Radio Mobile, An Illustrated Handbook
and another book, the:
Radio Mobile Handbook Companion

By Ian D. Brown, G3TVU


A guide book for using the vhf to microwave propagation simulation program
Radio Mobile
Created by Roger Coudé, VE2DBE


nce you have designed your own ‘VHF to Microwave’ Antenna system, the Radio Mobile software allows you to simulate its radio coverage performance over a Real landscape when attached to Real equipment — and you can also incorporate Land Coverage losses into the plots if required.

This Handbook is a ‘must have’ reference for anyone wishing to  quickly explore the workings of Radio Mobile in all its facets and to produce the type of radio signal coverage plots they require. This Illustrated Handbook makes the learning process intuitive and easier.

Free Digital elevation data and road maps can be downloaded directly from the internet by the program for your own area, and radio units specified for performance and placed on the map where ever required.

In addition to the normal radio coverage plots the program can analyse point to point Radio Links and export pictures, maps and Radio Links into Google Earth for visualisation by showing the path and Fresnel zones. You can also generate your own 3D antenna pattern data for use in the program to add to the provided generic antenna patterns.


Radio path exported to Google Earth showing the Fresnel zones

Yet another great feature which is useful for Radio Repeater planning is the Route Radio Coverage function which allows the communication by a fixed station to or from a mobile to be evaluated as the mobile drives along a road system.

Where there are a number of fixed stations in an area, plots showing the dominant server providing a defined Signal-to-Interference margin to a mobile can also be shown and signal strength readout at the screen cursor can be added.

  

This 350-page Illustrated Handbook has been compiled and updated from the massive archive of articles in antenneX plus an installer program that shows how to install and make use of the bonus Radio Mobile Installer program. The installer program is included in the download and CD-ROM.

The PDF format is fully searchable for any required keywords or topics.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ian D. Brown G3TVU
I obtained my Amateur License in 1964 after leaving the University and started work as a microwave engineer. I moved to Derby in 1967 to work on radio telemetry and instrumentation in Aero engines, and as my journey to work was 17 miles I started operating mobile on 14MHz. My equipment and antenna systems improved a lot during the following years and I managed to contact over 220 countries from my vehicles. This was helped when we changed to staggered working hours which then allowed me to make use of the grey line in the mornings - the 400 watt homebrew PA and 3m centre loaded antenna also helped!

From the notes on Radio Mobile you can see that I am still involved with our Emergency Network planning for exercises, and I deal with many queries on the basic operation of RM from my web site. So, licensed for over 45 years and still fascinated by antennas and how they perform!


CONTENTS
Even if you are not considering a use of one of these devices, this new book makes an excellent compendium of knowledge about how the antenna technology has evolved over the past 20 years. There is no other book like this book and it can fill a very large gap in your library! One look at the list of contents below shows just how large a void it fills about the current technology emerging in a myriad of concepts to shrink the present antenna designs. 

Chapter

Title

 

Page...

1

Introduction 7

2

Getting Started 19

3

Single Polar Coverage Plots 37

4

Combined Cartesian Coverage Plots 53

5

The Radio Link Page 69
6 Finding Best Sites 91
7 Finding Best Sites Using Waypoints 109
8 Route Radio Coverage 125
9 Additional Coverage Plots 152
10 Antenna Files and Polar Diagrams 166
11 Large Maps and Pictures 180
12 Picture and Unit Location Import 194
13 Picture and Data Export 209
14 Radio Foxhunts and Antenna Alignment 225
15 Using a GPS with Radio Mobile 242
16 Batch Coverage File Processing 256
17 How to Do Things 270
18 Program Feature Updates 298
19 Using the Radio Mobile Installer 345
*  Other Publications  352
   
   

HOW TO ORDER
This special book is available only in eBook version either on CD-ROM or Download. The eBook is in the popular PDF format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 and above. The eBook may be purchased by immediate download directly from this website, or shipped to you on CD-ROM. You may order your eBook directly online from our Secure Website, or by FAX, telephone or postal service. Links to the ORDER FORMS are provided here.


The book is available for immediate Download or on CD-ROM:

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Radio Mobile Handbook Companion

Radio propagation is an extremely complex subject by its very nature and thus propagation simulation software such as Radio Mobile can often be very intimidating on first use.

With any new software it always becomes easier to use when you become more familiar with its operation. The Radio Mobile Handbook Companion has been written to act as a complimentary tutorial taking users through each Handbook chapter in turn. This allows users to experiment with the program and produce their own versions of the chapter illustrations and thus gain experience of the functions and features as described in the Radio Mobile Handbook.

The Handbook Companion is supplied complete with a set of ‘Demonstration Networks’ in a folder which can be copied directly into the users Radio Mobile networks folder. By accessing any of these chapter numbered networks (which contain the correct number of deployed units and Radio Operating System settings), each chapter illustration can be reproduced by following the descriptive text. In addition any relevant updated program features relating to a particular chapter have been included in the chapter descriptions.

Finally, an additional appendix covering ‘Radio Propagation and coverage basics’ has been included for reference in this 184-page fully searchable PDF document.

Contents

Chapter

Title

 

Page...

1

Introduction 7

2

Getting Started 9

3

Single Polar Coverage Plots 13

4

Combined Cartesian Coverage Plots 21

5

The Radio Link Page 27
6 Finding Best Sites 39
7 Finding Best Sites Using Waypoints 46
8 Route Radio Coverage 52
9 Additional Coverage Plots 70
10 Antenna Files and Polar Diagrams 76
11 Large Maps and Pictures 77
12 Picture and Unit Location Import 84
13 Picture and Data Export 87
14 Radio Foxhunts and Antenna Alignment 91
15 Using a GPS with Radio Mobile 96
16 Batch Coverage File Processing 111
17 How to Do Things 121
18 Program Feature Updates 135
19 Using the Radio Mobile Installer 141
* Appendex - Radio Propagation and Coverage Basics 155
*  Other Publications  184 
   
   

HOW TO ORDER
This special book is available only in eBook version either on CD-ROM or Download. The eBook is in the popular PDF format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 and above. The eBook may be purchased by immediate download directly from this website, or shipped to you on CD-ROM. You may order your eBook directly online from our Secure Website, or by FAX, telephone or postal service. Links to the ORDER FORMS are provided here.


The book is available for immediate Download or on CD-ROM:

DOWNLOAD VERSION - $19.95
Quantity:

On CD-ROM VERSION - $22.95 Plus S&H
Quantity:


 

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