RF Productivity: Signals and Propagation

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This course has been designed for applications, production, manufacturing engineers and technicians as well as other professionals who need to have a solid background in the fundamentals of working with RF and wireless products. This course is part two of a four part program that provides a thorough understanding of RF analytical tools, communications signals, RF devices and test instruments. Signals and modulation formats are described in this session along with propagation fundamentals.

The course consists of pre-recorded lectures followed by online exercise workbooks. Q&A forums are also available. Students have two months to complete the material. This course is equivalent to 10 hours of classroom training.

This course is intended for registered individual students only. Please contact us for group rates at info@besserassociates.com or 650-949-3300. Recording, copying, or re-transmission of classroom material is prohibited.

Learning objectives

Upon completing the course you will be able to:

  • describe the modulation formats used to impress information onto the RF carrier
  • understand the basic principles of multiple access techniques such as TDMA, CDMA, OFDMA

Target Audience

Prerequisite: RF Productivity: Analytical Tools course or equivalent experience is assumed prior to taking this course.

This program is ideally suited for applications, manufacturing and production engineers or technicians who are new to the RF/wireless field. It is also suitable for those who have been working in the field but who have not had a formal introduction to the key concepts that form the basis of understanding and troubleshooting wireless systems.


Part 2 - Signals and Modulation

 • Analog - AM, FM • IQ Modulation - PSK - QAM
Multiple Access Techniques
Performance of RF Components with Digital Signals
 • digital modulation fundamentals • adjacent channel power ACP • error vector magnitude EVM • EVM due to power amplifier compression and AM to PM • EVM due to group delay • EVM due to phase noise • IQ modulator troubleshooting with the VSA
Description of Bit Error Rate