Antennas and Propagation for Modern RF and Microwave Communications


    2 Days


    This 2-day technical course provides an introduction to a range of antenna types found in modern RF, wireless and microwave communications systems. The course begins by defining key antenna parameters, such as directivity, gain and efficiency etc. followed by basic transmission line theory and antenna matching techniques. Individual antennas types are then reviewed, including key physical characteristics and electrical performance parameters. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on practical applications, supported by many photographs and case studies. The course also provides an overview of electromagnetic propagation from a practical perspective, avoiding complex mathematics that can often overwhelm the subject. The course concludes with a review and discussion of the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016, including risk assessment and RF radiation exposure and absorption limits. Throughout the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask the instructor questions to help clarify understanding.


    Module 1 – Antenna Parameters
    Module 2 – Transmission Line Basics
    Module 3 – Propagation Basics
    Module 4 – Dipole Antennas and Arrays
    Module 5 – Baluns
    Module 6 – Slot and Patch Antennas
    Module 7 – Feed Networks
    Module 8 – Circularly Polarised Antennas
    Module 9 – Travelling Wave Antennas
    Module 10 – More Aspects of Propagation
    Module 11 – Frequency Independent Antennas
    Module 12 – Reflector Antennas
    Module 13 – Small Antennas
    Module 14 – Antennas for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
    Module 15 – Antennas for Base Stations
    Module 16 – Antenna Matching Techniques
    Module 17 – Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment
    Module 18 – Antenna Measurements and Facilities
    Module 19 – Antennas for User Equipments
    Module 20 – CEMFAW Regulations


    A detailed course brochure is available on request. Either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.


    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. If you are unsure about the technical level of the course then either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.


    This technical course is aimed at individuals who are either directly involved in the specification, design or application of RF, wireless and microwave communications systems. Participants typically include RF, wireless and microwave technicians and engineers, hardware technicians and engineers and RF, wireless and microwave systems technicians and engineers.


    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Understand key antenna parameters and specifications
    • Understand how to correctly match an antenna
    • Know a wide range of antenna types and their typical applications
    • Know how to measure basic antenna characteristics
    • Know how to create an antenna link budget
    • Understand basic electromagnetic propagation phenomena
    • Know key elements of the CEMFAW 2916 regulations


    The course will take place on the following dates in 2018:

    Course Code RF0711
    Day 1 – Wednesday 7 November 2018, Registration: 9:00-9:30 AM, Start: 9:30 AM, Finish: 5:00 PM
    Day 2 – Thursday 8 November 2018, Start: 9:00 AM, Finish: 4:30 PM


    £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.


    Please click here and complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.

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