Microwave Radio Masterclass

About this seminar

  • Authoritative — dispels industry myths
  • Practical — tutorial examples done using excel-based Microwave calculator
  • Real-world — real-world insights and experiences shared based on legacy and current network experiences
  • In-depth theory — theoretical concepts and insights explained in detail linked to propagation research and field experiences

Why a seminar on a mature technology?

  • Microwave technology is growing, with exciting new developments in mmWave and TeraHertz bands
  • Design standards are outdated, so it is essential to understand the limitations of the formulas and design rules coded into planning software
  • Many myths abound on the internet, and even in mainstream white papers, that are blatantly wrong
  • To apply the new and exciting concepts introduced in modern microwave equipment, a solid foundation in both analogue and digital microwave theory is essential

If you want an up-to-date, authoritative overview of microwave radio that dispels the many myths that have become mainstream in the industry, then this virtual seminar is for you.

Managing Director, TMC Global
Trevor Manning specialises in real-world training and development of technical people who have transitioned into management. His mission is helping Smart People transition to Inspiring Leaders. <br>During a 30-year career in the IT and telecommunications sectors, Trevor worked his way up from specialist design engineer to board level. This journey from expert to middle manager, and then on to the C-suite, has provided Trevor with the breadth and depth of knowledge in how companies really operate. <p>His experience working in South Africa, UK-Europe, America and Australia in a range of companies from a giant electric utility to a small start-up software company has given him insights to help people in a variety of real-world situations. <p>Trevor has experience in managing and leading people in mature, stable environments with fixed structures and processes, and also in the chaotic startup phase of a fast-growing new business. These environments exposed him to the challenges of recruiting and developing teams to meet the companies’ growth plans in addition to downsizing during lean years. Trevor runs training programs around the world, including at Oxford University (UK) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) as part of their Continuing Education programs for engineers. Trevor authored the classic best-seller ‘Microwave Radio Transmission Design Guide’ published by Artech House (second revision 2009) and more recently he has self-published ‘Microwave Radio Handy Reference Guide’ (2019). He has also authored two management books ‘’Help! What’s the secret to leading engineers?’ (2017) and ‘Help! I need to master critical conversations’ (2018), available from Amazon.

Fundamentals of Microwave

Introduction to MW
- History of microwave
- What’s new?
- Fundamentals of the microwave radio signal
- Latency benefits and calculations
- The electromagnetic and RF spectrum
- Safety of microwave signals
- Relative benefits of microwave compared to other transmission solutions
A comprehensive guide to current spectrum terminology in the industry

Planning considerations
- Link design considerations from UHF to mmWave
- Site and path planning
- High level spectrum planning
- Digital terrain models including SRTM
- Network topologies
- Site acquisition and build
- Repeater types repeaters including civil engineering considerations (road, tower etc.)
- Passive repeater engineering design and planning (back-to-back and billboard)
- GIS (graphical information systems) basics and coordinate system considerations
Establishing line-of-sight in practise
Practical discussion on site and path surveys including for non-LOS equipment

Homework group exercise to develop a site survey template

In-depth overview of propagation aspects

Review homework

Microwave propagation
- Understanding analogue propagation and dispelling the pencil beam myth
- The effect of the atmosphere on radio transmission
- Really understanding k-factor and Fresnel zones
- Thermal and dispersive fading and their countermeasures - Expert assessment of blackout fading and atmospheric ducting
- Handling reflections especially over water
- Rain fading and the dangers of statistics
- Practical discussion on the types of fading and how to overcome them

Practical examples

Hardware Considerations

Hardware
- Understanding the history of transmission standards (PDH, SDH, ATM)
- The benefits of Carrier Ethernet
- Overview of the system components and building blocks of a MW radio system
- Comparison of current digital modulation schemes and how they affect bandwidth efficiency
- Band, carrier (BCA) and link aggregation and use of co and cross channel dual polarisation methods
- Key radio features (adaptive equalisation, FEC, XPIC, ATPC)

Antennas and interference

Antenna considerations for MW planning
- Understanding antennas and reversing 50 years of conventional wisdom
- Antenna characteristics and what gain really means - - --- Practical application of Radiation Pattern Envelope (RPE) diagrams
- Importance of Return Loss
- Understanding near and far field operation Antenna types and the real benefit of a high-performance antenna
- Comparing antenna types and why a microwave dish is usually parabolic
- Practical considerations for comparing antennas including dual-band feeds
- Practical advice for planning, installing and maintaining antennas
- Field based discussion of choosing the right cabling, waveguides, radomes and accessories

Interference (the hidden gremlin)
- Understanding the realities of interference in digital systems
- Standards bodies and frequency regulation
- Types of licensing Frequency bands and frequency planning
- Bucking (high-low) site planning and interference and why it matters
- Understanding and calculating nodal and overshoot interference
- Overview of techniques to optimise frequency re-use

Includes class exercises and tutorial group homework

Detailed link design and final tutorial

Link design and the elusive five-nines
- How to interpret and use the main radio planning standard ITU-R P.530
- Understanding the difference between availability and performance as defined by the ITU and how to apply this to packet-based networks
- Path, equipment and network reliability issues How to handle obstacles in real-world designs
- Setting antenna heights in context ITU rules
- Redundancy schemes to make the transmission system truly carrier grade

Complete tutorial and review answers

Ticket
$1450 +GST

    Event Details
    10 hours - 5x2 hour sessions

    15 February: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST) 16 February: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST) 17 February: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST) 18 February: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST) 19 February: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST)

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