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Antenna Fundamentals and Safety

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This course covers antenna location and safety concerns when setting up antennas at a site. A basic review of antenna fundamentals is included.
Intended Audience: Hams with experience in emergency communications who might set up an antenna at an operating site.
Prerequisites: None
Length: 3 hours
Students should bring:
  • Copy of course materials
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively choose and connect antennas for your operating requirements
  • Understand basic antenna operation and technical terms
  • Deploy antennas safely
  • Understand RF safety requirements
Topics Covered:

The course agenda includes:

  • Propagation
  • Antenna Basics for VHF, UHF and Regional HF
  • Antenna Patterns
  • Antenna Placement and Safety
  • RF Safety
  • Coax Cables
  • Coax Connectors
  • SWR
  • Interference
    • Fundamental Overload
    • Intermodulation Distortion
  • General Recommendations
Scheduling Info:
Course Materials:

Classroom presentation (Revised 07-Sep-2022):

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The Cross-band Repeating course is currently taught on the same day as this course.  If you are also attending the Cross-band Repeating course, be sure to download those course materials here.


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This page was last updated on 07-Sep-2022