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Partnership to offer radio class in Wake Forest

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WAKE FOREST — The Wireless Research Center has partnered with a Virginia-based business to host training classes for engineers, developers, and technical teams for radio frequency design and antenna development.

The class, Principles and Applications of Software Defined Radios,” will be held June 22-26 at the WRC headquarters in Wake Forest. It is a joint class held with The Ascendancy Group, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

The class provides the technical background and practical experience to understand the use of software defined radios for communications, testing and measurement, and RF system development, according to a press release. 

The Wireless Research Center is an independent, private nonprofit dedicated to applied research driving communications innovation. WRC’s partnership with The Ascendancy Group includes serving as a supplier of wireless technology expertise and testing services.

“We are proud to offer this training and support TAG as a supplier of wireless development expertise and testing services,” said WRC senior engineer John Swartz, who leads coordination for government initiatives. 

With prior coordination, participants may bring devices for testing reception and analysis of measurements. 

Using both presentations, simulations, and hands-on, lab-based examples, participants will review traditional hardware and current SDR radio architectures; install and operate several SDR platforms and tools sets; use SDRs for reception and transmission of voice and data, and RF test and measurement tools; and learn how SDRs can be used for rapid prototyping and design of RF systems.

“The WRC is a valued teammate of ours,” said TAG founder and president Cameron Christie. “We are fortunate to leverage the WRC’s experience, expertise and equipment on behalf of our clients to provide research, development, engineering and testing of antenna, RF and wireless technologies.”

A future class is in development at the WRC headquarters for advanced antenna simulation modeling and prototyping. The class will use tools including HFSS and CST to simulate advanced antennas and arrays. The class also includes comparing simulations to actual anechoic chamber measurements at the WRC headquarters.