Training Course

RF Fundamentals for Wireless Communications

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  • £995 +VAT
  • 1 day
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Why this RF course?

Wireless communication is an important part of our lives today. A knowledge of the fundamentals of Radio Frequency (RF) communication will enable you to:

  • Understand the essentials of any wireless technology, network or system.
  • Appreciate the capabilities of wireless technologies: what they may be able to deliver and their limitations.
  • Understand the language and terminology of wireless systems.
  • Understand wireless product descriptions and specifications.
  • Appreciate many of the limitations of wireless systems, and why those limitations exist.

This course serves as a primer for further training or study in Wireless systems and RF communications.

RF Training Course Objectives

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the issues surrounding radio spectrum and why it is such a scarce resource.
  • Be aware of radio channels, their use and the impact of Shannon’s Law.
  • Appreciate the need and use of the deciBel and related dB quantities.
  • Understand some of the impacts on radio signal propagation.
  • Appreciation the role of modulation and the different modulation schemes.
  • Understand the role of Forward Error Correction and coding schemes.
  • Continue your education in Wireless systems, networks and technologies.

Who should attend this RF course

  • Anyone who needs to understand the basics of Radio Frequency communications and wireless systems.
  • People who are new to RF communications, but who want to attend more advanced wireless courses.

RF Course Pre-requisites

The course assumes a basic awareness of mobile communications such as can be obtained by attending the LEVER course A Primer in Mobile Communications. No previous radio knowledge is assumed.

Lifetime Post-Course Support

After completing this RF training course, delegates receive lifetime post-training support from LEVER Technology Group, to help them apply the technologies and skills they have learned with us, to provide career-long support, and to ensure they are better equipped for their future roles in IT and networking.

RF Training Course Content

Radio Waves and Channels

  • What are radio waves?
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Controlling radio use, the role of the regulator
  • RF spectrum, uses, radio bandwidth and channels

Noise and Interference

  • Signal to Noise Ratio
  • The Cornerstone of All Data Communications: Shannon’s Law
  • The Thermal Noise all Around Us
  • Man-made Noise
  • Impact of Rainfall

The Language of RF

  • DeciBels, dB, dBm, dBW, dBi, dBd
  • Antennas: isotropic, dipole, antenna gain
  • RF power, EIRP

Getting the Data onto the Carrier Wave

  • The job of Radio Modulation
  • Modulation Techniques
  • Forward Error Correction (FEC) methods
  • Coding

Radio Propagation

  • How radio signal propagate
  • FSPL
  • RF link budget calculations
  • Multipath and Fading

Radio Planning

  • The importance of RF Planning
  • What is involved?
  • How is RF Planning performed?
  • Example planning tools
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