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Education & Training

Online Course

9 September 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 7 September 2021 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx


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CEU Credits: 0.6 (6 hours)

Course Description

This course reviews topics of radio theory, which is essential for understanding specific applications of wireless communication including short-range wireless systems, cellular access networks, and satellite communication. First, the instructor explains basic concepts of wireless communication, including system architecture, modulation, Shannon capacity and the electromagnetic spectrum. Then various aspects of antennas, including directivity and gain; beamforming; and antenna types, are described. A section on wave propagation covers path loss and fading, the link budget, and propagation models. Transmitters and receiver architectures are described followed by explanations of filters, sensitivity, and distortion. The course concludes with a discussion of access methods for wireless networks and explanation of OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) technology.

Special note:  This is the first in a series of four courses addressing the overall technologies in wireless communications.  The four courses in the series include:

  1. Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, 9 September
  2. Network and Service Architecture, 22 & 23 September
  3. Cellular Networks, 6 & 7 October
  4. Non-cellular Wireless Systems, 13 October

Who Should Attend

Individuals who work on the production, sales, or installation of wireless products and those whose operations are deeply tied to wireless communications will benefit from this course.


Lee Vishloff

Lee Vishloff



    Learning Objectives

    Take this course to gain an understanding of

    • Concepts of wireless system architecture, modulation and data rate limits
    • Antenna characteristics and principles of matching for optimum performance
    • The mechanisms of radio wave propagation, path loss and propagation models, multipath and its alleviation with MIMO (multi-antenna) technology, and how to prepare a link budget
    • Architecture and features of transmitters and receivers and the calculation of sensitivity and dynamic range
    • Multiple access methods and advantages of OFDM and OFDMA.

    Course Content

    • Basic Concepts
    • Antennas
    • Radio Wave Propagation
    • Transmitters and Receivers
    • Multiple Access, OFDM, OFDMA

    Course Materials

    Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

    Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

    Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

    Contact Us

    For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.

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