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Online RF Technology Certification

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Besser Associates

This online program 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 four part program provides a thorough understanding of RF analytical tools, communications signals, RF devices and test instruments. Starting with basic analytical tools such as the decibel scale, S-parameters and the Smith Chart, this program covers test instrumentation, RF components, and modulation. A basic block diagram of a transmitter/receiver chain forms the backbone of the course outline. Each component is described, and the relative performance parameters defined. Key impairments are introduced as they become relevant to the operation of the system. Basic system calculations are covered, as well as modulation formats and multiple access techniques. The program consists of four parts spread out over a six month period. Each part consists of recorded lectures with a PDF manual that can be downloaded, workbooks with formulas exercises and a quiz following most lectures. A 25-question multiple choice test must be passed before moving on to the next part. Each part also features a one- to two-hour live webcast with a Besser Associates instructor presenting a topic related to that part. The program is equivalent to approximately 40 hours of training. After finishing the program students will receive a signed certificate of completion. You can also take each part as a separate course if you do not wish to complete the program all at once (this format does not include the live guest webcast):


Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:09:58 +0000

Applied RF Engineering I online (Course 270)

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Besser Associates

Based on Les Besser's famous RF course material, this program has been reworked and updated to meet the needs of today's engineers looking for online self-paced study. Video lectures are followed by our exclusive online workbooks featuring interactive problem sets and quizzes along with optional supplemental reading for those who wish to explore topics in more depth. A bonus guest tutorial from a Besser Associates instructor offers a different perspective on one of the topics covered in the course (guest tutorials vary by course offering). This course is the first part of an RF Engineering Certificate program currently under development by Besser Associates.


Wed, 02 Jan 2019 02:54:52 +0000

Training Courses in 5G/4G/LTE

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Besser Associates

These courses focus on CDMA/OFDM fundamentals as well as the techniques that have been incorporated into 5G/4G LTE/Advanced specifications. Topics covered include 5G Wireless Networks, mm-Wave Antennas, Smartphone Architecture, and more.


Sat, 15 Jul 2017 04:17:26 +0000

Test EMI Profile of Your Systems with Real Loads

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Arturo Mediano

In this practical tip from InCompliance magazine, instructor Arturo Mediano discusses the importance of using the actual load of your device rather than substituting and equivalent resistor when testing for EMI.


Wed, 05 Jul 2017 01:11:02 +0000

Parasitic Oscillations and EMI Emissions

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Arturo Mediano

In this article for InCompliance magazine, instructor Arturo Mediano gives a brief introduction to the causes of parasitic oscillations in circuits.

Note: if you find yourself wanting to convert the dBuV values in the article to dBm or something else, you can use our new calculator for that!


Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:52:58 +0000

Ringing with High Quality Components

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Arturo Mediano

In this article for InCompliance magazine, instructor Arturo Mediano discusses how using higher quality components with low parasitics can actually cause problems in your system by ringing.


Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:47:14 +0000

Mismatch Error Limits Calculator

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Rex Frobenius
Mismatch uncertainty is the result of reflections adding and subtracting from each other when more than one interface is present. To use the calculator below, input a values into the fields and hit the enter key. The result will appear below. You can choose different input formats from the drop down menu.
 
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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:14:27 +0000

dBm, dBW, dBuV Calculators

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Rex Frobenius
To use the calculator below, input a value into the field and hit the enter key. The result will appear below.
You can choose different calculations from the drop down menu.

Note that to convert from dBm to dBW, simply subtract 30 from the dBm value. For example:
30 dBm = 0 dBW, which is another way of saying that 1,000 milliwatts equals one Watt.

You may also like our dB to Power and Voltage calculators.

 
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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:22:13 +0000

dB Calculators

Author: 

Rex Frobenius
To use the calculator below, input a value into the field and hit the enter key. The result will appear below. You can choose different calculations from the drop down menu.
 
 

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:06:47 +0000

Evaluate Shielding Effectiveness With Your VNA

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Arturo Mediano

In this article, instructor Arturo Mediano shares a tip on how you can use the vector network analyzer to gauge the shielding effectiveness of different materials.


Thu, 06 Apr 2017 03:28:37 +0000