Length: 2 Days
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Inspecting and Documenting Wireless Site Configuration Training Course

Inspecting and Documenting Wireless Site Configuration Training Course is a 2-day training program with optional 3rd day for field audit example.

Operation of a large wireless system radio access network (RAN) involves hundreds of sites, each with its own location, antenna and equipment details. Changes in configuration can occur during routine growth and expansion, maintenance and repair activities, and restoration following damage, It is necessary to ensure each site’s records are current and reflect all changes which have been made since the records were originally collected.

Who Should Attend?

  • Technicians responsible for site installation, maintenance
  • System Operations and Engineering Managers
  • Engineers responsible for system design and configuration
  • Contractors providing system RAN (radio access network) inspection, documentation and auditing services

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the attendees will be able to:

  • physically recognize and identify equipment at a wireless site
  • understand the basic functions of each equipment type
  • trace the general method of connection of equipment in the wireless site signal path, from transport to antenna
  • recognize normal high-quality installation practices and detect specific substandard installation results
  • Practice proper physical safety procedures and precautions when working on towers, buildings, and all other types of elevated structures supporting wireless antennas
  • practice proper safety procedures to avoid exposure to dangerous voltages and RF energy during site inspections

Course Content

Introduction to Basic equipment and functions in Wireless Sites

  • Fundamental Wireless system operation
  • Generations of wireless technology – 1G through 5G
  • Frequency bands, Radio signals, coverage areas, handoffs, transport
  • Radio Access Network (RAN) components and operation
  • Power, Baseband, RF equipment and antenna physical equipment

Equipment types and their places in the overall wireless “chain” at a site

  • Power systems: commercial power, generators, rectifiers, batteries
  • Transport equipment: copper, fiber, microwave, backhaul/fronthaul
  • Baseband processing equipment
  • RF transmitting/receiving equipment
  • Antennas – types, bands, radiation patterns, beamwidth, aiming/downtilting
  • transmission lines – coax, waveguide, connectors
  • Grounding and fault protection
  • Alarms and supervisory functions

Procedures and Precautions for working around wireless sites

  • Electrocution hazard and avoidance of contact with energized circuits
  • Precautions to avoid accidental “flash” events with power and battery circuits
  • Familiarity with human RF exposure safety standards
  • Personal RF Protection devices and areas of excessive RF levels
  • Tower climbing precautions: multiple attachment requirements, safety lines, protective helmets, shoes and clothing, carrying tools safely, safe hoisting attachment/removal and lowering of equipment

General procedures for documenting site details

  • Physical identification of equipment and related connections
  • Effective detail logging – formats and organization
  • Photographs for later confirmation and documentation records

Site Inspection Audit topics, Collection and Reporting formats

  • Site Information
  • RF Data (wireless and microwave, if present)
  • Antenna details
  • Feeder details
  • Equipment identification and details
  • Telco connection details
  • Power connection details
  • Alarm circuit connection and details
  • Taking Required Photographs of site components and systems

Optional Third Day of Field Demonstration

  • Class-conducted audit of demonstration wireless site

Course Materials

  • Course Notebook
  • Soft copies of the presentation slides
  • Technical reference material and job aids, other reading material



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