The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Introduction to FM Transmission Systems

Course Description

An FM transmission system, at its most basic level, consists of the transmitter, the transmission line and antenna. There are many variables within these basic building blocks, including types and sizes of antennas, size and type of transmission line, and transmitter power output. Situation-specific variables such as the allocation and class of station, permissible area to locate, permissible tower height, location of the tower site with respect to the target coverage area, and the local terrain all come into play in the proper selection of the correct tower, antenna, line and transmitter.

This course will provide the student with knowledge of all the above-mentioned items and variables, and how they impact the performance of an FM station. Upon completion, the student should have a clear understanding of the proper design, installation and maintenance of an FM transmission system.

Table of Contents

  • Antenna Site Considerations
  • Antenna Gain vs. TPO
  • Vertical Plane Characteristics
  • VSWR Bandwidth
  • Antenna Designs
  • Transmission Line Types
  • Transmission Line Selection
  • Transmission Line Installation
  • Maintenance

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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