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Career Advice Stories - Handling Failure
This week's collection of career advice has a somewhat dour theme of how to deal with personal failures (harsh word) and behavior at work. It ends on a high note, though, with an interesting piece on telecom service engineer jobs - a great opportunity if you like field work and don't mind getting your hands dirty.
Verbal Coaching vs. Formal Written Warnings
- 5 Tips to Proactively Handle Project Failure
- What Your Manager Really Thinks of You
- Avoid Pitfalls That May Derail Your Career
- How to Beat Procrastination
- Telecom Service Engineers
This week's crossword puzzle, like last week's crossword puzzle, and all the weeks before that, was custom made by me and contains only words and clues pertaining to science and engineering. Print it out and take it to your next diversity in the workplace meeting so you can honestly say you got some mental stimulation out of it. Enjoy!
After you've turned off all the lab equipment and are sitting around waiting for the 3-day Labor Day weekend to start, kill some time with a couple of these new articles.
- Precision Validation
of Radar System
Performance in the Field, W. Yu
- Why Are Oscilloscope Probe Amps at the Tip?,
A. Pini & L. Jacobs
- Selecting an RF Power Meter or Sensor (p.54),
- Match Impedances When Making
Measurements, S. Sandler
- On-Site Testing of Lightning Protection Devices,
- Next Generation Communications for Next
Generation Satellites, N. Kundtz
- Analyzing Active Cancellation Stealth,
X. Sheng & X. Yuanming
Audio crossover networks have the same fundamental mission as RF multiplexer filters in radio systems, which is to separate and steer specific bands of frequencies into two or more signal paths. While simple in concept, implementation in hardware can be a major challenge depending on requirements for channel separation, feedthrough, phase and group delay, amplitude equalization, distortion, and other factors. This article discusses some of the decisions used by crossover network designers when considering where to make band breaks, while leaving actual circuit design rules to other authors. I built a set of custom speakers many moons ago and went through the frustrating process...
Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, by Zhancang Wang. Envelope tracking technology is seen as the most promising efficiency enhancement technology for RF PA for 4G and beyond wireless communications. More and more organizations are investing and researching on this topic with huge potential academic and commercial values. This is the first book on the market to give complete introduction, theory, and design considerations on envelope tracking for wireless communications...
"It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two or threes years ago was thought to hold the solution to the [flying machine] problem, have been exhausted, and that we must turn elsewhere." - Thomas A. Edison, New York World, November 17, 1895. This, from the man who reportedly tried more than 1,000 different materials for his incandescent light bulb before arriving at a coil of carbon filament.
Anatech Electronics designs and manufactures the industry's widest range of RF and microwave filters at frequencies up to 40 GHz, as well as power dividers, directional couplers, and many other product types. We specialize in standard and custom designs for commercial wireless, public safety, satcom, and defense applications, and we can meet stringent military environmental specifications.
Delta's 4.1 / 9.5 Mini DIN series of coaxial connectors are designed to meet the growing demands of today’s high performance mobile communications systems. Mechanically similar to the 7/16 series, the 4.1/9.5 Mini DIN's 30% smaller size and reduced weight, allow increased package density and flexibility in system design. Delta offers a wide range of standard 4.1 / 9.5 Mini DIN configurations including: male and female...
LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner hit a home run with his recent post titled The 3 Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With. The article's content is undeniably interesting, but I guarantee the fame factor is based on the Venn diagram that he created. It's simple and sure to get a chuckle out of you. Here are a few more useful articles:
an Effective Long-Distance Job
— 5 Ways New Grads Can Get a Boost up the
— Fired at 50? Now What?
— How to Answer the 'Tell Me About Yourself'
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MWJ / Besser Webinar on RF Components for
Aerospace and Defense Set for September 10
NI (formerly AWR Corporation) will sponsor the Microwave Journal / Besser RF/Microwave Training Webinar Series on RF Components for Aerospace and Defense on September 10, 2014. Topics to be covered include defense versus commercial philosophy, standards and standards organizations, quality assurance in defense, military microelectronics, the difference in...
Many Thanks Once Again to Dow-Key for Support
Dow-Key Microwave is the world's largest manufacturer of electro-mechanical and solid state RF switches. We are AS9100 / ISO-9001 certified and committed to providing unparalleled customer service, competitive pricing, on-time delivery and products that are distinguished by quality and reliability.
It wasn't all that long ago that deadlines for magazine printing cycles were measured in months - unlike today where electronics on-demand printing has cut lead times to weeks and even days. Accordingly, this National Schools advertisement pitching 'after the war' training in electronics servicing that appeared in the September 1945 edition of Radio Craft was likely designed and submitted two or three months ahead of the publication month (e.g., in June or July). How could they be so sure that their scarce advertising dollars wouldn't be wasted? Simple. By that time, entire country seemed to have a sense that World War II would come to an end soon since Hitler's, Mussolini's, Tojo's...
Sure, you do it all the time, but at some point either someone suggested and/or showed you how to clip substitute components into a circuit in place of a suspected bad component while troubleshooting or maybe during the design or tuning process. Miniature circuits of today pretty much rule out using alligator clips to patch in a part, but sometimes it is possible to use miniature J clip leads or even pin probes to make the connection long enough to take a measurement. Since I do a fair amount of circuit work on other-than-RF applications, I often find myself using short insulated, stranded wires with mini alligator clips on each end to make connections.
You can still buy from Moog today the same sort of Theremin that was described in this 1961 Carl & Jerry episode. Ever the early adopters of breaking technology, the teenagers exploit the motion-sensitive feature of the Theremin in hopes of improving Carl's basketball game. As usual the boys, in mock dialog, describe the Theremin's operational theory for the benefit of readers not familiar with the musical instrument. They do not, however, mention that the device is named after its Russian inventor, Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. Read on to discover how a Theremin strapped to Jerry's back...
These days, I'm always a bit hesitant to publish or do Internet research on items mentioning chemical compounds any more toxic than rubbing alcohol. This article reports on early plans of the Vanguard satellite launch platform for America's first orbiting satellites. Although the main focus is on the electronic steering and stabilization systems, it mentions the fuel composition of nitric acid and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine. That's probably enough to cause a federal agent to come knocking on my door... or at least put me on some sort of surveillance list. Less exotic fuels like LOX (not to be confused with the fish used on bagels), kerosene...
Test Equipment Connection Corporation is your single source test & measurement solution. We offer over 300 test equipment manufacturers including Agilent, Tektronix, Anritsu, Rohde & Schwarz, Advantest and Fluke, plus thousands of New, Used, Second Hand, and Refurbished test equipment products. We buy and sell bench top, general-purpose test and measurement equipment. $2M is budgeted each month for the purchase of surplus equipment.
"He no sooner gets alone with a sweater girl than he's trying to pull the wool over her eyes." That's a really old joke that only old guys remember. 'Sweater girl' was a term used to describe... how do I properly put it?... Dolly Parton types (you know, having a good singing voice ). Anyway, I thought you might need to be apprised of the origin of the term to appreciate the title of this article from a 1944 edition of Radio Craft. You're welcome.
NI (formerly AWR Corporation) awarded the first-, second- and third-place winning teams of the IMS2014 Student Design Contest for High-efficiency Power Amplifier and High-sensitivity Radar complementary one-year licenses of NI AWR Design Environment™ software.
Author: Kirt Blattenberger