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ARRL Handbook 2019

Limited Edition! Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set

For the first time, The ARRL Handbook has been divided into multiple volumes. All six volumes are included in a handsome, hard slipcase, for easy storage and access. Each volume is more manageable to read and browse.

The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications

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Radio Experimentation, Discovery, and Achievement.

The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is a complete reference and guide to radio technology principles and practices. Since 1926, The ARRL Handbook has been a trustworthy source of introductory, applied, and theoretical information. Now in its 96th edition, The Handbook continues to advance the pursuit of experimentation and innovation by radio amateurs and professionals. Each edition contains new and useful material to support Amateur Radio activity from the traditional short- and long-wave frequencies through microwaves!

Key Topics

  • Radio electronics theory and principles
  • Circuit design and equipment
  • Radio signal transmission and propagation
  • Digital and analog modulation and protocols
  • Antennas and transmission lines
  • Construction practices

Who reads The Handbook?
Amateur Radio operators, or “hams;” professional wireless communication engineers and system designers; electrical engineers; students and instructors of engineering, physics, and geoscience

New Print and Downloadable Material

  • Simple SLA Float Charger project by John Boal, K9JEB
  • Amateur Radio Data Platforms by Paul Verhage, KD4STH and Bill Brown, WB8ELK
  • The latest information on WSJT-X digital modes by the WSJT team
  • Filter and circuit design software by Tonne Software and Jim Tonne, W4ENE
  • Low-Noise VHF and UHF Oscillators by Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, and Ajay Poddar, AC2KG
  • Update on Solar Cycle 24 by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
  • Updated SSTV practices and technology by Larry Peterson, WA9TT
  • Designing dual-band loaded dipoles by David Birnbaum, K2LYV
  • Latest transceiver survey by Joel Hallas, W1ZR

Plus, new component tables, reference articles, material characteristics, and guidelines for SDR design.

Download Included: eBook and Supplemental Content
Download the fully searchable digital edition of the printed book, as well as expanded supplemental content, software, PC board templates, and other support files.

System Requirements: Windows 7, 8, or 10; Windows Vista or Windows XP, as well as Macintosh systems, using Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Acrobat Reader is a free download at PDF files are Linux readable. Other included software is Windows compatible, only.

Product Details

  • Details

    1280 pages

    Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.;

    Copyright: Ninety-Sixth Edition/First Printing (October 2018)

    Language: English

    Six-Volume Boxed Set
    : ISBN: 978-1-62595-089-5


    Softcover Edition: ISBN: 978-1-62595-088-8
    Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
    Product Dimensions: 8 3/16 x 10 7/8 inches

  • Table of Contents


    What is Amateur (Ham) Radio?


    Fundamental Theory

    Electrical Fundamentals

    Radio Fundamentals

    Circuits and Components


    Practical Design and Principles

    RF Techniques

    Computer-Aided Circuit Design

    Power Sources

    DSP and SDR Fundamentals

    Oscillators and Synthesizers

    Analog and Digital Filtering




    Transceiver Design Topics

    Digital Protocols and Modes

    Telemetry and Navigation

    RF Power Amplifiers



    Antenna Systems and Radio Propagation

    Propagation of Radio Signals

    Transmission Lines



    Station Construction, Maintenance, and Management

    Component Data and References

    Construction Techniques

    Assembling a Station

    Test Equipment and Measurements

    Troubleshooting and Maintenance

    RF Interference



    Downloadable Content and Tools

    Space Communications

    Digital Communications

    Image Communications

    Digital Basics

    Station Accessories and Projects

    2019 Annual Transceiver Survey

  • Foreword

    Welcome to the 96th edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications. First published in 1926, “the Handbook” has guided and supported generations of radio amateurs. Like Amateur Radio itself, The ARRL Handbook is continually being updated and renewed.


    Far more than the work of a few people, this book represents the work of an entire community. Knowledgeable experts write original material and revise sections as technology and operating practices change. The editorial staff strives to make the material clear and easy to read and apply. A talented staff at ARRL Headquarters (“HQ”) makes sure the layout and graphics are attractive and professional. Finally, the readers themselves contribute by asking questions, pointing out new areas for material, and by submitting feedback on the finished product — thank you!


    What’s new in the 96th edition? There are quite a few new and interesting elements inside:

    • Simple Sealed Lead-Acid Battery Float Charger project by John Boal, K9JEB

    • Low-Noise VHF and UHF Oscillators by Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, and Ajay Poddar, AC2KG

    • Update of Introduction to GNU Radio by John Petrich, W7FU

    • An expanded “Amateur Radio Data Platforms” chapter by Paul Verhage, KD4STH and Bill Brown, WB8ELK

    • Updated WSJT material by the WSJT-X team

    • Update on Solar Cycle 24 by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA

    • Updated RF Power Device tables by Dick Frey, K4XU

    Another set of changes began with the 2018 (95th) edition as the CD-ROM sent with every book was dropped in favor of a downloadable set of supplemental material. This eliminated many problems associated with supporting multiple operating systems. Please do look for the “download code” at the beginning of the book (included with the print edition only) and use it to download and install the material to your computer’s hard drive. There’s a lot of great material waiting for you!


    The supplemental information in the 96th edition includes new items, including:

    • Updated Image Communications chapter SSTV material by Larry Peterson, WA9TT

    • Band-Pass Filters for HF Transceivers by Lew Gordon, K4VX

    • Repairing Bird Wattmeter Slugs

    • Design of a Two-band Loaded Dipole Antenna by David Birnbaum, K2LYV

    • Current set of circuit design software by Tonne Software and Jim Tonne, W4ENE

    • The latest HF Transceiver Survey by Joel Hallas, W1ZR

    • Aluminum alloy designations by Don Daso, K4ZA


    I hope you enjoy The ARRL Handbook and find it useful, whether you’re a new ham just learning the ropes, an experienced ham enhancing a station or skill — or even if you’re not a ham at all (yet)! Our goal is to provide you with a solid, trustworthy source of information to help you make the most of your Amateur Radio interests, whether that is public service, experimentation, radiosport, or making friends around the world as hams have done for more than a century. Thanks for being a Handbook reader!


    73, Ward Silver

    NØAX Lead Editor

    ARRL Handbook August 2018

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