RF Mentor Academy

RF Mentor Academy is available as a source of online training on RF and Wireless topics for users of RF Mentor. The site features some free webinars and study guides, but also online courses from Besser Associates. We will be using the site to offer some products in slightly different formats than what we offer on our main corporate site.

Free Webcast: Mixers and Frequency Conversion


Allen Podell

Besser Associates and Microwave Journal magazine have presented a free webcast on Mixers and Frequency Conversion. This one-hour webcast has been presented by instructor Allen Podell, and the recording is now available for viewing. Frequency conversion is a critical function in all wireless systems. A key component used to accomplish this is the mixer. Designers need to understand different mixer topologies and specifications in order to meet their system requirements.

Calculators Maintenance Update

I've done some updates to a couple of calculators on the site. The Animated Reflectometer HTML5 version had a bug where the animation would be drawn with the wrong sign for values entered into the load impedance (ZL) field. The displayed numerical results were correct, but the animation would demonstrate an open circuit condition if you entered zero impedance for the load, instead of displaying a shorted condition. This has been fixed now.

Here Come the Calculators!

I've been experimenting with JavaScript a bit lately and came up with a bit of code to make creating calculators for RF Mentor users quite a bit easier. Based on the fact that most of the online calculators share some common functionality as far as the website is concerned, I've created some base "formula" and "variable" objects to handle the creation of the input form and display tasks. As a result, creating a new calculator is a much simpler matter of defining the variables and writing a function for the calculation of the output value.

Greetings from the International Microwave Symposium Hawaii

Greetings from the 2017 International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii! This show is a great opportunity to re-connect with fellow RF and wireless professionals, learn about the latest design techniques, and see the newest products being offered at the exhibition. Besser Associates is here at booth #942. The show is always an opportunity to get new ideas and brainstorm for new courses and resources that we can offer on the RF Mentor site.

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