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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (April 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132251132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132251136
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 4.1 x 25.1 cm
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Maintaining the tradition of previous editions, this ninth edition includes up-to-date coverage of the latest in electronic communications and concepts. The material presented reflects advancements and developments in all aspects of electronic communications such as mobile communications, satellite communications, digital signal processing and SS7 signaling. Electronic Workbench Multisim simulations appear at the end of each chapter and on an accompanying CD. In addition, in-text learning aids are designed to develop analytical and troubleshooting skills and the updated lab manual includes new experiments using Mini-Circuits® modules. Expanded discussion of digital communications including new changes and improvements in: Mobile Communications; SS7 Signaling; Bluetooth; Wi-Max; DTV (digital television).  Completely new sections on: Wireless Security; DSP (digital signal processing); RFID; HD Radio. A thorough and up-to-date reference for Electronic Technicians.

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We are excited about the many improvements to this edition of Modern Electronic Communication and we trust you will share our enthusiasm as they are briefly described. The seventh edition maintains the tradition of the sixth, including up-to-date coverage of the latest in electronic communications, readable text, and many features that aid student comprehension.

This edition has expanded the Troubleshooting section by including Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim. This is accompanied by an Electronics Workbench Multisim CD-ROM, which is packaged with the text. The CD now contains all circuits from the text based on the latest version of Electronics Workbench Multisim. These valuable tools enable the student to simulate laboratory conditions at any convenient time and to stimulate the learning process.


  • The most up-to-date treatment of digital and data communications
  • The addition of "Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim" in each chapter
  • Extensive troubleshooting sections
  • Numerous questions and problems, including a section for each chapter entitled "Questions for Critical Thinking" designed to sharpen analytical skills
  • All circuits from the book are simulated on a full-function Electronics Workbench (EWB) Multisim CD. Additional circuits provide interactive, hands-on troubleshooting exercises.
  • Key terms and definitions highlighted in the margins as they are introduced in the text
  • Complete directory of acronyms and abbreviations at the end of the book Numerous worked-out examples
  • Extensive problem sets
  • Color photos of typical industrial equipment
  • Chapter outlines, objectives, and key terms identified at the beginning of each chapter
  • Summary of key points following each chapter
  • Comprehensive glossary at the end of the book


  • The dB in communications
  • Understanding the frequency spectra
  • Explanation and examples of the FFT (fast Fourier transform)
  • Digital sampling oscilloscope waveforms
  • Updated review of single-sideband communications
  • CRC coding
  • Hamming distance
  • Expanded digital communications coverage
  • Time-division multiple access
  • Data transmission
  • Updated section on modern telephone networks
  • PCS (personal communication services)
  • Updated coverage of local area networks
  • xDSL (digital subscriber line services)
  • Voiceover IP (Internet telephony)
  • WAP (wireless application protocol)
  • Updated discussion of UTP (unshielded twisted pair)
  • Introduction to the basics of DTV (digital television)
  • Significantly updated fiber-optics chapter
  • System design of a fiber installation
  • Optical networking
  • OTDR measurements and trace analysis
  • Appendix A: Electronics Workbench Multisim Tutorial


CHAPTER OPENER—Each chapter begins with a color photo related to content, a chapter outline, a list of objectives, and key terms being introduced. An example is shown in Figure P1.
WORKED EXAMPLES—Numerous worked-out examples are included in every chapter, as shown in Figure P-2. These examples serve to reinforce key concepts and aid in subject mastery.
TROUBLESHOOTING—Every chapter contains an extensive troubleshooting section. An illustration is provided in Figure P-2. Notice that areas of expected student mastery are highlighted. Students are very interested in applying knowledge gained by "fixing" real-world systems. Their comprehension is improved in this process. Equally important, employers and accrediting agencies strongly encourage emphasis on troubleshooting skills.
TROUBLESHOOTING WITH ELECTRONICS WORKBENCHMULTISIM—Every chapter ends with an EWB circuit simulation and troubleshooting exercise as well as end-of-chapter exercises incorporating Electronics Workbench Multisim.
FULL COLOR FORMAT—Color is used throughout as an aid to comprehension and to make the material more visually stimulating. A representative use of color is shown in Figure P-4.
KEY TERMS DEFINED—The important new terms and concepts are defined in the margins near where they are introduced in the text. An illustration is shown in Figure P-4. Having the key terms presented in this way allows the student to quickly access, review, and understand new concepts and terminology.
END-OF-CHAPTER MATERIAL—Each chapter concludes with a summary of key concepts, an extensive problem set, a section entitled "Questions for Critical Thinking," and chapter exercises incorporating Electronics Workbench Multisim. An illustration of how this material is presented can be seen in Figure P-5. The questions and problems are very comprehensive and are keyed to the appropriate chapter section. An asterisk next to the question number indicates that a particular question has been provided by the FCC as a study aid for licensing examinations. In addition, the answer to quantitative problems is provided in parentheses following the question. Worked-out solutions to selected problems are available in the Instructor's Manual.
GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS—The end-of-book material includes an extensive glossary and list of acronyms. These important tools are illustrated in Figure P-6. Acronyms are widely used in electronic communications and are often a source of confusion for students. This listing solves the problem by offering a quickly accessible description.
CD-ROM INCLUDED—Over 90 percent of the circuits from the text plus additional circuits for troubleshooting are provided on this EWB Multisim software, available free of charge.


  • Laboratory Manual with System Projects and accompanying CD-ROM, by Jeffrey S. Beasley and Michael Fairbanks
  • Laboratory Manual with accompanying CD-ROM, by Mark E. Oliver
  • Learning Electronics Communications Through Experimentation Using Electronics Workbench Multisim with accompanying CD-ROM, by Richard H. Berube
  • Companion Website ( ) featuring simulation circuits using EWB Multisim and practice test questions
  • Instructor's Manual featuring:
    - Chapter Overviews
    - Test Item File
    - Worked-out solutions to quantitative problems appearing in the text
    - Laboratory Manual experiment results
    - CD-ROM containing PowerPoint slides of all figures in the text
  • Prentice Hall Test Manager


Many people have provided constructive criticism for the earlier six editions of Modern Electronic Communication, and we truly appreciate the input that all have had. A special thanks to Don Montgomery of ITT Technical Institute for his significant contribution to the sixth edition. A special thanks to Jim Andress, Charlie Solie, and Dr. Russ Jedlika for their significant contributions to the seventh edition. Those who provided valuable assistance in reviewing the seventh edition are Sami Al-Salman, ITT Technical Institute, Oxnard, CA; James P Andress, Las Cruces, NM; Armond Badkerhanian, ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar, CA; Richard E. Benge, ITT Technical Institute, Henderson, NV; David Brett, ITT Technical Institute, Youngstown, OH; Donnin Custer, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA; Alan Green, ITT Technical Institute, Austin, TX; Jack Hughes and Roger W. Lyons, ITT Technical Institute, Maitland, FL; Francis Reyes, ITT Technical Institute, Hayward, CA; and Lhoucine Zerrouki, ITT Technical Institute, Seattle, WA. Finally, we'd like to thank our families for their continuing support and patience.

Gary M. Miller and Jeffrey S. Beasley

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99e54e94) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
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HASH(0x99e6aec4) out of 5 stars Too dense in a too small package Dec 10 2000
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Format: Hardcover
Some of the hardest and most complex circuits and schematics are not explained at all. Only the simplest things seem easy to understand. The author never demonstrates the equations or where they come from. The author assumes that the reader is a working engineer of technician that needs this book to remember the basics of communication electronics. Definitely not a recommended book to support an introductory course to communications.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e6d348) out of 5 stars Confusing, vague, and does not clearly establish foundations July 6 1999
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The worst electronics book I have ever read. The author assumes and does not establish a firm foundation in which most calculations are made or where constants or formulas are derived from. The book presents some of the material in simple plain english that almost anybody could understand then suddenly skips into a realm in which a person without prior knowledge of the subject is likely to get lost and frustrated. I wish that the school I am attending did not offer this book. I would rather have my money back and purchase a book that really is "student friendly." This book does not incorporate the fundamentals of electronics into the world of communications. The book is full of assumptions that the student knows what,where, how, why and when to use formulas. In addition, the lab supplement is equally confusing and vague. The labs seem to have no overall direction and purpose. They are not laid out in an easy to follow fashion. This book might be better suited for someone who already has had a course in modern electronic communication and is using this book for review/refresher or a study guide. This is NOT a good book for BASIC ELECTRONIC STUDENTS trying to learn modern electronic communication.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e6d2c4) out of 5 stars Poorly organized, few good real world examples. Dec 10 2004
By Brandon Q. Jensen - Published on
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I have no idea why my professor chose this book. He had a list of typos that we had to beware of and several of the chapter questions had incorrect answers. Only buy this book if you are required by a class, otherwise look for a more intuitive and better organized text.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e6d684) out of 5 stars Very disorganized and confusing to someone new to this field Aug. 22 1999
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This book is written in a manner that assumes prior experiance in this field. The communications teacher who teaches out of this text has a hard time relating subject matter to the format of the book. Almost none of the formula's are worked out and related to subject material. A paragraph of text on one page will talk about a diagram on another page,a formula on yet another page and refer to a future subject, not yet discussed but brought up. The text also talks in constant acronyms and field jargan,making it difficult to get through a paragraph without cross-referencing.I only rate this book 1 star because zero wasn't an option.
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HASH(0x99e6d258) out of 5 stars I disagree with the two previous "critics" April 27 2000
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I believe the mistake that many schools make is using this book too soon with students, and that is why they are confused and complain that this is not for students of "basic" electronic communication. My school did not offer it until the 8th quarter (2 years after start date), so by then the students are be well-instructed in the subject-matter that is required to be known when you study from this book. Also, our instructors are well-educated on the subject, and have no problem explaining any area that the students find confusing.