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Featured Product Archive - 17

Artech HouseCambridge University PressEach 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.

Archive Page: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit
w/72 page Instruction Book

Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit -- Includes 72 page Instruction Book - RF CafeMake 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.
12/31/2014

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.
12/3/2014

The Career Guide Book
for Engineers

The Career Guide Book for Engineers - RF CafeThe 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.
11/5/2014

Spectrum and Network
Measurements

Spectrum and Network Measurements - RF CafeSpectrum 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 and S-parameters
1/14/2015

Nothing Says "It's Christmas"
Like an Iotatronized LED Tree

Velleman MK130 3D Xmas Tree - RF CafeFor 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 iotatron battery 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!
12/17/2014

RF & Microwave Toolbox App

RF & Microwave Toolbox Smartphone App - RF CafeThis 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.
11/26/2014

Featured Book -The Scientists:
A History of Science

The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors - RF CafeThe 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
1/7/2015

ARRL 2015 Handbook
for Radio Communication

ARRL 2015 Handbook for Radio Communication - RF Cafe Featured BookThe 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.
12/10/2014

The Best of Modern Marvels

The History Channel Presents The Best of Modern Marvels - RF CafeThe 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 lifetime earnings 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.
11/12/2014

The Homeowner's DIY Guide
to Electrical Wiring

The Homeowner's DIY Guide to Electrical Wiring - RF CafeDavid Herres has sharpened his pencil and written a couple new books for the DIYer tackling electrical wiring issues at home. 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.
1/21/2015

Featured Book
The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living - RF Cafe Featured BookThe $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.
12/24/2014

An Affordable Personal
3D Printer from Dremel

Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer - RF CafeIn 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.
11/19/2014

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