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New Book Published!

Hi Everyone,

I recently published the first book in a three-volume series on EMC troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing techniques that may be performed right on the workbench at your own facility.

Creating Your Own EMC Troubleshooting Kit – Essential Tools for EMC Troubleshooting

Why Read This Book? – With all the many pressures you have as a product designer, does electromagnetic compliance (EMC) always seems like a stumbling block to delaying product sales? Is your product exhibiting one of the top three failures; radiated emissions, electrostatic discharge or radiated immunity? Are you continually cycling between design/fixing – running to the compliance test lab – failing again – and back to applying more fixes? Wondering how to attack these issues earlier in the design cycle? Would you like to learn how to characterize and troubleshoot simple design issues right on your workbench? Then this is the book for you! 

The purpose of this guide is to help you to duplicate and customize your own EMC troubleshooting kit. This should prove useful whether you are an “internal EMC consultant” in a larger corporation, an engineer who “wears many hats” and occasionally is forced to deal with EMC compliance or if you’re consulting in the field of EMC for other companies. Most of the content is a collection of past blog articles from EDN.com and Interference Technology Magazine. My hope is that the information within this guide will help you become more efficient and offer a more professional appearance to your managers or clients, as the case may be. Future volumes in the series will include simple ways of using these tools to perform your own in-house emissions and immunity troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing.

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 – CREATING YOUR OWN EMC TROUBLESHOOTING KIT
CHAPTER 2 – SPECTRUM ANALYZERS
CHAPTER 3 – NEAR FIELD PROBES
CHAPTER 4 – CURRENT PROBES
CHAPTER 5 – ANTENNAS
CHAPTER 6 – BROADBAND PREAMPLIFIERS
CHAPTER 7 – CONDUCTED EMISSIONS
CHAPTER 8 – ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE (ESD)
CHAPTER 9 – RADIATED IMMUNITY
CHAPTER 10 – OSCILLOSCOPES
CHAPTER 11 – HARMONIC COMB GENERATORS
CHAPTER 12 – MISCELLANEOUS COMPONENTS AND EQUIPMENT
CHAPTER 13 – SUMMARY AND REFERENCES

180 pages

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Quick update…

Hi All, just a quick update on my activities. After serving for three years as senior technical editor for Interference Technology Magazine, I decided to leave in order to better serve my existing clients. This will also give me a chance to do a little more writing.

I’m also back blogging for EDN.com for “The EMC Blog”, which I started writing six years ago. See https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/4376432/1/The-EMC-Blog. I’ll continue writing and blogging for Interference Technology, however.

I’m continuing to develop my seminar schedule for 2019 with plans for Santa Clara, Colorado, and Chicago areas. If you happen to reside outside the U.S., I’m also working on possible plans to hold a series of seminars in Europe.

Leaving Agilent Technologies!

Well, I write this on the eve of my last day with Agilent Technologies and an EMC design career spanning 21 years! Many have asked how it feels (of course, the smile keeps getting larger) and after some thought, it’s the same feeling I get when just about to embark on a major trip – a mix of anticipation and a little excitement. I certainly have mixed feelings about leaving the company early (I turn 57 this April), because I’ve enjoyed the job, enjoyed working with such talented people and have loved the challenge of helping the designers over the regulatory hurdles. On the other hand, this is the longest I’ve worked for any company and it just seems right to move on to new opportunities. Exciting times ahead, to be sure!