RF Engineers & Technicians Needed by Environetix
Technologies Corporation is a technology-transfer spin-off from the University of Maine Laboratory for Surface
Science and Technology. A dynamic research and development organization, Environetix is making rapid and exciting
progress in the field of passive, wireless sensor systems for harsh environments. We have current openings for both
and technicians who will participate in a team effort to develop and manufacture wireless microwave sensors
for custom high- temperature harsh environment applications...
Engineering Crossword for September 21, 2014
week's Engineering crossword puzzle includes
the new name conjured up by marketing gurus for the combined company formed by RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and TriQuint.
According to the press release, "conveys the combined company's ability to deliver the core technologies and innovation
that will enable customers to launch their next-generation designs even faster." Let me just say the name is as
intuitive to me as 'Agilent' or Keysight.'
Radio Service Data Sheets
least for now, I am going to only scan and post Radio Service Data Sheets like these featuring the
Philco Model 200-X,
Knight (Allied Radio Corp.) E10716 Battery Portable, and
Admiral "Aeroscope" Models 161-5L, 162-5L and 163-5L Midget Set in graphical format, rather than run OCR on
them to separate the textual content. There are still many people who restore and service these vintage radios,
and often it can be difficult or impossible to find schematics and/or tuning information...
Finally... Proof That Communism Works !!!
long as Capitalism is allowed to flourish. I know, the claim is a non sequitur, and today's
Alibaba IPO is an ipso facto example. At the time of this writing, Jack Ma is worth $17.5B. Mr. Ma is a citizen
of Communist China, where
Chairman Mao, murderer of millions, is still idolized and his governmental tenets are still followed. Xinhua
News Agency headline: "Alibaba's
IPO to End US Dominance in Technology Sector." This comes as welcome news to many members of the U.S. Congress
and political appointees who have publically and repeatedly cursed Capitalism...
Terry Butman Joins Honored Radar Tech List
welcome MSgt. (ret) Terry Butman as the newest member of the prestigious
USAF Radar Technician Hall of Fame (unofficial, though, it is). Terry recently contacted
me with his 20+ years of service information. Although not in a mobile communications group, Terry spent most of
his career working on mobile radars like the MPN-13, MPN-14, and CPN-4. BTW,
original manufacturer ITT Gilfillan's radar division now goes under the name Exelis.
Short Waves of Tomorrow
Gernsback, in 1938, lampooned his contemporaries who boldly declared that by then there was nothing left to be invented
regarding radio equipment for
short wave communications.
Wisely citing the well-known instance of a patent examiner who quit his post in 1870 because, as the man put it,
all useful things had been invented and there was nothing meaningful left to patent, Mr. Gernsback challenged his
readers to keep this article for 25 years and then go back and read it while being aware of all the new and wonderful
short wave devices that had been invented since 1938...
Congrats to Book Winner Wouter U.!
to Wouter U., of The Netherlands, for being one of two winners in the August
RF Cafe book drawing. Wouter selected
Understanding Quartz Crystals and Oscillators, by Ramon M. Cerda. I pay shipping so it costs the lucky
winners nothing. Graciously provided by
RF Design/Wireless Position Available at Kenall
successful electrical engineer
candidate will be responsible for the development and design of
systems which will be used in Kenall lighting, emergency and signage products. The Ideal candidate will have
experience using WLAN, ZigBee, Bluetooth, low-voltage control and switching circuits. Kenall products are proudly
manufactured in the USA.
Thanks to LadyBug for Continued Support
Technologies manufactures the PowerSensor™ line of miniaturized
USB RF & microwave power sensors. LadyBug manufactures
high accuracy average, pulse, and pulse profiling sensors with GUI interfaces covering up to 26.5 GHz and 80 dB
dynamic range. These sensors set a, patented industry standard, No Zero/No Cal technology. There is no
need to disconnect or wait for internal zeroing and calibration.
Comics with the Potential to Make You Laugh!
is a plethora of comics with just about any theme on the Internet. I could provide pages full of replications for
your enjoyment, but one of the best ways to sample available comics for personal consumption and/or use in reports,
presentations, etc., is to use the Search function on a website like
CartoonStock. The thumbnail image above is great example
where the anatomically correct mother, father, and son socket and plug family have the inscription, "Sparky! Your
mother and I are shocked at your current behavior! Until you learn to conduct yourself properly, you're grounded!"
Many New Titles Added to Book Drawing List
the incredible generosity of Artech House publishers,
there are now many new engineering books available for selection to the monthly
RF Cafe Book Drawing winners. The four shown here are among
seven new titles.
Decoding the Heavens: Antikythera Mechanism
the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer - and the Century-long Search to Discover Its Secrets, by Jo Marchant.
Discovered a century ago in an ancient Mediterranean shipwreck, the
Antikythera mechanism instantly attracted scientific
interest. It had gears, which was and remains unique among artifacts from Greco-Roman civilization. So begins Marchant's
mystery about the object, a tale that ends in triumph but not before inveigling individuals who not only puzzled
over the device but also became obsessively devoted to figuring it out. Tantalized by the Antikythera mechanism,
scholar Derek de Solla Price felt it was the clue with which he could...
Carl & Jerry: Electronic Detective
before their college days at Parvoo U., our two amateur electronics sleuthing buddies were on the job tracking down
and trapping bad guys by using their combined knowledge of circuits and physics. In this episode,
Carl and Jerry are tasked with helping a hobby store owner stop a rash of thefts that always seems to occur
during a busy time right after school lets out for the day. Their first inclination was to devise a system like
the big department stores were installing that used passive tags on items that would trigger an...
everythingRF Updates Cable Assembly Builder
RF has updated its
Builder tool to help users get quotations from over 25 manufacturers at one go. Users can specify their requirement
and select the manufacturers from whom they would like to get a quotation. The tool has been optimized for mobiles,
tablets and desktops allowing users to access this from anywhere.
Try it out.
The Mystery Set
the 1930s, electricity and electronics were mysteries to most of the population. The concepts were relatively new
and few had a firm grasp on the technology. That reality was exploited by Hugo Gernsback during the 1934 Electrical
Exposition to challenge attendees to discover how the radio receiver sitting on the top of an empty, clear glass
case was being powered. It was
a clever ruse that reportedly
stumped most people. The secret is revealed here. BTW, my guess is that an even smaller proportion of our current
citizens would be able to figure it out, or for that matter...
Applications Engineer Needed by Empower RF
RF Systems is looking for an
Key responsibilities and deliverables include: Partner with sales, engineering, business development, and executive
management to identify and close on power amplifier solutions for key markets and customers. Provides sales personnel
with technical support for the promotion and positioning of existing and new products. Responsible for inputs to
marketing plans, development of sales tools, and selected, web content preparation. Provides customer feedback to
improve existing products...
September 2014 Newsletter from Anatech
Electronics, a manufacturer of RF and microwave filters, has published its September 2014 newsletter. As always,
it includes both company news and some tidbits about relevant industry events, regulations, and standards. This
month, Sam Benzacar offers his views on the subject of "Interference
to Defense Systems: Tough Challenges Require Unique Solutions." There are also a couple headlines on an iPhone-based
radar app, military small cell spending, and stealth wind turbines.
Notable Tech Quote
installing a booster we can increase that capability on the order of one to the fourth power." - Captain James T.
Kirk, Commander of the Star Ship Enterprise. While Melanie and I were watching the Star Trek original television
series episode titled "Court Martial," I picked up on a funny
technical faux pas. Kirk is accused
of the negligent death of a crew member with whom he has had a longtime difficult relationship. Believing that the
man is faking his own death to incriminate him, Capt. Kirk has the ship's auditory sensors boosted...