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Engineering Career and Job Hunting Advice for April 2017

Engineering Career and Job Hunting Advice for April 2017 - RF CafeStories of interviewees being asked to solve engineering problems - basically working for free - have been around for a long time. Dilbert comic strips have been drawn about it. Job search forums have posts by people telling of ridiculous and/or insulting treatment. Fortunately, at least in the engineering world, those instances are relatively few and far between. This first article this month address the issue. The others cover both employers and employees - and prospective employees. I try to weed out the ones written by people who do nothing but give regurgitated advice to others without actually ...

Anatech Electronics Newsletter for April 2017

Anatech Electronics Newsletter for April 2017 - RF CafeAnatech Electronics, a manufacturer of RF and microwave filters, has published its April newsletter. As always, it includes both company news and some tidbits about relevant industry happenings. In it, Sam Benzacar discusses, among other topics, the court battle battle between AT&T and Rivada Mercury Networks regarding the National Public Safety Broadband Network administered by FirstNet, build-out of IoT services, and Google fiber. Anatech's business is to make certain that system and circuit designers have capable filters available to assure successful ...

Designing Electronic Warfare to Regain Airborne Military Dominance

Designing Electronic Warfare to Regain Airborne Military Dominance - RF Cafe"For decades, military aircraft have relied on electronic warfare (EW) solutions to protect assets and dominate airspace. The ability of the United States to detect and track aircraft, or avoid detection has played a major role in its ability to project power globally and maintain freedom of operation in the air. Today, that dominance is being challenged given the rapid advancements in, and widespread availability of, technology for adversaries. In order to make the best use of finite resources, EW ..."

Many Thanks to Federal Custom Cable for Continued Support !

Federal Custom Cable - RF CafeFederal Custom Cable is your direct source for Federal Custom Cable - Cable AssembliesRF & microwave and contract manufacturing (CM), cable prepping, kitting, labeling, rack & panel, modular assemblies, delay lines, Federal Custom Cable - Attenuatorsinductors and toroids, semi rigid, stripping and bending, custom molding, Ø-matched, power and multi-conductor and shielded cables. Please contact Federal Custom Cable today for your project needs ...

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio - RF CafeEmpire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio is a quite interesting documentary about the struggle that Edwin H. Armstrong - inventor of the superregenerative and superheterodyne circuits, and of wideband frequency modulation (FM) - had with Lee DeForest - inventor of the Audio amplifying tube - and David Sarnoff - CEO of Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Extensive legal battles ensued between Armstrong and DeForest over vacuum tube patents, and Sarnoff's transition from biggest cheerleader to biggest thwarter of Armstrong's efforts are epic. A huge amount of historical information and vintage film clips ...

BBTLine Intros Unique Line of Broadband Power Combiners / Dividers

BBTLine Intros Unique Line of Broadband Power Combiners / Dividers - RF CafeBBTLine LLC (Broadband Transmission Line) has introduced a unique patented design which allows for more compact devices while maintaining low insertion loss (higher RF power handling... > 20 watts as a splitter), excellent return loss and excellent amplitude and phase balance. Although there are endless RF power splitters / combiners to choose from on the market, once you start narrowing the search criteria down to 1) Broadband, 2) Surface Mount, and 3) Higher RF Power Rating characteristics, the number of choices is reduced considerably. BBTLine's line of surface-mount ...

Triad RF Systems Intros 5700-5900 MHz, 25W Bi-Directional Amplifier

Triad RF Systems Intros 5700-5900 MHz, 25W Bi-Directional Amplifier - RF CafeThe TTRM1090 GaAs amplifier operates at a frequency range of 5700 MHz to 5900 MHz and has a power output of 25 Watts, while still maintaining a compact form factor of 5.3 x 3.25 x 0.57 inches. This unit also features internal protection against over/under voltage and excessive temperature conditions, which coupled with its rugged construction, ensure fault-free operation in even the most extreme environments. This class A GaAs module is designed for both military and commercial applications. It is capable of supporting any ...

Wireless Device Using Open-Circuit Elements Has No Connections

Wireless Device Using Open-Circuit Elements Having No Electrical Connections - RF Cafe"NASA Langley Research Center has developed a wireless, connection-free, open-circuit technology that can be used for developing electrical devices such as sensors that need no physical contact with the properties being measured. At the core of the technology is the SansEC (Sans Electrical Connections) circuit, which is damage-resilient and environmentally friendly to manufacture and use. The technology uses a NASA award-winning magnetic field response ...

Pulse Analysis Techniques for Radar and Electronic Warfare

Pulse Analysis Techniques for Radar and Electronic Warfare - RF Cafe"Pulsed signals are widespread in radar and other electronic warfare (EW) applications, and they must be accurately measured for manufacturing, design of countermeasures, and threat assessment. Pulse measurements are an especially challenging area for signal analysis due to a combination of factors. Fortunately, many of the improving signal processing and analog-digital conversion technologies behind the generation of complex pulse environments also enable new techniques for effective pulse analysis. A real-time spectrum measurement of a multi-emitter ..."

How Advanced Are Tactical Airborne Laser Weapons?

How Advanced Are Tactical Airborne Laser Weapons? - RF Cafe"Laser weapons have been one of the most important topics of discussion in the Pentagon at least for the past five years, and several weapons programs involving high-energy lasers are in advanced development. There's the U.S. Navy's shipboard Laser Weapon System (LaWS) which was deployed for operational tests aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce. Then there's the Boeing truck-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) for use against air and ground targets. One of the most important potential future ..."

Dig That Reel Flat Response!

Dig That Reel Flat Response!, May 1956 Popular Electronics - RF CafeThis 1956-vintage article by techno-kidder Carl Kohler taught me a new word - 'darb,' as in "Isn't that a darb, now." According to Merriam-Webster, a darb is a slang term for something superlative. Mr. Kohler penned many tongue-in-cheek stories for Popular Electronics in the 1950s and 1960s, all of them based on his antics involving the latest electronics gadget and Mrs. Kohler's reaction to them. Maybe they are real (in this case, 'reel') and maybe not, but regardless, they are funny and even if made up, could easily be actual experiences. A list of other Kohler ...

3-Photon Interference Measured at Long Last

3-Photon Interference Measured at Long Last - RF Cafe"Quantum interference involving three photons has been measured by two independent teams of physicists. Seeing the effect requires the ability to deliver three indistinguishable photons to the same place at the same time and also to ensure that much more common single-photon and two-photon interference effects are eliminated from the measurements. As well as providing deep insights into the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, 3-photon interference could also be used in quantum cryptography ..."

Science & Electronics Crossword Puzzle for April 23, 2017

Science & Electronics Crossword Puzzle for April 23, 2017 - RF CafeThis week's tech-themed crossword puzzle, as is the case every week, contains only words pertaining to science, engineering, amateur radio, physics, mechanics, mathematics, etc. Making a special appearance is the name of the most recent company to support RF Cafe through advertising. You will see their banner graphical ad appearing in the right page border sometime this week. Enjoy ...

$5.00 for Best Short Wave Kink

$5.00 for Best Short Wave Kink, September 1935 Short Wave Craft - RF CafeHere for radio hobbyists are a dozen handy-dandy 'kinks,' otherwise known as tricks, shortcuts, or clever ideas, that could prove useful while working in the lab at work or in your shop at home. One kink that might be worth trying calls for immersing an aluminum panel in a water-lye solution to achieve "a professional-looking finish." A satin look results. A Google search on etching aluminum turns up many other methods. Admittedly, most of these ideas would not ...

Semiconductor Nanofiber with Superb Charge Conductivity Developed

Semiconductor Nanofiber with Superb Charge Conductivity Developed - RF Cafe"A novel technology that embeds highly conductive nanostructure into semiconductor nanofiber has now been developed by researchers. The novel composite so produced has superb charge conductivity, and can therefore be widely applied, especially in environmental arena. A research team led by Prof. Wallace Leung develops novel semiconductor nanotubes with superb charge conductivity which can be widely used in different applications, especially in environmental arena ..."

Space Debris Problem Getting Worse

Space Debris Problem Getting Worse - RF Cafe"Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard. And the estimated tally of tiny objects - which can harm or degrade spacecraft in the event of a collision, and are hard to track - is now around 150 million. - We are very ..."

U.S. Radio and Television Stations January 15, 1948

U.S. Radio and Television Stations January 15, 1948, March 1948 Radio-Craft - RF CafeSignificant advances in electronics - and all other kinds of technology for that matter - occurred during World War II, which in conjunction with the U.S. government selling surplus equipment at the end of that war at very low prices, cause a boom in consumer electronics markets. The established radio business and the fledgling television markets were abetted by quickly expanding numbers of broadcast stations. This chart from early 1948 show the number of currently licensed AM, FM, and TV stations, with projections out 20 years to 1968. I don't have ..."

Join Empower RF Systems at the EW Symposium Point Mugu

Join Empower RF Systems at the Electronic Warfare Symposium Point Mugu - RF CafeAs EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and interdependency, it is clear that future EW systems must work collaboratively with other air, ground, surface space and cyberspace systems. The need for multi-purpose, multimode, flexible software defined EW systems is being clearly and widely communicated by the DOD EW community. Empower RF has developed the world's first software definable high power RF amplifiers, an essential element for adaptable multi-mode EW systems. Come visit us to learn more at the Point Mugu Electronic Warfare ...

Tech Industry Headlines

Tech Industry Headlines - RF Cafe- Archive -

Broadband, Wi-Fi More Important Than Laundry for Apartment Dwellers

ARRL 2017 Hamvention Forum Topics Encompass Makers, Youth, HamSCI

Rechargeable Batteries from Recycled Glass Store 4x More Energy

Google AI Engineers Defect, Start Own Company

Computer Pioneer Harry Huskey Dies Aged 101

'New Golden Age' of (Digital) Radio Heralds Possible End of FM

10 Superconducting Qubits Entangled by Physicists in China

GaN Systems' Investors Receive Venture Capital Awards

Verizon Loses Key Wireless Customers for 1st Time

Infineon Joins 5G Automotive Association for Automated Driving

Infineon Joins 5G Automotive Association to Make Automated Driving a Reality - RF Cafe"Infineon Technologies has joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), to contribute towards the creation of a 5G standard for cars. The association is working on the introduction of new communication solutions enabling connected automated driving and on intelligent transport systems. Infineon will provide key 5G technologies required for the autonomous car, and for electromobility. Secure communication with practically zero time delay is a critical requirement ..."

Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion-Conducting Materials

Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion-Conducting Materials - RF Cafe"NASA Langley Research Center has developed a novel negative dielectric constant material based on ion conducting materials. A negative dielectric constant material is an essential key for creating metamaterials, or artificial negative index materials (NIMs). NIMs have generated great attention due to their unique and exotic electromagnetic properties, and could be used for unique optical and microwave applications, including new methods of electromagnetic cloaking and extremely low loss communications ..."

Flexible Memory device Using Oxide Ferroelectric Material

Flexible Memory device Using Oxide Ferroelectric Material - RF Cafe"For the first time, researchers have been able to deposit an ultra-thin oxide ferroelectric film onto a flexible polymer substrate. The research team used the flexible ferroelectric thin films to make non-volatile memory devices that are wearable and resilient. 'Ferroelectric materials are capable of storing charge, which makes them ideal for non-volatile memory devices,' says Jacob Jones, a professor of materials science and engineering at North Carolina State University and co-author of a paper on the work ..."

Why Use a Triac?

Why Use a Triac?, April 1974 Popular Electronics - RF CafeTriacs are not a component often used in RF and microwave circuit design, but being conversant in its operation could make you popular at nerd parties. A triac is basically the equivalent of two SCRs connected back-to-back, allowing it to conduct on both the positive and negative half-cycles of an AC connection. Both devices are most commonly used in switching applications. The unique feature of an SCR and triac is that once the gate voltage is sufficiently high to begin conduction between the anode and cathode, it can be removed and conduction will continue until the anode-cathode voltage is removed ...

Keysight Technologies to Present Vision for 5G Evolution at WAMICON 2017

Keysight Technologies to Present a Vision for 5G Evolution at WAMICON 2017 - RF Cafe"Keysight experts will be at WAMICON 2017 (April 24–25), an annual IEEE Wireless and Microwave Conference, to discuss everything from circuit-level modeling to system verification for general RF, microwave, millimeter wave for 4G, emerging 5G communications, and aerospace & defense. Keysight also will be demonstrating the latest ADS 2016, EMPro and SystemVue software, as well as a range of RF and microwave tools that include the ENA network analyzer, MXG X-Series RF vector signal generator and MXA multi-touch signal analyzer ...

AT&T Debuts 5G Channel Sounder 'Porcupine' with NI

AT&T Debuts 5G Channel Sounder 'Porcupine' with NI  - RF Cafe"The 'Porcupine' is out, and it's making its debut in all its shiny grandeur. Nicknamed 'Porcupine' within AT&T, a new millimeter-wave channel sounder was introduced this week as a first-of-its-kind device. Looking a bit like something that might be walking and talking in a Star Wars movie, the sounder was developed with the help of National Instruments (NI) to capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. It can be used to measure how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects like trees ..."

Research Advances Knowledge Classical Theory of Electromagnetism

Research Advances Knowledge Classical Theory of Electromagnetism - RF Cafe"Radio waves, microwaves and even light itself are all made of electric and magnetic fields. The classical theory of electromagnetism was completed in the 1860s by James Clerk Maxwell. At the time, Maxwell's theory was revolutionary, and provided a unified framework to understand electricity, magnetism and optics. Now, new research led by LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Ivan Agullo, with colleagues from the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, advances knowledge of this theory. Their recent discoveries have been published ..."

Drone-Based Sensor Detects Radio Signals from 20 Miles

Drone-Based Sensor Detects Radio Signals from 20 Miles - RF Cafe"Sensor firm, VStar Systems, has completed a successful flight test of its modular Signal Intelligence Sensor, MA-C/lite, aboard the Martin UAV V-Bat aircraft. Over the duration of 35 minutes at an altitude of 400 feet above ground level, the MA-C/lite sensor collected radio signals from as far as 20 miles, according to VStar. VStar's goal for the MA-C/lite sensor was to build a light-weight signal detector small enough to be carried on UAVs used by military and private security clients. 'Radio detection systems are large. It's hard to find ..."

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