Price: $1,999.00

Course Number: 10001
Length: 2 Days
College Credits: 13
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RF Theory Technical Training


RF Theory Technical Training. PIE Program Submittal Number – PIE PS 002345 for 13 PDH – The Practicing Institute of Engineering (PIE) RF Theory Technical Training has been evaluated by Peter vom Scheidt, PE and has been approved for 13 Professional Development Hours (PDH). RF Theory Technical Training is designed for engineers, technicians, project managers and anyone else  who wants to gain a solid background in the fundamentals RF theory and design. RF Theory Technical Training addresses a wide range of radio-frequency and microwave topics  including RF physical phenomena, EM, transmission lines, passive and active circuits, antennas, RF wave propagation, modulation and coding, and RF performance. Lean about:

  • RF theory
  • Modulation and coding
  • Antenna theory
  • RF components
  • RF transmitters and receivers
  • RF analytical tools
  • RF impairments  and RF  performance parameters
  • RF system calculations and link budget
  • RF component design
  • Transmission lines
  • Mismatches and reflection
  • Impedance matching and the Smith Chart
  • S-parameters

Learning Objectives Upon completing the course you will be able to:

  • Explain basic RF theory of operation
  • Discuss wave parameters and propagation
  • Discuss RF link budget
  • Describe principles behind antennas and modulation
  • Understand the basic principles of multiple access techniques
  • Describe the basic requirements of RF design and RF components
  • Explain operation of the main components of an RF transceiver system

Course Outline Radio Frequency Theory

  • RF Applications
  • RF Frequency Bands
  • RF Physical Phenomena
  • Electromagnetic
  • RF Fields and Waves
  • Radiation and Antennas
  • Principles behind Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Maxwell’s Equations
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Polarization
  • Cables and Connectors
  • Reflection and Refraction

RF Wave Propagation Theory

  • RF Propagation Mechanisms
  • Propagation Models
  • Free Space Loss
  • Path Loss Calculations
  • Multipath Environment
  • Okumura–Hata Model
  • Other Methods

Modulation and Coding

  • Signals and Modulation
  • Analog Digital Modulation
  • Principles behind AM, FM and PM
  • IQ Modulation
  • Principles behind ASK, FSK and PSK
  • QAM and APSK

Transmission Line Theory

  • Transient Signals on Lines
  • VSWR: Voltage and Current Waves on Transmission Lines
  • Input Impedance
  • Reflection Coefficient
  • Smith Chart
  • Eye Diagram

Principles Behind Antennas

  • Nearfield and Farfield
  • Isotropic Radiator
  • Wire Antennas
  • Half-Wave Dipole
  • Antenna Arrays
  • Phased Array Antennas
  • Beam Forming
  • Modern Antenna Concepts

RF Components and Circuits

  • Fundamental RF Circuit Parameters
  • Passive Components
  • Resistor
  • Capacitor
  • Inductor
  • Resonators
  • Impedance Matching
  • Filter
  • Circulator
  • Power Divider
  • Electronic Circuits

Performance of RF Components  Introduction to RF Circuit Design

  • RF System Functions
  • Bits, Symbols, and Waveforms
  • RF Building Blocks
  • RF System Specifications and
  • C/N or SNR to EB/N0
  • Properties of Amplifiers
  • Amplifier Gain, Stability, and Matching
  • Noise and Noise Figure
  • Modulation fundamentals
  • Shannon’s Theory
  • Thermal noise
  • ACP (Adjacent channel power)
  • EVM (Error Vector Magnitude)
  • ISI and BER
  • Dynamic Performance Requirements
  • Example of RF modules
  • Filters
  • Mixers
  • Upconverter Blocks
  • Downconverter Blocks
  • Frequency Doublers
  • Frequency Synthesizers
  • Dielectric Resonator Oscillators (DROs)
  • Local Oscillators (LOs)
  • Phase Locked Loops (PLLs)
  • Power Amplifier
  • Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA)
  • IF Amplifiers
  • Broadband Amplifiers
  • Clock Recovery Modules

RF Link Budget

  • RF Link Budget
  • Quantifying a communication link’s performance
  • Accounting for the system’s power, gains, and losses
  • Free Space Loss
  • Received Signal Strength
  • Fade Margin
  • Distance
  • Receiver Sensitivity
  • Transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx)
  • Transmitter Power Output
  • Transmitter Antenna Gain
  • Transmitter Loss
  • Receiver Antenna Gain
  • Receiver Loss

RF Design Principles

  • RF and microwave components
  • Circuit and mechanical design
  • Simulation
  • Testing
  • Verification and Validation
  • RF and microwave performance testing
  • Measurement validation
  • Traceability to environmental testing
  • Qualification and validating the performance of RF

RF Tools and Measurements

  • Radio Channel and Modulation Requirements
  • Time domain vs. frequency domain
  • Example of Measurements
  • Signal Generator
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Power Meters
  • Noise Figure Meter
  • Signal Analyzer

 RF Calculation (Hands-on)

  • Link Budget Calculation
  • Microstrip Calculation
  • Noise Figure – Noise Temperature Calculation
  • Power Density Calculation
  • Reflection Attenuator Calculation
  • RF Power Conversion Calculation
  • RF Power Ratio Conversion Calculation
  • VSWR / Return Loss Calculation
  • Waveguide Calculation (Circular)
  • Waveguide Calculation (Rectangular)
  • Wavelength (TEM) Calculation

Free Space Loss (any frequency)  = 32,45 + 20*log(D) + 20*log(f) in dB D is in kilometers and f is in MHz.

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