Here is a list of recommended books related to radio broadcasting and electronics in general
The Arrl handbook for radio communications 2022
This is now split into 6 books and they are all precious. The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications has been the bible of amateur radio since 1926. However, due to its extremely good coverage of electronics basics, antenna theory, receiver and transmitter techniques and many others it represents an absolutely must have item for every engineer of electronics and any serious hobbyist interested in electronics and radio in particular.
The 83rd edition carries on in the tradition set by prior editions by providing an outstanding overview of practical electronics as well as a wide range of information and over 60 projects on radio communications.
Fully half of the handbook covers practical radio design and related projects. This section of the handbook starts off with a chapter on safety practices for radio communications that discusses antenna and tower safety, electrical wiring including grounding, RF radiation, and other dangers encountered in radio (it’s amazing how many chemical hazards there are in a radio shack!).
The rest of the design and projects section covers virtually everything in modern communications, from the characteristics of components at RF frequencies to power supplies and from communications filters to radio wave propagation. In each chapter, there is a review of the basic theory on the topic followed by projects that apply the theory. In addition, the projects are of practical items that the radio amateur will need.
For example, the chapter on Antennas discusses the theory of how antennas work. Following a discussion of dipoles and half-wave antennas, there are four projects for building dipole antennas for HF operation on various bands. There is similar information for vertical, yagi, and quad antennas, as well as discussions about antennas for mobile operations; each followed by one or more projects.
The Handbook includes chapters on construction techniques including information on electronics components, how to use common electronics tools, circuit construction tips, electronics test instruments, and electronic system troubleshooting and repair techniques. There are several related projects, including a frequency counter and several signal generators.
The ARRL Handbook bills itself as “The comprehensive RF Engineering Reference.” I believe the handbook lives up to this statement and more. As a practicing RF engineer in the past, I can attest to the usefulness of the handbook to radio technicians and radio engineers. My team and I referred to the ARRL Handbook constantly in designing and maintaining MF, HF, VHF, and UHF installations.
The Art Of Electronics
Another hot item you should definitely have on your book shelf together with ARRL handbook. ‘The best self-teaching book and reference book in electronics … The beauty and fun of electronics shows through.’ Covers all fields, including radio Communication.
‘Full of clever circuits and sharp insights, but with a surprising minimum of mathematics … The depth is genuine, as is the richness of examples, data and apt tricks.’
‘Far and away the finest book on the subject of electronics … in the last decade. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone whose research or experiments require some electronics.’ Optical Engineering
“Far and away the finest book on the subject of electronics…in the last decade.” Optical Engineering
“A delightful book…The circuits actually work, the schematics are all readable.” Review of Scientific Instruments
“This book is filled with a tremendous diversity of valuable information. More importantly, this book is a joy to read…It’s not at all like studying–it’s too much fun.” EDN (News Edition)
“This book provides a painless way to learn about electronic design. It is also a good read for those already experienced in electronics.” EDN (Magazine Edition)
“..it comes as close as any book we’ve seen to fulfilling the promise inherent in its title…written as though to educate the novice, but practicing engineers will encounter many useful tidbits they didn’t know, hadn’t thought about, or had long forgotten.” Analog Dialogue
“…a refreshingly simple, practical and comprehensive textbook on the subject of electronic circuit behavior and design…one of the few contemporary practical reference handbooks on electronic design basics.” Physics in Canada
“A lovely book, it covers a wealth of electronic topics in a very readable style.” Richard Morin, Sunexpert
“The second volume carries on une grande tradition as well as adding 400 new pages to the original (already massive) text. It is, without doubt, the book for the practical engineer. No cerebral theorizing here, no long sections of abstruse mathematical derivations; just page after page of solid empirical engineering. It is also light hearted and anecdotal, with some wonderful pages of bad ciruit ‘howlers’ that the authors have encountered.” John V. Hatfield, IJEEE
“…an excellent general electronic textbook.” Poptronics
The Arrl Antenna Book (19th Ed./Bk&CD-ROM)
The ARRL Antenna Book is a modern classic. Like the current FCC Part 97 that you should have, the ARRL Antenna Book should be right there on your shelf beside it. If you are an amateur radio operator or a FM or AM broadvaster, this book has top flight, rock solid information on antenna construction, design, evaluation, and applications for all bands of radio communication. But if you’re a beginner, this book is also a great place to start. It’s a very solid introduction to antenna theory, but is also loaded with practical hints on long wires, dipoles, beams, stealth antennas, tuners, home-builts, QRP antennas and more. The software disk is included. Buy the ARRL Antenna Book, and you’ll be ready to evaluate, buy or build almost any antenna, on any band.
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