Book Review

McGraw-Hill Circuit Encyclopedia and Troubleshooting Guide, Volume I, ISBN 0-07-037603-4, by John D. Lenk. Copyright 1993, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Tel: 800 262-4729.

Reviewed by Ed Hare, KA1CV, ARRL Laboratory Supervisor

When I was first asked to do a review of this book, I thought I had an easy task on my hands. Although I keep a collection of circuit books at hand, they are all quite alike: reprints of sometimes incomplete schematics that leave me needing just a little bit more information. My 1980 copy of the Modern Electronic Circuits Reference Manual, by John Markus, (McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-040446-1) is getting a bit dog-eared, so when I saw this new book by the same publisher, I was glad to be getting a more modern replacement.

Unlike other examples of the genre, this book is more than just a collection of circuits. The first sentences in the introduction tell you that: "When you have finished this encyclopedia, you should be able to recognize well over 700 circuits that are commonly used in all phases of electronics. You will also understand how the circuits operate and where they fit into electronic equipment and systems." While the book does not always meet these goals, it does contain more descriptions of circuit operation than any similar book I've seen.

The book starts off with a useful tool: the company addresses for all of the semiconductor manufacturers who contributed circuits from their data books and applications notes. (I would have liked to see telephone numbers, too, but I am an impatient fellow.) It appears that all of the circuits have been taken from data books and application notes. I am used to seeing QST and the ARRL Handbook throughout circuit books; this one is a bit less "hammy" than most.

Following the addresses are sev-

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