Microwave Fundamentals – Harris Constellation

Course Length:   2 Days

Prerequisites:  The course will develop a working understanding of Harris Constellation Microwave Radio and associated interface equipment. The course is designed to provide employees with tools for understanding and maintaining digital radio.

Course Objectives:  Course instruction includes Constellation radio and network testing. More than 50% of the class

will be hands-on exercises with written results. This course can be customized or combined to meet specific system

requirements.

Introduction to Constellation Microwave
Radio

  • Analog vs. Digital Radio – Overview
  • Constellation – Overview
  • Radio Configurations – Overview
  • Terminal vs. Repeater Operation
  • Bandwidth and Noise in Digital Radio
  • Regulation of Digital in the US

Constellation Detailed Overview

  • Types of Baseband – SE
    • DS1
    • DS3
    • SONET
    • Ethernet
  • DS3 Overview and M13 Mux -SE
  • Wayside and Overhead Channels
  • Power Supplies – Shelf Fuse Panel
  • Alarm Connections – External Alarms

Detailed Module Operation

  • RF Modules – SE
  • Tributary Configurations – SE
  • HLM and Modem Cards
  • Antenna Coupling Unit –ACU
  • The Signal Processing Unit (SPU)

Radio Management

  • Keypad – SE
  • VT-100 Emulation – SE
  • Alarm Menus – SE
  • Status Menus – SE
  • Performance Menus – SE
  • Measurement Menu – SE
  • Hidden MenuControl Menu – SE
  • SEConfiguration Menu – SE 
  • SERadio Software – SE

SE = Student Exercise