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Learn about the basic building blocks of communication systems and where the blocks fit into an operational system.


This course aims to familiarize you with the various communication site technologies used in Mission Critical, Commercial, and Enterprise communication systems. It emphasizes the importance of comprehending the governing bodies and standards that promote consistency in today's communication systems. Having a strong foundation in the concepts and regulations governing critical communications systems is crucial for modern technologists.

By taking this course, students will acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to distinguish between different communication system technologies and the regulatory bodies that ensure the safe and coordinated use of available spectrum. They will also develop an understanding of the distinctions between P25 systems, DMR systems, and CBRS systems. Additionally, the course will cover the fundamental components of communication systems and their integration within operational systems.

What You Will Learn


In the course Futures: Wireless Communications Network Architecture, students will:

  • Distinguish between different types of communication sites, including Land Mobile Radio RF, Dispatch/PSAP, Video, and CBRS.
  • Acquire an understanding of the FCC regulations pertaining to radio sites.
  • Differentiate between the transmitted signal types used in P25, DMR, and CBRS systems.
  • Explain the distinctions between Conventional, Simulcast, and Multicast sites/systems.
  • Identify various hardware types and their corresponding site installations.
  • Construct a block-level system and justify their design choices.
  • Describe the best practices for site testing, troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance.
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Note: This course is only open to high school students.

Course Number: EE-90004
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)