Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering / Edition 1

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New digital transmission systems are rapidly changing the broadcast industry and creating a demand for engineers who possess the proper technical skills. This comprehensive handbook explains DTV (digital TV) and DAR (digital audio radio) within the context of pre-existing radio and TV technologies, provides key equations and reference data used in the design, specification, and installation of broadcast transmission systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071451000
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/21/2005
  • Series: McGraw-Hill Standard Handbooks
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1104
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry C. Whitaker is a well-known author is the field of video, TV, HDTV, and radio, and President of Technical Press, Inc. Author and editor of numerous books on technical topics, he wrote the leading technical manual in television, The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering. He is also the author of Video and Television Engineers' Field Manual; DTV: The Revolution in Digital Television; The Communications Facility Design Handbook, as well as other standard references. In 2000, he was appointed Technical Director of ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee), the international, non-profit organization charged with developing voluntary standards for digital television. A Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), he currently teaches a course at UCLA on power control and distribution. He lives in Morgan Hill, California.

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Table of Contents

Frequency Bands, Propagation, and Modulation

The Electromagnetic Spectrum


Frequency Sources and References

Modulation Systems and Characteristics

Radio Transmission Systems

Radio Broadcast Systems

Radio STL Systems

Digital Radio Systems

Television Transmission Systems

Television Transmission Standards

DTV Transmission Issues

DTV Satellite Transmission

Television Transmitters

Ghost Canceling Reference Signal

Interconnection Devices and Systems

Transmission Lines

RF Combiner and Diplexer Systems

Transmitting Antennas and Systems

Radio Transmitting Antennas

Television Antenna Principles

Television Transmitting Antennas

Tower Construction and Maintenance

Tower Grounding

Radio Receivers

Receiver Characteristics

The Radio Channel

AM and FM Receivers

Television Receivers & Cable/Satellite Distribution Systems

Television Reception Principles

ATSC DTV Receiver Systems

Consumer Video and Networking Issues

Cable Television Systems

Satellite Delivery Systems

Content Distribution

Stereo Television

Receiver Antenna Systems

Adaptive Receiver Processing

RF System Maintenance

RF System Reliability Considerations

Preventing RF System Failures

Troubleshooting RF Equipment

Testing Coaxial Transmission Lines

The Smith Chart

Standby Power Systems

Test Equipment

Troubleshooting Digital Systems

Digital Test Instruments


Spectrum Analysis

Reliability Engineering

Audio Test & Measurement

Audio Measurement & Analysis

Audio Phase and Frequency Measurement

Nonlinear Audio Distortion

Time Domain Audio Measurements

Video Signal Measurement and Analysis

Video Information Concepts

Measurement of Color Displays

Camera Performance Verification

Conventional Video Measurements

Applications of the Zone Plate Signal

Picture Quality Measurement

Digital Bit Stream Analysis

DTV Transmission Performance Issues

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