ARRL Handbook 2014

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100 Years of Advancing the Art and Science of Radio

This 91st edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications marks a milestone: the 2014 ARRL Centennial. For 100 years, ARRL has been at the forefront of promoting technical advancement and improvements in radio operating practices. And since 1926, The ARRL Handbook has defined the latest innovations in the field of applied electronics and communications. The Handbook is written by radio amateurs…for radio amateurs, experimenters, engineers and students.

Commemorative hardcover edition:

  • Gold foil/embossed hardcover
  • Personalized with your NAME and CALL SIGN
  • Each copy is imprinted with a serial number
  • Major new edition: components, new projects, latest technology
  • CD-ROM included—a fully searchable digital edition

Always Revised! This edition has been extensively updated and revised.

New Projects

  • A one- or two-tube linear amp for beginning builders
  • VHF and UHF signal sources
  • QSK controllers for amplifiers (analog and digital)

New Information

  • MOSFET design for power amplifiers
  • Telemetry and navigation data including GPS
  • Oscillators and synthesizers
  • Current battery technology
  • The new Codec2 software for HF digital voice
  • New material on microwave techniques
  • Annual transceiver model review

…and more!

CD-ROM Inside — includes all of the fully searchable text and illustrations in the printed book, as well as expanded supplemental content, software, PC board templates and other support files.

Product Details

  • Details

    1312 pages

    Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.; Ninety-First Edition/First Printing (October 2013)

    Language: English

    Softcover Edition
    : ISBN: 978-1-62595-000-7
    Shipping Weight: 5.50 pounds
    Product Dimensions: 8 3/16 x 10 7/8 inches

  • Contents


    What is Amateur (Ham) Radio?

    Fundamental Theory

    Electrical Fundamentals

    Analog Basics

    Digital Basics

    Practical Design and Principles

    RF Techniques

    Computer-Aided Circuit Design

    Power Supplies


    Oscillators and Synthesizers

    Mixers, Modulators and Demodulators

    RF and AF Filters




    DSP and Software Radio Design

    Digital Modes

    RF Power Amplifiers


    Antenna Systems and Radio Propagation

    Propagation of Radio Signals

    Transmission Lines


    Equipment Construction and Maintenance

    Component Data and References

    Construction Techniques

    Station Accessories

    Test Equipment and Measurements

    Troubleshooting and Maintenance

    RF Interference

    Station Assembly and Management


    Assembling a Station

  • Foreword

    Welcome to the 91st edition — the 2014 ARRL Handbook! In this ARRL centennial year, you’ll find the book contains up-to-date information on the latest amateur technologies, along with solid and reliable electronic information that has been an integral part of the hobby through the decades. You’ll particularly enjoy a special graphic-filled Handbook history written specially for this edition by one of the ARRL’s favorite authors and editors, Joel Hallas, W1ZR. Complemented by a CD-ROM that is full of supplemental articles and projects, this edition has plenty for every ham.

    We’ve updated many of the chapters — three-quarters of them have new or rewritten sections to keep them up-to-date. And there is an addition to the Handbook family — a completely new chapter on Telemetry and Navigation! Written by experts Paul Verhage, KD4STH, and Bill Brown, WB8ELK, this chapter is going to grow along with the rapid increase in the use of Amateur Radio in partnership with scientific experiments on land, sea, and in the atmosphere and even in space.

    Key updates include the new material on batteries and battery charging in the Power Sources chapter — renamed to reflect the broad range of ways in which we get power for our radios. The Oscillators and Synthesizers chapter has been updated by industry expert Earl McCune, WA6SUH. To help out on the repair bench, the Troubleshooting and Maintenance chapter has been updated and reorganized to address the current needs of amateurs.

    Speaking of that CD-ROM, more and more material is added to this valuable resource every year, including the full text and graphics from the current edition as convenient and searchable PDF files. This year, we’ve made a special effort to make sure you’ll want to open the envelope inside the back cover and install it on your computer right away. There are more projects than ever on the CD-ROM, full construction details to complete projects in the printed book, and supporting articles that extend the technical material of the regular chapters.

    Here are some highlights of what you’ll find on this year’s CD-ROM:

    • W1ZR’s annual transceiver model review organized by type and frequency coverage — if you are considering purchasing a radio, this is a great place to start!
    • Historical development of amateur receivers and transmitters — W1ZR explains how our radio designs came to be as various challenges and needs were met.
    • Jim Tonne, W4ENE, has contributed the latest amateur versions of his professional filter design software, ELSIE, along with several other filter and filter-related programs. We are once again very fortunate to include such high-quality software tools.
    • Chapters providing operating guidance and station information on Space Communications by Joe Taylor, K1JT, and Steve Ford, WB8IMY; Digital Communications by Steve Ford, WB8IMY; and Image Communications by Tom O’Hara, W6ORG, and Dave Jones, KB4YZ
    • Projects have been added throughout the Handbook but the new ones on the transmit side are sure to catch your eye:
    • The Everyham’s Amplifier — a simple and flexible design by John Stanley, K4ERO, that is within reach of beginning builders who would like to add some output power to their signal.
    • QSK Controllers for Amplifiers — one is an analog design by Jim Colville, W7RY, that can be adapted to many common linear amplifiers. The companion Arduino-based design by Paul Christensen, W9AC, provides the ultimate in flexibility.
    • VHF signal sources by long-time amateur design guru Rick Campbell, KK7B, are a great way to start your 6 meter or 2 meter project.
    • In addition, on the CD-ROM, you’ll find a set of VHF/UHF amplifier designs from the pages of QST and Ham Radio magazine.

    Even after more than 90 editions, the ARRL Handbook continues to pursue its mission of providing a technical reference for hams of all interests and abilities. Whether you choose to pursue public service communications, engage in technical experimentation, hone your operating skills, or just explore the magic of wireless communication, “the Handbook” has a place in your library and at your workbench.

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