Project Description

Course Code

RF1500

Course Overview

This online course provides a thorough introduction to a range of essential RF and microwave measurements from high-frequency (HF) up to 40 GHz.

What you will learn
  • RF Signal Generators

  • RF Power Measurement

  • Network Analyzers

  • Spectrum Analyzers

  • Noise Figure Measurement

  • Phase Noise Measurement

  • Vector Signal Analyzers

  • Nonlinear Measurements

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 and Microwave Technicians and Engineers

  • Technical Sales and Applications Engineers

  • Technical Managers

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 hr 30 mins

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

  • 9 modules covering a range of essential RF and microwave measurement topics

  • 39 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

  • 0.25 IEEE Continuing Education Units (optional)

  • 2.5 IEEE Professional Development Hours (optional)

  • IEEE Certificate of Completion issued by IEEE on completion (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 0.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 2.5 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

9 modules – 39 video lessons – 114 mins video

1.1 Test Equipment and Measurements  
1.2 Types of Test Equipment  
1.3 Module Quiz  

2.1 RF Signal Generators  
2.2 Module Quiz  

3.1 Power Measurement  
3.2 RF Voltage and Power  
3.3 RF Power Measurement Equipment  
3.4 Modulation Characteristics  
3.5 Thermal Detection  
3.6 Wider Dynamic Range Diode Detection  
3.7 Power Spectral Density Measurements  
3.8 Supporting Notes  
3.9 Module Quiz  

4.1 Network Analyzers  
4.2 Simple Response Calibration  
4.3 Two-Port Calibration  
4.4 Thru-Reflect-Line (TRL) Calibration  
4.5 S-Parameters for Balanced Devices  
4.6 Group Delay  
4.7 Application Note – Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysis  
4.8 Supporting Notes  
4.9 Module Quiz  

5.1 Spectrum Analysis  
5.2 Spectrum Analyzer Architecture  
5.3 Video Demonstration – Measuring Two-Tone Intermodulation  
5.4 Video Demonstration – Measuring a Modulated Carrier  
5.5 Application Note – Spectrum Analyzer Fundamentals  
5.6 Supporting Notes  
5.7 Module Quiz  

6.1 Noise Factor (F) and Noise Figure (NF)  
6.2 Noise Figure Measurement and Calculation  
6.3 Application Note – The Y Factor Technique for Noise Figure Measurements  
6.4 Supporting Notes  
6.5 Module Quiz  

7.1 Phase Noise  
7.2 Effects of Phase Noise  
7.3 Constellations with Phase Noise  
7.4 Supporting Notes  
7.5 Module Quiz  

8.1 Vector Signal Analysis  
8.2 Error Vector Magnitude (EVM)  
8.3 EVM Specifications in Practice  
8.4 Supporting Notes  
8.5 Module Quiz  

9.1 Nonlinear Measurements  
9.2 AM-AM and AM-PM Nonlinearities  
9.3 Why Does Linearity Matter?  
9.4 Spectral Regrowth  
9.5 Intermodulation Distortion (IM3)  
9.6 Adjacent Channel Power  
9.7 Two-Tone Intermodulation  
9.8 Design and Diagnostic Techniques for Linear Amplifier Chains  
9.9 AM-AM and AM-PM Characteristics Derived from Modulation Measurements  
9.10 Load Pull Technique for Linear Power Amplifier Design  
9.11 Source and Load Plane Contours  
9.12 Supporting Notes  
9.13 Module Quiz  

10.1 Recommended Reading  

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