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18-102

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 course co-sponsor, National Instruments, will discuss methods for spectrum monitoring, including record and playback of spectrum for time continuous spectrum analysis. In addition, a hardware and software demonstration will be shown to highlight some common PC-based tools for spectrum monitoring applications. National Instruments is the industry leader in PC-based measurement and automation tools used worldwide in applications like communications, automotive, aerospace and semi-conductor.

Learning Objectives
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, and spectrum analyzers to establish transmission parameters;
(4) how special engineering measurement equipment is applied against various types of communication signals (including broadcast, satellite, land mobile and cellular signals) to understand the basis for their complex monitoring results;
(5) the fundamentals of basic monitoring, measuring, and direction finding theory; and
(6) the RF survey techniques and measurement equipment available today.

Focus
Managerial and technical with a technical emphasis

 

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Course Vitals

Sponsor
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Instruments

Location
Columbia, MD

Training Dates
April 30-May 4, 2018

Suggested Course Sequence
Spectrum Management

 

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