RF Stencils for Visio v2 will not work with Visio 5 or earlier versions. It has
been verified to work in Visio 2000 through 2010. See the known issues info a the bottom of this page.
The original version 1 (v1) that is not colored can still be purchased if desired for
$20, since some people do not want color. Both sets of stencils can be had for $35. If you want the
Shapes for Word as well, the entire set of three costs just $45.
Of course if you have the non-colored version, you can always just add your own color. However, some of the newer symbols have been changed
a bit, and entirely new symbols have been added. Most of the stencils are for RF, microwave, and wireless drawings, but a few are included for
standard electronic schematics since often the two types are combined. Visio has a lot of built-in symbols for electronics.
The block diagram at the right is an example of what can be done with the new symbols. Connection points are provided on everything for exploiting
Visio's built-in Connector lines that automatically follow a symbol if it is moved on the page (it's easy enough to add them yourself to the
v1 version). Combined with the selection of objects supplied with the Visio software, everything you need to create presentation quality drawings
ARRL Handbook Symbols!
The EIA standard equipment rack and test equipment stencils now have text that scales with the stencil as it is varied. Doing so required
modifying the ShapeSheets with an equation in the text size field. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth the effort. The v1 stencils required
you to manually re-size the text if you resized the racks or TE. As with the other v2 components, color has been added to everything.
As with the v1 rack & TE stencils, they are built full-size at a 1:1 scale, so everything is directly measurable without scaling. Your
page size is set to the real-life size and everything will fit exactly as it would if you printed it out full-size. Of course, you can tell
Visio to print it to fit on a standard size piece of paper.
Example of the Racks and Test Equipment
To right and left are screen captures of the actual Stencil windows that show all the available components. RF Stencils for Visio v1 had
two versions of most components - both horizontally and vertically oriented - in order to accommodate the grouped text fields for parameter
Equipment Rack / Test Equipment Visio Stencils
Coupler / Divider / Circulator / Isolator Visio Stencils
RF Connector Visio Stencils
Attenuator / Termination Visio Stencils
Antenna Visio Stencils
A2D / D2A Converter Visio Stencils
Amplifier Visio Stencils
Tube Base Visio Stencils
Switch Visio Stencils
Transistor / Diode Visio Stencils
AC / DC Power Supply Visio Stencils
Resistor / Capacitor / Inductor Visio Stencils
Mixer / Modulator / Detector Visio Stencils
Filter Visio Stencils
Substrate Stack Visio Stencils
Rather than clutter the stencil selection with essentially redundant components, a single version is provided, and the specification text,
where applicable, is provided as a separate component. You can of course add your own text objects to the drawing, just as you can add any other
type of Visio built-in objects.
RF Cafe visitor Bob Stewart has generously made this
fine handheld digital multimeter (DMM) Visio model available at no charge. Click on the image to download it.
Says Bob: "I needed a Handheld DMM stencil, so I created one loosely modeled on a Fluke 289. Attached is a *.vsd file containing two
versions -- the "Original" is grouped, but editable; the Metafile version is scalable (created by copying the original and doing a "Paste Special"
in metafile format). "
How to open these stencils in Visio 2010?
Make certain that the Color Themes are set to "None" **
In Visio 2013, you will probably need to change the File Block Settings that
have been added in 2013 for security purposes. Please see the Microsoft support page for detailed instructions on
File Block Settings (it's easy to do).