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TCM 106B - Antenna Systems Operation & RF Design and Applications (10 Days)

Code Start Date Duration Venue
TCM 106B 18 September 2023 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TCM 106B 13 November 2023 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TCM 106B 04 December 2023 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Antenna Systems Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting

The antenna is the first element of the input system to any wireless signal receiving system (for broadcast systems, it's the final element); the rest of the system works with the signal provided by the antenna. For optimal system performance, we need to choose the correct antenna and be able to deal effeciently with it. This course treats fundamental antenna concepts and modern applications as well as how to setup, operate, and maintain these systems, including antennas for wireless. Many examples and design procedures are covered.

RF Design and Applications

Due to the huge proliferation of wireless products, the use of RF system and sub-system elements is increasing. However, market demands in many business sectors are forcing dramatic cuts in the product-to-market schedule and on unit costs. One of the major causes for RF projects running over budget or timescale projections is due to the prototype re-work phase, which arises from the complex nature of RF design. This course will provide the participants with a firm grounding in the fundamental principles of RF engineering; it presents the theory of wave propagation along a transmission line to develop the concepts of standing waves, reflection coefficient, VSWR, and to introduce the idea of distributed elements

Course Objectives

  • Understanding antennas theory and design techniques
  • Learning how to install antenna systems properly
  • Being able to operate and maintain antenna systems
  • Understanding how multiple antenna systems, beamforming, and array antennas all work
  • Being familiar with RF systems and fundamentals
  • Understanding the characteristic parameters of RF pulses: length, frequency, amplitude, phase, shape, bandwidth, etc
  • Being able to design planar transmission lines
  • Understanding the safety aspects of RF pulses

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers who use antennas
  • Engineers involved in communication systems
  • Wireless engineers or managers
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce engineers
  • Anyone who works directly or indirectly with a communications system

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Commonly used symbols and abbreviations 
  • Introduction and history of the antenna 
  • Scope 
  • Land mobile radio 
  • Frequency bands 
  • Rules and regulations

Day 2

  • Antenna fundamentals and characteristics
  • Frequency and wavelength 
  • Radiation principles 
  • Gain and directivity 
  • Antenna polarization  and terminal impedance 
  • Voltage standing wave ratio 
  • Effective length and effective area 
  • Bandwidth

Day 3

  • Dipoles and monopoles 
  • Base-station applications 
  • Log-periodic 
  • Arrays 
  • Unusual, active, and diversity antennas 
  • Transmission line types 
  • Baluns, duplexers, combiners, intermodulation suppression, and multicouplers

Day 4

  • Transmission loss and the power budget 
  • Free-space basic transmission loss 
  • Terrestrial propagation 
  • Defining antenna system and antenna system requirements 
  • Select appropriate components 
  • Vehicular, and fixed-site antenna systems 
  • Lightning protection 
  • During installation 
  • Perform routine maintenance

Day 5

  • Resources for antenna systems
  • Antenna system internet resources 
  • Antenna system periodicals 
  • Antenna system manufacturers ’ and vendors’ catalogs 
  • Professional and standards organizations

Day 6

  • Digital RF systems
  • Analogue RF systems 
  • High frequency fundamentals

Day 7

  • Air interface concepts
  • Transmission line theory
  • How signals cross couple between circuits
  • Practical transmission line ıssues

Day 8

  • Design and verification challenges
  • Performance and limitations of physical components
  • Scattering parameters
  • Signal flow diagrams

Day 9

  • Smith chart
  • Matching techniques
  • RF amplifier design
  • Mixers

Day 10

  • Minimizing impact of digital noise
  • Radio wave propagation fundamentals
  • Connector issues