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  • Design standards are outdated, so it is essential to understand the limitations of the formulas and design rules coded into planning software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.

Event Details
Managing Director, TMC Global
TMC Global
Trevor Manning has had the rare opportunity to see all the facets of designing and operating a microwave radio network. Having worked for both operators and suppliers, in a career spanning 30 years, he has also recently helped to design and build the world’s longest high capacity Ethernet link (>200km). He understands both the technical and commercial challenges to designing, building and operating networks.
Session 1
  • 10:00am-12.00pm
    Monday 15 February

    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

Session 2
  • 10:00am-12.00pm
    Tuesday 16 February

    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

Session 3
  • 10:00am-12.00pm
    Wednesday 17 February

    Hardware Considerations

    - 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)

Session 4
  • 10:00am-12.00pm
    Thursday 18 February

    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

Session 5
  • February 19, 2021 10:00
    Friday 19 February

    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

$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)

    What previous attendees had to say about their experience

    "Enjoyed the delivery and the content. I'd seen the move away from microwave to fibre several years ago and now have a much better understanding of why microwave has its place and should be embraced."

    "Great structure.. the 2 hour format supports knowledge retention as opposed to day long courses."

    "I really enjoyed this course, Trevor is good at sharing his knowledge and experience of microwave in a manner that is helpful and easy to follow."

    "Extremely satisfied. A great bridge between very dry & often difficult to understand theory and real world examples."

    "Very happy overall, learnt some new principles and reinforced others. Thanks Trevor, great work!"

    "I found the sessions both enjoyable and educational. I now have a much better understanding of Microwave."