Course Length: 3 Days

Prerequisites:

A fundamental understanding of telecommunications transmission principles will be useful for students taking this course. This course can be customized to meet specific system requirements.

Course Objectives:

The course covers the technology of digital microwave transmission. The class begins with a complete review of T1 and/or DS3 Fundamentals with testing applications. Radio course material will focus on the customer network. This course can be customized to include one day of training on the T1/DS3 multiplex systems and Channel Banks.

Introduction to Microwave

Baseband and Interfaces

Understanding Microwave Equipment

  • Why Microwave
  • Radio vs. Fiber vs. Cable
  • Broadband vs. Narrowband
  • Bandwidth Defined
  • Attenuation and Noise
  • Radio Regulation
  • Types of Basebands
  • Types of Traffic
  • T1 Test and applications
  • DS3 or SONET Interfaces
  • Microwave Transmitters
  • Digital Modulation
  • Microwave Receivers
  • Interpreting Microwave Alarms

Microwave Propagation

Microwave Antenna Systems

The Microwave Link Budget

  • Maxwell & Waves
  • Wave Attenuation
  • Free Space Loss & Absorption
  • Ducting & Fades
  • Reflections & Multi-Paths
  • Fresnel Zone Clearance
  • Antenna Gain & Bandwidth
  • Directivity & Beam Width
  • Antenna Types & Connectors
  • Waveguide and Coax
  • Antenna Testing
  • System Gain and Loss
  • Digital Microwave System Testing
  • FCC & OSHA RF Safety