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June 26, 2011
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Development of Low-Cost Radio Frequency Test Equipment Supporting Laboratory Testing of RF Communications ProjectsThis paper describes the construction of low-cost radio frequency test equipment used tosupport a senior level Project Based Learning course in Radio FrequencyCommunications offered to Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology students.High quality commercial equipment is difficult to obtain and often limits laboratoryactivities. The author presents low-cost, easy to construct, test equipment thatcircumvents this difficulty. A goal of the course is for students to development andexecutes a set of test procedures that extract the performance characteristics of a HighFrequency communications receiver. Parameters such as minimum discernable signal,blocking dynamic range, and third-order intermodulation intercept point are measured. Asecondary goal is to introduce students to the use of a project journal to record ideas,data, test results, and experiences through the project. To date, student feedback on thelaboratory activities have been very positive and a representative selection of studentcomments is included in the paper.
Everly, J. O., & Zhou, X. (2011, June), Development of Low-Cost Radio Frequency Test Equipment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17777
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