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Wireless Technician's Handbook

Wireless Technician's Handbook by Andrew Miceli
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This new second edition of the Artech House classic, Wireless Technician’s Handbook applies up-to-date knowledge of wireless communications formats to the real-world situations you encounter everyday. Featuring brand new material on such critical technologies as GPRS, EDGE, CDMA-2000, and WCDMA, this single, easy-to-understand volume collects the comprehensive information that is essential for your work in the field today.

Covering dBm versus Watts, the differences between analog, TDMA and CDMA, as well as the evolution to 2.5 and 3G standards such as EDGE, WCDMA and CDMA-2000, and testing of handsets and base stations, this handy resource explains all first-tier wireless formats in clear, concise language, helping you to become more knowledgeable and productive. The book focuses on testing concepts and procedures, and types of testing equipment, including spectrum analyzers and power meters and their applications. Moreover, it reviews AMPS, CDMA, IS-136 and GSM, and includes important charts and screen shots from common test instruments. An invaluable reference for the field-based technician, the book also serves as an excellent guide for non-technical wireless professionals.


Preface. Acknowledgements. Foreword.

Understanding the Basics - A Review for the Technician and an Introduction for the Newcomer. Domains: Time and Frequency. Power. Understanding Propagation. The Transmit and Receive Path. Digital Basics. Modulation. Vocoding. Shift Keying. GSM and GMSK. p/4 DQPSK and IS-136.. QPSK/O-QPSK and CDMA. Higher Order Modulation Techniques. Spread Spectrum.

Cellular Radio Concepts - The Cellular Radio Concepts. The History of Cellular. The “Cell” in Cellular. The Typical Modern Network. The Concept of Multiple Access.The Key to Truly Mobile Communications – The Handoff! Sectorization. Antennas. Improving Performance. Squeezing Out as Much as We Can-Repeaters and Front Ends. Wireless Data Basics, Packet vs. Switched. Data Rate Performance. Systems in Use Around the Globe.

AMPS - The Basics of the Advanced Mobile Phone Service. The Analog Network. Signaling on the Analog System. Preparing Analog Signals. Identifying the Mobiles and Base Stations. Frequency Channels. Control and Voice Channels. The Forward Control Channels. The Reverse Control Channel. The Voice Channels. Call Processing States. Transmit Power. The Handoff. The Problems with Amps.

NA-TDMA - Introduction to NA-TDMA. Nomenclature of NA-TDMA - Identifiers and Architecture. Channels in NA-TDMA. p/4 DQPSK: The Modulation of TDMA. The FOCC, RECC, FVC and RVC in IS-136. The Digital Traffic Channel. Messages on the DTCH. The Digital Control Channel. Sleep Mode. Messages on the DCCH. Mobile Assisted Handoff. Authentication.

GSM - Introduction to GSM. GSM System Architecture. Identifiers in GSM. Modulation in GSM. Power Levels. GSM Channels. Control Channels Vocoders and Traffic Channels. Messaging. Burst Types. Frequency Hopping. Handovers. Multipath Equalization.

EDGE and GPRS - Introduction. Gprs Basics. Packet Data Protocol Basics. GPRS Phones and Devices. Understanding the Layers. GPRS Physical Channels. GPRS Coding. Bursts. Channel Allocation. Logical Channels. Overview of GPRS Processes. The Edge Format. 8PSK Modulation and EDGE Coding. EDGE and the Future.

CDMA-ONE: The IS-95 Standard - Introduction to CDMA. The Modulation We Use in CDMA. Multiple Access in CDMA. Capacity: The Reason for the Hype. Understanding the “Code” in Code Domain Multiple Access. The CDMA Vocoders. The Forward Link - Code Channels. Synchronization on the Forward Link. The Reverse Link Channels. The Reverse Link Channels. Power Control. Call Processing - The Four States. Registrations in CDMA. Handoffs in CDMA. The Pilot Searching Process.

CDMA-2000 - Introduction. CDMA Evolution. Overview of 1X-RTT and 3X-RTT. Radio Configurations. Spreading and Channel Coding Changes. Air Interface Differences. Power Control Changes. Physical Channel Overview. Forward Physical Channels. Reverse Physical Channels. Logical Channels and Layering Overview. Handoff Changes. Forward Transmit Diversity. TDD Mode.

WCDMA - Introduction. History of WCDMA. Features and Benefits of WCDMA. TDD and FDD Modes. Introduction to Nomenclature. Slot and Frame Structure. Logical and Transport Channels. Physical Channels. Spreading. Synchronization. Power Control. Handovers in CDMA. Modulation. Multiple Channel Codes.

The Basics of Field Test - The Basics of Field Test. Introduction to Field Testing. Types of Cellular and PCS Technicians. Introduction to the Radio Transceiver, Measuring Power. Time and Frequency Error Measurements. Spectrum Analysis. Scalar Network Analysis. Testing the Audio and Mechanical Components. Testing Modulation Introducing the Communications Test Set. Drive Test Tools. The Battery.

Testing AMPS - Introduction to the AMPS Transceiver. The AMPS Receiver. Filters and Testing AMPS. Testing the AMPS Receiver. The AMPS Transmitter. Testing the AMPS Transmitter.

Testing TDMA Systems (GSM and NA-TDMA) - Introduction to TDMA Testing. Introduction to the TDMA Transceiver. Introduction to the TDMA Tests. Functional Tests. Transmitter Tests. Receiver Tests. Audio Tests. Testing Data - GPRS and EDGE.

Testing CDMA - Introduction. Introduction to the CDMA Transceiver. Introduction to CDMA Tests. Testing Power. Code Domain Tests. Timing, Frequency and Modulation Testing. Call Processing Tests. Out of Band Tests. Receiver Tests. 1X and Beyond.

WCDMA and Beyond: Testing Overview - Overview. Transmission Tests. Receiver Tests.

Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. About the Author. Index.

Andrew Miceli serves vice president, regional sales for Superconductor Technologies, Inc. He received his B.S. degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Mr. Miceli has also written numerous articles for industry magazines and has been a presenter at several industry events.

Artech House; July 2003
310 pages; ISBN 9781580537216
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Title: Wireless Technician's Handbook
Author: Andrew Miceli