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Post Hi
on: April 26, 2014, 09:46

edit: Please move this to the beginner forum, I failed to notice it when drafting this post.

First post, stumbled upon this page while doing some research on potential senior design projects. I'm currently working part-time on a BSEET at Penn State. After formal electronics training from the Army, I found a job with a defense contractor as an RF technician where I developed a fascination with radar and RF. I'd like to focus my design project (and career) on RF systems and the tin-can SAR featured on the MIT OCW site seems like a great starting point.

While I feel I have a decent grasp of basic RF concepts, I'm relatively "green" when it comes to radar application. My experience is limited to modules (upconverters, low noise amplifiers, VCO's, etc) within an airborne radar with SAR capability. As such, I lack an understanding of the bigger picture and I hope that embarking on a project like this will result in a better idea of how radar works.

I'm not taking the senior design proposal class until spring of 2015, but I'm trying to get a head start on the project. Besides Small and Short-Range Radar Systems (which I plan to purchase) and the documentation available through OCW, is there any material that you'd recommend?


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Post Re: Hi
on: May 30, 2014, 20:57

Good idea to start now, then you can re-use your work or improve it all together for your senior design course. The coffee can radar is ideal for such a capstone project.

There are some online resources for Radar and RF, i've listed a few here:

Also feel free to watch the video demos from the book Small and Short-Range Radars, i've organized these according to chapter here:

But you can read stuff and watch videos all day. I think best thing to do is jump in and start building the coffee can radar. Get it to do Doppler first, then ranging.

Good luck!

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