RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training

RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training

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RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training – Hands-on

In this RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training course, you will learn how radio waves propagate and fade, the models that describe RF propagation and fading, how antennas work and are used, the basic traffic engineering models, the principles of RF design and optimization including traffic engineering, and the process of deploying an RF system. At the end of the RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training course, you will have a solid foundation in the concepts, principles, methods, and considerations common to all RF systems. You will then be well prepared to embark on a more detailed study of your specialized interest in RF, whether cellular/mobile, microwave, HF/VHF, satellite, or other

RF systems come in a bewildering variety of forms and technologies, including satellite and terrestrial, mobile and fixed, microwave, trunked radio, HF/VHF, Blue-Tooth, and RF ID, to name a few. While these systems are diverse in design and function, they all employ radio waves as a means of communication and thus utilize concepts and techniques that are fundamental to all RF systems.

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• If you are familiar with some aspects of this RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
• We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the course 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 course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

RF Systems Principles, Design, and Deployment Training – Course Syllabus


The electromagnetic spectrum
History of RF
Regulation of RF
Types of RF systems
RF applications

RF Propagation and Fading

Principles of RF propagation
RF modulation basics
Reflection, refraction, diffraction
Digital RF communications basics
Propagation models: Okumura, HATA, Cost 231
Free space loss
Reflection scatting loss, Rayleigh fading, multipath
Multipath cancellation

Antenna Concepts and Usage

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

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

Design of RF Systems

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 and its optimization
RF system management and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Practice link budget calculations

Deployment of RF Systems

Planning to undertake RF deployment projects
RF deployment process
Successful and unsuccessful RF deployments
Morphology zones
Design engineering
Traffic engineering
RF regulatory considerations
Call processing
Mobility management
Soft versus Hard hand over
RF optimization and performance testing
Indoor design considerations


A survey of current and evolving technologies
Directions for future study and specialization
Course recap, Q/A, and Evaluations

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