Andrew microwave antenna towerAre you a field engineer, radio technician or site installer in the microwave radio antenna system industry? Are you looking for ways to grow your knowledge base, advance your career or differentiate your company? Perhaps the new, online Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals course from CommScope Infrastructure Academy is your way to do so.

This “go at your own pace and in your own time” course covers the fundamentals of microwave transmission, the most commonly used method for backhauling to the core network from wireless cell sites. The course includes a wealth of knowledge about microwave transmission theory and application, microwave antenna selection and systems installation. For the first time, this information is available online after having existed as a classroom course in the well-established Andrew Institute curriculum for many years.

Best yet is that successful completion leads to CommScope Infrastructure Academy certification that is valid for three years. Certification is a great way to validate your fundamental knowledge in microwave communications and gain a competitive advantage.

The course starts with the basics of microwave transmission and progresses through to the installation of a microwave antenna. All the typical issues that arise in an installation are covered, including selecting one type of antenna over another, hoisting, aligning, testing and maintenance. I will provide more overviews of some of the technical content of the course in future blog posts, but if you want to gain a firm grasp of it, you should sign up for the course.

The course name is SP6105--Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals. You can register for and begin the program right away—there are no course prerequisites or previous experience requirements. There are nine lessons overall. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to understand microwave transmission without getting into the design phase.

This course is the first in the Microwave Andrew Antenna System Training (MAAST) series that will allow various specialists to improve their knowledge and develop their skills. Watch for more MAAST courses to be released in 2014.

Are you ready to invest in your microwave knowledge base? What do you want to learn more about in microwave transmissions? If you have any questions about the course or microwave generally, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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Jim Syme

Jim Syme is product line manager for CommScope’s Microwave Systems division, responsible for business development in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions with additional global management responsibility for several major OEM customers. Jim began his 27-year career with Andrew Corporation in the microwave antenna design engineering group and is a regular participant at conferences on all matters related to microwave antenna systems. Prior to joining Andrew Corporation, Jim was a design engineer for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

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9 comments for "Ready to Build Your Skills in Microwave Transmission?"
Olanre Adebayo Friday, February 19, 2016 11:08 PM

I will like to broaden my microwave transmission knowldge and become a full professional. i will be glad if you can be of assistance.

Lauro carrasco Sunday, March 20, 2016 2:12 PM

Interested in enrolling in the course MAAST , please
Send info and contact information, thank you

Ayub Ondoro Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:47 PM

Hi Jim,
I want to know more about this Microwave Radio Link Fundamental course/Certification from CommScope. I have a lot of experience in Microwave Installation, Commissioning and Integration activities. I am intrested in taking this certification to consolidate my experience and knowledge in Microwave implementation but i would like to know if this course covers also Microwave LOS Survey whereby one can collect the parameters of the two microwave terminals and generate path profile using software such as Pathloss 4 or 5. In short does the certification and involved MW LOS/path profile generation in a practical way?

Jim Syme Friday, July 08, 2016 7:49 AM

Hi Olanre - Sorry for the late response. This particular course would be excellent for building up your basic knowledge of microwave antennas and transmission systems. You can then have a look at other courses available through the CommScope Infrastructure Academy and see the other courses designed to expand that knowledge. One very useful one is the Comsearch course on Microwave Path Engineering Fundamentals...below is a link to that material:
Best regards and good luck

Jim Syme Friday, July 08, 2016 7:51 AM

Hi Laura
All you have to do to enroll for the course is click the "Buy Now" button on the webpage.

Thanks and good luck!

Jim Syme Friday, July 08, 2016 7:54 AM

Hi Ayub

Although this course provides basics of LOS path alignment along with the microwave antenna and systems information, probably a better course for that specific subject is the one on Microwave Path Engineering Fundamentals (SP6700). I've attached a link below where you can get further details.

Thanks again for your interest and good luck!

Abioseh S.Davies Thursday, January 04, 2018 4:05 AM

I want to undertake a full technical course in Microwave radio engineering. I have been microwave radio technician and have gone for training in 6GH and 400 Mgs systems in Japan and France respectively. Knowledge about analog and digital radios and carrier multiplexing techniques.I need your help to further place me in my desired category and my next step..... to get higher technical training and a better job finally.
Thank you and hope to hearing from you soon.

Joe Depa Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:24 PM

Hello Abioseh, the Infrastructure Academy course Jim promotes here--Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals--is a good start. I also recommend you review the other wireless courses available on the site. There are several microwave courses that might interest you.

Steve Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:41 AM

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