RF Theory for ES Operations
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 Export to Your Calendar 12/6/2020 to 12/7/2020
When: 12/06 /2020 - 12/07/2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Room TBD
Washington, District of Columbia  20001
United States
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Ford
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

Online registration is available until: 12/6/2020
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RF Theory for ES Operations

Course Length 16 hours total - delivered across 2 day sessions of 8-hours each.

  • Sunday & Monday, 09:00 – 17:00 EST (13:00 - 22:00 UTC), December 6th – December 7th


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. 

Course Agenda:

  • Day 1 – Sunday December 6th, 2020
    • EMS Overview
    • The RF Spectrum
    • Decibels in the RF Workplace
    • Antenna Types and Performance Parameters
    • Coaxial Cables and Waveguides
    • Propagation Mechanisms and Environmental Impacts
  • Day 2 – Monday December 7th, 2020
    • The One-Way Link Equation
    • RF Gains and Losses
    • Survey of RF Operating and Propagation Modeling Trends
    • ES Scenarios (Exercises) (Land, Sea and Air)
    • Course Wrap-up

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.

This course is held in conjunction with the 57th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held December 8-10, 2020 in Washington D.C. Registration for that event does not constitute registration for this course, nor are there any connected costs or discounts.

This course will be held on-site for two days prior to this year's symposium and convention. Beverages will be provided to attendees, but meals are your own responsibility.

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:

Early Bird Pricing - before 10/1/2020

AOC Members - $1400

Non AOC Members - $1500


On-Site Pricing - after 10/1/2020

AOC Members - $1500

Non AOC Members - $1600



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

Dr. Pat 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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