Lessons 1 and 2 teach basic RF concepts, and are a mix of movies, pictures, and text. I'm aiming to be helpful for the High School, College, and Amateur level, and any professional who wants to refresh their understanding.
Lessons 3 through 8 show how to use Mason for computer simulations. If you are a professional or knowledgeable amateur, you might also want to check out my Advanced Topics section.
Lessons 9 through 14 show actual applications with Mason as a simulation tool. These pages try to show more than just how to use Mason, but also how to design some simple circuits, including the folded dipole antenna with balun circuits shown on the front page. Users might also be interested in the Advanced Topic section.
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Mason Work Book
An introduction to some of the basic RF terms that will be used throughout this tutorial.
An introduction to RF concepts, such as reflection and transmission, gain and loss.
Delving deeper into mathematical models for how RF behaves in a circuit.
RF Simulation with Mason
Some of the basic concepts and practical considerations for modeling circuits in Mason.
Introduction to optimization with practical considerations for Mason.
Introduction to Wilkinson Dividers and more advanced optimization tools in Mason.
Introduction to statistical design with practical considerations for Mason.
Advanced topic: consideration on the inner workings of Mason's "dynamic" components, and how they relate to subcircuits.
Introduction to the Mason suite's "line calculator" tool.
Advanced Design Topics
When summing the signals of an antenna array, it can be useful to use some flavor of a cosine taper. Rather than using attenuators, some clever arrangements of Wilkinson combiners can be used to produce a "lossless taper". This can be helpful in improving the overall noise figure of the system.
Wilkinson combiners work, in part, as a matching network. As such, broader bandwidths can be achieved by adding more elements. Some design techniques for efficiently creating a broadband combiner are presented.
Some advanced tricks and thoughts about Smith Charts and broadband matching.
An introduction to laying out a printed circuit board with artwork generated by Circuit Mason.
Builds on Lesson 12, with an application for an antenna array designed entirely with Mason.
Some final thoughts on general design principles.
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