7steps_ad.jpg (16886 bytes)7steps_t.jpg (1234 bytes)his 210-page book was written by a ham operator for the ham operator. The author, L.B. Cebik - W4RNL, has relied heavily upon his experience in teaching amateur radio classes and has provided useful information for anyone interested in learning more about radio electronics. The book explores design at an electronics level that is easily understood by both the beginning hobbyist and more experienced technician. The book was first published in 1980 by Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc.

antenneX Online Magazine proudly introduces its re-publication of this book Seven Steps to Designing Your Own Ham Equipment by L.B. Cebik. LB has published over a dozen books and his articles have appeared in virtually every amateur radio publication, with translations of some into several languages. Retired Professor from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, LB is Technical & Educational Advisor to the ARRL.

The book is divided into two parts — how to prepare to start designing equipment to suit yourself and the actual steps of the design procedure. Part I discusses the preparation of a reference file of ideas and diagrams. Thus, Chapter 1 explains how to set up and use a plan that will cause you to “think” design, while Chapter 2 discusses the creation of an “idea book”. This idea book will be the reference file you will use to stir and expand your thoughts on designing. Chapters 3 and 4 examine the reasons for asking questions and why you should read, collect articles and start an idea book. They discuss circuit diagrams and the components that make them up.

In Part II, the Seven Steps to Designing are given and discussed. Chapter 5 explains Steps 1 and 2 and tells how to specify your design objectives, sketch your ideas and make your initial design decisions. Chapter 6 tells how to choose your circuits and how to modify an existing circuit or design a new circuit. Then, Chapter 7, along with Chapters 9 and 11, examines circuit interactions to ensure proper shielding, drive, matching, isolation, etc. Chapter 8 discusses getting the necessary parts and installing them. Making circuits work is covered in Chapter 10.

LB has included more than 160 drawings and sketches to fully explain various points in design procedures. By carefully preparing to “design” and then following the design procedures step by step, you will be able to design your own circuits and equipment, thus releasing yourself from depending or relying on the designs of others. This is the main reason for the book!

Chapter

Title

PART I Getting Ready to Design Your Own Equipment 7
1 How to Use this Book 8
2 Creating Your Own Idea Book 15
3 Getting the Most Out of Schematic Diagrams 28
4 Getting What You Want Out of Articles & Handbooks 52
PART II Designing and Building Your Own Equipment 71
5 Steps 1 and 2 — Objectives and Block Plans 72
6 Step 3 — Circuit Selection 88
7 Circuit Interactions I — Drive, Matching, Switching 106
8 Steps 4 and 5 — Parts and Layouts 129
9 Circuit Interactions II — Shielding, Isolation 153
10 Building - Testing 173
11 Circuit Interactions III — Spurious Emissions, Oscillations 190
12 Summing Up 205-210

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