Radio Communications

Module code: EG7023

In this module some of the points which should be considered in the design of modern operational radio communication systems will be addressed. In particular, service planning and propagation prediction tools will be introduced for a number of systems and at a range of different radio frequencies. Some of the topics on radio communications which were presented in the module ‘Radio Systems’ will be examined in more depth.

The module will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. The theoretical aspects of the module will be complemented with extensive practical exercises using both state-of-the-art modelling packages and prediction tools, and data taken ‘off-air’.

Subjects which will be studied include:

Propagation:

  • Radio channel characteristics: For example, the effect of the ionosphere on HF communication systems;
  • Simulation: By understanding the physical mechanisms which affect radio propagation enables their effects can be simulated;
  • Predictions: The ability to predict the behaviour of radio systems is crucial to the design of communication systems.

Systems:

  • Point-to-point and network: For example, indoor wireless networking;
  • Mobile and personal: The now ubiquitous mobile phone is a good example;
  • Broadcasting: Even in the age of the internet, radio (and television) broadcasting continues to be of importance.

Learning

  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 21 hours of practicals
  • 5 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 107 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 90 minutes (40%)
  • Lab work (30%)
  • Project (30%)