RF System Design

4 Day Course
Code PWS267

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Radio Principles (24 topics)

  • Designing to Service availability targets
  • Radio Transmission Principles
  • Radio Propagation
  • Frequency, Wave Length, Phase and polarization
  • Signal Power and Free Space Loss
  • Effective Radiated Power (ERP)
  • Polarization
  • Absorption
  • Diffraction
  • Reflection
  • Signal to Noise Ratio
  • Interference effects and Fading
  • MiMo and SiSo
  • Channel Allocation
  • Modulation
  • Amplitude, Frequency and Phase Modulation
  • QAM
  • Multi-Access Systems
  • Frequency use
  • Overlapping channels
  • Noise and signal strength
  • Sensitivity, Feedback and Drift
  • Noise: sources and temperature

Antenna Systems (15 topics)

  • Classes of Antennas
  • Selecting the appropriate types
  • Antenna Loss and Gain
  • Point-to-point services
  • Area Coverage
  • Cellular coverage
  • Towers and Mountings
  • Static Mounts
  • Calculating Wind Effects
  • Loading and support
  • Antenna Tower Engineering
  • Static Self Supporting Systems
  • Guyed Systems
  • Hiding Antennas
  • Case Study Engineering Antenna System

Transmitters and Receiver (7 topics)

  • Transmitter and Receiver Characteristics
  • Classes of Transmitter
  • Transmitter Feeds
  • Classes of Receiver
  • Interfaces
  • Safety and Regulation Issues
  • Case Study Selecting Transmitters and Receivers for a Link

Cable Plant (12 topics)

  • Digital Interfaces
  • Cable transmission fundamentals
  • Twisted pair Cables
  • Coaxial Cables Characteristics
  • Characteristic Impedance
  • RF Cable Signal Loss and Noise
  • Reflections and termination
  • Cable loss and noise
  • Splitters, Taps, Line Amplifiers, Attenuators and Connections
  • Optical Cables
  • Engineering Antenna Cable Feeds
  • Case Study Engineering Cable Plant

Area Coverage Systems (5 topics)

  • Single Cell Systems
  • Multi-Cell Systems
  • Frequency Selection and Allocation
  • Carrier Interference Effects
  • WiFi Coverage and Hot-Spots

RF Link and System Engineering (13 topics)

  • Key Specification Parameters
  • Typical Link Applications
  • Identifying the Link Budgets
  • Frequency Selection
  • Transmission Path Loss calculation
  • Calculating the Antenna Height Required
  • Allowing for obstructions
  • Allowing for Interference
  • Feeder Loss
  • Allocating the Link Budget
  • Matching the receiver sensitivity
  • Matching design to service availability targets
  • Case Study Designing an RF System

Radio Test Equipment (7 topics)

  • Element Testing
  • System Testing
  • Noise testing: Static, Noise temperature, SNR
  • Digital Interface testing: Network Analyzers
  • Radio Interface testing: Spectrum Analyzers
  • Cable Plant Testing: Time Domain Reflectometers
  • Hands-on Exercise Building and Testing a Simple Systems

Conformance and Delivery (10 topics)

  • System Testing and Performance Measurements
  • Reasons for System Testing
  • Types of Validation Test Measurements
  • Error Ratios
  • Spectrum and interference testing
  • Specifying Test & Troubleshooting Procedures
  • Verifying the Design
  • Validating the Service
  • Proving the Delivered Network matches the Specification
  • Case Study defining specification provability tests procedures


This course assumes attendees already have basic knowledge of data communications, PCs and IP systems. No prior knowledge of radio or Wireless systems will be assumed.

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