RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling
2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
while typing up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got
Mail" when a new message arrived...
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Get ready to flip the dial on your compass by 180° soon. Well not real soon, but indications point to another
reversal of the Earth's magnetic field reversal in as little as
1,500 years. To more
accurately investigate the phenomenon, researchers at the U. of MD have constructed a 30-ton sphere that spins at
more than 90 mph to generate magnetic fields. The 10-ft sphere is filled with 13.5 tons of liquid sodium to mimic
the Earth's liquid-iron center core. A 3.3-ft sphere counterrotates inside the larger one. Both spheres are driven
by 350-hp electric motors. At full speed the outer sphere spins at 240 rpm. The inner sphere reaches 960 rpm.
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