Fundamentals of Ground Radar: For Air Traffic Control Engineers and Technicians

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This is a standard reference for FAA and military air traffic control engineers and maintenance technicians focused on ground-based radar systems. With the evolution and increasing sophistication of modern radar systems, now more than ever a single-source reference is needed that contains simply understandable information on MTI, MTD, and Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon systems. There is a downside to the drive away from knowledge-based problem solving...massive increases in costs and waste inherent in the idea of lowest replaceable units. Fewer technicians are expected to manage more systems while knowing less about their equipment. This unique training and reference text will not only provide answers for day-to-day tasks, it will also help allay cost increases and waste.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891121753
  • Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Pages: 476
  • Sales rank: 1,112,643
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald D. Bouwman has amassed 51 years of experience in radar systems. He began his career in air traffic control radar in the United States Air Force as a ground control approach radar repairman. He continued in the field, holding various positions including picket-ship electronics technician on the Atlantic Missile Range, Titan I Missile System ground electronics installation technician, FAA radar technician, senior publications engineer at ITT Gilfillan, FAA technician and technical expert, FAA Academy radar instructor, FAA field office manager, and FAA Academy contract instructor. Ronald has maintained a variety of interests throughout his life, including artistic work, writing, and mechanical and electrical device technology.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustration

Ch. 1 Radar's Rich History and Development 1

Ch. 2 The Professional Radar Engineer/Technician 17

Ch. 3 Logarithms, DeciBels, and Power 25

Ch. 4 The Science Behind Radar 33

Ch. 5 Magnetron versus Synthesis 53

Ch. 6 Circuitry and Hardware 63

Ch. 7 Secondary Radar Systems 97

Ch. 8 Microwave Transmission Lines and Cavities 143

Ch. 9 Radar Synchronizers 177

Ch. 10 Radar Transmitters 195

Ch. 11 Radar Receivers 245

Ch. 12 Moving Target Indicators and the Doppler Effect 277

Ch. 13 An MTI Processor 325

Ch. 14 The Moving Target Detector MTI System 347

Ch. 15 Radar Displays 385

Appendix A Annotated Glossary 428

Appendix B Major Equations 465

Appendix C Conversions and Constants 469

Appendix D Government Nomenclatures 471

Appendix E Radar Frequencies 472

Appendix F Greek Alphabet in Radar 473

Appendix G Technical Expression 474

Appendix H Trigonometry 476

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