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Microwave Engineering Masterclass [Online short course]

Microwave Engineering Masterclass [Online short course]


Learning how to Plan, Design and Operate Radio Networks.

Microwave radio as a technology has been around for decades, but over the years it has transitioned from analogue to digital transmission systems together and we have seen huge advances in equipment characteristics. This mix of old and new has resulted in a lot of confusion, with this course unravelling the mysteries of these multiple industry myths.

At the end of this course, you will understand the overall microwave market with an update on current and future developments, including how to apply the latest planning standards.

Microwave propagation is still analogue, and an in-depth understanding of microwave propagation and the various fading effects from weather variations is essential to designing, operating and maintaining a stable network. The new hardware improvements and features will be covered, as well as an in-depth look at antennas and the effects of interference in a digital network.

There are lots of opportunities to apply the theory with practical examples and tutorials using a training calculator that has all the basic formulas that are embedded in industry planning software tools. This allows the participants to understand the input parameters to industry planning tools plus what the output sheets really mean.

What: Online short course
Date: 29 May-2 June 2023
Time: 10:00 am-12:30 pm (AEST)
Duration: 5 x 2.5hr sessions (12.5hrs total)
Cost: ARCIA Members = $1280 +GST; Non-member = $1600 +GST
Trainer: Trevor Manning, TMC Global

Tickets are limited to just 20 seats, so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Book now for the Microwave Engineering Masterclass >>


Target Audience:

  • Transmission design and planning engineers
  • Maintenance technicians and network operational staff
  • Microwave vendors and consultants
  • Managers and project managers who want an authoritative overview of microwave design and operation

Key Topics Covered:

  • An industry update on what’s new in microwave radio
  • Fundamentals of microwave and mmWave
  • Safety of microwave radio signals
  • Planning considerations using Digital Terrain tools
  • Practical considerations for site builds, including passive repeaters
  • Site and link survey techniques
  • Equipment characteristics, including modulation schemes and fading countermeasures
  • Antennas and frequency planning
  • Link design and reliability calculations from a real-world perspective



Trevor Manning

DIRECTOR | Trevor Manning Global

Photo of Trevor Manning Director, Trevor Manning Consultancy

Trevor Manning has had the rare opportunity to see all the facets of designing and operating a microwave radio network.

Having worked for both operators and suppliers, in a career spanning 30 years, he has also recently helped to design and build the world’s longest high capacity Ethernet link (>200km). He understands both the technical and commercial challenges to designing, building and operating networks.





Bookings are now open. With online capacity limited to 20 attendees, don’t delay—book your seat now >>


Interested in other online short courses this year? ARCIA is also offering an Introduction to Radio Communications (5-9 June) and an Introduction to Digital LMR Standards and Planning (7-10 August)

With demand high for engineers and critical communications professionals to continue to upskill and develop their knowledge in sometimes specialist areas within the field, the ARCIA online courses give access to all, wherever you are based, in a tried and tested format.
More courses and dates will be announced as they are finalised and posted on the ARCIA events page.

N.B: Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that course attendees booked after 15 May 2023 receive their materials (course handbook hard copy and Trevor Manning’s Microwave Engineering Handy Reference Guide book) prior to the start date, it cannot, unfortunately, be guaranteed. For those booked after this date, the handbook will be emailed for participants to print and the book will be sent, but could arrive post-course.

Date - 29th May 2023 - 2nd June 2023
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