RF Training: Radio Frequency Training Fundamentals

Duration: 2-3 days


Wireless and mobility systems have become more pervasive in our community, and engineers with skills to address needs in this area are in demand. This course is designed for anyone needing a basic understanding of radio frequency (RF) engineering, and is the first of a multi course development program designed to build skills targeting developmental paths within RF engineering

RF Training: Radio Frequency Training Fundamentals

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After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

Provide a basic understanding of antenna design, antenna patterns, RF modulation, RF system design considerations, explain RF performance and optimization, understand propagation, and understand the evolution of standards.

Basics of RF

  • Principles of RF propagation
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • RF modulation fundamentals
  • Reflection, refraction, diffraction
  • Fundamentals of digital RF communication
  • Propagation models: Okumura, HATA, Cost 231
  • Free space loss
  • Reflection scatting loss, Rayleigh fading, multipath
  • Multipath cancellation

Basics of Traffic Engineering

  • Trunks, circuits, overview of the T-Carrier System
  • Erlang B, extended Erlang B, Erlang C
  • Blocking probability, basic operational concepts towards grade of service (GoS)
  • Stochastic modeling of unknown variables
  • Traffic simulation
  • Using calculation tools

RF Design

  • Tools available for design
  • Design considerations
  • Propagation losses
  • Link budget
  • System degradation
  • Eb/No, SNR, BER, Noise
  • Limitations of bandwidth
  • Receiver sensitivity
  • Intermodulation distortion
  • RF performance & optimization
  • RF system management & KPIs
  • Sample link budget calculations

RF Deployments

  • Project planning for RF deployments
  • Process of RF deployments
  • Successful/unsuccessful RF deployments
  • Morphology zones
  • Design engineering
  • Traffic engineering
  • Mixers
  • RF regulatory considerations
  • Call processing
  • Mobility management
  • Soft versus Hard hand over
  • RF optimization & performance testing
  • Indoor design considerations


  • How antennas work
  • Antenna gain
  • Antenna radiation patterns
  • Isotropic and dipole radiators
  • Collinear vertical antennas
  • Horizontal arrays, yagis, log-periodics
  • Effective radiated power
  • Testing and measurements
  • Performance testing

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