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RF Basics Training

Our RF Basics Training Course will provide your new engineer/technician with a perfect introduction to broadcast engineering fundamentals.

Training modules included in Nautel’s RF Basics Training Course include:

Basic RF Concepts (8 hours)

The Basic RF Concepts module introduces the fundamentals of RF theory and provides a foundation for future training modules in this series.This training module is designed for electronics technicians or technologists who may be entering the broadcasting field with a background in digital electronics or IT experience. Topics covered include:

  • Reactance
  • Impedance
  • Phase angle
  • Decibels
  • Semiconductors
  • Active and passive filters
  • Transmission lines

Amplifiers and Networks (8 hours)

  • Oscillators and frequency synthesis
  • Amplifier configurations
  • Classes of operation
  • RF power amplifiers
  • Distortion, noise, and harmonics
  • DC amplifiers
  • Matching networks

Audio Path and Modulation Schemes (8 hours)

This training module introduces the broadcast audio path and various popular modulation techniques. Topics covered include:

  • Studio-transmitter links (STLs)
  • Studio processors
  • AM & FM
  • AM stereo
  • HD radio and DRM
  • RDS

Transmitter System Troubleshooting (8 hours)

  • Basic troubleshooting techniques
  • Signal flow
  • Fault isolation
  • Common tests
  • Multimeter
  • Oscilloscope
  • Frequency counter
  • Wattmeter
  • Function generator
  • Modulation monitor
  • Spectrum analyzer

Site Protection and Installation Considerations (4 hours)

  • Site layout
  • Airflow and cooling
  • AC power requirements and protection
  • Feed line considerations
  • Lightning protection
  • Maintenance techniques

Broadcast Coverage, Antenna Design and Tower (4 hours)

  • Typical antenna configurations
  • Phased arrays
  • Ground plane
  • Propagation
  • Predicted coverage
  • Lightning protection
  • Maintenance techniques
To book this Nautel training course, please complete the Training Request Form.