and microwave engineering has been aptly described as a "black art."
Even for those who have a deep understanding of the concepts, there
is still an element of mystery involved, particularly when it comes
to troubleshooting misbehaved circuits or systems. When frequencies
are high and wavelengths are so short that everything conductive becomes
an antenna absorbing and conducting or reflecting signals elsewhere,
tracking down a source can be like feeling you way around a house of
mirrors at an amusement park while looking for the exit. Fortunately,
someone like Francesco Fornetti, at
not only grasps the concepts but also has the ability to develop training
materials to give a hand up to those who are new to the field of RF
or are looking to review and re-learn the principles.
Fornetti, who recently published a tutorial titled
CONQUER RADIO FREQUENCY. A Multimedia Conceptual
Guide to RF & Microwave Engineering, Based on AWR Microwave Office
Video Tutorials, and for which I created a 10-question
RF Cafe Quiz, now has placed the entire course online for your convenience.
"This material, which includes a full-color textbook and over 12 hours
of video tutorials, provides a comprehensive guide for the RF and Microwave
engineering student or junior professional. It allows the reader to
achieve a good understanding of the foundation theory and concepts behind
high frequency circuits as well illustrating the most common design
and simulation techniques for passive and active RF circuits. The combination
of textbook and video tutorials gives the reader a great conceptual
and visual insight into the world of RF and Microwave Engineering."
Examples of the videos can be found at the
Explore RF website.
you have registered for access to the training portal you will be able
to download the e-book version of "Conquer Radio Frequency" in PDF format. You
will also get access to the video tutorials as streaming videos.
Please note that you will be NOT be able to download the videos!
How much does it cost? You can get access to the material for 6 months
for only $29.99.
a powerful and influential member of the RF/microwave media, I have
been provided with complimentary access to the website for the purpose
of doing this promotion. To the right is a screen capture of the set
of videos provided for "Chapter
3 - Foundations of RF & Microwave Circuit Characterization."
As with most other videos, circuits are actually built and simulated
in the AWR Microwave Office environment so that you receive a step-by-step
progression through the process (see screen shot to left). If you are
new to any sophisticated simulation software, finding your way around
all the setup and simulation options can be a daunting task. Sitting
in a classroom for a few days and trying desperately to absorb all the
new information while entering circuits into a computer and trying to
get simulations to run properly can be extremely frustrating. This course
allows you to work at your own pace and benefit from the ability to
go back and review instructions.
If you would rather have a spiral-bound hard copy of
Conquer Radio Frequency with a DVD that includes all the videos
and the PDF version of the book, it is available from Amazon.com for
Posted April 7, 2014