FREE EBOOK ON THE BASICS OF RF AND MICROWAVE MEASUREMENTS
This 49 page eBook focuses on test instruments used for making measurements on RF and microwave signals, components, equipment and systems. The book addresses the knowledge needs of engineers, managers and other technical professionals working in the wireless field who have not already learned the basics of T&M in college or through experience.
Fundamentals of Spectrum Analysis – The main test instrument of wireless. The frequency domain vs. time domain. Basic types, operation, and specifications.
Oscilloscopes – A time domain instrument that is still useful at RF. The digital oscilloscope, types and how it works. Specifications and RF use cases.
Fundamentals of Network Analysis – Network analysis defined. Characterization of components and circuits. S-parameters. Vector network analyzer (VNA) organization, operation and specification.
Basics of Modulation and Demodulation – Fundamentals of digital modulation such as ASK, FSK, BPSK, QPSK, mQAM, OFDM and variations. Emphasis on higher level modulation methods.
Vector Signal Analyzers – How VSA are organized and how they work. Common uses. Specifications. Fundamentals of Power Meters – Methods for measuring RF/microwave power. Types of power meters and their specifications.
Basics of Signal Generation – Types of signal synthesizers. Signal generator types including vector signal generators and arbitrary function generators. Specifications.
Basics of Pulse and Digital Measurements – Instruments for making pulse measurements. High speed serial interface testing. Pulse and digital measurement parameters, data rate, BER, etc. Measuring rise/fall times, jitter, duty cycle. Eye diagrams.
Probes, cables, and attenuators – The importance of instrument connection cables and probes. Types and limitations. Accessories such as attenuators, isolators, couplers, etc.
EMI/EMC – The importance of electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility. Instruments for EMI tests, probes and antennas. Solutions: grounding, shielding and filtering.
LOU E. FRENZEL
Before writing for Electronic Design and MW&RF, Lou was professor and department head at Austin Community College where he taught electronics for 5 years and occasionally teaches an Adjunct Professor. Lou has 25+ years experience in the electronics industry. He held VP positions at Heathkit and McGraw Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He is author of 20 books on computer and electronic subjects.
Chris has worked in the RF/microwave industry since 2004. Throughout this time, he has helped to develop and test a variety of RF/microwave components and assemblies for both commercial and military programs. Chris has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University.
John is the founder and CEO of JB Systems, a high tech engineering education and media company. Formerly, he was the VP, chief content officer for Extensionmedia, which included brands such as Chip Design, Solid State Technology, RF-Microwave Systems, and others. He was the senior editor for Penton’s Wireless Systems Design magazine and, before that, an associate editor for the IEEE I&M magazine. He has co-authored several books on systems engineering, RF design, automotive/avionic/IoT hardware-software integration for Wiley, Elsevier and SAE, respectively.