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ITT Radio Engineers Reference Data Book

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ITT Radio Engineers Reference Data BookThis book surprised me. I picked it up on eBay for under 10 bucks and it has to be one of the most information-packed tomes I have ever bought. No, it isn’t useful on a day to day basis, but as a first-line electronics engineering reference, it seems pretty good.

I think my love of vintage reference books began some years ago with a visit to an uncle in San Luis Obispo. He kept something of a small reference library in his study and one of the books I picked up was a volume on scientific instrumentation. It was packed full of all sorts of formulae and diagrams explaining how various circuits are constructed and how they work.

This book is packed full of everything from the periodic table of elements to information on nuclear physics instrumentation. Much of the information, however, has a bias toward communications engineering. There are chapters on filters , transformers and reactors, vacuum tubes and semiconductors just to name a few.

ITT Radio Engineers Reference Data Book

The chapter on transformers is particularly of interest to me since I’d heard about people rewinding transformers but I’d never been able to find a lick of information on actually doing the necessary engineering to get the desired result. This book has it. And it is comprehensible. Score!

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“ITT Radio Engineers Reference Data Book”

  1. On April 11th, 2012 at 9:31 pm Mark Jacobsen Says:

    I got my copy of RDFRI new back in 1978 and will never give it up. Even as a teenager I recognized what a cool book it is!

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