The NAB Engineering Handbook is the definitive resource for broadcast engineers. It provides in-depth information about each aspect of the broadcast chain from audio and video contribution through an entire broadcast facility all the way to the antenna. New topics include Ultra High Definition Television, Internet Radio Interfacing and Streaming, ATSC 3.0, Digital Audio Compression Techniques, Digital Television Audio Loudness Management, and Video Format and Standards Conversion. Important updates have been made to incumbent topics such as AM, Shortwave, FM and Television Transmitting Systems, Studio Lighting, Cameras, and Principles of Acoustics.

The big-picture, comprehensive nature of the NAB Engineering Handbook will appeal to all broadcast engineers—everyone from broadcast chief engineers, who need expanded knowledge of all the specialized areas they encounter in the field, to technologists in specialized fields like IT and RF who are interested in learning about unfamiliar topics. Chapters are written to be accessible and easy to understand by all levels of engineers and technicians. A wide range of related topics that engineers and technical managers need to understand are covered, including broadcast documentation, FCC practices, technical standards, security, safety, disaster planning, facility planning, project management, and engineering management.

section 1|40 pages


chapter 1.1|8 pages

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

ByJohn Norgard, Gregory L. Best

chapter 1.2|24 pages

The Fundamentals of Broadcast Coverage

ByDoug Vernier

chapter 1.3|6 pages

Distance and Bearing Calculations

ByDane E. Ericksen

section 2|19 pages

Broadcast Administration, Standards, and Technologies

chapter 2.1|17 pages

Broadcast-Related Organizations and Information

ByLoren White

chapter 2.2|11 pages

Broadcast-Related Regulatory Considerations

Environmental, Aeronautical, Safety, Online
ByDavid Oxenford

chapter 2.3|12 pages

Frequency Coordination for Broadcast Auxiliary Services

ByDane E. Ericksen

chapter 2.4|22 pages

Frequency Allocation for Broadcasting and the Broadcast Auxiliary Services

ByWilliam R. Meintel

chapter 2.5|12 pages

Analog and Digital Terrestrial Radio Standards

ByStanley Salek, Lawrie Hallett

chapter 2.6|11 pages

HF Shortwave Radio

Allocation, Design Methods, and Regulation
ByJames E. O’Neal

chapter 2.7|23 pages

Worldwide Standards for Analog and Digital Television

ByAldo G. Cugnini

chapter 2.8|9 pages

Digital Audio Standards and Practices

ByChip Morgan, Randall Hoffner, Tim Carroll

chapter 2.9|24 pages

Digital Video Standards and Practices

ByKarl J. Kuhn

chapter 2.10|12 pages

Broadcasting Emergency Information

ByGary E. Timm

section 3|91 pages

Technical Management and Safety

chapter 3.1|15 pages

Broadcast Engineering Management

ByNorman R. Swan

chapter 3.2|20 pages

Broadcast Engineering Documentation Management

ByDavid M. Baden

chapter 3.3|15 pages

System Integration and Project Management

ByStephen F. Pumple

chapter 3.4|12 pages

Managing Workplace and Environmental Hazards

ByDavid P. Maxson

chapter 3.5|12 pages

Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy

ByRobert D. Weller

chapter 3.6|13 pages

Broadcast Facility Security, Safety, Disaster Planning, and Recovery

ByRichard Rudman, Thomas G. Osenkowsky, Joseph Pollet

section 4|171 pages

Audio Production and Studio Technology

chapter 4.1|22 pages

Principles of Acoustics and Noise Control for Broadcast Applications

ByRonald Eligator

chapter 4.2|13 pages

Planning a Radio Studio or Audio Production Facility

ByStephen Poole

chapter 4.3|23 pages

Microphones for Broadcast Applications

ByTy Ford, Greg Silsby

chapter 4.4|15 pages

In-Studio Audio Recording for Radio and TV

ByRich Rarey, Jeff Brugger

chapter 4.5|28 pages

Telephone Network Interfacing

ByKirk Harnack, Joe Talbot

chapter 4.6|7 pages

Radio Remote Broadcasts

ByLorna White

chapter 4.8|32 pages

Radio Station Automation, Networks, and Audio Storage

ByEugene Novacek

chapter 27|25 pages

Digital Audio Compression Technologies

BySchuyler Quackenbush, Fred Wylie

section 5|443 pages

Video Production and TV Studio Systems

chapter 5.1|12 pages

Principles of Light, Vision, and Photometry

ByJerry Whitaker

chapter 5.2|15 pages

Planning a Video Production and TV Studio Facility

Systems, Principles, Design, Architecture
ByRalph S. Blackman, Dave Guerrero

chapter 5.3|20 pages

Lighting for Television

ByBill Marshall, Cindy Hutter Cavell

chapter 5.4|26 pages

Television Playout and Content Delivery

ByPeter Wharton

chapter 5.5|34 pages

Television Camera Systems

ByMichael Bergeron, Steven Mahrer, Steven Mahrer, Idin Roshan, Martin Marietta

chapter 5.6|31 pages

Camera Supports

ByMartin Marietta

chapter 5.7|5 pages

Closed Caption Services

ByChris Homer

chapter 5.8|8 pages

Workflow and Professional Media Networks

ByBrad Gilmer

chapter 5.9|12 pages

Digital Asset Management

ByWendy Allen

chapter 5.10|25 pages

ATSC 1.0 Encoding, Transport, and PSIP Systems

ByRichard Chernock, Matthew S. Goldman, Chris Lennon

chapter 38|17 pages

Video Compression

ByMatthew S. Goldman, Peter Symes

chapter 5.12|68 pages

Video Recording, Servers, and Storage

ByKarl Paulsen

chapter 5.13|22 pages

Format and Standards Conversion

ByPaola Hobson

chapter 5.14|24 pages

Digital Television Audio Loudness Management

ByJim Starzynski

chapter 5.15|42 pages

Weather Radar Systems

chapter 5.16|9 pages

Television Graphics

ByKevin Entrekin, Christopher Kelly, Paul Lacombe

chapter 5.17|11 pages

ENG, SNG, and Remote Video Production

ByTom Jennings, Stephen Alhart

chapter 5.18|24 pages

Television Audio

Analog and Digital Systems
ByTim Carroll, Jeffrey Riedmiller

chapter 46|20 pages

Intercom and IFB Systems

ByVinnie Macri, Kari Eythorsson

chapter 5.20|9 pages

Ultra-High-Definition Television

ByMatthew S. Goldman

section 6|126 pages

Facility Interconnection

chapter 6.1|17 pages

Audio Contribution and Distribution Methods

BySkip Pizzi, John Kean

chapter 6.2|9 pages

Video Contribution and Distribution Methods

ByCindy Hutter Cavell

chapter 6.3|32 pages

Satellite Uplinks and Downlinks for Contribution and Distribution

BySidney M. Skjei

chapter 6.4|41 pages

STL Systems for Radio and TV

ByErnest M. Hickin, James H. Rooney, Doug Irwin

chapter 6.5|11 pages

Transmitter Remote Control and Monitoring Systems

ByPaul Shulins

chapter 6.6|10 pages

Fiber Optic Transmission Systems

ByJeff Juniet

section 7|79 pages

Radio Transmission

chapter 7.1|21 pages

Planning Radio Transmitter Facilities

ByPaul Shulins, Thomas R. Ray

chapter 7.2|27 pages

Transmission Audio Processing

ByRobert Orban

chapter 7.3|9 pages

Internet Radio Interfacing and Streaming

ByGreg Ogonowski

chapter 7.4|2 pages

AM Radio Broadcasting

ByThomas G. Osenkowsky

chapter 7.5|15 pages

Medium Wave (AM) Transmitters

ByJeff O. Welton, John Stanley

chapter 7.6|50 pages

AM and FM IBOC Systems and Equipment

ByJeff Detweiler

chapter 7.7|13 pages

Worldwide Digital Radio Systems

ByKenneth E. Colwell

chapter 7.8|27 pages

Medium Wave AM Broadcast Antenna Systems

ByRonald D. Rackley

chapter 7.9|16 pages

Antenna Coupling and Phasing Systems

ByTom King, Bobby Cox, James Moser

chapter 7.10|9 pages

AM Diplexing, Combining, and Filter System Design

ByRonald D. Rackley

chapter 7.11|9 pages

Synchronous AM Broadcasting

ByStephen F. Smith

chapter 7.12|10 pages

AM Antenna System Maintenance

ByJohn F. Warner

chapter 7.13|19 pages

Antenna System Moment Method Modeling

ByW. Cris Alexander

chapter 7.14|55 pages

FM Radio Broadcasting

ByGeoffrey N. Mendenhall, Tim Anderson

chapter 7.15|14 pages

VHF (FM) Radio Transmitters

ByJeff Welton

chapter 7.16|10 pages

Radio Data System

ByScott A. Wright, Alan W. Jurison

chapter 7.17|43 pages

FM Broadcast Antennas

ByThomas B. Silliman, Eric R. Wandel

chapter 7.18|23 pages

FM Combining and Filter System Design

ByRobert A. Surette, Shively Labs

chapter 7.19|13 pages

FM and AM Translators and Boosters

ByRon Castro

chapter 7.20|53 pages

HF Shortwave Radio

ByJ. Fred Riley, John O. Stanley

chapter 7.21|10 pages

Hybrid Radio and the RadioDNS Open Standards

ByNick Piggott

section 8|190 pages

Television Transmission

chapter 8.1|22 pages

Planning a Television Transmitter Facility

ByDavid Sanderford, Matthew A. Sanderford

chapter 8.2|18 pages

Analog Television Transmitters

ByFred Baumgartner

chapter 8.3|25 pages

Digital Television Transmitters

ByFred Baumgartner

chapter 8.4|20 pages

Next-Generation DTV Systems

ByWalter Fischer, Johannes Sinnhuber

chapter 8.5|15 pages

Single-Frequency Networks for DTV Systems

ByWalter Fischer

chapter 8.7|11 pages

Television Antenna Systems

ByAndre J. Skalina

chapter 8.8|38 pages

Television Filters, Combiners, and RF Components

ByDaniel S. Fallon

chapter 8.9|20 pages

Broadcast Television Co-Location Site Management

ByShane O’Donoghue, Peggy Miles

section 9|73 pages

Broadcast Towers and Transmission Lines

chapter 9.1|10 pages

Tower Design, Erection, and Maintenance

ByJohn Wahba

chapter 9.2|26 pages

Lightning Protection for Towers

ByEdward A. Lobnitz

chapter 9.3|14 pages

Tower Lighting and Monitoring

ByRichard G. Hickey

chapter 9.4|21 pages

Transmission Lines for AM, FM, HF, and TV Stations and Associated Systems

ByPhillip Young, Nicholas Paulin, Bill Harland

section 10|135 pages

Signal Measurement and Analysis

chapter 10.1|28 pages

Audio Signal Analysis

ByStanley Salek, Thomas Kite, David Mathew, John Kean

chapter 10.2|18 pages

AM Radio Performance Measurements

ByMaxson David P.

chapter 10.3|15 pages

AM Radio Antenna System and Field Strength Measurements

ByJack S. Sellmeyer

chapter 10.4|19 pages

FM Antenna Performance Measurements

ByMartyn Gregory, Peter Long

chapter 10.5|7 pages

FM Radio Field Strength Measurements

ByClarence M. Beverage, William P. Weeks

chapter 10.6|10 pages

Digital Television Proof of Performance Measurements

ByMark H. Bricker, SteveN Ramer

chapter 10.7|15 pages

TV Transmission Line and Antenna System Measurements

ByTodd R. Loney, Stephen N. Heazlewood

chapter 10.8|11 pages

VHF and UHF Television Antenna Test Range Measurements

ByJohn L. Schadler

chapter 10.9|5 pages

VHF and UHF Television Field Strength Measurements

ByDaniel M. Barton

section 11|38 pages

Ancillary Broadcast Systems

chapter 11.2|9 pages

Facility Grounding Practice and Lightning Protection

ByJeff Welton

chapter 11.3|8 pages

Media Archives

ByJames Snyder