Antennas and Propagation for Modern RF and
Microwave Communications

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Course Overview

This 2-day technical course covers 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.

What You Will Learn
  • 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

Course Programme

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.

Target Audience

This technical course is aimed at individuals who are either directly involved in the specification, design or application of RF, wireless and microwave communications system that need to better understand how to select the most appropriate antenna for a given application. Participants typically include RF, wireless and microwave technicians and engineers, hardware technicians and engineers and RF, wireless and microwave systems technicians and engineers.


Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, an ability to absorb and understand technical concepts is essential together with a desire to learn more about the topics covered. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course.

Those taking the course 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.

What’s Included?
  • Class tuition by experienced industry expert

  • Full-colour printed course notes including all presentation slides

  • High-quality printed Certificate of Attendance

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and buffet lunches

Course Fee

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

Course Dates & Registration

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

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Course Location

The course will be held in a modern, well-equipped conference room at Rohde & Schwarz UK.
Rohde & Schwarz UK, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ, UK


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 or email us at 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)


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.

Registration Confirmation

Upon registering for a course online, confirmation will be emailed immediately followed by the Course Joining Instructions and an invoice/receipt 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.

Terms & Conditions

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

Any Questions?

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

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