RF Fundamentals (5 Days, Course Number 0300-00642-EN)
Course focuses on RF fundamentals and how it applies to precision power measurements. Frequencies, system components, and measurements are customized to each specific customer’s requirements. RF topics include dBx conversions, dB/dBx math, composite power, insertion loss, inverse square law, EIRP, and link budgets. Advanced topics include the device third-order intercept (TOI) point, 1-dB compression (p1dB) point, saturation (PSAT) point, harmonics, and intermodulation. An introduction to thermal noise and device noise figure is covered. System components include couplers, mixers, combiners/splitters, low noise amplifiers (LNAs), antennas (gains and patterns), attenuators/terminators, and filters. Measurements include return loss/VSWR, distance-to-fault (DTF), and insertion loss. Course contains multiple labs, and potential customer specific system labs.
Spectrum Analyzers & Power Meters (3 Days, Course Number 0300-00455-EN)
Manufacturer neutral workbook-based course focuses on the use of spectrum analyzers and power meters to make repeatable and consistent precision power measurements. No prior knowledge of these devices is required. Spectrum analyzer topics include screen setup scenarios, video bandwidth (VBW) vs. signal smoothing, resolutions bandwidth (RBW) vs. noise and signal power levels, power density vs. true (integrated) power, occupied bandwidth (OBW), detectors, data points, and graphing a unit’s third order intercept (TOI) point. Continuous wave (CW) vs. modulated signals and external signal references are also covered. Power meter topics include calibration and setup. The frequencies and system components are tailored to each specific customer’s requirements. Course contains multiple labs, and potential customer specific system labs.
RF Fundamentals, Spectrum Analyzers & Power Meters (5 Days, Course Number 0300-01045-EN)
Accelerated manufacturer neutral course focusing on RF fundamentals, spectrum analyzers, and power meters for precision power measurements. It combines the courses, RF Fundamentals (0300-00642-EN) and Spectrum Analyzers and Power Meters (0300-00455-EN). Includes automated online process after classroom training. RF topics include dBx conversions, composite power, insertion loss, inverse square law, EIRP, TOI, P1dB, PSAT, harmonics, intermodulation, noise, system component analysis. Spectrum analyzer topics include VBW, RBW vs. noise and signal power levels, power density vs. true power, OBW, detectors, data points, and saturation. Power meter topics include calibration and setup. The frequencies and system components are tailored to each specific customer’s requirements. Course contains multiple labs, and potential customer specific system labs.
Advanced Noise Applications for Wireless Systems (4 Days, Course Number 0300-00204-EN)
This is a customizable hands-on and manufacturer neutral course. It covers the absolute power, noise and signal power density, noise figure (NF), and signal-to-noise (SNR) of customer specific RF components, frequencies, and systems. Customer specific system configurations are recreated in the classroom, so students learn by using their spectrum analyzers and/or watt meters to determine the NF impact of various designs. Y-Factor diagrams are created in class to determine the NF. Students learn the drawbacks of using a spectrum analyzer versus a watt meter. Multiple approaches are provided to determine SNR. Also includes a more detailed look at band pass filters and their equivalent noise bandwidth (ENBW) and shape factor. The course contains classroom lecture and multiple labs. Field exercise opportunities can be arranged in advance.
Compression & Its Measurements (3 Days, Course Number 0300-00228-EN)
This course covers the analysis of the non-linear (top end) portion of a system’s performance parameters. Students use their knowledge and hands-on experience gained from our noise applications course to calculate and measure a system’s dynamic range. Spectrum analyzers, power meters, and/or receivers are used on various in-class labs to learn topics via hands-on analysis. Topics include the generation and analysis of a system’s transfer function and its 1 dB and 3dB saturation points, the impact to a system’s transfer function as the input power changes, and the impact of intermodulation (mixing). Students learn how to measure and calculate the system 3rd order input intercept point (IIP3). This course manufacturer neutral.
Advanced Non-Ionizing Radiation Emission & Leakage Testing (3 Days, Course Number 0300-01035-EN)
This is a hands-on non-ionizing radiation (NIR) course that takes fundamental and complex mathematical relationships and breaks them down into simple to understand steps. Classroom training is followed by a unique online certification. Scenarios can be customized to fit the specific needs of the customer. We teach individuals how to properly identify, capture, measure, report, resolve and prevent emission issues per relevant standards. This is an advanced course that applies topics learned from prior courses. Certification: This is a combination of online questions, labs using test equipment, fieldwork, and phone interviews. A temporary certification is awarded for successfully completing the classroom training. Individuals completing the online training receive a permanent certification, and an option for a free online recertification after 2-years.