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REFERENCE MATERIAL
Highly Recommended Reading!

Over the years, I have attempted to utilize a variety of reference material. For the most part, I found that while I may use a section or two, the bulk of it ends up just a bunch of worthless paper and ink. The ARRL Antenna Handbook is a good example - with the exception of a single chapter, I found the remainder worthless. The ARRL Radio Amateurs Handbook collects dust on my shelf for another reason - its intense focus on compex IC design, packet and computer related features, and its weak almost non-existant treatment of simple, practical, effective tubed RF amplifier design - to say nothing of its lofty technical descriptions has dubbed it simply a tremendous waste of money.

In contrast, perhaps the finest set of reference material available today is that written by William J. Orr, W6SAI. His Radio Handbook, is bar-none the most useful text on the market. If I had to have only one book, this would be it. Not only is it descriptive, but covers every aspect of RF amplifier design and construction. From tube operation and selection, to detailed design and layout information, it covers every aspect of RF amplifier theory, design and operation. Similarly helpful is its provisions on receiver and transmitter theory and design, with as much ink devoted to the use of tubes as that dedicated to solid state devices. While it is an expensive book, I will stake my reputation on the fact that you will find its content invaluable and well worth every penny. Less expensive, yet similarly helpful, his Beam Antenna Handbook, Vertical Antennas, and Simple Low Cost Wire Antennea publications provide, cover to cover, information that no ham should be without.

I am one of the cheapest, penny pinching guys I know, and Orr's Radio Handbook is not cheap. For that reason, I have provided below a link to my source for these and other similar resource material. If at any point you decide to purchase any, I would appreciate it if you would do so through this page. Your purchase of any of Orr's books through this page (which are the only items I feel confident in not only offering, but wholeheartedly recommending) is the only means we have to keep this site up and running.
Best 73s - Bob WB0NNI



Radio Handbook (23rd Ed, Reprint)


The Radio Amateur Antenna Handbook

Beam Antenna Handbook
Vertical Antennas
Simple Low Cost Wire Antennae


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