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Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Specifying a RF Fiber Optic Transport Solution

Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Specifying a RF Fiber Optic Transport Solution

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The global demand for expanded coverage, increased bandwidth, and flexible deployment architectures has brought fiber optic technologies to the forefront of commercial and defense communications architectures. This presentation will overview the latest advances in fiber optic technology and discuss design solutions/strategies as essential building blocks to augment advanced communications networks.

Why is this presentation important?

Fiber optic technology gives systems engineers and RF communication specialists the opportunity to rethink traditional coaxial waveguide based architectures. The last 20 years of fiber optic component design maturation has yielded fiber optic components and cabling that can extend Analog RF signal transmission to frequencies beyond 40 GHz and ranges to 100 km. Recent modernization of photonic based technologies, moreover, has generated application specific hardware targeting large-scale systems, such as SATCOM earth terminals and teleports, as well as small form factors like airborne UAV applications.

Seminar Topics/Agenda: 

  • Learn the fundamentals of RF fiber optic technology
  • Understand the various components available and how they function within a fiber optic network
  • Gain confidence in the performance benefits and fielded reliability of RF fiber optic technology
  • Discover how Microwave Photonic Systems products can support ground, maritime, and airborne communications networks
  • Review industry examples of fiber optic communication networks, from studio broadcast to airborne payload integration

Below are additional resource links for this subject that you may find helpful:

 High Spur Free Dynamic Range RF Photonic Links

 Optical Fiber Waveguides

 Tactical RF Photonic Communications

 Making Connections: Navigating Fiber Optic Cabling and Interconnection Requirements

Contact your local VMA field engineer today if you need help or have any additional questions:


Sales Administration

Tarin was born and raised in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to Vic Myers she worked in the hospitality industry 20+ years as a Sales Analyst/Administrator.

In her spare time, Tarin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to historical sites throughout the United States, reading, going to movies and concerts. On the weekends you will find Tarin at her nephews’ band concerts and baseball games. In addition, music and dance have been a part of her life with musical contrasting influences ranging from Prince to Olivia Newton-John.  Tarin is located in our Arizona office.


Sales Engineer

Richard was born and raised in Arizona. Attended Arizona State University with a focus in Mechanical Engineering and then fell into Technical Project Management. After 12 years of managing large budget projects spanning system integrations and upgrades, he transitioned into the role of Field Sales Engineer with VMA.

Richard has a deep passion for building relationships with his clients and principals, and supporting them to problem solve and develop innovative solutions. Outside of the office, Richard can be found volunteering as a mentor and coach of high school students at his church, running and hiking the extensive trails of Arizona, and spending time with his wife, 2 boys, 2 girls, and 2 grandkids. Richard is located in our Arizona office.


Field Sales Engineer

Taylor is a Texas native, and grew up in the small town of Boerne, Texas.  He attended Texas A&M University, where earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering.  After college he was recruited by a Manufacturer’s Rep Firm, where he spent the first 7 years of his career. Initially hired on as an inside salesperson, Taylor quickly accelerated within the organization and expanded into various other roles such as Distribution Manager, and Field Sales Engineer.  Taylor then spent the following 7 years working for an electronic component distributor named Electro Enterprises that almost exclusively supported the mil/aero market.

Taylor worked as a Field Sales Engineer supporting the Texas, Utah and New Mexico territory, Product Manager, as well as Director or Business Development where he managed a team of 10 Field Sales Professionals across the entire United States.  Gathering from his previous experiences, Taylor has now taken on the role of Field Sales Engineer with Vic Myers supporting the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas territory.  Outside of the office you will usually find Taylor either spending time with his wife and two young children, or out on the lake bass fishing.


Field Sales Engineer

Felecia Stivers, a native of Rockford, IL, now excels as a Field Sales Engineer at VMA in our Arizona office. Holding a BSEE from Arizona State University, she draws from her extensive background at Medtronic, Orbital Sciences, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman.

Specializing in high-reliability applications, Felecia stands out for her proficiency in relationship-building and innovative problem-solving. Whether contributing to medical devices or playing a vital role in rocket launches, her work has had a tangible impact on saving lives and safeguarding the nation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Felecia enjoys time with her two teenagers, finds joy in travel, and actively engages with her local church. Driven by a passion for helping customers navigate cutting-edge technology, she is committed to delivering dependable solutions in fast-changing environments.


People and Culture Specialist

Karen has been a part of Vic Myers Associates team since February 2023. Prior to her position as People and Culture Specialist, she worked in the Science & Technology field as an HR Manager & Project Lead for SAIC and LANL. In the short time with VMA she has learned a lot and looks forward to knowing our business even better in support of all of our employees. She values her church community, her two sons who happen to be engineers, volunteering, and golf. Karen is located in our Albuquerque, NM office.


Natalie Myers

Inside Sales Administration

Natalie Myers joined Vic Myers Associates in September 2021 and is excited to be part of the team. She received her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix and prior to her position as Inside Sales Administration she worked in the Hospitality Industry for over 15 years as a Senior Sales Administrator. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, family and friends along with watching sporting events, traveling, hiking and cheering on her daughter in dance and basketball! Natalie is located in our Arizona office.


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