Developing Radio Frequency (RF) Prototype Hardware

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Developing Radio Frequency (RF) Prototype Hardware

Course Description

Whether you are a designer new to the radio-frequency (RF) field, a seasoned designer looking for a refresher course, or an engineer or scientist engaged in RF engineering in search of practical skills developing prototype hardware, this introductory-level course is a great option. It provides the design theory and test techniques needed to develop RF prototype hardware using common commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components. Fundamental RF engineering principles are presented with an emphasis on component selection and RF component chain analysis techniques. The concepts learned in this Developing Radio Frequency class can be used to efficiently design and test RF systems for initial prototypes on radar, receiver, transmitter, or jammer projects.

Course Content


  • Engineering review: dB, voltage, and current
  • Cables, adaptors, connectors
  • Equipment: oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers


  • Passive components, filters, switches
  • Mixers, single sideband modulation (SSB), and I/Q modulators
  • Amplifiers
  • Frequency sources
  • Detectors and detector log video amplifier (DLVA)
  • Waveguide devices


  • Gains/losses
  • Bandwidth
  • Noise figure
  • Signal-to-noise


  • Component demos
  • Cascade measurement demos
  • Digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) demo
  • Power amplifier measurements
  • Noise figure measurement
Requirements & Materials

Important Information

This course requires completion of an access eligibility form. Please make sure you read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course. 



  • Familiarity with radio frequency concepts and electromagnetic wave propagation theory

Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691 or

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and scientists working in RF engineering who want to learn practical skills and gain experience developing prototype hardware such as receiver, radar, communication, or RF electronic warfare systems. It also is great for designers new to the RF and microwave field or for those needing a refresher on the basics of RF design and an overview of what is available in RF component technology.

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What You Will Learn

  • RF design fundamentals and examples
  • The basics of all common RF parts
  • How to use RF test equipment
  • Prototype construction techniques
  • Component testing
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How You Will Benefit

  • Explore RF chain analysis techniques applicable from 1 MHz to 100 GHz.
  • Learn which technologies are appropriate for any given frequency band.
  • Save countless hours in identifying the right vendors for RF components.
  • Avoid common mistakes made by first-time designers.
  • Learn what is important to test and what is not necessary to test.
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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.

- Abe Kani


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