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RF Mentor Academy Subscriptions

RF Mentor Academy Subscription
A continuously updated collection of courses and tutorials presented by the experts from Besser Associates. Buy your subscription for US$995 for a one-year (365 day) term.

New circumstances call for a new approach to online training!

A full year of access to courses, tutorials, and premium webinars

- all from Besser Associates instructors

- all for one fixed price of $995/year (per person)!

Bonus: Extra Course for a Limited Time

RF Mentor Academy Subscription now offers RF Wireless Circuits Systems and Test Fundamentals (112) as part of the available courses. A new part is made available each month starting January 2021. Each of the five parts contains approximately 3 hours of instruction.

Value Added

The subscription content will typically include at a minimum two or three full-length “Web Classroom” courses available during a one-year period. Each course is valued at a retail price of $695.

  • Bundle pricing of courses
  • Up to $2100 $4100 value for $995
  • Additional tutorials valued at $99 each

See current Subscription Catalog listing (below)

Premium Tutorial Webinars

As part of your paid subscription, you will have access to our Premium Tutorial Webinars. The subscription model allows the instructors to present premium content without restrictions. Premium Tutorial Webinars are a product, not an advertisement.

Hear the latest from our experts in the field. What they’re working on, their perspectives on developing techniques and technologies. Available exclusively to RF Mentor Academy paid subscribers.

  • Early access to new content before courses are created
  • Access to topics not covered in full courses due to time constraints
  • Key insights from instructors on industry trends and design/test techniques

Two Ways to Sign Up

Subscriptions cost US$995.00 for a one-year (365 day) term. Sign up in either of two ways:
1.) Purchase your subscription from the Besser Associates website. We will setup your RFMentor account and Academy subscription within 1 business day.


2.) Setup your account on the website yourself. Once your are logged in, purchase your subscription here at RFMentor Academy (using PayPal/Credit Card). When your purchase is complete, your subscription will be automatically activated.

Subscriptions are for individual use only and are not transferable.

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Current Subscription Catalog

Now available exclusively to RF Mentor Academy Subscribers! Instructor Doug Morais presents a 90 minute OFDM|5G|NR tutorial.
A series of tutorials in "chalk-talk" format, similar to courses on the popular "Khan Academy" site.1. Signal Flow Graphs  with Rex Frobenius:Signal Flow Graphs allow RF/Microwave circuit designers to use graphical techniques as an alternative to brute-algebraic approaches. By learning four key tools for working with the graphs, the majority of circuit problems can be analyzed. 
This seminar covers the basics of analog and digital modulation, including sampling and pulsed signals. The fundamental digital modulation formats such as BPSK, QPSK, and QAM are described. Continuous-phase formats (MSK, FSK) are covered as well.
Five 90-minute sessions. This seminar discusses techniques for identifying the sources of unwanted coupling and radiation, and systematic approaches for their minimization. This course is available as part of the RF Mentor Academy subscription.
The need for impedance matching is rooted in basic AC circuit analysis principles. In basic terms, maximum power transfer occurs when the current and voltage are in phase. This workshop examines analytical techniques to design impedance matching networks that deliver the most power possible to an RF load. Q factor and its effect on matching network bandwidth are also described.
This seminar provides an introduction to basic Radar design, techniques and operational capabilities.
Besser Associates instructor Scott Bullock presents a tutorial webcast on Introduction to Receivers.Topics covered in the webinar include:Parts of the ReceiverImage FrequencyLNA'sMixer Spur AnalysisHigh/Low Level Mixers and IntermodulationPhase NoiseFilters/Group DelayDynamic RangeAGCMinimum Discernible SignalTangential Sensitivity
One-hour webinar. Instructor Allen Podell gives a brief overview of the basics of RF power amplifier design.
One hour tutorial on reflectionless filters design by instructor Bob Froelich.Table of contents:00:00 Titles/Introduction05:15 Symmetric Networks06:45 Even/Odd Excitations14:45 Low Pass Design37:25 Numerical Example38:50 Simulation50:00 References, Future Topics
Instructor Rick Fornes has trained hundreds of students on dozens of RF and wireless subjects with Besser Associates over the last 20+ years. Now, thanks to the flexibility offered by our Subscription program, we can offer you individual modules from some of Rick's most popular courses in an "a la Carte" format. Some of the modules appear in multiple courses, while others were developed for specific courses with a unique topic focus.
Learn how to speak engineer…or at least understand them!…and learn at your own pace.…
Three two-hour sessions. There are a number of semiconductor technologies being used for power amplifier design. This course introduces students to the GaN transistor, its properties, various structures, discrete and MMIC devices. The properties of GaN will be presented showing the advantage of these devices over other materials for power amplifier applications.
This course provides RF engineers, system designers, manufacturing engineers and other professionals with the essential concepts needed to understand effectively RF and wireless products. This program provides a thorough understanding of RF parameters and as they apply to Wireless applications. At the system level, this course combines theory with real-life examples, providing participants with a complete foundation in understanding architectures - the physical layer requirements and RF measurement techniques.
Instructor Bob Froelich presents a one-hour tutorial webcast on Small Signal Amplifiers.This presentation includes the following topics:Small-Signal ApplicationsSmall-Signal Performance MetricsGainNoise FigureDistortionPower ConsumptionDC BiasIncludes prototype online self study guide
This one-hour webinar provides an overview and introduction to the unique issues related to space-terrestrial comms links.Topics include:General Satellite OperationSatellite two-way communicationsModulationTypes of Satellite OrbitsGround Station Antennas and FeedsG/T, Equivalent Temperature, Link BudgetMultiple Access, CostTypes of Satellites used for CommunicationsFuture Predictions and Upgrades, TDRS
This webinar will provide an overview of areas 5G will address.  We will begin with a discussion on the shortcomings of present day cellular systems to highlight the items needing to be addressed in 5G.  Provide the overall 5G goals and pillar use cases as defined by ITU.  Several deployment options will be provided and summary of the 3GPP scenarios provided.

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We are re-organizing material from Rick Fornes' RF Wireless Circuits, Systems and Test Fundamentals course by topic area and making those topics available as individual "lessons" in a new "a la Carte" format.  Each lesson includes 60-90 minutes of lecture and notes. As a start to this project we have assembled two topic lessons: "Why Digital" and "Receiver Criteria." These are now available to subscribers in the new RF and Wireless a la Carte (178) course. 
New This Month Subscription exclusive - 5G/NR/OFDM: Instructor Doug Morais published a new book with Springer last year titled "Key 5G Physical Layer Technologies: Enabling Mobile and Fixed Wireless Access." Based partially on the book, Doug will be presenting a 90 minute tutorial titled 
New This Month Session four of Rick Fornes' RF Wireless Circuits, Systems and Test Fundamentals course is available at the start of the month.
New This Month - March 2021Here's what we're looking at for March 2021 in the subscription program.
We are pleased to offer a new course in the RF Mentor Academy Subscription program: RF Wireless Circuits, Systems, and Test Fundamentals with Rick Fornes.