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Radio channels

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Max amount of FITech students: 30

Please note the early application deadline.

Course contents

  • The radio channels of different radio systems.
  • Characterization of radio waves and propagation media.
  • Different mechanisms of radio wave propagation: direct free-space propagation, absorption, scattering, reflection, refraction, diffraction, surface and ground waves, ionospheric waves and multipath propagation.
  • Statistical description of fading radio channel.
  • Principles of the radio channel modelling.
  • Noise calculations.
  • Radio wave propagation phenomena over fixed terrestrial, ionospheric and satellite links.
  • Radio channel modelling for outdoor mobile systems.
  • Radio wave propagation inside or into buildings.
  • Radio channels of mobile satellite links.
  • Slow fading.
  • Multipath propagation and its effects on narrowband and wideband radio channels.
  • MIMO radio channels.
  • Measurement methods of radio channels.
  • Atmospheric attenuation on terahertz frequency bands.

After completing the course, the student

  • will be able to define what the radio channel is and is able to distinguish it into modellable parts,
  • knows different radio wave propagation mechanisms,
  • can apply physical and empirical radio channel models,
  • is able to analyse which are the dominating propagation mechanisms in different environments, and
  • will know how to measure the properties of different radio channels.

Course material

  • Lecture notes.
  • Additional reading:
  • Andreas Molisch. “Wireless Communications”, 2012. Wireless Communications. Wiley-IEEE Press.
  • Simon R. Saunders & Alejandro Aragón-Zavala: Antennas and propagation for wireless communication systems. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2007.

Recorded lectures and exercises from previous year are available.

More information on the University of Oulu course page.

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Responsible teachers

University of Oulu
Markus Berg
University of Oulu
Pekka Kyösti

Further information about the course and studying

University of Oulu
Matti Isohookana

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Host university:
University of Oulu
Study is open for:
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General prerequisites:
Bachelor level knowledge in Telecommunication Engineering an Signal Analysis.
Study suitable for:
Adult learners who have previous studies or work experience in communications. Master's students or comparable in communications.
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