Introduction to Radio Spectrum Monitoring and Measuring

Course Description

Course participants will receive an introduction to spectrum monitoring and related measurement techniques at a field facility of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Initially, an overview of the role of the Enforcement Bureau and Field Operations will be presented in a classroom setting prior to transportation of the class to the FCC Columbia Operations Center facility in Columbia, MD. Following introduction of FCC course instructors, a tour will be conducted of these facilities. At the FCC facility, the class will be separated into small rotating work stations: Fixed and Mobile direction finding; Spectrum Measurement Software; and Satellite

Monitoring from an equipped satellite console using a large Cassegrain feed parabolic antenna.

*On the final day of the training, the co-sponsor Rohde @ Schwarz will be hosting a discussion on various topics in the field of spectrum monitoring. This presentation will focus on understanding the issues of modern spectrum usage, tradeoffs in receiver technology, the importance of ITU compliant spectrum measurements and the benefits/drawbacks in common direction-finding methodology. Rohde & Schwarz is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Test and Measurement Secure Communications, monitoring and Network Testing and Broadcasting equipment. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network with subsidiaries and representatives in more than 70 countries.

Learning Objective

To obtain a working understanding of:
  1. spectrum management techniques related to enforcement of national and international radio regulations, and their practical application using spectrum monitoring and measurement tools;
  2. signal recognition, and how the signals are received, through correlation between available databases and other publications and observed/measured signal characteristics;
  3. how received signals are processed through receivers, monitors, oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers to establish transmission parameters;
  4. how special engineering measurement equipment is applied against various types of communication signals (including broadcast and satellite signals) to understand the basis for their complex monitoring results;
  5. the fundamentals of basic monitoring, measuring, and direction finding theory; and
  6. the latest RF survey and measurement systems available today.


Federal Communications Commission and Comsearch


Managerial and technical with a technical emphasis


Columbia, MD (Washington, DC Area)

Training Dates

May 4 - 8, 2020


Spectrum Management Sequence