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The Cellular Radio Handbook Reference for Cellular System Operation, Fourth Edition

Neil J. Boucher
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
749 pages; $135
ISBN: 0-471-38725-8

Cellular radio is the fastest growing area of telecommunications. This book is addressed to professionals and students interested in cellular communications principles, systems and technology. It is intended to present in a concise manner, good engineering practices and sufficient theory to enable good understanding at a professional level. Mathematics has been used sparingly, but some topics require more extensive mathematical developments. Where possible, these more technical sections have been dealt with in separate chapters and can be bypassed without any real loss of continuity. This fourth edition takes into account the more recent developments of digital systems.

In 52 chapters, the author provides coverage of all aspects of cellular radios. After starting with a brief description of cellular radios and a history of world system standards, the following topics are covered: basic radio elements, planning, an essential network function, cell site selection and system design, radio survey including field strength and standing wave patterns, cellular radio interference, cell plans, filters and combiners, cellular repeaters, antennas, cellular links, base station maintenance, base station control and signaling, power and distribution, protection and grounding, trunking, switching, traffic engineering concepts, mobiles, towers and masts, installations, equipment shelters, budgets, billing systems, marketing, fraud, data over cellular, privacy, rural and offshore applications of cellular radio, interconnection, preparing invitations to tender, modulation/demodulation methods, noise and noise performance, digital cellular, GSM pan-European cellular, DAMPS, NAMPS, E-TDMA, CDMA, Japanese digital, satellite mobile systems, cordless telephone technologies, iDEN, wireless local loop technology, coding, formats and error correction, digital modulation, other mobile products, safety issues, and buying used hardware. Ten appendices offer additional pertinent information. The book concludes with an extensive glossary and index.

To order this book, contact: John Wiley & Sons Inc., One Wiley Drive, Somerset, NJ 08875 (800) 225-5945.

Modern Radar Systems

Hamish Meikle
Artech House Inc.
563 pages; $125, £93
ISBN: 1-58053-294-2

A radar sends, receives, and processes signals in time and space. These signals are also described by their spectra and statistical distributions. A radar engineer must be able to think in all four of the domains, know their relationships and be able to move freely between them using the shortest and most dependable routes.

This book is an attempt to support thinking in many domains and dimensions. Its main theme is to convey the shape of the phenomena so that an engineer can place numbers on them and apply dimensions for a better, more complete understanding, especially with vectors. The book features 536 illustrations, drawn in Maple V®, that offer a greater understanding of various waveforms and other two- and three-dimensional functions to help professionals more accurately analyze radar system performance. The effects of pulse shaping on transmitter stability and spectra are discussed - a topic that is becoming more and more important in the age of electromagnetic compatibility. This book addresses the importance of low attenuation and reflection between the main radio frequency blocks, including the use of oversize waveguides for long runs.

The illustrations are used to discuss the vector relationship of signals in antennas, receivers, matched filters and signal processors in a uniform manner, which encourages the exchange of ideas. Practitioners will find a number of atmospheric models, together with their range-height diagrams and the effect of ground reflection. Each chapter ends with a performance section that shows the effect of the block on the complete radar system budget for range, accuracy and stability.

Radar technology was developed during the Second World War and refined during the Cold War era. As a result, the terminology that has been used is full of belligerent terms such as boresight, target and execute. To avoid misunderstanding, the author has demilitarized the language used in the book and provides both an appendix on language and a glossary.

To order this book, contact: Artech House Inc., 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062 (781) 769-9750 ext. 4002; or 46 Gillingham St., London SW1V 1HH, UK +44 (0) 207 596-8750.