The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Introduction to AM Antenna Systems


This course will take the student through every facet of AM antenna systems in all their forms, both dealing with each element or variation separately and pulling the elements together to show how they are used in concert.

Course Description

For many radio engineers, particularly those who have been more involved with FM facilities throughout their careers, AM antenna systems with their singing coils and big hardware are often mysterious and many times vexing. AM directional antennas can be intimidating to even the most experienced radio engineers, particularly when something goes wrong and the cause is not immediately apparent. This course is designed to provide the student with a good understanding of all facets of AM antenna systems, directional and non-directional. With the material provided, the student will gain skills that will allow him to construct, troubleshoot and maintain just about any AM antenna system with confidence.

There are several quiz questions prior to most of the chapters to help the student understand what the chapter covers and confirm to the student how much they already know.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to AM Antenna Systems
  2. AM Antenna Basics
  3. Non-Directional Antennas
  4. Current Distribution
  5. Vertical Radiation Characteristics
  6. Insulated and Grounded Towers
  7. Base Impedance
  8. Ground Systems
  9. Directional Antenna Systems
  10. Transmission Lines
  11. RM Ammeters
  12. Sampling Systems
  13. Control Systems
  14. Troubleshooting
  15. Regulatory Requirements
  16. Summary of AM Antenna Systems

About the Author

This course was written for SBE by Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB.

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.

Enrollment Information

To register for the course, click on the link below. You may register using VISA, MasterCard or American Express.

SBE Member Price:      $90  

Non-Member Price:      $135

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