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ARRL Handbook Reference

2019 Edition

  • Overview and Directions

    This web page is for information that extends or supports the ARRL Handbook.  The section for each edition contains links to software referenced in the book, supplemental information and links, and errata and corrections. 

     

    To purchase the book, click here or browse to the ARRL Store where you can also find numerous other technical publications supporting Amateur Radio.

     

    Supplemental information is available as a downloadable package beginning with this edition.  You will find an access code on a sheet inside the front cover with complete instructions.  Once installed, use Adobe Reader to access the PDF files. 

    Some readers report that the version Adobe Reader Touch, provided with Microsoft Apps, does not support all of the PDF features.  If this is a problem, download the free Adobe Reader DC from the Adobe website at get.adobe.com/reader which does support the necessary elements, such as bookmarks.  Note that the website for downloads will also download a Google Chrome extension and two McAfee security applications unless you opt out by unchecking the necessary boxes.

     

    Information in support of previous editions can be found at
    ARRL Handbook - 2010-2018 Editions.

     

    Printed-circuit boards for many current and previous Handbook projects are available from FAR Circuits.

  • Software Utilities

    Tonne Software

     

    Jim Tonne, W4ENE has generously made available a collection of software from his Tonne Software website including the professional-quality filter design software, ELSIE, and the meter face design aid, MeterBasic.  You can download this collection as a 28.5 Mbyte ZIP file by clicking HERE.  This package includes the following programs:

     

    ELSIE - filter design
    MeterBasic - meter face layout designer
    SVC Filter - creates designs based on Standard Value Components of the 5% tolerance series
    OptLowpass - optimized amateur-band transmitter output filters
    Helical - helical resonator bandpass filters in the VHF and UHF range
    Pi-EL - impedance matching network designer
    Diplexer network designer - for custom diplexer designs
    JJ Smith - a Smith chart design aid
    QuadNet - designs active allpass networks for single-sideband signal generation
    Class E - amplifier design software using Class E topology
    Tower - computes feed point impedance at the base of a vertical antenna over ideal ground

    PIZZA - generates printable azimuth-equidistant or rectangular maps showing the great-circle path and the sunrise-sunset terminator between your location and selectable prefixes, cities or lat/lon coordinates.

     

    All programs are self-installing Windows 32-bit software.  See the Tonne Software website for questions and instructions for running the software.  Newer versions may be available independently on the Tonne Software website.

     


     

     

    This section is for software utilities and other programsreferenced in the Handbook or which support the Handbook material and are not included in the main download package.  Check the web page for earlier editions for other software.


    Software by Phil Karn, KA9Q

     

    The package of software routines by Phil Karn, KA9Q, are available from his GIT repository at www.github.com/ka9q/ka9q-radio. The packages are organized in several compressed tar files and there are packages specifically to support the funcube dongle SDR. He has also created a WWV emulator which is available at www.github.com/ka9q/WWV.  The software and associated documentation will be updated by KA9Q as time and other interests permit.

     

    Chapter 21 - Antennas

     

    Bill Wortman, N6MW has contributed GAMMAMW4 to correct an error in the previous version of GAMMA in which the software failed to find solutions to the calculations when the combination of the desired feed line impedance exceeds the product of the raw antenna resistance and the gamma step-up value.  The new code fixes that problem.

     

    Click on the program name to download the new program as a zip file, GAMMAMW4.  It is a simple text-based application that runs in a command prompt (C:\) window and does not require a full Windows installation procedure.  Unzip (extract) the program and double-click it to launch it.

     

    To use the program, you will need to know:
    - frequency of operation in MHz
    - feed point impedance of the antenna's driven element in R + jX form
    - feed line characteristic impedance
    - the driven element diameter (D)*
    - the gamma rod diameter (d)*
    - spacing between the outer surfaces of the driven element and the gamma rod (S)*

    Enter these values and the program will provide complete outputs including supporting parameters.  * - all dimensions must be in the same units, typically inches or cm.

     

    The ARRL extends its thanks to N6WM for his contribution, as well as to Greg Ordy W8WWV for making some tests of the code.

  • Supplemental Information, Files, and Links

    Chapter 2 - Electrical Fundamentals

     

    This downloadable Radio Mathematics document includes a discussion of decibels and coordinates, along with a list of online tutorials on a variety of subjects that may be encountered when working with radio circuits and equipment.

     

    Chapter 5 - RF Techniques

     

    The supplemental article "The Galactic Background in the Upper HF Band" by Dave Typinski AJ4CO was omitted from the download package.  It can be downloaded here.

     

    Chapter 10 - Analog and Digital Filtering

     

    Section 10.10.5, "Diplexer Filter" - the W4ENE program DIPLEXER makes short work of designing this type of filter. It is included in the downloadable supplemental material for the Handbook.  The software is available as part of the downloadable supplemental content with other software from Tonnesoft.

     

    Chapter 14 - Transceiver Design Topics

     

    The GNU Radio community has developed an extensive set of video tutorials and presentations on GNU Radio in various ways.  They are available on the GNU Radio YouTube channel.

     

    Chapter 21 - Antennas

     

    Following production of the 2019 edition, additional material on the article "Design of a Two-band Loaded Dipole Antenna" by David Birnbaum, K2LYV was published.  The entire article and Birnbaum's additional comments are available here.

     

    Chapter 22 - Component Data and References

     

    Guy K2AV contributes the following information about powdered-iron toroids from various sources to supplement the information in Table 22.16:

     

    8 Mix    (Yel/Red)      1-50 MHz, u=35 replaces mix #6
    18 Mix  (Grn/Red)    1-50 MHz, u=55, low core loss, similar to mix #8
    40 Mix  (Grn/Yel)       Power conversion similar to mix #26
    52 Mix  (Grn/Blu)      dc-1 MHz, u=75, high permeability

     

    Chapter 29 - Space Communications

     

    See the Chapter 5 entry above regarding the paper on Galactic Noise by AJ4CO.

     

  • Errata and Corrections - 2019 Edition

    Chapter 17 - RF Amplifiers

     

    Figure 17.15 - the caption was cut off at the end of the second sentence.  It should read, "...pi-L network at bottom right."