Radiowave Propagation

Course #EC3630

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course treats the effects of the earth and its atmosphere on the propagation of electromagnetic waves at radio frequencies. Topics covered include ground waves, sky waves, ducting, reflection, refraction, diffraction, scattering, attenuation, and fading. Basic theory is covered and computer models are introduced where appropriate. Emphasis is placed on determination of the transmission loss between transmitting and receiving antennas. Computer laboratory exercises are used to illustrate the propagation characteristics of various indoor and outdoor environments, and their effects on system performance.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 292
  • 294
  • 592


  • EC2650

Learning Outcomes

·       Understand the various mechanisms contributing to the non-free space propagation of radiowaves.

·       Be able to incorporate various environmental conditions in the practical design of electronic warfare, radar and communication systems.

·       Compute propagation characteristics (loss, dispersion, depolarization, etc.) for the following conditions and environments: multipath, ground waves, troposcatter paths, ionospheric paths, refraction, diffraction, and urban and indoor areas.

·       Through the use of software laboratories, understand the capabilities and limitations of propagation simulation software.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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