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RF fundamentals  |    A 2 day   hands on   training course

RF fundamentals training course description

Radio Frequency engineering is an important yet often overlooked area in today's wireless world. This course provides a grounding in RF theory and practice for wireless, cellular and microwave systems.

What will you learn
  • Explain the basics of RF.
  • Describe RF propagation and antenna principles.
  • Calculate propagation losses and link budgets.
  • Test RF systems.
RF fundamentals training course details
  • Who will benefit:
  • Those working with wireless, cellular and microwave systems.

  • Prerequisites:
  • None.

  • Duration
  • 2 days

  • Dates & prices
  • Click here

RF fundamentals training course contents

  • What is RF?
  • Definition of RF, RF wave characteristics: Frequency, wavelength, power, phase, impedance, RF history, radio signals, frequency bands, safety issues, legal issues.

  • RF systems
  • Microwaves, cellular/mobile RF, WLANs, other fixed wireless networks, basic RF components.
    Hands on Building a basic WLAN network.

  • RF system components
  • Transmitters: Antennas: Isotropic, Dipole, how antennas achieve gain.

  • Modulation
  • Schemes, bandwidth, AM, FM, FSK, PSK, QAM, QPSK, interference, performance.
    Hands on Interference and performance.

  • Multiple access schemes

  • Wireless systems
  • Cellular (GSM, UMTS), Wifi, WiMax, others: GPS, DBS, RFID, radar, Bluetooth.
    Hands on cellular.

  • Spread Spectrum technologies
  • Spread spectrum benefits and disadvantages, how it works, Direct Sequence, Frequency Hopping, hybrids.

  • RF propagation
  • Models, link budget, Smith chart, RF matching with the Smith chart. cell capacity, tradeoffs: power vs. bandwidth, free space, reflection, diffraction, multipath cancellation, propagation prediction and measurement tools.
    Hands on Smith charts.

  • RF testing
  • Why power rather than voltage/current, units of power, dB and dBm power conversions. Test equipment: signal generators, power meters, network analysers, spectrum analysers. RF test setups: return loss, insertion loss.
    Hands on RF testing.

Learning path



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Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.