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Hands-on RF

Submitter: Ronald Halfwerk
Description: Radio Frequency engineering is an important yet often overlooked area in today's wireless world. Even in high speed digital circuit designs, mastering the RF behavior becomes more crucial than ever before. Grounding theory about Transmission Lines Smith charts, RF architectures, Antennas and modulation schemes are well covered in the ASTRON/ATH course on Applied RF technology (Dutch: cursus Toegepaste RF techniek). For bringing RF-theory alive, hands-on experience is invaluable.

During the RF course of April, our Colloquium room was rearranged into a comfortable and well suited hands-on lab. Jürgen Morawietz did prepare four different measurement set-ups for each of the two hands-on sessions. He and Peter de Vrijer performed a perfect role in assisting the attendees on executing their practices. They are challenged for their knowledge about RF on every run of the course (Referring to a valid saying One fool can ask more questions than seven wise men can answer)

Our course attendees for instance have to characterize a low noise amplifier on Gain, Noise IP3 and its S-parameters using Spectrum and Network analyzers.

This 3-days course attracts various professionals from Dutch (RF) industries, telecomm operators and governmental organizations. The majority of the lecturers of this course are provided by ASTRON. On average this course is held twice a year. Thanks to a perfect team (Peter de Vrijer, Jürgen Morawietz, Jan Geralt bij de Vaate, Michel Arts, Harm-Jan Stiepel, Renate van Dalen and Jan-Wim Eikenbroek).
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