Wireless communication technology touches every aspect of our lives because of the proliferation of communication devices such as cellphones, radio, and television.
In the Communications Systems Laboratory, students first learn to characterize fundamental building blocks for communications systems such as mixers, amplifiers, splitters, filters, and oscillators. Next, students combine these components to implement important communication systems functions such as detection of amplitude modulated signals. Finally, during the capstone exercise for this laboratory, students combine these components to form a functioning aircraft band receiver that allows them to monitor conversations from local tower and ground controllers, as well as aircraft that are en-route. The Communication System Laboratory provides students with the hands-on, real-world experience that enables them to take their skills to the next level.