NML participates in Radio Frequency Metrology Seminar

Mr. Manuel M. Ruiz of the Electrical Standards Section of NML participated together with other representatives from the National Metrology Institutes of Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam in the Radio Frequency (RF) Metrology Seminar  held in Bangkok, Thailand last December 4 to 7, 2013. The purpose of the seminar is to enhance basic knowledge in the area of radio frequency metrology. The seminar also covers electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and telecommunication issues.

With so much of our activities these days connected with the use of our mobile devices and gadgets employing semiconductors that are dependent on signal processing; it is vital that this area be provided with quality calibration service from the National Metrology Institute (NMI) in order to ensure that the quality of service being delivered to the people is topnotch.

During the seminar, NMIs from Southeast Asian countries presented the status of their respective laboratories in relation to radio frequency metrology. This allowed them to compare capabilities with the different countries present and see if their current capabilities are able to answer their countries’ respective needs/demands.

Although the Philippines have limited capability in RF Metrology, the results of its previous interlaboratory comparison with the NMI of Australia (NMIA) showed good results.

Aside from calibration-related topics, the seminar also gave the participants an overview of the current researches and other educational activities being done by the host country, Thailand, in this particular field of study.

Research related to this specific area of metrology is also being performed in the universities particularly King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL). Infrastructure and funding agencies are available to support research programs in the universities.

According to Mr. Ruiz, The workshop was a very good and timely opportunity for gaining more insights to the measurements required and performed in RF power calibration. The information obtained were all helpful if the RF measurement service of the NML is to be revitalized.

The RF Metrology Seminar was organized by the National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ) in cooperation with KMITL, and the National Institute of Metrology-Thailand (NIMT).