RF Theory for ES Operations | On-Demand Course

Course Details

RF Theory for ES Operations | On-Demand Course

Course Length: 9 hours total - delivered across three sessions of 3-hours each.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 9

Description: After a thorough overview of key electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) concepts, with an emphasis on the RF spectrum and commensurate propagation mechanisms and environmental impacts, the instructor will present several ES placement scenarios (air, sea and land) to address the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges associated with various RF wavelengths. This will include a one-hour 'hands-on' ES practical exercise for participants, with the instructor reviewing/highlighting possible approaches to the problem set upon completion. The course will also provide a survey of propagation modeling techniques and insight into modern RF operating trends.

Who Should Attend: This course is best suited for those that are already working in the EW arena and/or have completed a basic course in EW fundamentals.


Course Agenda

  • Session 1
    • EMS Overview
    • The RF Spectrum
    • Decibels in the RF Workplace
    • Antenna Types and Performance Parameters
  • Session 2
    • Coaxial Cables and Waveguides
    • Propagation Mechanisms and Environmental Impacts
    • The One-Way Link Equation
    • RF Gains and Losses
  • Session 3
    • ES Scenarios (Exercises) (Land, Sea and Air)
    • ES Practical Exercise / Review
    • Survey of RF Operating and Propagation Modeling Trend


Course Pricing

AOC Members - $240

Non-Members - $360

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NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your login information or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without a refund of any kind.


Dr. Patrick Ford has spent over four decades supporting EW, including systems engineering, research, development, ground/in-flight testing, training, and extensive tactical EW experience on surface, subsurface, and airborne platforms. He has presented EW and aerospace training courses around the globe, including both professional seminars and graduate-level courses. He serves as an EW science adviser for the U.S. Navy and is also a certificated Advanced Ground Instructor, private pilot, and commercial UAS remote pilot. Pat received his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, with a Specialization in Naval Warfare Operations Analysis, where his research culminated in the first-ever use of a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) radar on a Group 3 or smaller UAS. He received his Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, with a focus on human factors related to long-duration spaceflight missions. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve cryptologic officer, he is one of the few individuals to graduate from both the National Intelligence University Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program.