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Course Overview

This online course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of using spectrum analyzers at RF and microwave frequencies. A short review quiz is included to test knowledge and understanding.

What you will learn
  • Spectrum analysis basics

  • Basic spectrum analyzer block diagram

  • Microwave spectrum analyzer
  • Harmonic mixer responses
  • Front-end filtering
  • Preselector response
  • Microwave and low band architecture
  • Tracking generator architecture
  • Spectrum analyzer controls
  • Spectrum analyzer specifications
Target Audience

This online RF and microwave course is ideal for new entrants to the field of RF and microwave engineering. Students and job seekers will also find the course beneficial since it covers areas likely to arise during a technical interview. Technical sales engineers and technical managers who need to improve their understanding of RF and microwave communications in order to better manage projects.

  • New Starters

  • Recent Graduates and Interns

  • RF Technicians and Engineers

  • Technical Sales and Applications Engineers

Technical Level

Although there are no formal prerequisites for the certification 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.

Time to Complete

Approx. 2 hrs

What’s Included?
  • Unlimited individual access to all course content on-demand 24/7 for 365 days
  • 78 minutes of focused video content

  • 6 modules covering a range of key spectrum analysis topics

  • 31 individual video lessons

  • Quiz questions to test your learning and progress

  • Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes

  • Certificate of Achievement issued by TTA on completion

  • IEEE Certificate of Completion issued by IEEE on completion (optional)

  • 0.20 IEEE Continuing Education Units (optional)

  • 2.0 IEEE Professional Development Hours (optional)

  • Add certificate to your LinkedIn profile

Certificate of Achievement – Included

Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of a Certificate of Achievement. A high-resolution PDF certificate file will be emailed to you shortly after completing the course.

IEEE Certificate of Completion – Optional

This course has been approved by IEEE for the quality of its technical content and adherence to IEEE’s strict criteria for educational excellence. Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes gives you the option of claiming 0.20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to demonstrate your continuing professional development. You have the option of purchasing an IEEE Certificate of Completion (PDF) when you enroll or after you complete the course.

Course Curriculum

6 modules – 31 video lessons – 78 mins total

1.1 Course Overview  

2.1 Introduction to Spectrum Analysis  
2.2 Basic Spectrum Analyzer Block Diagram  
2.3 Microwave Spectrum Analyzer  
2.4 Harmonic Mixer Responses  
2.5 Front-End Filtering  
2.6 Preselector Response  
2.7 Microwave and Low Band Architecture  
2.8 Tracking Generator Architecture  
2.9 Supporting Notes  
2.10 Module Quiz  

3.1 Spectrum Analyzer Controls  
3.2 RF Attenuator  
3.3 Intermediate Frequency (IF) Gain  
3.4 Sweep Time  
3.5 Resolution Bandwidth Filters  
3.6 Resolution Bandwidth Filter Shape Factor  
3.7 Noise Floor  
3.8 Dynamic Range of Modulated Signal Measurements  
3.9 Video Signal Processing  
3.10 Video Filter Bandwidth  
3.11 Detector Sampling Methods  
3.12 Detector Types and Properties  
3.13 Supporting Notes  
3.14 Module Quiz  

4.1 Spectrum Analyzer Specifications  
4.2 Uncertainty Contributions  
4.3 Dynamic Range  
4.4 2nd and 3rd-Order Distortion  
4.5 3rd-Order Intermodulation Levels  
4.6 Dynamic Range, Distortion and Noise  
4.7 Effect of LO Phase Noise  
4.8 Inaccuracies Due to VSWR  
4.9 Supporting Notes  
4.10 Module Quiz  

5.1 Video Demo – Measuring Two-Tone Intermodulation  
5.2 Video Demo – Measuring a Modulated Carrier  

6.1 Recommended Reading  

100% No-Risk Guarantee

We want you to be satisfied with this course and therefore offer a 100% no-risk refund guarantee. To receive a full refund, all we ask is that refund requests are made within 30 days of purchase and that you have viewed no more than 5 individual course videos.

Includes 1-year unlimited individual on-demand access to all course content

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