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Hands-on Introduction to Radar and EW

Hands-on Introduction to Radar and EW

December 6-7, 2020 | Sunday & Monday | 09:00-17:00 EST

Hands-on Introduction to Radar and EW

When: December 6 - 7, 2020 | Sunday & Monday | 09:00-17:00 EST

COVID-19 Corona Virus Travel Updates

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Room TBD
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC, 20001

This course is held on-site for two days prior to 57th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held December 8-10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Registration for that event does not constitute registration for this course, nor are there any connected costs or discounts.

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


This course will provide a hands-on introduction to radar and a number of important EW concepts. Unlike other such courses, the emphasis will be on demonstrating concepts using an audio sonar to allow attendees actually experience the effects and implications of various radar and EW concepts. So rather than only having abstract concepts such as Doppler ambiguities and their relationship to PRF explained in theory, attendees will see how target velocities and PRFs interact in practice. In this way, attendees will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the relevant concepts than would be possible with a purely lecture-based format.

Who Should Attend

This course will assume that attendees have no background in radar and EW, so anybody with an interest in these topics will be most welcome. However, the demonstration-based approach means that people who have knowledge of the relevant fields can still benefit by building a better feeling for how everything works and fits together.

Required Course Materials


  • Day 1 – Friday, December 11th, 2020
    • How Radar Works
      • Determining target range
      • Determining target velocity
        • Determining target velocity
      • Line of sight loss, 2 ray loss, or knife edge diffraction
    • Digital Communication
    • Frequency hopping and other LPI threats
      • UAV Payload/link Issues, cell phone issues
  • Day 2 – Saturday, December 12th, 2020
    • Intercept links
    • Communications Jamming (analog and digital)
    • Look through and fratricide issues
    • Special techniques for jamming LPI signals

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

  • NOTE: Beverages will be provided to attendees as a part of registration, but meals are your own responsibility.

Dr. Warren du Plessis received the B.Eng. (Electronic) and M.Eng. (Electronic) and Ph.D. (Engineering) degrees from the University of Pretoria in 1998, 2003 and 2010 respectively, winning numerous academic awards including the prestigious Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Medal. He has been working in EW and radar since 2006 and is currently a Professor at the University of Pretoria, where he has won Departmental and Faculty Teaching and Learning Awards. Prof. du Plessis is a registered Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng.), a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Lifetime Member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), President of the AOC Aardvark Roost, and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is author of 57 published and accepted peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and is lead or sole author of 32 of these, thereby demonstrating his leading role in developing and evaluating innovative new concepts. While his primary research focus has been cross-eye jamming, Prof. du Plessis has also published on issues such as data reduction, cognitive EW, and possible approaches to enhancing EW training.

Dr. Warren Du Plessis

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.