Developing Radio Frequency (RF) Prototype Hardware

Course Description

This introductory level course 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 can be used to efficiently design and test RF systems for initial prototypes on radar, receiver, transmitter or jammer projects.

Course ID: DEF 3526P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

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.  Laptop computers will not be permitted in the classroom and storage will not be available.

Contract Only Course

This course is available for contract only. Please fill out this form if you are interested in this offering.



  • Familiarity with radio frequency concepts and electromagnetic wave propagation theory

Who Should Attend

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, designers new to the RF and microwave field or those needing a refresher on the basics of RF design and an overview of what is available in RF component technology

How You Will Benefit

  • Explore RF chain analysis techniques applicable from 1 MHz to 100 GHz.

  • Learn what 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.


  • RF design fundamentals

  • Component primers: Learn the basics of all common RF parts

  • Use of RF test equipment

  • RF design examples

  • Prototype construction techniques

  • Test planning

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Thomas Spangler