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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Can you hear that?! ...Listen closely. Can you hear it now??
...Those are Christmas bells jingling in the distance because the holiday season is here once again!!!
While the expansion of the private sector into space is still in its infancy, there is little doubt that it will prove to be one of the most significant economic developments of this century, and RF engineers are one group of industry specialists that are making it happen. Indeed, it's almost impossible to overstate the impact that engineers specializing in radio frequency tech have had and will continue to have, not only with operating and maintaining commercial space activity but shaping it as well. Let’s explore all the different ways that RF engineers are making the “Space 2.0” era possible.
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
The harnessing of the electromagnetic spectrum represents one of the greatest technological leaps in human history. So many luxuries and necessities, products, services, and systems we take for granted are all, in some way, linked to electromagnetic technologies. More specifically, to those which make use of the RF spectrum. But as anyone who works in the industry knows, the first order of business when designing a new product or system is to determine what part of RF spectrum will be the best fit for the application.
These are exciting times to be an RF engineer. With the advent of 5G, the Internet of Things, and the increasing expansion of the private sector into space, we are about to witness some extraordinary developments in radio frequency tech in the next decade.
There are a lot of engineers coming out of school who want to get in on the action. So, what are the traits that help an RF engineer succeed? What distinguishes those who advance in their careers and land the most desirable positions from those who don’t? Let’s explore this in detail and break down 3 of the most important qualities that make a successful RF engineer.
Whether it’s a fancy new gaming PC, an HDTV or a 4G phone, all of them make use of printed circuit boards. A technological innovation dating back to the 1940s, the circuit board is part of what makes all modern electronics possible, and radio frequency products are no exception. Following best practices when designing a circuit board is one the first steps to building an RF system that performs well. This article will offer some basic tips for good RF board design and list some common mistakes that RF engineers should avoid.