Basic Antenna Concepts - Basics

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Basic Antenna Concepts - Basics

Course Description

Basic Antenna Concepts – Basics is the first part of a two-part series.  The Basics class provides a fundamental and intuitive understanding of how antenna systems work.  The class explores the basics of electromagnetic fields and radiation, how antennas radiate and receive, how the physics works for different architectures, and why we build different antennas for different applications

Course Content


  • Review of required Math and Electrical Engineering  
  • Review of Transmission Lines and Basic Antenna Principles 


  • Low, Medium, and High Gain Antenna Architectures with numerous examples 
Requirements & Materials



Required (student must provide) 

  • None for the 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 of 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

  • Fundamentals of electromagnetics and how antennas radiate and receive energy 
  • Description of antenna performance 
  • Reason for the many different antenna architectures and the trade space among them 
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How You Will Benefit

  • Become familiar with the basics of electromagnetics and why antennas radiate.
  • Understand the key performance and operational attributes that describe how an antenna functions.
  • Understand why and how we build antennas with different antenna architectures and how they are optimized to perform different functions.
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