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ARRL Handbook 2020

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In 1926, ARRL introduced the first edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook, written by F. E. Handy. Since then, each edition has been recognized as a benchmark for radio communications learning and applied knowledge. This 97th edition of The ARRL Handbook is your complete guide to radio experimentation, discovery, and innovation. It is the Handbook -- written by radio amateurs for everyone with a desire to advance the pursuit of wireless technology.

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.

Always Updated! New Projects and Content

  • System Fusion update by Cory Sickles, WA3UVV
  • Solar Cycle 24 update by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
  • Rotator ratings and application by Don Daso, K4ZA, and Ward Silver, NØAX
  • Generator RFI choke by James Brown, K9YC, and Glen Brown, W6GJB
  • Annual transceiver survey by Joel Hallas, W1ZR

Plus, new supplemental content

  • Switchmode HV supply by Ralph Crumrine, NØKC
  • Universal MMIC preamp by Paul Wade, W1GHZ Tunable RF preamp by George Steber, WB9LVI
  • 2304 MHz amp by William Koch, W2RMA, and John Brooks, N9ZL
  • Overshoot protection by Phil Salas, AD5X
  • Receiver measurements by Robert Sherwood, NCØB
  • Antenna analyzer tricks by Paul Wade, W1GHZ
  • Audio splitter by Glenn Loake, GØGBI
  • 10 W audio amp by Helmut Berka, DL2MAJ
  • Bistable transfer relay by DJ7XO
  • Updated design software from Tonnesoft by James Tonne, W4ENE

Download Included: eBook and Supplemental Content Download the fully searchable digital edition of the printed book, plus 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.

  • Publication Details

    Six-Volume Set: 1280 pages. Softcover also available.

    Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.

    Copyright: Ninety-Seventh Edition/First Printing (October 2019)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1-62595-113-7

    Shipping Weight: 5.45 pounds

  • 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

    2020 Annual Transceiver Survey

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