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Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering by Jerry Whitaker (McGraw-Hill) provides clear, comprehensive, and well-illustrated coverage of both DTV and DAB technologies. Presenting the material within the context of established radio and TV basics, this manual explains the underlying technologies of digital and analog transmission systems and bridges the gap between classic broadcast engineering principles and data with the latest digital technologies -- including DTV, NTSC, and digital audio broadcasting.

Essential to readers wishing to quickly and firmly grasp the industry’s fast-paced digital transition, Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering includes key equations and extensive reference data required for the design, specification, installation, testing, and maintenance of broadcast transmission systems.


  • 57 chapters of today’s need-to-know broadcast and engineering and technical information, data, and reference material

  • Digital TV and data broadcast standards and implementation guidelines

  • Maintenance of RF systems

  • All types of antennas and receivers

  • Television and radio transmission systems

  • Testing procedures and equipment for new (and older) technologies

Frequency Bands, Propagation, and Modulation * The Electromagnetic Spectrum * Propagation * Frequency Sources and References * Modulation Systems and Characteristics * Radio Transmission Systems * Radio Broadcast Systems * Radio STL Systems * Digital Radio Systems * Television Transmission Systems * Television Transmission Standards * DTV Transmission Issues * DTV Satellite Transmission * Television Transmitters * Ghost Canceling Reference Signal * Interconnection Devices and Systems * Transmission Lines * RF Combiner and Diplexer Systems * Transmitting Antennas and Systems * Radio Transmitting Antennas * Television Antenna Principles * Television Transmitting Antennas * Tower Construction and Maintenance * Tower Grounding * Radio Receivers * Receiver Characteristics * The Radio Channel * AM and FM Receivers * Television Receivers & Cable/Satellite Distribution Systems * Television Reception Principles * ATSC DTV Receiver Systems * Consumer Video and Networking Issues * Cable Television Systems * Satellite Delivery Systems * Content Distribution * Stereo Television * Receiver Antenna Systems * Adaptive Receiver Processing * RF System Maintenance * RF System Reliability Considerations * Preventing RF System Failures * Troubleshooting RF Equipment * Testing Coaxial Transmission Lines * The Smith Chart * Standby Power Systems * Test Equipment * Troubleshooting Digital Systems * Digital Test Instruments * Oscilloscopes * Spectrum Analysis * Reliability Engineering * Audio Test & Measurement * Audio Measurement & Analysis * Audio Phase and Frequency Measurement * Nonlinear Audio Distortion * Time Domain Audio Measurements * Video Signal Measurement and Analysis * Video Information Concepts * Measurement of Color Displays * Camera Performance Verification * Conventional Video Measurements * Applications of the Zone Plate Signal * Picture Quality Measurement * Digital Bit Stream Analysis * DTV Transmission Performance Issues * Performance Issues

New digital transmission systems are rapidly changing the broadcast industry and creating a demand for engineers who possess the proper technical skills. This comprehensive handbook explains DTV (digital TV) and DAR (digital audio radio) within the context of pre-existing radio and TV technologies, provides key equations and reference data used in the design, specification, and installation of broadcast transmission systems.

The broadcast industry has embarked on the most significant transition of technologies and busi­ness models in the history of radio and television. Dramatic advancements in computer systems, imaging, display, and compression technologies have all vastly reshaped the technical landscape, and these have all affected broadcasting. For television, the transition to digital television (DTV) is already well underway; and for radio, digital audio broadcasting (DAB) is beginning to take hold. These changes give rise to a new book in the McGraw-Hill Video/Audio Series, the Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering. This handbook continues the rich tradition of past offerings, examining analog and digital broadcast technologies, including AM radio, FM radio, DAB, NTSC, and DTV.

This book is a companion volume to the other landmark handbooks in the McGraw-Hill Video/Audio Series:

  • Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, 4th ed., which focuses on video information theory, production standards and equipment, and digital coding.

  • Standard Handbook of Audio and Radio Engineering, 2nd ed., which focuses on audio cap­ture, storage, and reproduction systems.

The Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering picks up where these books leave off—cover­ing in considerable detail the transmission/reception aspects of broadcasting. In earlier editions of these cornerstone books, the transmission elements of radio and television were included along with the production elements. However, as the handbooks have grown, and as the scope of broadcasting has expanded to encompass both analog and digital transmission, the practical lim­itations of page count for a printed book come into play. Therefore, to maximize the amount of information that can be made available to readers, the radio and television broadcast/reception elements have been separated into this stand-alone publication.

The Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering examines the technologies of radio and television broadcasting. The underlying technologies of both conventional (analog) and digital television systems are examined, and extensive examples are provided to explain the fundamental concepts. New developmental efforts also are explained and the benefits of the work are out-lined.

This publication is directed toward technical and engineering personnel involved in the design, specification, installation, and maintenance of broadcast transmission systems. The basic principles of analog and digital transmission are discussed, with emphasis on how the underlying technologies influence the ultimate applications. Extensive references are provided to aid in understanding the material presented.

Because of the rapidly changing nature of broadcast technologies in general, and digital radio/ television in particular, McGraw-Hill and the Editor-in-Chief have established an Internet site to support this book (http://www.tvhandbook.com). Visitors can find news articles, revised chap­ters, new chapters, background information, and links to audio/video standards organizations.

Wireless Network Coexistence by Robert Morrow (McGraw-Hill Professional) An authority with over two decades of experience in wireless design, and an instructor in wireless for one of the world's leading technical training firms, Morrow here shares his top dollar expertise. In Wireless Network Coexistence, he shows you how to choose the right services for the differing applications integrate and configure protocols for seamless, efficient performance, and make wireless systems function smoothly and reliably, together or separately—with interference minimized. Wireless Network Coexistence, helps you:

  • Evaluate the suitability of Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, and g), Bluetooth (802.15.1), WiMedia (802.15.3), and ZigBee (802.15.4), to your needs, objectives, and circumstances

  • Discover how the rules in various regulatory domains influenced the development of wireless standards

  • Meet the significant challenges of designing and deploying multiple wireless networks within the same physical area

  • Leverage the benefits in all flavors of 802.11 within the standard's stringent restrictions

  • Make the right choices in signal propagation, advanced modulation techniques, and network connectivity options

  • Develop solutions for operating frequencies, packet structure, and channel access mechanisms

  • Analyze the extensive passive coexistence mechanisms integrated into the various wireless network standards

  • Learn techniques for reducing interference through active coexistence methods

  • Determine the suitability of using ultra-wideband for communicating at high data rates

  • Build flexible systems ready for developing technologies, such as Wi-Media and ZigBee

  • Study the nature of interference from the microwave oven

  • Discover the safety implications of operating wireless networks onboard commercial aircraft

THE INTEGRATED GUIDE TO WIRELESS Packed with tested solutions, essential information on equipment, and helpful formulas, Wireless Network Coexistence is a real-world guide to designing and building wireless systems. Included are: Introduction * Indoor RF Propagation and Diversity Techniques • Basic Modulation and Coding * Advanced Modulation and Coding * Radio Performance * Medium Access Control * Passive Coexistence * Active Coexistence * Coexistence with Other Services * List of Abbreviations

Wireless Communication Systems: Advanced Techniques for Signal Reception by Xiaodong Wang, H. Vincent Poor (Pearson Prentice Hall PTR) A unified framework for using today's most advanced signal processing techniques

Driven by the rapidly escalating capacity demands of emerging wireless systems, researchers have developed a wide array of novel signal processing techniques for use in such systems. Now, two leading researchers synthesize the field's vast new literature, giving working engineers practical guidance for designing advanced wireless receivers.

Drs. Xiaodong Wang and H. Vincent Poor offer a complete framework for developing, analyzing, and understanding the explicit algorithms needed for advanced processing in emerging wireless systems. They address a full range of physical-layer issues, including multipath, dispersion, interference, dynamism, and multiple-antenna systems. In many cases, the authors themselves developed the methods they present. Coverage includes:

  • An overview of contemporary wireless signaling environments and basic receiver signal processing techniques

  • Blind, group-blind, space-time, and turbo multiuser detection

  • Robust multiuser detection in non-Gaussian channels

  • Narrowband interference suppression: linear and non-linear predictive techniques, performance comparisons, and more

  • Monte Carlo Bayesian signal processing

  • Signal processing for fast fading channels

  • Advanced signal processing for coded OFDM systems

Wireless communications, together with its applications and underlying technolo­gies, is among today's most active areas of technology development. The very rapid pace of improvements in both custom and programmable integrated circuits for signal processing applications has led to the justifiable view of advanced signal pro­cessing as a key enabler of the aggressively escalating capacity demands of emerging wireless systems. Consequently, there has been a tremendous and very widespread effort on the part of the research community to develop. novel signal processing techniques that can fulfill this promise. The published literature in this area has grown explosively in recent years, and it has become quite difficult to synthesize the many developments described in this literature. The purpose of this book is to present, in one place and in a unified framework, a number of key recent con­tributions in this field. Even though these contributions come primarily from the research community, the focus of this presentation is on the development, analysis, and understanding of explicit algorithms for performing advanced processing tasks arising in receiver design for emerging wireless systems.

Although this book is largely self-contained, it is written principally for de­signers, researchers, and graduate students with some prior exposure to wireless communication systems. Knowledge of the field at the level of Theodore Rappa­port's book, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, for example, would be quite useful to the reader of this book, as would some exposure to digital communications at the level of John Proakis's book, Digital Communications.

What Are Essentials in Telecommunications?

A series of multimedia web-based training courses designed to develop your understanding of communications technology.

Simple and easy-to-use, each module introduces the fundamentals of the topic and then, step-by-step increases your knowledge-base through a dynamic combination of audiovisual content, including audio commentary, diagrams, pop-up text boxes and practical hands-on interactive sessions and exercises.

Flexible and easy-to-follow, each module allows you to train at your own pace and plan your time according to your workload. Each training course lasts approximately 4 hours but you can access each course at any point and repeat any section as many times as you wish.

Cost effective and convenient, Essentials in Telecommunications mean that there is no longer any need to take a day out of your busy work schedule to attend a training course. Concise and informative, each module provides you with all the expertise you need, whenever or wherever you want.

What will essentials in telecommunications enable me to do?

Essentials in Telecommunications give you all the technical know-how to:

  1. Understand the basic technologies underlying each system

  2. Develop, implement and manage your services more efficiently

  3. Sell and promote your products more confidently and effectively

What do I need to use essentials in telecommunications?

All you need to get started is a computer with a CD-ROM drive, web browser and Internet access. There is no need to install any special software and the system is compatible with most operating systems (Windows, Unix, etc.) Although not essential, a soundcard will enhance the learning experience of the product.

  ATM Essentials CD-ROM edition by Business Interactive (Essentials in Telecommunications: Wiley) (plays on Windows 95 & up, 133 MHz Pentium PC or compatible, 32 MB RAM, 8-bit color, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive) due sep

ATM essentials is designed to develop your understanding of the use of ATM within the communications technology industry through gaining an insight into ATM functions and application possibilities.  It will enable you to get to know the relevant standards including the User-Network-Interface and Network-Network-Interface (UNI and NNI) protocol stacks and their applications.  ATM Essentials will provide you with the confidence to participate in ATM-related discussions with more competence.

  • ATM Overview

  • Architecture

  • ATM Technology

  • Service Aspects and AAL functions

  • LAN Emulations

  • Private/Public Node Interface (PNNI)

  • Quality of Service – Management Aspects

  • Duration : 4 hr module

 GSM Essentials CD-ROM edition by Business Interactive (Essentials in Telecommunications: Wiley) (plays on Windows 95 & up, 133 MHz Pentium PC or compatible, 32 MB RAM, 8-bit color, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive) covers the basic GSM features and interworkings including the evolution of GSM towards a 2.5G system

  • Introduction

  • GSM Services

  • Network Architecture

  • BSS Interfaces

  • NSS Interfaces

  • Basic Procedures

  • Duration: 4 hr module

GPRS Essentials CD-ROM edition by Business Interactive (Essentials in Telecommunications: Wiley) (plays on Windows 95 & up, 133 MHz Pentium PC or compatible, 32 MB RAM, 8-bit color, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive) GPRS Essentials covers the basic GPRS features and functionality and shows how they interface to an existing GSM Phase 2 PLMN, focusing on the packet-oriented signalling procedures.

  • Use of GPRS

  • Services

  • Mobile Phones

  • Network Structure

  • Functions

  • Signaling

  • Air Interface

  • Internet Basics

UMTS Essentials CD-ROM edition by Business Interactive (Essentials in Telecommunications: Wiley) (plays on Windows 95 & up, 133 MHz Pentium PC or compatible, 32 MB RAM, 8-bit color, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive) UMTS Essentials  covers the basic UMTS features and functions and provides a basic understanding of the UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) and the core network, including the relevant procedures.

  • Introduction

  • Services

  • User Equipment

  • Network Structure

  • Air Interface

  • Protocols & Procedures

TCP/IP Essentials CD-ROM edition by Business Interactive (Essentials in Telecommunications: Wiley) (plays on Windows 95 & up, 133 MHz Pentium PC or compatible, 32 MB RAM, 8-bit color, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive) THIS MODULE: TCP/IP Essentials covers the basics of the Internet protocol and how it is used in packet-switched telecommunications networks.

  • Introduction to TCP/IP

  • Link Layer Technologies

  • IP-Addressing

  • Internet Layer Protocols

  • Transport Layer Protocols

  • Application Layer Protocols

  • Internet Access

  • Duration: 4 hr module


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