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PIM/VSWR Certification [SP6160]

The incidence and cost of PIM is no longer simply a nuisance, it is a critical threat to network efficiency, channel capacity and bottom line profit.

This course is aimed at anyone who is involved in the designing and installation of wireless cellular infrastructures. The course details the importance of Passive Intermodulation (PIM) and Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) as well as how to measure and mitigate it. Students successfully completing this course will be recognized as certified in these two topics, which are fundamental to the wireless industry.

Estimated study time: 2 hours

Webcast duration: 1h:45m

Languages

The webcasts for this course are available in the following languages:

 Chinese Danish Dutch Finnish French German Hungarian Italian Japanese Korean Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish

plus additional languages available for asssessments.

‚ÄčAudience

This course is primarily aimed at Installers and field engineers - those involved in hands-on termination. Quality control, project managers and anyone who works directly or indirectly with transmission line assemblies.

Pre-requisite experience

No pre-requisite course or experience is required however this course is often taken after the SP6101 Cable Attachment Training course.

Objectives

  • Understanding the fundamental parameters important to wireless infrastructures, including VSWR and PIM
  • Understand methods for testing and troubleshooting RF systems
  • Explore the equipment used and potential areas to consider when testing a site
  • Understanding PIM, its effects, and measurement
  • Know some of the test equipment available and how to conduct PIM testing
  • List considerations for ensuring good PIM performance for different components in an RF system

Key Topics

  • Passive Intermodulation (PIM) and Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) fundamentals - This lesson will help you to understand the fundamental parameters important to wireless infrastructures, including VSWR and PIM. It will cover what to look out for when testing and troubleshooting a system and how to help prevent PIM and other detrimental signal issues from occurring.
  • Line Sweep Testing - In this lesson, we will take a closer look at the testing and troubleshooting of an RF system.
  • VSWR Test Equipment and Operation - In this lesson, we explore the potential areas to consider when testing a site and also take a look at the equipment used.
  • PIM Measurement - While PIM has been known and studied for many decades, wireless carriers have traditionally limited their PIM testing to labs. The more recent introduction of portable test equipment targeted at resolving PIM issues in the field has extended the topic to a much broader audience, including thousands of field operations personnel tasked with maintaining wireless networks. Carrier networks are aging and the ability to find PIM problems related to this aging is important. Installation, hardware quality, and hardware design also play an important role in determining PIM performance.
  • PIM Test Equipment and Operation - Production PIM test equipment was introduced in the 1990s to enable RF equipment manufacturers to verify the PIM performance of their products. More recently, portable PIM test equipment was introduced giving network operators the ability to perform PIM tests in the field. These field tests have proven effective at identifying components damaged in transport as well as installation workmanship issues on the RF infrastructure. As a result, field PIM testing has been increasingly adopted by wireless operators around the world as an essential test to certify optimum system performance.
  • RF Component Consideration - In this lesson, we will look at the considerations to ensure good PIM performance for different components in an RF system.

How will I learn?

You will study this course online in a self- paced format.
The course is made up of a number of webcast lessons and online multiple choice assessments giving immediate feedback. Downloads include the PIM and VSWR calculator and numerous additional support documentation.

Successful completion will require

Any level of pass in the overall assessment score.

Is this the right course for me?

If you are involved in the designing and installation and termination of wireless cellular infrastructures and want to understand PIM and mitigate its threat to your customer networks then this is the course for you.

Upon successful completion you will

Receive a certificate that may be self-printed and inclusion on the Wireless ID badge.

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 2 Event ID: OV-COMMS-IL-0817-3

Certificate valid for 3 years

Estimated study time: 2 hours

Webcast duration: 1h:45m

Course Benefits

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Effective learning
  • Learn on the go and on-site
  • Cost effective
  • Consistent training globally
  • Available in many languages
  • Access latest material

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