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Satellite Link Budget Training Using SatMaster Software course

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Link budgets are the standard tool for designing and assessing satellite communications transmissions, considering radio-wave propagation, satellite performance, terminal equipment, radio frequency interference (RFI), and other physical layer aspects of fixed and mobile satellite systems. The format and content of the link budget must be understood by many engineers and managers with design and operation responsibilities. SatMaster is a highly-recognized yet low-cost PC-based software tool offered through the web by Arrowe Technical Services of the UK. This three-day course reviews the principles and use of the link budget along with hands-on training in SatMaster 9, the latest version, for one- and two-way transmission of digital television; two-way interactive services using very small aperture terminals (VSATs); point-to-point transmission at a wide range of data rates; and interactive communications with mobile terminals. Services at UHF, L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka bands to fixed and mobile terminals are considered. The course includes several computer workshop examples to enhance participants' confidence in using SatMaster and to improve their understanding of the link budgeting process. Participants should gain confidence in their ability to prepare link budgets and their facility with SatMaster. Examples from the class are employed as time allows. The course notes are provided. Bring a Windows OS laptop to class with SatMaster software. It can be purchased directly from (a discount is available to registered attendees).

The course notes are provided. Bring a Windows OS laptop to class with SatMaster software. It can be purchased directly from Software is provided for use during the course only.



Bruce R. Elbert, MS (EE), MBA, Adjunct Professor (ret), College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Elbert is a recognized satellite communications expert and has been involved in the satellite and telecommunications industries for over 40 years. He founded Application Technology Strategy, LLC, to assist major private and public sector organizations that develop and operate cutting-edge networks using satellite and other wireless technologies During 25 years with Hughes Electronics, he directed the design of several major satellite projects, including Palapa A, Indonesia’s original satellite system; the Galaxy follow-on; and the development of the first GEO mobile satellite system capable of serving handheld user terminals. Mr. Elbert was also ground segment manager for the Hughes system, which included eight teleports and 3 VSAT hubs. He served in the US Army Signal Corps as a radio communications officer and instructor. By considering the technical, business, and operational aspects of satellite systems, Mr. Elbert has contributed to the operational and economic success of leading organizations in the field. He has written nine books on telecommunications and IT.

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Course Outline:

Day 1 Principles of Satellite Links and Applicability of SatMaster

Standard ground rules for satellite link budgets

Frequency band selection: UHF, L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka

Satellite footprints (EIRP, G/T, and SFD) and transponder plans; application of on-board processors

Propagation considerations: the isotropic source, line of sight, antenna principles

Atmospheric effects: troposphere (clear air and rain) and ionosphere (Faraday and scintillation)

Rain effects and rainfall regions; use of the built-in DAH and Crane rain models

Modulation systems (QPSK, OQPSK, MSK, GMSK, 8PSK, 16 QAM, and 32 APSK)

Forward error correction techniques (Viterbi, Reed-Solomon, BCH, Turbo, and LDPC codes)

Transmission equation and its relationship to the link budget

Introduction to the user interface of SatMaster

Differences between SatMaster 9, the current version, and previous versions

File formats: antenna pointing, database, digital link budget, and digital processing/regenerative repeater link budget

Built-in reference data and calculators

Example of a digital one-way link budget (DVB-S2) using equations and SatMaster

Day 2 Detailed Link Design in Practice: Computer Workshop

Earth station block diagram and characteristics

Antenna characteristics (main beam, sidelobe, X-pol considerations, mobile antennas)

HPA characteristics, intermodulation and sizing , uplink power control

Link budget workshop example using SatMaster: Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC)

Transponder loading and optimum multi-carrier backoff; power equivalent bandwidth

Review of link budget optimization techniques using the program's built-in features

Transponder loading and optimization for minimum cost and resources, maximum throughput and availability

Computing the minimum transmit power; uplink power control (UPC)

Interference sources (X-pol, adjacent satellite interference, adjacent channel interference)

Earth station power flux density limits and the use of spread spectrum for disadvantaged antennas

Earth station power flux density limits and the use of spread spectrum for disadvantaged antennas

Day 3 Consideration of Interference and Workshop in Digital Link Budgets

C/I estimation and trade studies

Performance estimation for carrier-in-carrier (Paired Carrier Multiple Access) transmission

Discussion of VSAT parameters and technology options as they relate to the link budget

Example: digital VSAT, multi-carrier operation

Use of batch location files to prepare link budgets for a large table of locations

Case study from the class using the above elements and SatMaster


    Tuition for this three-day course is $1895 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. A SatMaster demonstration software license is available at no cost for use during the course. If desired the SatMaster software license is available for purchase at a discount price of approximately $260 USD per user, or $225 if three or more licenses are purchased. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to