Course Overview

Macro Site Fundamentals introduces the central theories related to Macro tower design, planning, troubleshooting, and maintenance. The course teaches students how to read and interpret engineering data-sheets for various hardware components, and co-siting techniques are introduced for multiband, multi-technology cell tower for efficient design of RF Data Sheets. Key topics include troubleshooting concepts, types of equipment and hardware components, line sweeping, PIM, and DTF (distance-to-fault) concepts.

Intended Audiences

  • Macro designers and planners
  • Personnel looking to gain understanding of various equipment and hardware components used at a typical Macro tower.
  • Personnel who want to design and interpret RF and Engineering Data Sheets


Telecommunications Education Center Wireless Fundamentals Course

Wireless 101

Wireless 101 is designed to familiarize participants with the practical aspects of wireless communication systems and their industrial applications. When it comes to modern cellular systems, it is important to understand the numerous technological developments that affect its deployment and the business ecosystem. Foundational theories of cellular communication are an important, yet often overlooked, domain…

Key Takeaways

  • Identify various types of Cell Sites and gain system level understanding of various hardware components traditionally used at any typical macro tower.
  • Starting from Base Station (BTS) radios to the antennas mounted on the tower.
  • All in-line RF components– e.g. Tower Mounted Amplifiers, Diplexers, Duplexers, Bias Tees, Power Distribution Units, Filters and Combiners, Cables and Connectors, RET Actuators and Controllers.
  • Analyze engineering data-sheets and understand operational requirements of RF Components for effective trouble- shooting.
  • Learn key RF Measurements for macro tower – e.g. Line Sweeping (Return Loss, VSWR, Insertion Loss), PIM Testing(Passive Inter-Modulation), TMA Gain Measurements, DTF (Distance-to-fault) Concepts.
  • Learn Remote Electrical Tilt components, Installation, and Troubleshooting procedures.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot a macro tower with TMAs and Filter Components.
  • Visit a live cell-site towards the end of the course.
  • Will be able to see all components covered in the class.
  • Observe RF theories come to life.

Course Includes

  • Course outline
  • Online access to self-guided PowerPoint deck
  • Certificate of completion


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