Course detail

Radio Receivers and Transmitters

FEKT-CRPVAcad. year: 2017/2018

Students become familiar with architecture of analogue and digital radio-communication systems (block scheme, basic functions). Further, the function of analogue and digital circuitry used in radio-communication systems (amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, filters, modulators, demodulators, etc.) are described. At the end the students obtain basic information about recent radio broadcasting systems (FM, DAB, DRM).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able (1) describe architecture of common analog and digital radio-communication systems, (2) explain function of selected analogue and digital circuitry used in radio-communication systems, (3), and orientate oneself in techniques used in recent radio broadcasting systems.


Fundamentals of signal processing and theory of electronic circuits are required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

CHIEN, Ch. Digital Radio on a Chip. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell 2000 (EN)
ROHDE, U., BATEMAN, A., WHITAKER, J. Communications Receivers: Dps, Software Radios, and Design, 3rd Edition. McGraw-Hill 2001. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain 20 points for the activity in laboratory exercises. The final exam is honored by 80 points (maximally).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Frequency bands. Basic architectures of radio receivers and transmitters with analogue and digital signal processing.
2. Radio receiver and transmitter parameters and measuring methods. Input circuits of radio receivers.
3. Mixers (additive, multiplicative, balanced). Oscillators (LC, crystal).
4. Frequency synthesizers, PLL, DDFS. Band-pass amplifiers. IF filters.
5. AM, FM and PM demodulators. MQAM and MPSK demodulators.
6. Auxiliary circuits, AGC, AFC. Stereo broadcasting, encoders and decoders. RDS.
7. Selective band-pass amplifier. Active RF power components. Amplifier classes and modes.
8. Matching, transformation and coupling circuits. Broadband power amplifiers.
9. AM, FM and PM modulators. MQAM and MPSK modulators. DDFS based modulators.
10. High efficiency RF power amplifiers, classes D, E and F.
11. Sampling of band-pass signals, A/D converters for radio receivers.
12. Digital signal processing techniques in wireless technology (filtering, demodulation, synchronization).
13. Software transceiver. Implementation techniques. OFDM, digital radio broadcasting DAB-T, DRM.


Lectures are aimed to present architecture, main building block functions and basic parameter definitions of analogue and digital radio communication systems, to explain principles of function of the electronic circuitry used in analogue and digital radio systems and to show examples of recent radio systems

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's

    branch BC-EST , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer