Wilkes University

Communications Lab (SLC 224)

Students learn to design and simulate RF and Microwave circuits and antennas, and then build, measure and evaluate prototypes using modern advanced laboratory instrumentation similar to industrial-grade.

Advanced Design System (ADS), or High Frequency Structural Simulator (HFSS), allows them to simulate, verify and optimize their designs. An RF Anechoic Chamber (RFAC) facilitates the characterization of antenna prototypes. Lab activities instill a solid understanding of communication signal analysis in time and frequency domains. Students learn techniques of Analog Filter Design in aspects of signal processing. Instrumentation include:

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Manufacturer

 

Model Number

Description

1

Astronics

 

ATACTS-3000

Synthetic Instrument 3GHz

1

Keysight

 

E4400B

ESG - RF Synthesizer 1GHz

1

Keysight

 

ESA-L1500ABESA

Spectrum Analyzer 1.5GHz

1

Keysight

 

E5072

VNA- 4 –Port Network Analyzer 26.5 GHz

1

Keysight

 

E5062

ENA – 2 –Port Network Analyzer 3 GHz

1

CopperMountain

 

Planar 304/1

ENA – 2 –Port Network Analyzer 3 GHz

1

Keysight

 

E4418B

EPM - RF Power Meter

1

Keysight

 

E9300A

RF Power Sensor for E4418B

4

Keysight

 

3221

Function Generator 15MHz

4

Keysight

 

34401

Digital Multi-Meter

4

Keysight

 

E3631A

Triple Output DC Power Supply

Electrical Engineering courses providing hands-on experience in this lab include Electromagnetics I and II, Communication Systems, Antenna Theory (elective) and Microwave Devices (elective).


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