Beginner's Handbook Of Amateur Radio / Edition 4

Beginner's Handbook Of Amateur Radio / Edition 4

by Clay Laster, Clay Lester

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ISBN-10: 0071361871

ISBN-13: 9780071361873

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: T A B Books

Essential A-to-Z Ham Radio Guide

The revised edition of the most trusted guide in ham radio is here just in time to help you pass the new No-Code Technician Class exams! Used by thousands of ham operators to set up their first shortwave transmitters and to get their licenses, Clay Laster's Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio, Fourth Edition delivers all the


Essential A-to-Z Ham Radio Guide

The revised edition of the most trusted guide in ham radio is here just in time to help you pass the new No-Code Technician Class exams! Used by thousands of ham operators to set up their first shortwave transmitters and to get their licenses, Clay Laster's Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio, Fourth Edition delivers all the guidance you need — from radio and electronics fundamentals needed to set up a transmitter to the newest equipment to revisions to the Federal Communications Commission rules and tests. If you want to communicate over the airwaves both locally and globally and listen in on conversations heard by very few, take this book home, and it will take you into the realm of communication, new friends, good times, and technical mastery beyond your dreams.

You get:
Understandable instruction in wave propagation, power supplies, and electronic circuits
Complete study guide for getting your Novice Operator or No-Code Technician Class licenses
Study hints for preparing for FCC exams
Shortwave operator's do's-and-don't's, practices and procedures
Appendix packed with 250 sample examination questions and answers

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction to Amateur Radio1
Who Can Become a Ham Radio Operator?1
New Avenues into Amateur Radio2
About Amateur Radio2
A History of Amateur Radio3
Early pioneers3
Beginning of amateur radio5
First licenses for amateur radio operators7
The death knell for amateur radio8
The golden age of amateur radio9
Amateur Radio--A Scientific Hobby11
Amateur Radio Public Service12
The Path into Amateur Radio--The Technician Class License15
Chapter 2How to Prepare for the FCC Technician Class Examination19
The Federal Communications Commission21
The FCC Volunteer Examiner Program22
FCC Amateur Radio Operating Classes22
The Amateur Radio Frequency Spectrum23
FCC Rules and Regulations25
Part 97: Amateur Radio Service25
Amateur Call-Sign Allocations55
How to Learn International Morse Code58
What is Morse Code?58
How code is transmitted59
Who can learn Morse code?61
The FCC Written Examinations67
The VEC question pool67
Scheduling the examination69
Taking the examination69
Chapter 3Radio Communications Theory71
The Radio Circuit--Transmitter to Receiver73
The Electromagnetic Spectrum74
Frequency and wavelength76
The radio frequency spectrum78
Wave propagation80
Types of Propagation80
The Effects of the Ionosphere on Radio Communications82
Ionospheric layers83
Sunspots affect the ionosphere83
High sunspot activity84
Propagation characteristics of the ionosphere85
Nighttime propagation conditions87
Chapter 4Principles of Electricity and Magnetism89
Fundamentals of Electricity91
Atoms and matter92
Negative and positive charges93
Electricity--the flow of electrons93
Units of voltage and current94
Conductors and insulators95
Resistance and resistors95
Some Basic Electrical Laws98
Ohm's law99
Resistors in series100
Resistors in parallel100
Series-parallel combinations101
Current flow in series dc circuits101
IR voltage drops104
Current flow in parallel dc circuits105
The magnetic field106
Temporary and permanent magnets107
Magnetomotive force (MMF)108
Electromagnetic induction109
Alternating current and voltage109
The ac sine wave109
ac circuits111
Capacitors and Capacitance112
How capacitors work114
Capacitor voltage ratings115
Connecting capacitors in parallel115
Connecting capacitors in series116
Capacitive reactance116
Phase angle of capacitors118
Testing capacitors118
Inductors and Inductance119
Series inductors121
Parallel inductors121
Inductive reactance, X[subscript L]123
Phase angle of inductors123
Basic transformer concepts125
Testing inductors and transformers with a multimeter127
ac Circuit Analysis128
Impedance and phase angles128
Resonance and tuned circuits129
The Q of resonant circuits131
Power Relationships131
Power in a dc circuit132
Power in an ac circuit132
Maximum power transfer134
Chapter 5Tubes and Semiconductors135
Vacuum Tubes139
Thermionic Emission139
General Types of Vacuum Tubes141
The diode as an ac rectifier143
How triodes work145
Triode amplification action147
Limitations of triodes148
Tetrodes and Pentodes149
The tetrode149
Limitations of the tetrode150
The pentode151
The pentode as an amplifier152
Beam-power tubes153
Gas-filled tubes153
Cathode-ray tubes154
Diodes, Transistors, and Other Semiconductor Devices154
n-type semiconductor156
p-type semiconductor156
How semiconductor devices are made156
The pn junction157
How diodes work160
Reverse bias161
Diode circuits162
Special-Purpose Diodes164
The zener diode165
The varactor diode166
Bipolar transistor construction169
npn transistor operation169
pnp transistor operation171
Common-base amplifying circuits171
Common-emitter amplifier circuits174
Common-emitter design considerations176
Variations in transistor characteristics179
Voltage gain of common-emitter amplifier circuits180
Frequency limitations of transistors181
The common-collector configuration182
Summary of transistor characteristics184
Transistor testing184
Transistor testing with ohmmeters185
Field-Effect Transistors187
The junction field-effect transistor188
Characteristics of junction field-effect transistors189
JFET circuit configurations190
Insulated-gate field-effect transistors192
Depletion-mode IGFET operation192
Enhancement-mode insulated-gate field-effect transistors194
Care and handling of insulated-gate semiconductor devices196
Optoelectronic Devices197
Light-emitting diodes199
LCD displays199
Integrated Circuits200
Types of integrated circuits200
A typical IC--the 555 timer202
Packaging of integrated circuits202
Linear and digital integrated circuits202
Chapter 6Power Supplies205
Power-Supply Design Considerations209
The power transformer209
Rectifier circuits210
Filter circuits213
Electronic voltage regulators218
A word of caution223
Chapter 7Electronic Circuits227
Audio- and Radio-Frequency Amplifiers232
Basic Types of Amplifiers234
The ideal amplifier234
The Decibel236
Voltage and Current Ratios in Decibels239
Amplifier Power Levels242
Class-A, -B, -AB, and -C Amplifiers243
Amplifier Efficiency of Operation244
Interstage Coupling Techniques245
Direct coupling245
Resistance-capacitance (RC) coupling247
Transformer coupling247
Impedance coupling247
Push-Pull Operation248
Integrated-Circuit Amplifiers249
An IC Audio Amplifier for the Ham Shack250
The Oscillator: An Amplifier with Feedback253
The Basic Oscillator Circuit254
Oscillator Characteristics255
The Tuned LC Oscillator255
Oscillator Circuits257
Chapter 8Introduction to Radio Transmitters269
The CW Transmitter275
The Master Oscillator Power Amplifier Transmitter276
Amplitude-Modulated Transmitters280
Conventional AM transmitters280
AM carrier and sideband signals282
Single-Sideband Modulation283
Frequency Modulation288
FM transmitters289
Transmitter Performance Tests290
Transmitter frequency measurements290
Frequency counters291
Transmitter power measurements292
Chapter 9Introduction to Radio Receivers295
Receiver Basics298
Selection or selectivity300
Demodulation or detection301
Simple Receivers302
Tuned radio-frequency (TRF) receivers302
Direct-conversion receivers303
The Superheterodyne Receiver305
RF amplifiers307
Local oscillators307
Regenerative-detector receivers310
IF amplifiers310
Detectors and beat-frequency oscillators312
Automatic gain control312
S meters313
Interference and Receiver Limitations313
Receiver Overload314
Harmonic Signals315
Constructing the "Sudden" 160- to 20-Meter Direct Conversion Receiver315
FM Receivers319
Chapter 10All about Transmission Lines and Antennas323
Transmission Line Basics326
Types of Transmission Lines327
Twin-lead lines327
Coaxial transmission lines328
Standing Waves329
Standing-wave ratios329
High-Frequency Antennas332
Half-wave doublet (or dipole) antenna333
Safety and other considerations340
Multiband antennas347
Vertical antennas350
Beam antennas351
Station Wiring Diagrams355
Chapter 11RF Radiation Safety and Radio Communications Practices and Procedures357
Radio Frequency Environmental Safety Practices361
Determining Compliance with FCC RF Safety Rules and Regulations365
General RF safety recommendations367
Radio Communications Practices368
Station installation368
Station layout369
Station wiring370
Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI)371
Elimination of RFI371
How to Use Test Equipment373
Meter movements373
The multimeter377
Operating Procedures377
Operating courtesy378
CW or telegraph procedures379
Q signals379
The RST signal-reporting system380
Prosigns and standard abbreviations380
A Typical Contact on the Technician Bands380
Appendix A.Element 2--Technician Class Examination Question Pool385
Appendix B.The W5YI RF Safety Tables485

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