Final Radio Communications 101 class for the year

Comms Connect (WFevents)

By Jonathan Nally
Friday, 20 November, 2020

Final Radio Communications 101 class for the year

The final Radio Communications 101 online training course for the year is coming up in December. The course will comprise five, two-hour sessions spread across the month.

This is one of those rare cases where a course really is being repeated by popular demand. The first two courses in June and September were well oversubscribed, and December’s course is already more than two-thirds full.

Radio Communications 101 provides an ideal introduction to all of the major components of radio communications systems, from hardware to design to site testing. The course has so far proven especially valuable for non-engineers who work for communications companies or end users, giving them an insight into what makes communications networks tick.

One participant of one of the earlier courses said, “I have been looking for something like this since I started in a comms team lead role 2.5 years ago. There is no [other] introductory comms training out there. It has improved my understanding of my role and given me an even greater appreciation of my team of techs.”

Radio Communications 101 is presented by Chris Stevens, Managing Director of CartGiS Pty Ltd, an emergency management, GIS and mapping and communications consultancy based in Melbourne. Chris has extensive experience in land mobile radio network design, planning and implementation as well as GIS and mapping application design and commissioning.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to radio communications, including use cases
  • Radio frequency fundamentals, including licensing, spectrum, coverage, planning
  • Radio types and systems, including analog, digital, TETRA, P25, DMR etc
  • Antenna systems, including types, gain, bandwidth, polarisation, grounding, testing
  • Transmission lines and feeders, including impedance, earthing and lightning protection
  • Filters and multi-coupling, including choosing the correct types
  • Towers and site, including co-location, licensing, safety, EME, pest control, engineering
  • Power systems, including UPS, DC, AC, renewable and safety
  • Earthing, including site, antenna and equipment earthing
  • Interference, including mitigation strategies
  • Data networks and linking, including IP basics, telephone circuits, point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, mesh, RoIP and cable
  • Satellite communications, including LEO, BGAN and GPS
  • Testing and maintenance, including acceptance testing, site testing and test equipment
  • Standards and quality control, including Australian Standards, qualifications and vendor selection

As mentioned, December’s course was already two-thirds booked out at the time of writing this item, so it won’t be long until all the places are taken.

You can see the full program and registration details at

And don’t forget that the final session of the Comms Connect Virtual Conference Series will take place next Thursday, 26 November. Following three very successful sessions on cybersecurity, private LTE and location-based services, the final session will tackle the topic of the future of land mobile radio.

You can see full details of the Comms Connect Virtual Conference Series at

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