RF Theory for ES Operations
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 Export to Your Calendar 6/1/2020 to 6/17/2020
When: 6/1/2020 to 6/17/2020
Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required
United States
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Ford
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

Online registration is available until: 5/29/2020
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RF Theory for ES Operations

Course Length 18 hours total - delivered across 6 sessions of 3-hours each.

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC), June 1st – June 17th, 2020
  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registrants for 30 days after the course. If you miss a session or two, you can catch up by viewing the recording!


After a thorough overview of key electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) concepts, with an emphasis on the RF spectrum and commensurate propagation mechanisms and environmental impacts, this course will leverage several air, sea and land-based scenarios to address ES advantages and disadvantages associated with various RF wavelengths. The course will also provide a survey of propagation modeling techniques and an update on modern RF operating trends.

If you would like a preview of this course, click the link below to register for the webinar on
"RF Challenges in the Modern EW Battlespace" that Dr. Patrick Ford will be presenting on March 12.

Agenda for topics covered in each 3-hour session:

  • Session 1 – Monday June 1st, 2020 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    EMS Overview
    The RF Spectrum
    Decibels in the RF Workplace
  • Session 2 – Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    Antenna Types and Performance Parameters
    Coaxial Cables and Waveguides
    Propagation Mechanisms and Environmental Impacts
  • Session 3 – Monday June 8th, 2020 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    The One-Way Link Equation
    RF Gains and Losses
    Survey of Propagation Modeling Methods
  • Session 4 – Wednesday June 10th, 2020 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    Survey of Modern RF Operating Trends – Part 1
    ES Scenario 1: Land-based Operations 
  • Session 5 – Monday June 15th, 2020 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    Survey of Modern RF Operating Trends – Part 2
    ES Scenario 2: Sea-based Operations
  • Session 6 – Wednesday June 17th, 2020 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    Survey of Modern RF Operating Trends – Part 3
    ES Scenario 3: Airborne Operations
    Course Wrap-up

Who should attend:

Who should attend: This course is best suited for those that are already working in the EW arena and/or have completed a basic course in EW fundamentals. 


Course Cost:

AOC Members - $1200

Non AOC Members - $1250



Instructor:  Dr. Patrick Ford, Advisory Board, Corvus Consulting

Dr. Ford has spent the past four decades in support of EW, including systems engineering, research, development, ground/in-flight testing, and extensive tactical experience supporting surface, subsurface, and airborne platforms. He has presented EW and UAS training around the globe, including professional seminars for both Erevno Aerospace and Corvus Consulting, as well as graduate courses for a leading aerospace university. He is currently an EW science adviser for the U.S. Navy, as well as a commercial UAS pilot, the latter including chief test pilot/test director for a new series of high speed/high altitude jet powered UAS. He also serves as the volunteer UAS Operations Advisor for Washington State’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Systems. Pat received his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, with a Specialization in Naval Warfare Operations Analysis, where his research focused on the first ever use of a commercial off-the-shelf radar on a Group 3 or smaller UAS. He received his Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve cryptologic officer, he is one of the few individuals to graduate from both the National Intelligence University Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program.

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.
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