Inside Frequency Control

Laser Communication in Space Could Multiply Data Rates by 100x

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 15, 2018 8:06:00 AM

Since the beginning of NASA, radio communication has been the go-to method of communication for spacecrafts. Well, that's about to change. NASA has recently announced they will be making a major change to some of their upcoming communication systems by implementing new, cutting-edge, laser communication technology. 

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Topics: satcom, RF, space, spacecraft

3 Great Oscilloscopes For Any Budget (2018 Edition)

Posted by Bliley Technologies on May 4, 2018 2:37:00 PM

One of the most common pieces of test equipment for any electronics lab are oscilloscopes.  Oscilloscopes, or o-scopes for short, are versatile pieces of test equipment that can be used in a multitude of different critical measurements.  While oscilloscopes are standard in almost every electronics lab, they come in many different shapes, sizes, and price points.

Are you building out an electronics lab?  
Check out our recent post on the 5 key pieces of test equipment needed in any electronics lab!

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Topics: innovation, engineering, RF, RF Engineering, RF Board Design

10 Popular Software Defined Radios (SDRs) of 2018

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Feb 5, 2018 6:45:00 AM

Back in 2016, we wrote one of our most popular posts covering 12 popular Software Defined Radios or SDRs.  While the previous post still holds some extremely valuable information, a lot has changed in 2 years... especially the technology related to SDRs.  So we thought it was time for an update.

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Topics: innovation, wireless, RF, RF Engineering, COTS

5 Best Bench top Multimeters (2018)

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Jan 30, 2018 2:34:26 PM

Go into any electronics lab and you will undoubtably see a bench top multimeter.  The humble bench-top multimeter is a staple of any lane and is one of the most fundamental and highly used pieces of test equipment for electronic design. 

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Topics: innovation, engineering, RF, RF Engineering, RF Board Design

The Evolution & History of Radio Wave Technology [Infographic]

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Oct 25, 2017 6:30:00 AM

So much of what defines our modern lives is made possible through radio wave technology, which has changed the world in ways the first researchers could never have anticipated. But where did anyone get the idea that radio waves existed in the first place, and that they could be harnessed for wireless communication? It’s a fascinating story that continues to unfold to this day. Let’s go back to the beginning to understand how this technology has evolved.

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Topics: satcom, wireless, RF

How Does Satellite Communication Work From Space?

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Sep 28, 2017 7:48:00 AM

The international space station (ISS) is traveling in orbit around our earth at about 217 Miles (350 km) above earth’s surface. That’s equal to about 1,148,294 feet (yes, over 1 MILLION feet) or 350,000 meters above you. Those are some crazy heights! The ISS and other satellite communication devices must be able to cover a ton of earth’s surface from there, right?

Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s explore...

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Topics: satcom, RF, satellite constellations,, satellite, COTM

RADAR 101

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Jul 25, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Radar technology has become extremely important in today's world.

They help guide the freighters which ship the electronics, clothing, and countless other products we use every day to our shores.

They help meteorologists detect advanced weather patterns to produce the weather forecasts we see every morning on the news.

Further, radar is used for:

  • Air traffic control and navigation
  • Military applications
  • Astronomical and meteorological study
  • Law enforcement purposes. (You can thank the radars in police radar guns for that speeding ticket you may have gotten.) 
  • Continually growing amounts of uses
Clearly radar is important for many reasons. Here's a deeper look into what exactly radar technology is and what makes it so effective for many applications. 
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Topics: RF, RF Engineering

Inside The VCXO: Performance and Applications

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Apr 6, 2017 6:42:00 AM

Does your application require a super stable frequency source? How about the ability of the frequency source to be fine-tuned? Sounds like a Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillators (VCXO) may be a great choice for your specific needs! By using a crystal oscillator as the basis of the circuit in a VCXO, high levels of frequency stability and low levels of phase noise can be maintained while still being able to control the frequency over a small range.

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Topics: crystals, RF

Inside an OCXO – Key Performance Abilities

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Mar 16, 2017 6:25:00 AM

When High Stability is a Must

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Topics: OCXO, engineering, RF, RF Engineering

Best Practices: Is Your RF Vendor Up to the Task?

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Feb 7, 2017 6:30:00 AM

These are exciting times to be working in any field of engineering, but especially in the radio frequency industry. The modern economy simply cannot function without RF technology, and as we transition into a world of ever-faster mobile service, civilian and military space-based systems and the Internet of Things, we’ll increasingly be relying on microwave, low-frequency engineering.

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Topics: RF, Project Management

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