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Here's a collection of books on microwave topics that you can download for free,screened by us for no copyright violations. Know of something really good that we missed? Send us a note, we'll add it to the list. 

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  • Here's a free ebook on Real World of RF Printed Circuit Boards.  It's a download from Microwave Journal, you will likely have to register to get it. This book was sponsored by Rogers Corporation, so you guessed that the tables of material properties don't contain competitors' products (Panasonic's MEGTRON 6 for example) you are correct. But it contains a wealth of free information, and you should get a copy if your career is moving toward circuit card assemblies (like everyone else in the microwave industry). Here is the full library of MJ ebooks for your perusal.

  • The book  "Microwave Radiometry Construction, Measurement & Analysis" was written and donated by Norman C. Grody. We liked it so much, we gave it its own page.

  • This is a little off-topic, but DTIC released "The Infrared and Electro-Optical Systems Handbook" to the public. We posted all eight volumes on this page. Download them all!

  • Editor's note: the link to Kildal's antenna book is broken, as it was on his personal website and he passed away a few years back.  We are working to get a local copy of it for download, we'll let you know when it is available again... Kildal Antenna AB has a downloadable PDF text book on antenna design called Foundations of Antenna Engineering.  You do have to give them your name and email address before downloading, but MW101 reader Jack tells us it's worth it.  He tells us: "This textbook follows the integral equation approach to solving radiation problems related to antennas instead of using auxiliary vector potential functions to solve for the fields. The book starts with developing the theory of integral equations, followed by developing an idea of how incremental current sources (electric, magnetic and Huygens) can be used to construct a complex current distribution. The book includes chapters about thin wire and loop antennas, aperture antennas, microstrip patch antennas, horn antennas and arrays of antennas. A bit of a warning about this book is that it is quite math intensive so reader discretion is advised, but in my opinion the math leads to an interesting insight about the antennas and radiation in general." Thanks for the pointers, Jack!

  • Two different loyal readers pointed us to Microwave and RF Design  by  Michael Steer. This is a five-volume set that covers the fundamentals of Radio Systems, Transmission Lines, Networks, Modules, and Amplifiers and Oscillators. It's hosted over at the Repository of the North Carolina State University Libraries. Thanks for the heads up, Terry and Michal!

  • Also from our new friend Michal, we have a link to a repository of free, open source books at These books tend to be compilations of papers on similar topics, and are often fairly academic.

  • Our friends over at AWR will let you download a copy of RF Electronics - Design and Simulation by Professor Keith Kikkert of James Cook University in Australia.  You will have to give them your email address, but let's be honest; they probably have it already.

  • We have a page dedicated to  Brainwaves and Death, a novel about early encephalography by Willard Rich. You can buy a print copy if you want, or grab a digitized version for free over at Google Books.

  • Go to our page on Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) and follow the link to download Dr. Vitaliy Zhurbenko's two new books, "Passive Microwave Components and Antennas" and "Advanced Microwave Circuits and Systems".

  • "Electromagnetic Waves and Antennas" by Sophocles J. Orfanidis can be downloaded from the Rutgers site here.

  • MYJ's filter book is available for free as a scanned pdf in our download area. It is in the public domain so there is no harm in grabbing a copy!

  • Microwaves101 now offers a free book, Microwave Engineering by Roger Kaul and Edward Wolff.