From the trade magazines: signal generators, refurbishing ICs?

This edition of “From the trade magazines” includes items from RF&Microwaves, Radio World, and EE Times………Dan

The Fundamentals Of Signal Generation. Signal generators have become indispensable tools for producing the test signals required by today’s engineers to successfully develop and test their devices and systems.


Jim Charlong operates the amateur radio station at the Marconi National Historic Site of Canade.

Dedicated Ham Keeping Morse Code Alive. Operated by Parks Canada, the Marconi National Historic Site of Canada  features a museum with a model of the original transmission structure, a historical multimedia display and tour — and Jim Charlong, who keeps the site’s Morse code broadcast legacy alive and on the air. Charlong is a dedicated Morse code operator with 50 years’ experience under his “fist” — fist being a ham radio term that describes the signature speed and style of an operator’s key-tapping skills. Since the Marconi museum opened in July 1989, he has volunteered as its resident Morse code radio operator. From his “radio shack” inside the museum, Charlong regularly communicates with other Morse code operators around the world.

Smoke re-concentrator refurbishes blown electronic components. I think that perhaps they jumped the gun with this article. I’m thinking that an April 1 publication date would have been more appropriate.

Contest S-Meter Does it All

If you’ve ever unsure about what report to send during a contest, then the Digital Wonder Do-It-All S-Meter is for you.

According to the press release by the Idaho Potato Contest Group, this device is the “first of it’s [sic] kind. Simplifies the modern Ham Shack! It will improve your operation skills. Compatible with most radios , Collins, Drake, Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood, Ten-Tec.”

I love that wood-tone case, too. Don’t you?


I’m not exactly sure what this is, but I want one:

You Know You’re a Radio Geezer When…

Reprinted with permission from the Feb 2010 newlsetter of the San Bernardino Microwave Society:

You know you are a radio Geezer when:

  • you have more tools than you’ll ever need, but can’t find them.
  • you need to keep your radio’s user manual on the desk.
  • your antennas are getting smaller and closer to the ground.
  • it’s been 40 years since you’ve had the snot shocked out of you.
  • you forget the band plans.
  • you check into the weather net, the noontime net, the Bell Telephone net, and some other net just because they are there.
  • you still have a phone patch and Q multiplier in the cabinet.
  • your radio warms up faster than you do .
  • RF gets into your hearing aid.
  • you have to find your teeth to have a QSO.
  • you can no longer see the parts used to make radios.
  • you know how to properly tie a wire bundle using waxed string.
  • some of your test gear is older than your adult children.
  • you have to add light in front of your radio so you can read the dials.
  • you buy a piece of gear only to find out you already had one in the garage you forgot about.
  • you can no longer log, make QSO’s and drive at the same time.
  • you realize a Life Membership in the ARRL is no longer a good value.

Some of these are funnier than others, but I think the last one is probably the most telling. Can you think of any others?