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Introductory RF and Microwaves Course

Course Overview

This 3 day* course is an introduction to the exciting field of RF and Microwaves. It is intended for engineers, managers and technicians who need to be introduced to the particular aspects of RF and Microwave signals and the associated testing and measurement procedures. Includes hands on lab exercises utilizing common equipment and test setups.

*This 3 day course includes 1 day of RF measurement lab exercises. If conditions exist where test equipment is unavailable during the scheduled course dates, the course will be shortened to 2 days, removing the lab time.

Instructor: Robert A. Wood

Course Outline

RF Measurement
Lab Exercises

Setup 1 - Spectral Measurement

  • 1 or 2 Signal Generators
  • 1 Spectrum Analyzer
  • Input & Output calibration
  • Measure amplifier gain
  • Measure amplifier harmonics
  • Conversion loss
  • Spurious products

Setup 2 - S-Parameter Test

  • 1 Scalar or Network Analyzer
  • Calibrate Gain & Return Loss
  • Filter Gain & Return Loss
  • Power Divider Gain & Return Loss
  • Amplifier Gain & Return Loss
  • Plus Much More!

Setup 3 - Power Measurement

  • 1 Signal Generator
  • 1 Power Meter
  • Calibrate input cable loss
  • Measure amplifier gain
  • 1 dB compression point
  • Measure pulse characteristics

Seminar Materials Provided

Understanding Microwaves by Allan Scott, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993

Comprehensive seminar notes

Who Should Attend

Engineers, Managers and Technicians who are new to RF and Microwaves and need an overview of this field so they can immediately become productive in this exciting new area.

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Instructor Biography

Robert Wood has over 21 years experience in design, development, integration, and production programs for EW Systems. From 1979 to 1994, he worked at Martin Marietta (formerly GE Aerospace) in Utica, NY, where he has provided technical leadership for B-1, B-2, A-12, and F-22 EW programs. He has developed numerous analysis programs for RF and microwave system design. Most recently, Mr. Wood is president of R. A. Wood Associates, providing engineering consulting services for RF and microwave industries, both defense and commercial related. He received a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1979 and an MSEE from Syracuse University in 1982.

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