A book that connects theory to practical applications
Solid State Radio Engineering by Hebert L. Krauss, Charles W. Bostian,
and Fredrick H. Rabb is a book aimed at providing a basic understanding
of radio engineering in the solid state age. Some areas are not very
well covered, notably phase locked loops, but even books specifically
about phase locked loops tend to not cover some aspects of loop design
(the topic is very broad).
The book connects theory to practical applications.
In the area of receiver design, the book covers basic design for am,
pm, and FM receivers and the basic receiver building blocks: mixers,
mixers, oscillators, filters, and amplifiers. Also important concepts
as cascaded noise figures are covered with especially good coverage of
different schemes for modulation and demodulation. Some of the topics
were covered in other books, but a different viewpoint and more
information is always welcome.
The areas in which the book really shines are transmitter design,
covering both bipolar and fet designs, modulation and demodulation,
cascaded noise, resonant impedance-matching circuits, and modulation
theory, high-efficiency techniques, envelope elimination and
restoration, high-efficiency techniques, and envelope feedback. Several
of those topics were not covered in other books that I had, nor were
they covered in school. The emphasis is on practical techniques with
enough theory for complete understanding. The coverage of the different
classes of RF amplifiers, A, B, AB, C, D, and E are especially good.
The classes of RF amplifiers are covered in enough detail so that a
practical design can be done.
I bought the book after I had been working as an RF engineer for some
years, and even then I learned details about the various power
amplifier classes, especially class E which was still relatively new.
The section on high efficiency techniques, envelope restoration, and envelope
feedback proves valuable almost immediately. I use the book as a
reference, a memory jogger, and as a path towards finding out more
about a particular subject. The relative lack of information about some
subjects, such as phase locked loops, poses no problem since I have
other books on those subjects.
Radcliffe Cutshaw is a
creative private consultant in the areas of RF design and RF
development and wireless. He is also involved with writing.