The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

AM Antenna Computer Modeling Course

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Course Description

The FCC now permits moment method computer modeling of many AM directional arrays as an alternative to traditional cut-and-try adjustments and field strength measurements as a means of performance verification (proof). This alternative has the potential in many cases of saving a tremendous amount of time and expense, allowing the licensee of an AM station using a directional antenna to tune up and proof the antenna system for a fixed and greatly reduced cost.

Modeling of AM antenna systems, while not particularly difficult, does require some specific steps and proper model calibration in order to be valid and acceptable to the FCC. This course will take the student through the modeling and measurement process specifically for AM broadcast antennas, providing a general understanding of the process and procedures as well as operation of the recommended software.

It should be noted that this is not an omnibus method moment modeling training course. It does assume a basic understanding of modeling techniques and procedures.

Course Content

Broadcast Moment Method Modeling

  • Overview
  • Limitations of Traditional Field Strength Measurements
  • Method of Moments Basics
  • FCC Modeling Rules
  • Using Moment Method Modeling for Directional Antenna Proofs
  • A Step-by-Step Modeling Example
  • A Loop Sampling Example
  • Analyzing Potential Reradiators

Measurements for AM Antenna Computer Modeling

  • Field Measurement Overview
  • Impedance Matrix Measurements
  • Antenna Monitor Sampling Systems for Moment Method Proofs

SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of a course through SBE University qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Course Enrollment

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SBE Member Price:      $90

Non-Member Price:      $135

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