Fundamentals of Modern RF and Wireless Communications Engineering

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Course Overview

This popular 2-day technical course provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of modern RF and wireless communications engineering. The course begins by discussing basic RF characteristics, including electromagnetic waves, free-space propagation and transmission lines. Key terms defined include RF power (dBm), characteristic impedance and S-parameters.

Modulation is then described, first fundamental concepts followed by increasingly complex (but important) methods such as QAM, CDMA and OFDM. The course then addresses basic RF building blocks (mixers, oscillators, filters and power amplifiers etc.) describing and discussing their individual properties as well as how they are combined to form complete RF systems.

The course concludes by defining important test and measurement terms and methods used to characterise RF component and system performance. This includes a series of practical demonstrations using modern RF test and measurement instruments. Throughout the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask the instructor questions to help clarify understanding.

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the basic characteristics of RF and microwaves

  • Describe different types of transmission line and their characteristics

  • Understand the fundamentals of RF propagation

  • Understand modulation and different modulation methods

  • Describe various components used in RF communications systems

  • Explain the basic characteristics of RF and wireless transceiver systems

  • Define common terms used to characterise RF and wireless systems

  • Understand how to perform a range of basic RF and wireless measurements

Course Programme
  • Module 1 – What is RF?

  • Module 2 – Transmission Lines

  • Module 3 – RF Propagation

  • Module 4 – Modulation Fundamentals

  • Module 5 – RF System Components

  • Module 6 – RF System Architectures

  • Module 7 – RF Test and Measurement

  • Module 8 – Receiver and Transmitter Measurements

  • Module 9 – Practical Measurement Demonstrations

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 primarily at engineers, technicians and technical managers working in research and development (R&D), design, manufacturing test and production environments in the RF, wireless and microwave communications industry.

The course is suitable for recent graduates or more experienced engineers moving into the RF and wireless electronics, who need to quickly get up-to-speed with modern high-frequency communications. Experienced RF and wireless engineers and technicians with knowledge gaps will also find the course beneficial, as well as technical managers working in an RF and wireless communications environment, who wish to improve their understanding of modern RF and wireless communications in order to better manage technical teams.


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 RF0810
Day 1 – Monday 8 October 2018, Registration: 9:00-9:30 am, Start: 9:30 am, Finish: 5:00 pm
Day 2 – Tuesday 9 October 2018, Start: 9:00 am, Finish: 4:30 pm

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Online Course Information
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.

Previous Delegates

• Aeroflex • Allied Aerosystems • Airbus Defence and Space • Amplifier Technology • Analog Devices • Astrium • Babcock International Group • BBC • Com Dev • DSTL • e2v Technologies • EADS • Electro Detectors • Enterprise Control Systems • Ericsson • ETL Systems • Health Protection Agency • Honeywell • Ingersoll-Rand • Intertek Testing & Certification • iWireless Solutions • Liverpool John Lennon Airport • M/A-Com Technology Solutions • Manchester Airports Group • Met Office • Ministry of Defence • National Physical Laboratory • NVIDIA • Plextek • Presteigne Charter • QinetiQ • Qualcomm • Renishaw • RFI Global Services • RF Micro Devices • Rohde & Schwarz • Selex ES • Sennheiser Consumer Electronics • Simplicity AI • Siroda • SIS LIVE • Sony Europe • Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) • Systems Interface • Tamura Europe • Teledyne Defence • Televic Rail • TMD Technologies • Trinity College Dublin • TÜV SÜD Product Service • Tyndall National Institute • Ultra Electronics • UKAEA • Underwriters Laboratories • University of Bristol • University of Liverpool • Vertu

Terms & Conditions

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

Any Questions?

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