RF CIRCUIT DESIGN BOOK

This book provides an insight into techniques that are commonly used in the design of circuitry and components for modern RF communications equipment. Although the emphasis is on equipment or circuits that are part of communication systems, information is provided on a variety of general electronic design topics.

It is assumed that the reader has a general understanding of basic electronic concepts, such as that required to pass the U.S. General or the Canadian Advanced Amateur exam. No special mathematical skills should be necessary to make use of the material that is presented - basic Grade 10 algebra will be sufficient. No calculus will be used at any time. Some basic trigonometry is required in a few places, but a simple tutorial on the necessary concepts is provided in one of the Appendices.

This is not intended to be a formal text book with rigorous explanations, derivations, and difficult mathematics. It is assumed that the reader would prefer to get a good understanding of how circuits work, with just enough detail so that designs can be analyzed in a basic manner. Where appropriate, approximations and “rules of thumb” will be disclosed that can often simplify the design process. The book includes many design examples.

It is assumed that the reader has a general understanding of basic electronic concepts, such as that required to pass the U.S. General or the Canadian Advanced Amateur exam. No special mathematical skills should be necessary to make use of the material that is presented - basic Grade 10 algebra will be sufficient. No calculus will be used at any time. Some basic trigonometry is required in a few places, but a simple tutorial on the necessary concepts is provided in one of the Appendices.

This is not intended to be a formal text book with rigorous explanations, derivations, and difficult mathematics. It is assumed that the reader would prefer to get a good understanding of how circuits work, with just enough detail so that designs can be analyzed in a basic manner. Where appropriate, approximations and “rules of thumb” will be disclosed that can often simplify the design process. The book includes many design examples.

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TOPICS COVERED

AC Signal Specification

Voltage and Current Sources

RC Coupling and Time Constant

Small Signal Amplifiers

Power Amplifiers

DC Amplifiers

Operational
Amplifiers

Complex Impedances

Manipulating Complex Numbers

Coordinate Transformation

Passive and Active Filters

Transmission Lines

Microstrip
and Stripline Components

Attenuators

Reflections

Scattering Parameters

Smith Charts

Matching Networks

Mixers, Multipliers, and Modulators

Digital Logic

Frequency Multipliers and Dividers

Phase-Locked
Loops

Frequency Synthesis

Voice and Data Modulation and Demodulation

Antenna Gain, Directivity and Path Loss

RF Field Safety Considerations

RF
Amplifier Design

Transmitters

Receivers

Intermod