Antennas and Propagation for Modern RF and Microwave Communications


    2 Days


    Revised and updated for 2017, this 2-day technical course provides a comprehensive introduction to antennas and propagation with a particular emphasis on modern RF and wireless device applications. The course describes and discusses a broad range of antenna types commonly found in modern RF, wireless and microwave systems – both fixed and mobile. Practical measurement demonstrations will be performed throughout the course on a wide range of antenna types to help reinforce the concepts introduced. Throughout the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask the instructor questions to help clarify understanding.


    • Antenna basics
    • Transmission lines
    • Smith chart
    • Electromagnetic waves
    • Antenna efficiency
    • Antenna measurements
    • Slots and patches
    • Antenna arrays
    • Baluns
    • Reflector antennas
    • Small antennas
    • Circular polarised (CP) antennas
    • Multipath propagation, diversity and MIMO
    • Embedded antennas
    • Base station antennas
    • Satellite antennas
    • GNSS antennas
    • Passive intermodulation products
    • Mechanical design aspects


    This is a technical course and the ability to assimilate and understand technical concepts is essential. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course. Participants would normally be qualified to degree level or have equivalent experience in an engineering, physics or mathematics-related subject. Please contact our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123 or complete the contact form below if you are unsure about the technical level of the course.


    This technical course is aimed at individuals who are either directly involved in the specification or design of equipment embodying radio transmitters or receivers. Participants typically include RF design engineers, microwave design engineer, digital circuit design engineers and RF and wireless system-level design engineers.


    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Understand the significance of antenna specification parameters
    • Measure some basic characteristics of antennas and transmission lines
    • Understand propagation phenomena and their relation to circuit performance
    • Understand the creation of a link budget
    • Appreciate precautions that must be taken in the design of hardware using embedded antennas


    The course will take place on the following dates in 2017:

    Course Code RF111
    Day 1 – Wednesday 1 November 2017, Registration: 9:00-9:30 AM, Start: 9:30 AM, Finish: 5:00 PM
    Day 2 – Thursday 2 November 2017, Start: 9:00 AM, Finish: 4:30 PM
    Places Available: Yes


    £995 + £199 VAT = £1194 GBP
    UK Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 20%


    Course fees cover tuition, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunches and full-colour printed notes. Each participant will also receive a PDF Certificate of Attendance. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the course fees.


    Rohde & Schwarz UK, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ, UK

    Travel by Car
    Ample car parking is available at Rohde & Schwarz UK.

    Travel by Train
    The nearest railway station is Fleet, Station Approach, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 3QY, UK.
    Rohde & Schwarz UK is 15 mins walk from the railway station or a short taxi ride.

    Travel by Air
    Heathrow airport is 26 miles (42 km) and Gatwick airport is 48 miles (77 km) from Rohde & Schwarz UK. If you are travelling by air, then we can reserve a taxi for you. The driver will meet you at arrivals and transfer you either to your hotel or directly to the course venue. Please call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123 if you require any travel assistance.


    Please note that accommodation costs are not included in the course fees. Hotels and B&Bs can be found in the area including:

    Premier Inn Fleet – distance from hotel to course venue=0.8 miles (1.2 km)
    The Lismoyne Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=1.7 miles (2.7 km)
    The Elvetham Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=3.6 miles (5.8 km)


    We encourage you to read our full Terms & Conditions, which cover important issues like payment and cancellation policies.


    We want to ensure that our courses meet or exceed your expectations. Therefore, if you attend a scheduled course and conclude by lunch time of the first day that the course is unsuitable, then simply notify the course instructor and we will arrange to refund 100% of the course fee. You must leave the course at this time and return all learning materials and handouts to the instructor for the guarantee to apply.


    A cancellation fee of 20% will apply for cancellations received 7-14 days before the start of a course. Cancellations received less than 7 days before are not refundable. Substitute delegates can be made any time before a course starts.


    Upon registering for a course, confirmation will be emailed immediately followed by the Course Joining Instructions and a VAT Invoice within 1 working day. We strongly recommend that you do not make any firm travel and/or accommodation commitments until you receive final confirmation that the course will definitely go ahead. This is sent as soon as the minimum number of attendees has been reached to make the course viable and no later than 1 week before the scheduled course start date.

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