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Get practical guidance to help you quickly locate and address RF problems.

  • 48 video lessons with hardware+software demos
  • Coordination checklist and troubleshooting flowchart
  • 3 private trainings
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61 Lessons

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61 Lessons in Real World RF Troubleshooting:

Module 0 - Welcome


Get started!

Coordination Checklist

Jump start on coordination

Troubleshooting Flow Chart

Jump start on troubleshooting

RF Tool Kit Examples

Get started with your RF toolkit

Module 1 - RF Basics

Lesson 1.1 - What is RF

Learn History and what exactly RF is

Lesson 1.2 - Decibels

Refresh your decibel skills, learn how and why we use them in RF. Then work some decibel problems the standard way, as well as with a new shortcut.

Lesson 1.3 - The Wave Equation

Learn how to figure out wavelength of an RF wave, how it can help you and work real world problems

Lesson 1.4 - Propagation basics

Learn how radio waves travel to understand how signal gets from the microphone to the receiver.

Lesson 1.5 - Spectrum Allocation

Learn where microphones fit in in the radio spectrum. Understand what space is available and what other devices might be there that could cause interference.

Lesson 1.6 - Licensing and Certification

Learn the differences of licensed and unlicensed wireless microphone operation and how it can help you.

Lesson 1.7 - Environmental Propagation

Learn what affects the environment has on radio waves and how they can affect your show.

Lesson 1.8 - Intermodulation

Learn what intermodulation is, what causes it and how to fight it as this is a large part of having interference free shows.

Lesson 1.9 - Impedance

Learn why impedance is approached differently in RF and how it can degrade system performance.

Module 2 - Modulation

Lesson 2.1 - Amplitude Modulation

Learn what AM is, where we use it and how to avoid AM interference.

Lesson 2.2 - Frequency Modulation

Dive into the most common form of modulation for wireless microphones. Learn it's strengths and weaknesses to better understand your equipment.

Lesson 2.3 - Digital Modulation

Digital modulation has all of the buzz. Learn what it is, why it's good and why it's bad as digital modulation is taking over the industry.

Lesson 2.4 - Hybrid Modulation

Learn what hybrid Modulation is, why you might want to use it and recap key points on modulation

Module 3 - Transmitters and Receivers

Lesson 3.1 - Basic Receiver Design

Learn the basics of how a receiver works. This is useful to help you get more comfortable with your equipment and it is a prerequisite for the next lesson on receiver problem areas.

Lesson 3.2 - Receiver Problem Areas

Learn what can happen on a show site that affects different stages in the receiver to produce adverse effects.

Lesson 3.3 - Best Receiver Operation

Learn some of the on board functions of your receiver and how to set them.

Demo 3.3.1 Shure ULXD Receiver

Walk through the menus of this receiver

Demo 3.3.2 Sennheiser EW 500 G3

Walk through the menus of this receiver

Demo 3.3.3 Sennheiser EK 300 G3

Walk through the menus of this receiver

Lesson 3.4 - Understanding Receiver Specifications

Learn what different specifications mean and how to interpret them

Lesson 3.5 - Basic Transmitter Design

Learn the basic parts of a transmitter and how is works

Lesson 3.6 - Transmitter Problem Areas

Learn about some issues that can happen with transmitters

Lesson 3.7 - Best Transmitter Operation

Learn some trouble shooting tips for best transmitter operation

Demo 3.7.1 - EK300 G2 Body Pack Transmitter

walk through the menus of this transmitter

Demo 3.7.2 - Shure UR1 Body Pack Transmitter

walk through the menus of this transmitter

Demo 3.7.3 - Shure UR2 Handheld Transmitter

walk through the menus of this transmitter

Demo 3.7.4 - EW300 G3 IEM Transmitter

walk through the menus of this transmitter

Lesson 3.8 - Understanding transmitter specifications

learn what specs are important with transmitters and walk through some transmitter specifications

Module 4 - Cables and Antennas

Lesson 4.1 - Cable Basics

Learn the difference between RF cables and audio cables, their weakness and important concepts.

Lesson 4.2 - How to Choose The Right Cable

Learn how to interpret cable specifications and how to choose the right cable for the job

Lesson 4.3 - How to Test Cables

Learn how to test cables, and the different types of equipment we use to test them

Lesson 4.4 - Connectors

Learn about the different connectors we use and how to install them on coaxial cable

Lesson 4.5 - Cable Troubleshooting

Learn some tips to troubleshoot cable problems

Lesson 4.6 - Antenna Basics 1

learn some antenna fundamentals and measurement

Lesson 4.7 - Antenna Basics 2

Finish learning the basics of antennas

Lesson 4.8 - Antenna Types

Look at the different types of antennas we use in our field

Lesson 4.9 - How to choose the right antenna

Learn what you need to know to choose the right antenna

Lesson 4.10 - Antenna Placement

Learn some guide lines for placing antennas.

Module 5 - RF System Components

Lesson 5.1 - Amplifiers

Learn Amplifier specs, where to place them, where not to place them and beyond.

Lesson 5.2 - Filters

Learn why to use filters, what types to use and where to use them

Lesson 5.3 - Circulator/Isolators

Learn what circulators and isolators are, what they can do for us and where to place them in our system.

Lesson 5.4 - Multicouplers/Directional Couplers

Learn what these devices are, where they are used and how to set them up correctly.

Lesson 5.5 - Attenuators

Learn what we use attenuators for in an RF system and where to place them.

Lesson 5.6 - Duplexers/Diplexers

Learn what diplexers are, how they can help us and where to use them in a system

Lesson 5.7 - Fiber Converters

Learn why we would want to use fiber converters as well as the do's and don'ts of fiber systems

Module 6 - RF System Design

Lesson 6.1 - Link Budgets/ RF System Math

Learn the importance of RF system math and how to preform a full link budget.

Lesson 6.2 - RF System Design 1

Work RF system problems together, by choosing components and running link budgets

Lesson 6.3 - RF System Design 2

Work RF system problems together, by choosing components and running link budgets

Lesson 6.4 - Deploying and Testing the System

Now that we know how to design a system . Learn how to test it once the system you designed is deployed in real life.

Module 7 - Frequency Coordination and Wireless Management

Lesson 7.1 - Spectrum Analysis

Learn how we use spectrum analysis, and go over teh different parts of a spectrum analyzer

Lesson 7.2 - Pre-Planning/Band planning

Learn what band planning is, how it can help and look at an example of band planning

Lesson 7.3 - Frequency Coordination with Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS)

Learn how to coordinate frequencies using IAS

Lesson 7.4 - Frequency Coordination with Wireless Workbench (WWB)

Learn how to coordinate frequencies using Shure's Wireless Workbench (WWB) and learn how to test a frequency coordination

Lesson 7.5 - Identifying Interference Sources

Learn about the different types of interference we face and how to detect them.

Lesson 7.6 - Dealing With Interference

Lean how to minimize the affect of wideband noise and narrowband noise

Module 8 - Conclusion

Lesson 8.1 - Course Wrap Up

Wrap up the course and get your final assignment.

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