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Fundamentals of Communication Engineering

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Symmetrical Networks:


A network in which all devices can send and receive data at the same rates. Symmetric networks support more bandwidth in one direction as compared to the other, and symmetric DSL offers clients the same bandwidth for both downloads and uploads. A lesser used definition for symmetric network involves resource access—in particular, the equal sharing of resource access.




Basic antenna principle, directive gain, directivity, radiation pattern, broad-side and end -fire array, Yagi antenna, Parabolic antenna.


Antenna Directivity:


Directivity is an important quality of an antenna. It describes how well an antenna concentrates, or bunches, radio waves in a given direction. A dipole transmits or receives most of its energy at right angles to the lengths of metal, while little energy is transferred along them.


If the dipole is mounted vertically, as is common, it will radiate waves away from the center of the antenna in all directions. However, for a commercial radio or television station, a transmitting antenna is often designed to concentrate the radiated energy in certain directions and suppress it in others.


For instance, several dipoles can be used together if placed close to one another. Such an arrangement is called a multiple-element antenna, which is also known as an array.


By properly arranging the separate elements and by properly feeding signals to the elements, the broadcast waves can be more efficiently concentrated toward an intended audience, without, for example, wasting broadcast signals over uninhabited areas.


Basic Antenna principle:




Antenna, also referred to as an aerial, device used to radiate and receive radio waves through the air or through space. Antennas are used to send radio waves to distant sites and to receive radio waves from distant sources. Many wireless communications devices, such as radios, broadcast television sets, radar, and cellular radio telephones, use antennas. Receiving antennas come in many different shapes, depending on the frequency and wavelength of the intended signal.


How Antenna works?


A transmitting antenna takes waves that are generated by electrical signals inside a device such as a radio and converts them to waves that travel in an open space. The waves that are generated by the electrical signals inside radios and other devices are known as guided waves, since they travel through transmission lines such as wires or cables.


The waves that travel in an open space are usually referred to as free-space waves, since they travel through the air or outer space without the need for a transmission line. A receiving antenna takes free-space waves and converts them to guided waves.


Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation, a form of rapidly changing, or oscillating, energy. Radio waves have two related properties known as frequency and




Frequency refers to the number of times per second that a wave oscillates, or varies in strength.


The wavelength is equal to the speed of a wave (the speed of light, or 300 million m/sec) divided by the frequency. Low-frequency radio waves have long wavelengths (measured in hundreds of meters), whereas high-frequency radio waves have short wavelengths (measured in centimeters).


An antenna can radiate radio waves into free space from a transmitter, or it can receive radio waves and guide them to a receiver, where they are reconstructed into the original message. For example, in sending an AM radio transmission, the radio first generates a carrier wave of energy at a particular frequency. The carrier wave is modified to carry a message, such as

music or a person's voice.


The modified radio waves then travel along a transmission line within the radio, such as a wire or cable, to the antenna. The transmission line is often known as a feed element. When the waves reach the antenna, they oscillate along the length of the antenna and back. Each oscillation pushes electromagnetic energy from the antenna, emitting the energy through free space as radio waves.


The antenna on a radio receiver behaves in much the same way. As radio waves traveling through free space reach the receiver's antenna, they set up, or induce, a weak electric current within the antenna. The current pushes the oscillating energy of the radio waves along the antenna, which is connected to the radio receiver by a transmission line. The radio receiver amplifies the radio waves and sends them to a loudspeaker, reproducing the original message.


Yagi antenna:


The Yagi antenna or more correctly, the Yagi - Uda antenna was developed by Japanese scientists in the 1930's. It consists of a half wave dipole (sometimes a folded one, sometimes not), a rear "reflector" and may or may not have one or more forward "directors". These are collectively referred to as the "elements".


The Yagi antenna consists of 2 parts:

the antenna elements the antenna boom

There are three types of elements:

the Reflector (REFL)

the Driven Element (DE)

the Directors (DIR)

 Yagi antenna components:


Each Yagi antenna consists of dipoles, reflectors and directors. A dipole antenna receives radio frequency energy in a circular field ending at the center of the dipole. The Yagi antenna uses a series of dipoles in order to allow for a wider range of single to reach the antenna.


With a Yagi antenna all parts of the antenna usually lay on the same plane. This can be extremely useful, especially with more modern Yagi antennas. The more dipoles that the Yagi antenna has on the same plane, the more bands of signal it can pick up at the same time


The Reflector is at the back of the antenna furthest away from the transmitting station. In other words the boom of the antenna is pointed towards the radio station over the horizon with the Reflector furthest away from the station.


The Driven Element is where the signal is intercepted by the receiving equipment and has the cable attached that takes the received signal to the receiver.


Amplitude Modulation:




Modulation is the process of varying some characteristic of a periodic wave with an external signals. Modul- ation is the modifying of a signal to carry intelligent data over the communications channel. Several types of modulation are available, depending on the system requirement and equipment. The most frequently used types of modulation are amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, and phase modulation.


Demodulation is the act of returning modulated data signals to their original form.


1. Amplitude modulation(AM):

Amplitude modulation refers to modifying the amplitude of a sine wave to store data.


2. Frequency Modulation (FM):

Frequency modulation refers to changing the frequency of a signal to indicate a logic 1 or a logic 0. One frequency indicates a logic 1, and the other frequency indicates a logic 0.


3. Phase Modulation (PM or Indirect FM):

Phase modulation is more complex than amplitude modulation or frequency modulation. Phase modulation uses a signal frequency sine wave and performs phase shifts of the sine wave to store data. A modification of phase modulation involves the use of several discrete phase shifts to indicate the state of two or more data bits.


Frequency Modulation:

Frequency Modulation (FM) With frequency modulation, the modulating signal and the carrier are combined in such a way that causes the carrier FREQUENCY(fc) to vary above and below its normal(idling) frequency. The amplitude of the carrier remains constant as shown in figure below.






A microphone is a transducer as it converts sound waves (acoustic energy) into electrical energy. The very first microphone was purely mechanical in nature. A metal diaphragm is connected to a needle, which ―draws‖ a pattern on a metallic foil. When the air pressure changes due to a person‘s voice, the diaphragm vibrates and moves the needle. The needle then scratches the foil with the vibration pattern. The sound is recreated when the needle is made to run over the foil again. The vibration pattern being followed by the needle makes the diaphragm move and reproduces the sound.


Microphones now work the same way but does the process electronically. Instead of a scratched foil with the vibration patterns, the change in air pressure is now converted to an electrical signal. The diaphragms can be of any material such as plastic, paper or aluminum. Diaphragms differ in producing sound which gave rise to different classifications of microphones


Types of microphones:


Carbon microphones:


Carbon microphones are amongst the oldest, simplest and most used types of microphones even to this day. They work by converting air pressure variations into electrical resistance. The membrane collecting the sound waves presses against a carbon dust material that varies its electrical resistance in the process. By running electric current through the carbon dust, one can obtain an electrical current variation that is amplified and recorded.


Condenser Micorphones:


Condenser microphones rely on the properties of capacitors. However, the plates of the capacitor are no longer immobile and are free to move in relation to each other according to the air pressure changes. This generates a variation in the capacity of the device, which can be converted into electric signals.


Dynamic microphones:


Dynamic microphones on the other hand harness the electromagnetic effects determined by the movement of a magnet inside a conductive wire coil. The vibrations of the magnet are basically converted into tiny electrical currents that are amplified and recorded.


Ribbon microphones:


Ribbon microphones work on a principle rather similar to that of the dynamic microphones, but instead of vibrating a microphone inside a coil, a thin ribbon is suspended in a magnetic field. The vibration of the ribbon translates into inductance variations inside the coil generating the magnetic field.


Piezo-electric microphones:


Crystal microphones are based on the piezoelectric effect. Piezoelectric materials have the ability of directly converting electric energy into mechanical movement and vice versa. The most common piezoelectric material occurring naturally on Earth is quartz, which is often used to make crystal microphones.




Telegraphy is the long-distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters. Radiotelegraphy or wireless telegraphy transmits messages using radio. Telegraphy includes recent forms of data transmission such as fax, email, and computer networks in general.


A telegraph is a machine for transmitting and receiving messages over long distances. A telegraph message sent by a telegraph operator (or telegrapher) using Morse code was known as a telegram or cablegram, often shortened to a cable or a wire message. Later, a telegram sent by the Telex network, a switched network of teleprinters similar to the telephone network, was known as a telex message.


Morse Code:

Morse code is a type of character encoding that transmits telegraphic information using rhythm. Morse code uses a standardized sequence of short and long elements to represent the letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters of a given message. The short and long elements can be formed by sounds, marks, or pulses, in on off keying and are commonly known as "dots" and "dashes" or "dits" and "dahs". The spee d of Morse code is measured in words per minute or characters per minute , while fixed-length data forms of telecommunication transmission are usually measured in baud or bps.



Television (TV) is a widely used telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images, either monochromatic ("black and white") or color, usually accompanied by sound. "Television" may also refer specifically to a television set, television programming or television transmission.



Charge-Coupled Device


Charge-coupled device (CCD) is an analog shift register that enables the transportation of analog signals (electric charges) through successive stages (capacitors), controlled by a clock signal. Charge-coupled devices can be used as a form of memory or for delaying samples of analog signals. Today, they are most widely used in arrays of photoelectric light sensors to serialize parallel analog signals. Not all image sensors use CCD technology; for example, CMOS chips are also commercially available.


"CCD" refers to the way that the image signal is read out from the chip. Under the control of an external circuit, each capacitor can transfer its electric charge to one or another of its neighbors. CCDs are used in digital photography, digital photogrammetry, astronomy (particularly in photometry), sensors, electron microscopy, medical fluoroscopy, optical and UV spectroscopy, and high speed techniques such as lucky imaging.


Television is certainly one of the most influential forces of our time. Through the device called a television set or TV, you are able to receive news, sports, entertainment, information and commercials. The average American spends between two and five hours a day glued to "the tube"!


Have you ever wondered about the technology that makes television possible? How is it that dozens or hundreds of channels of full-motion video arrive at your house, in many cases for free? How does your television decode the signals to produce the picture? How will the new digital television signals change things? If you have ever wondered about your television (or, for that matter, about your computer monitor), then read on! In this article, we'll answer all of these questions and more. See the next page to get started.


conversion of the vibrations of sound (for example, music) into a permanent record, and its later playback in its original form (see SOUND,). In the most common method of sound recording, the magnetic method, transformed sound waves may be amplified and made to magnetize a metaloxide coated plastic recording tape so that the magnetization varies with the frequency and intensity of the sound. Sound recording involves some form of mechanical movement of the recording medium at a constant speed past the point of recording so that the sound recording may later be reproduced as a replica of the original sound.


Components of Television




High fidelity is the technique of recording, broadcasting, and reproducing sound to match as closely as possible the characteristics of the original sound. To achieve high-fidelity reproduction, the sound must be free of distortion and include the full frequency range of human hearing—20 Hz to 20 kilohertz (see FREQUENCY,).




A high-fidelity system consists of the following components: the turntable and tonearm or possibly a CD player, the amplifier, the speaker system, and the control unit, sometimes referred to as a preamplifier/control unit. Supplementary components include the tuner and the tape recorder.


The turntable and tonearm.


(For the basic operating principles of these elements, see PHONOGRAPH,.) The turntable and tonearm translate the engraved patterns on a phonograph record into electrical voltage variations. The turntable is rotated by a motor that turns at a constant speed, thus avoiding distortions called wow and rumble. Wow consists of a slow variation in pitch caused by variation in the speed of the turntable, and rumble is a low-frequency tremor caused by defects in the turntable.


The tonearm and the cartridge form one of the most critical parts of the high-fidelity installation. The finely balanced tonearm holds a cartridge, which in turn holds a stylus, preferably tipped with long-wearing diamond. To reproduce recorded sound accurately and with minimum wear on the record, the cartridge must provide maximum compliance, that is, an easy lateral and vertical motion of the stylus. The stylus, moreover, must contact the record at a precise angle with the proper pressure.





The compact disc (CD) player.


CD players are increasingly replacing the conventional turntable and tonearm in high-fidelity systems. Offering more uniform frequency response, lower distortion, and inaudible background noise levels, compact discs have the additional advantage of longer life. Since CDs are never physically in contact with any pickup mechanism—digital codes embedded beneath the surface of the disc are read by a laser beam of light—these discs can last indefinitely if handled with care. Specially built CD players can also be used for data retrieval using CD-ROM (Read-Only Memory) discs, while interactive compact discs (CD-I), as well as interactive video discs (VD-I), can be used for a wide variety of educational and training purposes. In addition to their audio content, some CDs contain digitally driven graphics that can be displayed on a television screen. Such discs are referred to as CD-G.





The amplifier.


The amplifier converts the relatively weak electrical impulses received from the cartridge into power sufficient to drive the speakers. The amount of power that an amplifier can produce is rated in watts. Depending on the requirements of the speaker system, an amplifier may deliver from 10 to 125 watts of electrical power. The amplifier is controlled, as a rule, by a device called the preamplifier, which amplifies minute sound-signal voltages too small for the amplifier to handle. Preamplifiers also boost the bass and attenuate the treble to compensate for the poor bass and strong treble response of phonograph records. Most modern amplifiers are equipped with so-called solid-state or integrated circuits. See INTEGRATED




The speaker system.


Loudspeakers, electromechanical devices that produce audible sound from amplified audio voltages, are extensively employed in radio receivers, motion picture sound systems, public-address systems, and other apparatus in which sound must be produced from a recording, a communications system, or a sound source of low intensity.


Several types of loudspeaker exist, but almost all loudspeakers now in use are dynamic speakers. These speakers include an extremely light coil of wire, called the voice coil, mounted within the magnetic field of a powerful permanent magnet or electromagnet. The coil of the electromagnet, if one is used, is called the field coil. A varying electric current from the amplifier passes through the voice coil and alters the magnetic force between the voice coil and the speaker‘s magnetic field. As a result, the coil vibrates with the changes in the current. A diaphragm or a large paper cone mechanically attached to the voice coil generates sound waves in the air when the coil moves.


The loudness and sound quality of such speakers can be increased by the use of properly designed enclosures or cabinets. Such cabinets may hold several loudspeakers of different sizes, small so-called tweeters for high notes, and large woofers for low notes.





The control unit.


As the nerve center of the high-fidelity system, the control unit performs a number of critical functions. For example, the surface noises of old records are attenuated by means of a device called the scratch filter; another device, the rumble filter, cuts down low-pitched noises, such as vibration from the phonograph motor; the loudness control compensates for the inability of the ear to hear high and low notes as clearly as it hears the middle range by increasing the relative level of treble and bass tones when the record is played at a reduced volume. The control unit also adjusts sound signals from the record player, the tape recorder, or the tuner.





The tuner.


The AM/FM tuner allows the listener to receive broadcasts from stations in the broadest band of the radio spectrum, from 500 to 1650 kilohertz (AM), 88 to 108 megahertz (FM). From the broadcast signals reaching the antenna, the tuner selects the frequency of the desired station to the exclusion of other stations in the broadcast range. It then extracts the audio voltage representing the program being transmitted and amplifies this voltage to activate the speakers of the high-fidelity system. See RADIO,.


The tape recorder.


This device records and reproduces sound by preserving electrical signals as magnetic patterns on thin plastic tape coated with magnetic oxide. In recording, the tape is drawn past a recording head, leaving a magnetic imprint. The tape is then drawn past a reproducing head that turns the magnetic pattern into an electrical signal; this signal, in turn, is amplified and reproduced as sound. The reproducing, or playback, head may be the same device as the recording head, or they may be separate devices. Tapes are readily erased for reuse and are virtually immune to the damage that eventually mars phonograph records.


The first magnetic-reading instrument, called a telegraphone, was invented in 1898 by the Danish electrical engineer Valdemar Poulsen (1869–1942), who used a magnetized steel tape to carry messages. Currently, the most popular form of tape recording is the so-called compact cassette, which uses a tape with two or four tracks. Cassette-tape recorders and players are available in a wide variety of sizes, from the tiny portable types used with stereo headphones to elaborate units incorporated in home high-fidelity systems.







Stereophonic sound re-creates for listeners the conditions that would exist near an actual sound source, such as an orchestra. The sound is picked up separately from the left and the right sides of the orchestra, and, through the use of two or more carefully placed speakers, a stereophonic recording is directed toward listeners in such a way that they seem to hear music from the left, the right, and the center. More importantly, they become aware of a veil of sound that seems to have depth and solidity as well as direction.





Mechanical Recording.


The operation of a sound-recording system may, however, be most easily understood by considering the process of recording sound by the now obsolete mechanical method. In this method, sound waves are used directly or indirectly to actuate a stylus or cutter that engraves on a disk or cylinder a wavy-line pattern corresponding to the pattern of sound waves. This process, with minor modifications, was used for many years in the production of phonograph records. In the direct method of mechanical recording, sound waves strike a very light diaphragm of metal or other substance and set it into motion. Attached to the diaphragm is a needle or cutting point that vibrates with the diaphragm. Under the point is a disk or cylinder of wax, metallic foil, shellac, or other suitable substance that is moved past the needle so that the needle cuts a groove in the form of a spiral on a disk, or a helix on a cylinder. As the needle vibrates it traces a wavy groove laterally or vertically in the record; this groove is a mechanical replica of the sound that struck the diaphragm of the recording machine. If, for example, the sound wave consists of the musical tone of A in the treble clef, which has a frequency of 440 Hz (hertz or cycles per second), the needle oscillates 440 times/sec. If the record is moving under the needle at the rate of 10 cm/sec, the groove will exhibit a pattern of 44 oscillations (44 sine waves, or 44 crests and 44 troughs)/1 cm (0.4 in). To reproduce the recorded sound, a needle attached to a diaphragm is set in the groove, and the record is turned at the rate of 10 cm (4 in)/sec. The vertical or, more commonly, lateral crests and troughs of groove then move the needle at the rate of 440 oscillations/sec, and the attached


diaphragm oscillates, producing sound waves in the air of the same pitch as the original tone (see OSCILLATION,). In the making of modern phonograph records the sound is first converted to electrical impulses by a microphone; these impulses are amplified and used to actuate the cutting needle by electromagnetic means. The cutting needle engraves a disk, called the master, made of shellac, which is used to make the metal molds from which vinyl records are mass produced.


Optical Recording.


In the optical method, sound waves are transformed by a microphone into equivalent electrical impulses that are then amplified and made to operate a device that changes the intensity of a light beam (by means of an electromagnetically actuated gate or light valve) or the size of the beam (by means of an electromagnetically actuated vibrating mirror or a slit of variable width). The resulting varying light beam is focused on a moving film, which is then developed to provide a photographic track. The track recorded with varying intensity is of variable density and constant width. The track recorded with the vibrating mirror or varying slit has variable areas of darkened and clear film. To reproduce the sound track on either film, a light source is focused on the film, and a PHOTOELECTRIC CELL, (q.v.) is placed behind the film. The fluctuations in the relative amount of light passing through the film generate a fluctuating electric current in the photoelectric cell; this current is amplified and then transformed into sound by means of some form of loudspeaker. See MOTION PICTURE,.


Electromagnetic Recording.


In audiotape recording, sound waves are amplified and recorded on a magnetized plastic or paper tape. The information is first converted into electrical impulses, which are then impressed in the magnetized tape by an electromagnetic record head. A playback head, which is also an electromagnetic device, converts the magnetic fields on the tape into electrical impulses that are then amplified and reconverted into audible sound waves.


Digital Recording.


In the combined mechanical and electronic system of ordinary phonograph recording, waveforms of sound are inevitably distorted to some degree, and they also pick up noises from the recording process itself. In computer-based recording these problems are eliminated. The digital recorder measures the waveforms thousands of times each second and assigns a numerical value, or digit, to each of the measurements. These digits are then translated into a stream of electronic pulses that are placed in a memory bank for later retranslation and playback. Such techniques have been used limitedly in recent years for the production of otherwise conventional phonograph records, but direct-digital records are now available in which electronic pulses are instead placed on a small, aluminized disc called a COMPACT DISC (q.v.; CD), where they somewhat resemble a spiral of Morse-code signals when viewed through a microscope. The plastic-protected CD is placed in a machine where a laser beam reads the coded information, and circuitry converts it to analog signals for playback through conventional speaker systems.

Stereophonic Recording.


Stereophonic recording in its simplest form uses two separate microphones to produce two recorded tracks, or channels, on magnetic tape. Similarly, the sound component of motion pictures reproduces stereophonic sound by multiple tracks on film.


Phonograph disks can also record stereophonic sound, or stereo, on two independent channels, one on each wall of a single groove. The groove is cut with a 90° stylus in such a way that one groove wall slants 45° to the left, and the other wall slants 45° to the right. Two independent coils 90° apart energize the cutting stylus to give a different pattern on each wall for each of the two channels. During playback of a disk, two sensors in the cartridge are mounted at a 90° angle to each other to pick up the two tracks.


Quadraphonic Recording.


A quadraphonic sound playback system requires the use of four separate amplification channels driving four speakers located in the four corners of the listening room. Various systems achieving quadraphonic recording and playback were perfected in the early 1970s, some involving a method of encoding and decoding which required only two channels to be recorded on tape or disk.


The lack of standardization of these systems and the reluctance of many music lovers to place four loudspeakers in the listening room caused the popularity of quadraphonic recording to wane. With the advent of home video recorders, or VCRs, and large-screen television sets in the 1980s, a new type of multi-channel sound has replaced quadraphonic sound. Called surround sound, this system also involves the use of four or more loudspeakers and channels and is used to re-create the all-enveloping sound experienced when attending certain motion pictures in specially equipped theaters.


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