Basic Antenna Concepts - Advanced

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Basic Antenna Concepts - Advanced

Course Description

Basic Antenna Concepts – Advanced is the second part of a two-part series.  The Advanced class provides insight into how we computer simulate antennas, and how we measure the real performance of hardware antennas.  The class includes a live demonstration of an antenna pattern measurement.  It includes a brief introduction into restrictions of use and human safety calculations with real-world examples.  The course concludes with system-level example cases of specifications that drive solutions for the selection and use of antenna systems. 

Course Content


  • Overview of M&S approaches and commercially-available software 
  • Live Demo of an example antenna modeling process 


  • Overview of measurement techniques 
  • Live Demo of an Antenna Pattern Directivity Measurement 


  • Presentation of numerous antenna system applications including trades of why certain architectures were selected and their impact on system performance 
Requirements & Materials


Required (Student must bring)

  • N/A for in-person offerings 
  • A computer suitable to live stream the Webex meetings for the online offerings 

Provided (Student will receive) 

  • For the in-person class:  A printed book containing all the slides along with a CD/DVD of digital copies of the slides 
  • For the online class:  A link for the student to download all of the digital copies of the slides 

Session Details

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for students who have had little exposure to antenna systems.  The class is provided at the undergraduate level and no formal RF nor electrical engineering training is required.  The class is intended to provide an entry into the GTPE Certificate Programs in Antenna Engineering and Phased Array Antenna Engineering.  The class is appropriate for entry-level engineers, technicians, engineers or technical managers who specialized in other disciplines and desire cross-training in antenna systems.  

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What You Will Learn

  • Computer use to design antennas 
  • Use of test systems to measure antenna performance 
  • Limitations and application for antenna radiation use with the FCC and NTIA 
  • Human safety guidelines and calculation of safe exposure levels 
  • Examples of different antennas in system applications 
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How You Will Benefit

  • Learn about how to design, simulate, and test antennas 
  • Learn how to approach licensing and safe use of radiating systems 
  • Examine system applications and why different antennas are appropriate for use with different real-world system examples 
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

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