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Completely revised and updated to incorporate all of the latest information available concerning this intriguing and ever-changing field, this edition of Modern Electronic Communication sets every standard for comprehensiveness, quality of presentation, and instructional approach.

Key pedagogical-features contribute to this best-selling text's popularity and effectiveness as an 'invaluable learning tool and reference.

  • TROUBLESHOOTING, very important to employers, is addressed in a separate section in every chapter to develop and enhance the readers' problem-solving skills as well as their ability to anticipate problems before they occur.
  • OBJECTIVES and INTRODUCTION at the beginning of each chapter clearly outline specific goals for the reader.
  • LIBERAL USE OF COLOR throughout the text provides necessary clarification of illustrations while adding interest and appeal.
  • EXTENSIVE PROBLEM SETS, WORKED-OUT EXAMPLES, AND END-OF-CHAPTER SUMMARIES, QUESTIONS, AND PROBLEMS (including Questions for Critical Thinking) highlight and strengthen the impact of key points.
  • KEY TERMS with definitions are highlighted in the margins as they are introduced to foster inquisitiveness and ensure retention.
  • GLOSSARY OF TERMS and DIRECTORY OF ACRONYMS at the end of the book are convenient, comprehensive, and essential references for anyone involved in the industry.

In addition all new to the seventh edition:

  • TROUBLESHOOTING WITH ELECTRONICS WORKBENCH™ MULTISIM—Each chapter contains EWB Multisim circuit simulations and troubleshooting exercises.
  • ACCOMPANYING CD-ROMbrings over 90 percent of the circuit diagrams from the text to life through Electronics Workbench software.
  • NEW CONTENT AREAS are provided to reflect developments and changes in the industry.
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An introduction to electronic communication, with chapters on aspects of the field including frequency and amplitude modulation, single-sideband communications, television, digital communications, network communications, transmission lines, antennas, microwaves, and fiber optics. Includes chapter questions and problems. This fifth edition features three new chapters, chapter objectives and summaries, and troubleshooting sections, plus a glossary and color diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130167620
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 883
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introductory Topics 2
1-1 Introduction 4
1-2 The dB in Communications 7
1-3 Noise 11
1-4 Noise Designation and Calculation 18
1-5 Noise Measurement 25
1-6 Information and Bandwidth 27
1-7 LC Circuits 35
1-8 Oscillators 44
1-9 Troubleshooting 52
1-10 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 58
Summary 60
Questions and Problems 61
Chapter 2 Amplitude Modulation: Transmission 68
2-1 Introduction 70
2-2 Amplitude Modulation Fundamentals 70
2-3 Percentage Modulation 76
2-4 AM Analysis 78
2-5 Circuits for AM Generation 83
2-6 AM Transmitter Systems 91
2-7 Transmitter Measurements 95
2-8 Troubleshooting 101
2-9 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 107
Summary 109
Questions and Problems 109
Chapter 3 Amplitude Modulation: Reception 114
3-1 Receiver Characteristics 116
3-2 AM Detection 119
3-3 Superheterodyne Receivers 125
3-4 Superheterodyne Tuning 127
3-5 Superheterodyne Analysis 131
3-6 Automatic Gain Control 138
3-7 AM Receiver Systems 141
3-8 Troubleshooting 149
3-9 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 154
Summary 156
Questions and Problems 157
Chapter 4 Single-Sideband Communications 160
4-1 Single-Sideband Characteristics 162
4-2 Sideband Generation: The Balanced Modulator 165
4-3 SSB Filters 169
4-4 SSB Transmitters 173
4-5 SSB Demodulation 181
4-6 SSB Receivers 183
4-7 Troubleshooting 185
4-8 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 194
Summary 196
Questions and Problems 196
Chapter 5 Frequency Modulation: Transmission 200
5-1 Angle Modulation 202
5-2 A Simple FM Generator 203
5-3 FM Analysis 207
5-4 Noise Suppression 216
5-5 Direct FM Generation 223
5-6 Indirect FM Generation 229
5-7 Phase-Locked Loop FM Transmitter 231
5-8 Stereo FM 234
5-9 FM Transmissions 237
5-10 Troubleshooting 238
5-11 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 246
Summary 248
Questions and Problems 248
Chapter 6 Frequency Modulation: Reception 254
6-1 Block Diagram 256
6-2 RF Amplifiers 257
6-3 Limiters 259
6-4 Discriminators 261
6-5 Phase-Locked Loop 267
6-6 Stereo Demodulation 275
6-7 FM Receivers 279
6-8 Troubleshooting 282
6-9 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 287
Summary 289
Questions and Problems 289
Chapter 7 Communications Techniques 292
7-1 Introduction 294
7-2 Frequency Conversion 294
7-3 Special Techniques 298
7-4 Receiver Noise, Sensitivity, and Dynamic Range Relationships 304
7-5 Frequency Synthesis 309
7-6 Direct Signal Synthesis 320
7-7 FM Communications Transceivers 322
7-8 Spread-Spectrum Techniques 344
7-9 Troubleshooting 346
7-10 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 349
Summary 353
Questions and Problems 353
Chapter 8 Digital Communications: Coding Techniques 356
8-1 Introduction 358
8-2 Alphanumeric Codes 359
8-3 Pulse-Code Modulation 362
8-4 Digital Signal Encoding Formats 379
8-5 Coding Principles 383
8-6 Code Error Detection and Correction 387
8-7 Troubleshooting 397
8-8 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 399
Summary 402
Questions and Problems 402
Chapter 9 Digital Communications: Transmission 406
9-1 Introduction 408
9-2 Background Material for Digital Communications 408
9-3 Bandwidth Considerations 416
9-4 Digital Modulation Techniques 417
9-5 Delta and Pulse Modulation 428
9-6 Time-Division Multiple Access (TDMA) 439
9-7 Data Transmission 441
9-8 Telemetry 443
9-9 Computer Communication 448
9-10 Troubleshooting 456
9-11 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 458
Summary 461
Questions and Problems 461
Chapter 10 Network Communications 466
10-1 Introduction 468
10-2 Basic Telephone Operation 468
10-3 Cellular Phone and PCS Systems 477
10-4 Local Area Networks 483
10-5 Assembling a LAN 489
10-6 LAN Interconnection 493
10-7 Internet 495
10-8 IP Telephony 496
10-9 Interfacing the Networks 498
10-10 Troubleshooting 504
10-11 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 506
Summary 508
Questions and Problems 509
Chapter 11 Transmission Line 512
11-1 Introduction 514
11-2 Types of Transmission Lines 514
11-3 Electrical Characteristics of Transmission Lines 521
11-4 Propagation of DC Voltage Down a Line 526
11-5 Nonresonant Line 531
11-6 Resonant Transmission Line 532
11-7 Standing Wave Ratio 540
11-8 The Smith Chart 544
11-9 Transmission Line Applications 553
11-10 Troubleshooting 557
11-11 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 560
Summary 563
Questions and Problems 564
Chapter 12 Wave Propagation 568
12-1 Electrical to Electromagnetic Conversion 570
12-2 Electromagnetic Waves 570
12-3 Waves Not in Free Space 573
12-4 Ground- and Space-Wave Propagation 576
12-5 Sky-Wave Propagation 579
12-6 Satellite Communications 586
12-7 Troubleshooting 593
12-8 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 596
Summary 598
Questions and Problems 598
Chapter 13 Antennas 602
13-1 Basic Antenna Theory 604
13-2 Half-Wave Dipole (Hertz) Antenna 604
13-3 Radiation Resistance 610
13-4 Antenna Feed Lines 613
13-5 Vertical (Marconi) Antenna 616
13-6 Antenna Arrays 621
13-7 Special-Purpose Antennas 624
13-8 Troubleshooting 628
13-9 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 635
Summary 639
Questions and Problems 639
Chapter 14 Waveguides and Radar 644
14-1 Comparison of Transmission Systems 646
14-2 Types of Waveguides 647
14-3 Physical Picture of Waveguide Propagation 651
14-4 Other Types of Waveguides 653
14-5 Other Waveguide Considerations 655
14-6 Termination and Attenuation 659
14-7 Directional Coupler 661
14-8 Coupling Waveguide Energy and Cavity Resonators 662
14-9 Radar 666
14-10 Microintegrated Circuit Waveguiding 671
14-11 Troubleshooting 673
14-12 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 675
Summary 678
Questions and Problems 679
Chapter 15 Microwaves and Lasers 684
15-1 Microwave Antennas 686
15-2 Microwave Tubes 692
15-3 Solid-State Microwave Devices 699
15-4 Ferrites 707
15-5 Low-Noise Amplification 714
15-6 Lasers 717
15-7 Troubleshooting 720
15-8 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 724
Summary 727
Questions and Problems 728
Chapter 16 Television 732
16-1 Introduction 734
16-2 Transmitter Principles 734
16-3 Transmitter/Receiver Synchronization 737
16-4 Resolution 740
16-5 The Television Signal 742
16-6 Television Receivers 743
16-7 The Front End and IF Amplifiers 744
16-8 The Video Section 750
16-9 Sync and Deflection 751
16-10 Principles of Color Television 754
16-11 Sound and Picture Improvements 761
16-12 Digital Television 763
16-13 Troubleshooting 767
16-14 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 770
Summary 773
Questions and Problems 773
Chapter 17 Fiber Optics 778
17-1 Introduction 780
17-2 The Nature of Light 782
17-3 Optical Fibers 786
17-4 Fiber Attenuation and Dispersion 791
17-5 Optical Components 795
17-6 Fiber Connections and Splices 805
17-7 System Design and Operational Issues 808
17-8 Cabling and Construction 813
17-9 Optical Networking 816
17-10 Safety 824
17-11 Troubleshooting 825
17-12 Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim 829
Summary 831
Questions and Problems 831
Appendix A 835
Glossary 843
Acronyms and Abbreviations 861
Index 869
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We are excited about the many improvements to this edition of Modern Electronic Communication and we trust you will share our enthusiasm as they are briefly described. The seventh edition maintains the tradition of the sixth, including up-to-date coverage of the latest in electronic communications, readable text, and many features that aid student comprehension.

This edition has expanded the Troubleshooting section by including Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench ™ Multisim. This is accompanied by an Electronics Workbench Multisim CD-ROM, which is packaged with the text. The CD now contains all circuits from the text based on the latest version of Electronics Workbench Multisim. These valuable tools enable the student to simulate laboratory conditions at any convenient time and to stimulate the learning process.


  • The most up-to-date treatment of digital and data communications
  • The addition of "Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench™ Multisim" in each chapter
  • Extensive troubleshooting sections
  • Numerous questions and problems, including a section for each chapter entitled "Questions for Critical Thinking" designed to sharpen analytical skills
  • All circuits from the book are simulated on a full-function Electronics Workbench (EWB) Multisim CD. Additional circuits provide interactive, hands-on troubleshooting exercises.
  • Key terms and definitions highlighted in the margins as they are introduced in the text
  • Complete directory of acronyms and abbreviations at the end of the book Numerous worked-out examples
  • Extensive problem sets
  • Color photos of typical industrial equipment
  • Chapter outlines, objectives, and key terms identified at the beginning of each chapter
  • Summary of key points following each chapter
  • Comprehensive glossary at the end of the book


  • The dB in communications
  • Understanding the frequency spectra
  • Explanation and examples of the FFT (fast Fourier transform)
  • Digital sampling oscilloscope waveforms
  • Updated review of single-sideband communications
  • CRC coding
  • Hamming distance
  • Expanded digital communications coverage
  • Time-division multiple access
  • Data transmission
  • Updated section on modern telephone networks
  • PCS (personal communication services)
  • Updated coverage of local area networks
  • xDSL (digital subscriber line services)
  • Voiceover IP (Internet telephony)
  • WAP (wireless application protocol)
  • Updated discussion of UTP (unshielded twisted pair)
  • Introduction to the basics of DTV (digital television)
  • Significantly updated fiber-optics chapter
  • System design of a fiber installation
  • Optical networking
  • OTDR measurements and trace analysis
  • Appendix A: Electronics Workbench™ Multisim Tutorial


CHAPTER OPENER—Each chapter begins with a color photo related to content, a chapter outline, a list of objectives, and key terms being introduced. An example is shown in Figure P1.
WORKED EXAMPLES—Numerous worked-out examples are included in every chapter, as shown in Figure P-2. These examples serve to reinforce key concepts and aid in subject mastery.
TROUBLESHOOTING—Every chapter contains an extensive troubleshooting section. An illustration is provided in Figure P-2. Notice that areas of expected student mastery are highlighted. Students are very interested in applying knowledge gained by "fixing" real-world systems. Their comprehension is improved in this process. Equally important, employers and accrediting agencies strongly encourage emphasis on troubleshooting skills.
TROUBLESHOOTING WITH ELECTRONICS WORKBENCHMULTISIM—Every chapter ends with an EWB circuit simulation and troubleshooting exercise as well as end-of-chapter exercises incorporating Electronics Workbench Multisim.
FULL COLOR FORMAT—Color is used throughout as an aid to comprehension and to make the material more visually stimulating. A representative use of color is shown in Figure P-4.
KEY TERMS DEFINED—The important new terms and concepts are defined in the margins near where they are introduced in the text. An illustration is shown in Figure P-4. Having the key terms presented in this way allows the student to quickly access, review, and understand new concepts and terminology.
END-OF-CHAPTER MATERIAL—Each chapter concludes with a summary of key concepts, an extensive problem set, a section entitled "Questions for Critical Thinking," and chapter exercises incorporating Electronics Workbench™ Multisim. An illustration of how this material is presented can be seen in Figure P-5. The questions and problems are very comprehensive and are keyed to the appropriate chapter section. An asterisk next to the question number indicates that a particular question has been provided by the FCC as a study aid for licensing examinations. In addition, the answer to quantitative problems is provided in parentheses following the question. Worked-out solutions to selected problems are available in the Instructor's Manual.
GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS—The end-of-book material includes an extensive glossary and list of acronyms. These important tools are illustrated in Figure P-6. Acronyms are widely used in electronic communications and are often a source of confusion for students. This listing solves the problem by offering a quickly accessible description.
CD-ROM INCLUDED—Over 90 percent of the circuits from the text plus additional circuits for troubleshooting are provided on this EWB Multisim software, available free of charge.


  • Laboratory Manual with System Projects and accompanying CD-ROM, by Jeffrey S. Beasley and Michael Fairbanks
  • Laboratory Manual with accompanying CD-ROM, by Mark E. Oliver
  • Learning Electronics Communications Through Experimentation Using Electronics Workbench™ Multisim with accompanying CD-ROM, by Richard H. Berube
  • Companion Website ( featuring simulation circuits using EWB Multisim and practice test questions
  • Instructor's Manual featuring:
    - Chapter Overviews
    - Test Item File
    - Worked-out solutions to quantitative problems appearing in the text
    - Laboratory Manual experiment results
    - CD-ROM containing PowerPoint slides of all figures in the text
  • Prentice Hall Test Manager


Many people have provided constructive criticism for the earlier six editions of Modern Electronic Communication, and we truly appreciate the input that all have had. A special thanks to Don Montgomery of ITT Technical Institute for his significant contribution to the sixth edition. A special thanks to Jim Andress, Charlie Solie, and Dr. Russ Jedlika for their significant contributions to the seventh edition. Those who provided valuable assistance in reviewing the seventh edition are Sami Al-Salman, ITT Technical Institute, Oxnard, CA; James P Andress, Las Cruces, NM; Armond Badkerhanian, ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar, CA; Richard E. Benge, ITT Technical Institute, Henderson, NV; David Brett, ITT Technical Institute, Youngstown, OH; Donnin Custer, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA; Alan Green, ITT Technical Institute, Austin, TX; Jack Hughes and Roger W. Lyons, ITT Technical Institute, Maitland, FL; Francis Reyes, ITT Technical Institute, Hayward, CA; and Lhoucine Zerrouki, ITT Technical Institute, Seattle, WA. Finally, we'd like to thank our families for their continuing support and patience.

Gary M. Miller and Jeffrey S. Beasley

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