Radio Frequency (RF) – Advanced (TR-RFA)

Course Information

The Advanced RF training course, through The Fiber School, is an interactive, hands-on program intended for anybody working with Radio Frequency (RF) communications, who require a technical level of advanced RF principals. RF principles are employed in various communication technologies, such as Microwave, SATCOM, VSAT, GSM, GPRS/EDGE, CDMA, UMTS, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-Advanced, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, NFC and more.

Course Synopsis
Target Audience


This course covers:

  • RF Planning
  • RF Propagation Models
  • Transmission Lines
  • Link Budget
  • Transmission Line
  • Antenna Theory
  • RF Measurements
  • Transmission Measurements
  • Noise
  • RF System design and ENgineering Principles
  • RF Systems Simulation and Behavioral Modeling
  • Practical RF System Design Guidelines
  • RF transmitters/receivers
  • Evaluate system specifications
  • EM Shielding
  • EMC Engineering

Course Synopsis

RF System design and Engineering Principles
•Overview of RF Systems
• HF, VHF, and UHF Radio Systems, including Analog, Digital, and Trunk
• RF System Design & Integration
• Capturing RF System Requirements
• RF System Requirements Analysis and Design
• Transceiver and Receiver Architecture
• High-Speed PC Board Layout and Design
• Software Defined Radio and Next Generation Hardware
• Modulation Techniques
• DSP Digital Signal Processing
• RF Testing and Measurement

RF Systems Simulation and Behavioral Modeling
•RF Modeling
• EM Shielding/EMC Engineering
• Shannon and Nyquist Theorems
• Modulation, Demodulation and Multiple Access Techniques
• Spectral efficiency vs. Power Efficiency
• Antenna Types
• RF system Performance based on C/N and Eb/No
• Link Budget Calculations
• Power Settings for a Balanced Path
• Modeling RF Path Loss
• Noise Figure
• Eb/No vs. SNR
• Receiver Sensitivity
• Dynamic Range
• Intermodulation Distortion
• Power Output
• Spectral Efficiency and System Limitations
• RF Performance Engineering
• Traffic Engineering applied to RF Systems
• System Noise Management
• Scattering Parameter Analysis
• RF Regulatory and Safety Considerations

Practical RF System Design Guidelines
• Basic Building Blocks in Radio and Microwave Design
• Tradeoffs in designing wireless systems
• Design Trade-off between Modulation Scheme, Data Rate, RF Bandwidth, Channel Filter, Power, Noise, Phase Noise, and Bit-Error Rate
• RF Impairments
• Noise and Distortion
• Transistor Oscillators and Frequency Synthesizers
• Receiver Design
• Eb/No vs. SNR, BER vs. noise, Bandwidth Limitations
• Low Noise Amplifiers and Mixers Design
• Oscillator, Frequency Synthesizers and Filter Design
• Oscillators/Phase Noise
• Basic Concepts of Oscillator Design
• Phase Noise in Oscillators
• Calculating the Allowable Phase Noise from the System Specifications
• Power Amplifier Design
• Design Tradeoffs between Linearity, Power, and Efficiency
• Phase-Locked Oscillators
• Modulators
• Power Amplifiers
• Antennas
• Low Noise Receivers
• Mixers
• Overall Receiver Performance
• System Design
• System Operating Margin (SOM)
• Block diagram
• Baseband signaling
• Forward error correction
• Modulation/demodulation

RF Transmitters/receivers
• Circuit and system level Design
• Circuit and system level in radio transceivers and other RF systems
• Typical Radio Architectures
• Exploring the Design Tradeoffs
• RF Systems Engineering, Integration, and Installation
• RF System Design Principals
• Evaluation, Design and Implementation Management of Reliable, cost-effective RF Systems
• Fundamentals of Digital RF Communication
• Circuit Level RF Design
• RF System Components
• RF Circuit Design
• System Level RF Design Considerations
• RF Surveys
• Measure Signal level, Walking or Driving
• Coverage Analysis
• Examine Terrain-based Coverage, including urban, suburban, rural, tunnels, bridges, campus, and in-building
• Antenna Design Considerations
• Electromagnetic Modeling and Simulation
• Define Antenna Types and Locations to fit Application
• Interference Analysis and Resolution
• Perform intermodulation and Collocation Analysis, Filter Definition

Evaluate system specifications and performance
• RF Optimization Principles=
• RF coverage and service performance measurements
• Propagation in Urban Environments, from Simple to Extremely Dense
• Propagation Inside Buildings
• Design, analysis and optimization of wireless networks
• Site Acquisition
• Verification of network deployments for wireless networks
• Network planning resources
• Link budgets, scheduling and resource allocation
• Preparation and Report generation
• Real-time coverage maps
• True-up RF modeling software
• System Setting Parameters
• Initial optimization testing of installed networks
• Antenna and Transmission Line Considerations
• System field-testing and parameter optimization
• Functional testing and optimization for implemented sites
• Test plan development
• System drive test and data analysis
• System parameter settings and interference control
• Key RF Performance Indicators
• FER, Mobile Receive Power, Ec/Io, Mobile Transmit Power
• System accessibility analysis
• Available radio resources and network trunking issues
• System parameter optimization
• Regression analysis to measure benefits
• Self-generated system interference
• Cell site integration
• Construction coordination
• Equipment installation/antenna system verification
• Radio testing
• Initial drive testing
• Performance monitoring
• Site migration planning and testing
• ERP changes
• Orientation changes

EM Shielding/EMC Engineering
• Understand Shielding Mechanisms and Problems
• EMC/Shielding/Grounding Techniques for Chip & PCB Layout
• EMC Design, Bench Top Measurements and Troubleshooting Techniques
• Successful Shielding Strategies
• EMC and Signal Integrity Design Strategies
• Signal Integrity from the Ground Up
• Shielding Enclosures and Cables for Wired and Wireless Products and Systems
• Cost Effective and Optimal Shielding System Engineering and Integration
• Shielding Evaluation

Target Audience

Technical personnel involved with RF system design/operations, Engineers and managers engaged or expect to be engaged in the specification, procurement, design and development, testing, and operation of current and future RF systems.

Hands-On Labs

This course does not require labs.


Certificate: Advanced RF – TFS – (TC-RFA)

Identifies you as a technician, engineer or other professional who understands the basics of Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s operation.


Description Item Code Price
Advanced RF Training – The Advanced RF training course, through The Fiber School, is an interactive, hands-on program intended for anybody working with Radio Frequency (RF) communications, who require a technical level of advanced RF principals. RF principles are employed in various communication technologies, such as Microwave, SATCOM, VSAT, GSM, GPRS/EDGE, CDMA, UMTS, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-Advanced, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, NFC and more. TR-RFA $1,695.00
Exam: RFA – 50 Question Multiple Choice – This exam must be passed in order to be certified in Gigabit Ethernet Fundamentals. TE-RFA Included
Certificate: Advanced RF – Awarded to students who pass the exam and demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of Advanced RF TC-RFA $150.00

Schedule & Registration

Jan 9 – Jan 10, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,845.00
Mar 19 – Mar 20, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,845.00
Jun 11 – Jun 12, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,845.00
Oct 8 – Oct 9, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,845.00

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Planning & Reservations

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Student Cancellation: No refunds are permitted for student cancellation. Substitutions are permitted.

On-Site Training

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