RF For Technicians Training

Commitment 4 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


This intensive four-day RF For Technicians Training workshop will help you master the key concepts, principles, and techniques that underlie radio frequency (RF) communications. Covered are the Physics and Mathematics of RF, RF transmission and reception, RF propagation, link budgets, antennas, radio transmitters and receivers, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), testing and troubleshooting techniques and equipment, and more.

  • RF for Technicians Training: Introduction to Radio Frequency (RF) Communications
  • RF for Technicians: Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission, Reception, and Propagation
  • RF for Technicians: Radio Transmitter and Receiver Components
  • RF for Technicians: Introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • RF for Technicians: RF Testing, Troubleshooting, and System Measurement Techniques
  • And more…
  • 4 days of RF For Technicians Training with an expert instructor
  • RF For Technicians Training Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
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Upon completing the RF For Technicians Training course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define the various terms associated with the radio frequency technology
  • Use the basic mathematical formulas associated with RF components and networks
  • Understand the prefixes applicable to operating frequencies and wavelengths
  • Characterize the various groups in the radio frequency spectrum
  • Determine the loss in an RF signal using the inverse law formula
  • Describe the impairments associated with an RF channel
  • Explain the procedure for computing the dimensions of a Fresnel zone
  • Describe the purpose and use of the decibel
  • Define full duplex and half duplex transmission modes
  • List the types of RF modulation techniques and describe how they are used in various applications, e.g., cellular, microwave, broadcasting, and satellite
  • Define bits per hertz, bit rate, and symbol rate
  • Describe the benefits and tradeoffs between digital and analog modulation
  • Work with link budget parameters in designing a basic microwave link
  • Identify the basic block diagram level components in a transmitter and receiver
  • Summarize the various antenna types and their applications
  • Describe the safety precautions associated with antenna/tower grounding
  • Develop skills in working with antenna gain and EIRP parameters
  • Describe the impact of VSWR values on the antenna and feed line performance
  • Explain the basic features, operation, and components of SCADA networks
  • Employ the basic techniques and test equipment associated with troubleshooting and maintaining RF networks and transmission systems
  • Depending on the level of the audience’s experience and requirements, the RF For Technicians course may be customized by omitting or adding topics (thereby shortening or expanding the course), usually at little to no added cost. Let us know how we can make this RF For Technicians Training course fit your job requirements.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the RF For Technicians Training around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the RF For Technicians Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this RF For Technicians Training course:

  • Entry- to mid-level RF technicians who need to understand the important principles of radio frequency communications that underlie their profession.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this RF For Technicians course are:

  • While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, some prior exposure to RF and background as an RF or IT technician will be helpful.


Introduction to Radio Frequency (RF) Communications
  • Definition of RF
  • Concepts, terms, and acronyms of RF propagation
  • Electric (E) and magnetic (H) fields
  • (E) and (H) field antenna polarization
  • Operating frequency or wavelength prefixes
  • Channel center frequency and channel bandwidth
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Spectrum groups
    • The ITU bands
    • The IEEE band definitions
Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission, Reception, and Propagation
  • Skywave vs. ground wave propagation
  • Line-of-Sight (LOS) and non-Line-of-Sight (non-LOS) propagation
  • Free space path loss models
  • The inverse power loss model
  • Factors affecting the behavior of radio waves
    • Reflection
    • Refraction
    • Scattering
    • Diffraction
    • Fading
    • Ducting
    • Electromagnetic interference
    • Earth curvature
    • Fresnel Zones
  • Wireless transmission systems’ operational modes
    • Simplex
    • Half duplex
    • Full duplex
  • Basic modulation theory
    • Types of modulation
    • Amplitude modulation
    • Frequency modulation
    • Introduction to digital modulation techniques
    • On-off keying
    • Coherent phase shift
    • FSK
    • PSK
    • BPSK and QPSK
    • QAM
    • Spread spectrum modulation
    • Frequency hopping spread spectrum
    • Direct sequence spread spectrum
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  • Bits per second per hertz efficiency
  • Bit rate vs. symbol rate
  • Digital and analog modulation techniques: Advantages and disadvantages
  • Lab 1: Mastering the RF Mathematics
    • Using the decibel
    • Frequency and wavelength relationship
    • Calculating frequency and wavelength values
    • Using the powers of 10
    • Frequency and wavelength prefixes
    • Impedance measurement
    • Forward and reflected power
    • Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR)
  • Lab 2
    • Computing the dimensions of a Fresnel zone
    • Using the decibel

Lab 3

  • Planning a microwave site installation
  • Using the link budget worksheet
Radio Transmitter and Receiver Components
    • Transmitter chain components
    • Receiver chain components
    • Frequency conversion units
    • Up and down block converters
    • RF amplifiers
    • Synthesizers
    • Source coding and error correction techniques
    • Voice compression schemes
    • The tradeoff between greater compression and voice quality
    • Multiplexers
    • Analog to digital converters
    • Coding and encryption
    • Antenna designs and configurations: HF, VHF, UHF, and SHF
      • Antenna polar radiation pattern plots
      • The isotropic antenna standard
      • Dipole
      • Vertical
      • Yagi
      • Parabolic reflectors
      • Horns
      • The antenna feeds and impedance matching
        • Hard-line
        • Waveguide
      • Antenna gain and EIRP
      • Antenna tower grounding requirements

Lab 4

  • Calculate the gain and EIRP of an antenna
  • Calculate the dimensions for a half-wave dipole antenna
  • Calculate the loss in an antenna transmission feed line
  • Determine the VSWR using a specified transmission line
Introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Data acquisition
  • Networked data communication
  • Data presentation
  • Control
  • Sensors and RTUs
  • Master units
  • Data backhaul
  • Telemetry groups
RF Testing, Troubleshooting, and System Measurement Techniques
    • Measuring link performance
    • Carrier-to-interference and signal-to-interference ratio
    • Bit error rate (BER)
    • Burst errors
    • Dropouts due to rain
    • Minimum discernable signal
    • Intermodulation distortion
    • 3rd order intermodulation definition
    • Measuring Intersymbol interference
    • Parasitic oscillations and spurs
    • Rain attenuation and link margins
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Lab 5: Calculate the Rain Margin Required for a Microwave Link at a Specific Carrier Frequency

Testing, Diagnostic, and Trouble-shooting Equipment
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Microwave network analyzers
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Signal generator
  • Noise figure meter
  • Power meters
  • SWR meters
  • Volt meters
  • BER testers
Lab 6: Select the Proper Test Equipment for a Given Troubleshooting Problem
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