number of statements uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either because of sheer brilliance,
good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third.
I do a lot of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into all three categories. I always try to
verify quotes from original sources or at least from printed books like
The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.
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"Its catalog was the
Boys' Life of electronics." - Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, CEO
of ARRL, regarding the second bankruptcy filing for
(May 2017 QST, p81) ...
"There is a way to tell who is used to
working on transistor equipment from those used to working on tube equipment.
Before those used to working on tube equipment touch their equipment, they put
one hand in their pocket to avoid electrocution. Before those used to working on
low-voltage equipment begin to work, they put one hand on the chassis to avoid
damage from electrostatic discharge." - Walter Underwood,
K6WRU, as reported
by Joel Hallas in his "The Doctor Is In" column in the May 2017 issue of QST
"...timeframes are the enemy, they’ll
figure out if you’re behind schedule if you are too specific." - Jamie Davies,
in a telecoms.com article titled "Euro 5G Consortium Releases Roadmap with No Direction."
Thanks to RF Cafe visitor Bob Davis for the tip
"Wishful thinking is not a good system test practice." -
Glenn Robb, owner of Antenna Test Lab Company of Raleigh, North Carolina. Glenn
happened to use that line in a note to me, and I asked permission to use it as a Notable Quote ...
"Static, like the
poor, will always be with us." - John Renshaw Carson, inventor of single sideband (SSB) modulation. His mathematical
analysis 'proved' that frequency modulation (FM) offered no improvement in noise over amplitude modulation (AM).
The well-known Carson Rule of FM, BW = 2(Δf + fm), came out of that work.
Major Edwin H. Armstrong, a contemporary of Carson's, invented
FM, hence rendering the prediction void. The rest, as they say, is history Armstrong also invented
the regenerative and heterodyne circuits prior to his FM work.
Notable Quote: "I link the abbreviation LTE to the term
Long Term Employment"
Cafe visitor Bob Davis
in a recent e-mail alluded the quote, "LTE stands for Long Term Employment," which I have heard before.
Based on a not-too-extensive Internet research, earliest published instance I can find is a December
2010 ECN piece by
Mr. Andreas Roessler, of Rohde & Schwarz, where he states, "That's the reason why I link
the abbreviation LTE to the term Long Term Employment."
"Everyone's always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell
phone. My answer is, 'Probably never.'" -
David Pogue, The New York Times, 2006 (now a Scientific American
columnist). The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. Mr. Pogue explains, "Yeah, Okay. I'll
admit it. My prediction was wrong - but my thinking was right. I knew that Steve Jobs would never tolerate
the micromanagement that the carriers ...
Ferdinand Bödigheimer Quote on Short Wave Propagation
the extraordinary range of short waves was discovered by amateurs, it was held as incontrovertible that
the electric waves followed the surface of the earth, and that the strength of the field decreased in
proportion to the distance." - Ferdinand Bödigheimer in December 1931/January 32 Short Wave Craft
article titled "How
Are Shortwaves Propagated?" (excerpted from his book,
Radio-Amateur-Station für kurze Wellen). 'Settled
Science' has been getting corrected since time immemorial. There are lots of contemporary claims
of settled science being disproved on a regular basis.
Albert Einstein Quote on "Spook Action at
seriously believe in it because the theory cannot be reconciled with the idea that physics should represent
a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance." -
Albert Einstein, on quantum theory, in a letter to Max Born, on March 3, 1947.
Notable Tech Quote: Simon Segars
"The ability to code is now as important as grammar and mathematics
skills and it can unlock important new career options. I can easily imagine a new wave of design entrepreneurs
looking back and citing today as the day their passion for technology began." -
Simon Segars, CEO of ARM
Notable Tech Quote: John Wheeler
"Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how
to curve." -
John A. Wheeler, astrophysicist who coined the terms 'black hole' and 'wormhole.'
Quote taken from his book Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics.
Notable Tech Quote: Andrew Strominger
"String theory may not be the fabled theory of everything, but
it is definitely a theory of something." -
Harvard University theoretical theorist, in the June 2016 Discover magazine article "The Fall
and Rise of String Theory." The mathematics of String theory, originally concocted to create a unified
theory of everything in the universe, is now being appropriated by other realms of physics as well as
by practitioners of pure mathematics to solve longstanding conundrums in geometry.
Notable Tech Quote: Gene Roddenberry
ship's transporters - which let the crew 'beam' from place to place - really came out of a production
need. I realized with this huge spaceship, I would blow the whole budget of the show just in landing
the thing on a planet. And secondly, it would take a long time to get into our stories, so the transporter
idea was conceived so we could get our people down to the planet fast and easy." - Gene Roddenberry,
"Star Trek" producer, in the May 2016 issue of
Smithsonian magazine. This is another validation of the old saying that "Necessity
is the mother of invention." The entire article is very interesting if you happen to be a Star Trek
fan (being a fanatical 'Trekkie' is not required). You might be surprised
to learn that Gene Roddenberry was a
B-17 Flying Fortress
bomber pilot during World War II and airline pilot afterward, and that his choice of the famous
starship's name was in honor of the
that fought in the Battle of Midway.
Notable Tech Quote: Bob Berman
is begging for a reboot - one that brings life into the equation." - Bob Berman, writing in the August
2016 issue of
magazine. Bob (a famous astronomer) and
Dr. Robert Lanza (a
leading stem cell researcher)recently wrote a book titled
Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness and the Illusion of Death,
in which melds the physics of biological life with the physics of star generation, including the ramifications
of relatively newly popular concept of quantum entanglement - what Einstein called 'spooky action at
Notable Tech Quote: Thomas Edison
"What progress individuals could make, and what progress the world
would make, if thinking were given proper consideration! It seems to me that not one man in a thousand
appreciates what can be accomplished by training the mind to think." --
Edison during an interview with B.C. Forbes in The American Magazine, January 1921.
Notable Tech Quote: Nolan Doesken
a customer perspective, there is a demand for this service whether its accurate or not." - Nolan Doesken,
Colorado State University professor, in response to
new 90-day forecasts (HuffPo article). Have you noticed that a few months ago the AccuWeather online
forecast began extending out 90 days? I remember being dubious when they went from the original 2-week
forecast to a 30-day forecast. Most of the time, for most locations issuing a forecast more than 4 or
5 days in advance is an exercise in vanity. A scientific organization populated with PhD level climatologists,
meteorologists, mathematicians, and physicists, offering with authority a prediction of temperatures
within an implied ±0.5° precision, wind speeds, levels of sun and cloudiness, and precipitation,
justifying such behavior by citing the stupidity of their customers is very discrediting. Doing so is
akin to measuring power and voltage with instruments that display values to two decimal points, then
dividing voltage into power and reporting current to all 12 displayed decimal places on your calculator.
Here is a brief tutorial on
accuracy and precision.
Notable Tech Quote: David Grinspoon
"We have to be comfortable with
the uncertainty of not knowing, resist easy answers, and keep exploring the universe with open minds
and all the tools and techniques we can muster." - David Grinspoon, astrobiologist, "No Need
to Feel Lonely," January 2016 Sky & Telescope magazine. That cited quote won a coin
toss with another line in the same article for being the Notable Tech Quote: "...people tend to get
attached to certainty and start to believe they know the answer." Hmmm, can you think of any contemporary
examples of political, sociological, or scientific topics where hard facts seem to be getting in the
way of rigidly held opinions? The ignorant (not necessarily stupid, but often
times so) masses are easily swayed by silver-tongued charlatans. Such has forever been the case.
Notable Tech Quote: Crow T. Robot
because it's futuristic doesn't mean it's practical." -
Crow T. Robot, MST3K, 'Design for Dreaming,' Mystery
Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). MST3K was a TV series in the 1980s-1990s where a human was forced by evil
scientists to watch B movies, with automatons Crow T. Robot and Mike Servo provided for comfort. Their silhouettes
are seen in the theater's front row as they make wise cracks about and gestures toward the movie as
it plays. One of my favorite clips is from the "Space Mutiny" film, where Crow,
Mike, and Servo roll out a long string of insulting names for the 'hero' character. You'll definitely
get a laugh out of it.