in using computers for something other than Facebook. The
Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer is quite affordable and has the reputation of a great company to instill
confidence and very high customer ratings! Software is included for designing printable items.