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.
"Make Your Own Tube Testers and Electron Tube Equipment,"
by Gary Steinbaugh, PE, AF8L, shows audio connoisseurs and amateur radio enthusiasts how to
construct and use their own vacuum tube testers. In addition, it describes how to make electron tube
equipment, how to design high voltage supplies, how to work with metal, plastic, and glass, and
more. The reader can make a shiny new tube tester that produces laboratory-quality results for a
fraction of the price of a worn-out vintage tube tester.
Here are a couple oldies but goodies. Sage advice is timeless,
it is said, and the fact that these two books are still top sellers speaks truth to the adage.
How to Win Friends and Influence People is an oft-cited book
(usually by people that have never read it) written by tycoon Dale
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey is the other book
you might consider reading. I must confess that they really haven't helped me too much, but that's a
Kirt problem <:( Enjoy.
ARRL Antenna Book for Radio Communications has everything you need to design
your own complete antenna system. Since 1939, it has maintained its place at the forefront of Amateur
Radio technology a single resource covering antenna theory, design and construction, and practical treatments
and projects. In this edition, The ARRL Antenna Book describes hundreds of antenna designs:
wire, vertical, portable and mobile, and new high-performance VHF/UHF Yagi designs. Radio amateurs continue
to make contributions to the state of the art in antenna design and construction
Cognitive Radio: Interoperability Through Waveform Reconfiguration, by Leszek Lechowicz and Mieczyslaw
M. Kokar. In the span of a century, radio technology advanced from spark transmitters, through analog radios based on vacuum tubes to solid
state radios to finally software defined radios where most of the transmit and receive functionalities are implemented as programs running on
specialized microprocessors. In recent years, cognitive radio emerged, which combines a software-defined
Introduction to RF and Microwave Passive Components, by Richard Wallace. This authoritative
new resource provides an overview and introduction to working with RF, microwave, and high frequency components. From transmission lines,
antennas, millimeter waves, ferrites, hybrids, power dividers and filters, this book focuses on practical, time-to-market issues to help
with projects in the field. Keeping mathematics to a minimum, this comprehensive volume is packed with over 700 illustrations that help
clarify key concepts. The reader will gain an in-depth understanding of the special
The fourth book in the bestselling Artech House series by David Adamy. Like its
EW 104 presents a series of highly informative and easy-to-comprehend tutorials, along with insightful introductory and connective
material that helps you understand how each aspect fits together. This reference starts with a review of the generalities of legacy threats,
from the technical point of view, with a focus on what makes the new threats more challenging. Readers are provided with details of threats
in three major areas - Communications, Radars, and IR Threats. Market Engineers and managers responsible for designing or evaluating communications
Antenna Physics: An Introduction is written to bridge the gap between basic theory and graduate-level engineering
texts. Robert J. Zavrel, Jr, W7SX, well-known author
and professional antenna engineer, explains many of the underlying principles of antennas and antenna physics and introduces the mathematics
behind these principles. Radio amateurs are familiar with antennas and use them every day to communicate on the air. We know how long to make
a dipole or vertical antenna for a particular frequency, but do we know how the antenna really works? Note that this is not a book of "how-to"
projects, but rather a theoretical and mathematical approach to the topic ...
The use of electronically scanned phased arrays is increasing in systems such as radar, wireless networks, and
satellite ground terminals. An important and necessary component for these systems is the transmit receive (T/R) module, which provides the amplification and electronic beam steering
that is required for proper function. This new resource presents a comprehensive overview of all design, fabrication, integration, and implementation
issues associated with T/R modules for radar and communications. This book provides engineers and researchers with practical designs and 44
examples of analysis, circuits, and components ...
How to Live with an Engineer, by Camille Minichino Ph.D. If you are visiting RF Cafe, somebody you know
can probably use this book ;-) "It's hard to escape the techies that surround us, both at work and at home. We wouldn't want to live without
them: They're immensely helpful in this high-tech world, but when it comes to social and personal interactions, engineers' skills and training
often work against them.
How to Live with an Engineer is a blueprint for understanding and dealing with the slightly peculiar traits of
the techies we can't live without
Step by Step Crowdfunding: Everything You Need to Raise Money from the Crowd, by Joseph Hogue. Ever wonder how
some people raise money crowdfunding and fundraising time and again while 60% of campaigns fail? Even Hollywood fame hasn't been able to save
some crowdfunding campaigns from epic fails. It's because with all the media attention around crowdfunding, no one covers the actual process
of how to run a successful campaign! In this step-by-step guide, you will find the actual process you need from idea conception through pre-launch
and fulfillment to make your fundraising or crowdfunding campaign a success.
Angel Investor Wants You to Know: An Insider Reveals How to Get Smart Funding for Your Billion Dollar Idea, by Brian Cohen and John Kador.
Maybe 2016 will be the year you finally launch a business using a concept you have been developing. Short of trying a crowd funded scheme such
as Kickstarter, you'll probably need funding - lots of it, especially if your
idea is hardware-intensive. This popular book promises to provide "Terrific advice from a master of the angel investing game. Brian Cohen reveals
the art and craft of raising angel money. An investment in this book will pay off a thousandfold
Electronic Properties of Materials, by Rolf E. Hummel, is a text on the
electrical, optical, magnetic, and thermal properties of materials stresses concepts rather than mathematical formalism. Suitable for advanced
undergraduates, it is intended for materials and electrical engineers who want to gain a fundamental understanding of alloys, semiconductor
devices, lasers, magnetic materials, and so forth. The book is organized to be used in a one-semester course; to that end each section of applications,
after the introduction to the fundamentals of electron theory, can be read independently of the others. Many examples from engineering practice
serve to provide an understanding of common devices and methods
Cyber Monday is just four days away, so why not use it as an excuse to buy yourself or significant other
(wife, husband, teenager, college student) an introductory kit of components to join in on the
Arduino craze? Per the sales pitch: "13 circuits to explore microcontroller basics. Covering LEDs, transistors, motors, integrated circuits,
pushbuttons, variable resistors, photo resistors, temperature sensors & relays. Comes with an Arduino Uno (the latest
Arduino) prototyping bundle to make constructing your circuits and future projects easy. Printed copy of the
Arduino Experimenter's Guide."
Radio Receiver Technology: Principles, Architectures and Applications, by Ralf Rudersdorfer, covers the principles,
architectures, applications, specifications and characterizations of radio receivers In this book, the author introduces the reader to the basic
principles and theories of present-day communications receiver technology. The first section of the book presents realization concepts at the
system level, taking into consideration the various types of users. Details of the circuitry are described providing the reader with an understanding
of fully digitized radio receivers, offering an insight into the state-of-the-art. The remaining sections address radio ...
I grow up, I want to be like Joel Hallas (W1ZR) - at least when it comes to a fundamental comprehension of antennas
and transmission lines. Mr. Hallas' "The Doctor Is In" column is the first QST feature I read each month. His book, "Basic
Antennas, is a comprehensive introduction to antennas--basic concepts, practical designs, and details of easy-to-build antennas. You'll
learn how to make antennas that really work! This book will provide a foundation in antenna theory and design necessary for anyone undertaking
more advanced topics such as those presented in The ARRL Antenna Book. Includes: Dipole Antennas, Antenna Impedance, Transmission Lines, Practical
Two Element Arrays, Wideband and Multiband Antennas Reflector Antennas, Yagis for HF
vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor
Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age. Based largely on firsthand
documents including Tesla's writings, his patents and those of competitors, it credits the Croatian-born Serb, who moved to New York in 1884,
with the invention of the induction motor, long-distance electrical power distribution, fluorescent and neon lights, the first true radio tube
and remote control, besides making vital contributions to the technology underlying television, wireless communication, robotics, lasers, the
facsimile machine and particle-beam weaponry anticipating the space-based "Star Wars" defensive shield. Though often depicted as a recluse,
flamboyant nouveau-riche Tesla