Course Length: 3 Days


The course will develop a working understanding of Harris Constellation Microwave Radio and associated interface equipment. The course is designed to provide employees with tools for understanding and maintaining digital radio.

Course Objectives:

Course instruction includes Constellation radio and network testing. More than 50% of the class will be hands-on exercises with written results. This course can be customized or combined to meet specific system requirements.

Introduction to Constellation Microwave

  • Analog vs. Digital Radio – Overview
  • Constellation – Overview
  • Radio Configurations – Overview
  • Terminal vs. Repeater Operation
  • Bandwidth and Noise in Digital Radio
  • Regulation of Digital in the US

Constellation Detailed Overview

  • Types of Baseband – SE
    • DS1
    • DS3
    • SONET
  • DS3 Overview and M13 Mux -SE
  • Wayside and Overhead Channels
  • Power Supplies – Shelf Fuse Panel
  • Alarm Connections – External Alarms

Detailed Module Operation

  • RF Modules – SE
  • Tributary Configurations – SE
  • HLM and Modem Cards
  • Antenna Coupling Unit –ACU
  • The Signal Processing Unit (SPU)

Radio Management

FARSCAN – Optional

  • Keypad – SE
  • VT-100 Emulation – SE
  • Alarm Menus – SE
  • Status Menus – SE
  • Performance Menus – SE
  • Measurement Menu – Hidden Menu
  • Control Menu – SE
  • Configuration Menu – SE
  • Radio Software
  • Farscan Overview
  • Installing Farscan – SE
  • Master Polling – Remote Polling
  • Setting up Databases – Customer Specific
  • Connections and Polling the Radio
  • Sending Commands
  • Logging Events and Reports

NOTE: The Farscan module is designed as overview material only. The length is ½ day and is customer specific. This is good introductory information. This module can be included in the 3 day class.

SE = Student Exercise