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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

EdTech Institute, LLC (formerly The Sage Group, LLC) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Radio Communications Operations - RCO (320)

45 hours (15 weeks).
Various approved locations throughout the United States.

November 2013 - December 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss radio communications operations including theory and operation of both the components in systems used for communication, as well as their operational characteristics; outline the regulatory requirements of operating RF Transmitting systems in any of the licensed frequency bands within the United States via class discussion, skills application, and written testing. Upon successful completion of the course, students may sit for the FCC General Radio Operator License (GROL) with RADAR Endorsement in the final session.


Major topics include: marine and aviation radio law, radio electronic components and functions, Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM), basic Transmitter Topology and design, Instrumentation for testing, maintenance, and repair of radio systems, basic radio power systems and requirements, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Search and Rescue and other communications systems, FM Transmitters and Receivers, waveforms and Radio Wave Propagation, Antenna Theory, Oscillators and Mixing (heterodyne) process, Electrical Math applications and Digital Logic, impedance matching and resonance, types of filters and amplifiers, aviation applications, Instrument landing System (ILS), VHF Omni directional Range (VOR), Transponders and Antenna Systems, and Satellites applications and basic RADAR concepts.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the associate degree/certificate category, 3 semester hours in General Technology or Radio Communications (11/13).