Electronic Communications for Technicians

ISBN-10: 0131130498

ISBN-13: 9780131130494

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Tom Wheeler

List price: $164.40
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Written by a technician for technicians, this book fills the gap between communications books that are either highly mathematical (suitable for engineers) or technically weak (not enough detail for technical learners). Using an algebra-based approach that does NOT sacrifice depth of coverage, it uses plain language and an abundance of examples and case studies to explore real circuits, systems, and their troubleshooting.Coverage includes electronic communications technologies, beginning with coverage of signals and modulation methods and ranging through the most current communications techniques, including cellular, PCS, GPS, and HDTV, and TCP/IP. The text gives comprehensive troubleshooting information as well as instruction in the correct use of test equipment in the field.This textbook is appropriate for undergraduate studies in analog and digital electronic communications and networking fundamentals, especially those courses aimed at practitioners in the field (technicians), but also possibly engineering technologists. It can be used to fulfill both analog and digital communications tracks in a curriculum.
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List price: $164.40
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 4/8/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.894
Language: English

Introduction to RF Communications
Communication Systems
A Simple Radio System
The Need for Modulation
A Practical Radio System
The Radio-Frequency Spectrum
Digital Communications
How to Troubleshoot Systems
Signal Analysis
Two Domains
Complex Waveforms
Noise Sources
Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Noise Figure
Noise Reduction Techniques
Fourier Series for Common Waveforms
Amplitude Modulation
Generating an AM Signal
Measuring AM Signals in the Time Domain
Frequency Domain AM Analysis
Power and Efficiency
Spectrum Analyzer Measurements
AM Transmitters
Low- and High-Level Transmitters
Oscillator Theory
Three Oscillators
Crystal-Controlled Oscillators
RF Amplifiers
RF Modulators
High-Level Transmitter Circuit Analysis
Measuring Transmitter Performance
Troubleshooting Transmitters
AM Receivers
Receiver Operation
AM Detection
The TRF Receiver
The Superheterodyne Reciever
Superheterodyne Receiver Circuit Analysis
Integrated Circuit Receivers
Alignment of Receivers
Troubleshooting Receivers
Single Sideband Systems
SSB Versus AM: Types of Sideband Signals
SSB Signal Generation: Filter Method
SSB Signal Generation: Phasing and DSP Methods
Frequency-Agile SSB Transmitters
SSB Receivers
SSB Transceivers
Systems for Frequency Generation
The Phase-Locked Loop
PLL Synthesizers
How Software Controls a PLL Synthesizer
DDS Synthesizers
A Complete Frequency Synthesizer
Troubleshooting Frequency Synthesizers
Frequency Modulation: Transmission
A Simple FM Transmitter
FM Signal Analysis
Frequency Modulated Oscillators
Three FM Transmitters
Special Topics
A Simple FM Broadcast Transmitter
FM Stereo and SCA Systems
Measuring the Performance of FM Transmitters
FM Receivers
FM Superheterodyne Receivers
Detection of FM Signals
A Complete FM Receiver
Synthesized FM Receivers
FM Stereo and SCA Decoding
Alignment of FM Receivers
Troubleshooting FM Receivers
Analog Television Principles
The Analog Video Signal
TV Receiver Operation
Color Television
High Definition Television (HDTV)
Troubleshooting TV Receivers
Transmission Lines
Basic Construction of Transmission Lines
Electrical Characteristics of Tranmission Lines
Impedance Mismatches and Standing Waves
Impedance Matching Devices
Introduction to the Smith Chart
Troubleshooting Transmission Lines
Antennas and Wave Propagation
Electrical and Electromagnetic Energy
The Dipole and Marconi Antennas
Directional Antennas
Special Antennas
Antenna Troubleshooting and RF Safety
Wave Propagation
Link Budgets
Microwave Communication Systems
Microwave Construction Techniques
Microwave Transmission Lines
Microwave Oscillators
Microwave Amplifiers
Pulse and Doppler Radar Systems
Telephony and Cellular Networks
The System View
The Local Loop: Operation, Signaling, and Telephone Circuitry
Switching and Encoding: PCM
Wireless Telephony: AMPS and PCS, CDMA, GSM, TDMA
Special Topics: Caller ID, Broadband Internet Services
Introduction to Data Communications
Nature of Digital Data
Network Topologies
Modems and Digital Modulation Techniques
Asynchronous Data and UARTs
Error Detection and Correction
The RS232/EIA232 Interface Standards
Troubleshooting Data Communications Systems
Networking Fundamentals
Network Hardware and Media
The ISO/OSI Model
The Internet and Internet Protocol (IP) Addressing
IP Addressing, Subnets, and Gateways
Transport: TCP and UDP
Troubleshooting Networks
The Global Positioning System
Satellites and Orbits
How GPS Works
GPS Segments and Navigation Signal Processing
Reducing Position Error: Enhanced GPS
Troubleshooting GPS Installations
Fiber-Optic and Laser Technology
Fiber-Optic Construction and Operation
Propagation Modes and Dispersion
Light Wave Sources and Modulation Circuits
Light Wave Detection
Troubleshooting Fiber-Optic Systems
Bipolar Transistor Fundamentals
Amateur Radio Communications
Well-Known TCP and UDP Port Numbers
ASCII, EBCDIC, and Unicode Character Sets
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