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Tommy Reed

Advocate for simplicity. Motivated by creating value. Ready to tackle the impossible.
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6 Best Spectrum Analyzers to Upgrade Your Electronics Lab (2019)

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:36:00 PM

Is your electronics lab in need of an upgrade? It's important to keep your equipment up to date with the latest and greatest technology to keep getting the best results (and therefore a more effective product). In this post, we're going to look at 6 spectrum analyzers that will work great in your lab. 

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Topics: engineering, RF Technology, General Topics, Engineering Equiptment

3 Great Oscilloscopes For Any Budget (2019 Edition)

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:34:00 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!

**Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you.

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Topics: RF Technology, General Topics

5 Best Bench top Multimeters (2019)

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:21:00 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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As the name implies, the multimeter is useful for a wide range of measurements and tests.  Bench top digital multimeters, or DMMs, can be used to to make the basic (Ohm’s Law) measurements:

  • Measure resistance
  • Measure voltage
  • Measure current
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Topics: engineering, General Topics, Engineering Equiptment

6 Great Power Supply Options for Your Electronics Lab

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 PM

Have you noticed that your electronics lab could use a little upgrade from the 1970s to the present? If so, you've come to the right place. A reliable DC power supply is often considered a requirement in many of today's electronics labs. We wanted to share a few great power supply options to help you take your outdated power supply equipment further!

*This post contains affiliate links in which we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

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Topics: General Topics

5 Great Standing Up Desks for Engineers

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 PM

Maybe you've heard about the many benefits of using standing up desks and you want to increase in your mood and energy levels. Or maybe you currently use a makeshift (crap) stand-up desk like this and want to make an upgrade to your engineering work-space...

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Topics: Leadership, engineering, General Topics, general

5 MUST HAVE Pieces of Test Equipment For Any Electronics Lab

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 PM

Hi there! You must be looking to upgrade your engineering electronics lab with the latest and greatest test equipment on the market today. Well good news...this is the place to be! Cool engineers only please...meaning all of you.

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Topics: engineering, RF Technology, General Topics, Engineering Equiptment

15 STEM & Geek Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family

Posted by Tommy Reed on Nov 29, 2017 9:43:03 AM

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!!!

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Topics: engineering, RF Technology, General Topics

Press Release: Bliley Introduces Iris - LEO Satellite OCXO

Posted by Tommy Reed on Apr 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM


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Topics: Press Release, crystal oscillators, Space & Satellites

12 Popular Software Defined Radios (SDRs)

Posted by Tommy Reed on Sep 1, 2016 8:59:31 AM

Software Defined Radios (SDRs) are constantly evolving. It seems like "the latest and greatest" SDRs are always popping up somewhere with today's rapidly growing technology. We thought it'd be helpful to provide you with some of the most popular and top rated SDRs in today's market.

CHECK OUT OUR 2018 UPDATE HERE.

We tried to include a wide variation of prices, applications, frequencies, and ease of use on the following list. This way, it'll be more likely that you'll find the best Software Defined Radio for your needs in the following list. 

Without further ado, here are 12 great Software Defined Radios for you!

*Descriptions taken from product pages
**Disclosure: This post that contains affiliate links.

1. RTL-SDR (R820T RTL2832U)

  • What a great place to start! This RTL-SDR is cheap and great for beginners or those on a budget. 
  • Applications include general radio scanning, air traffic control, public safety radio, ADSB, AIS, ACARS, trunked radio, P25 digital voice, POCSAG, weather balloons, APRS, NOAA APT weather satellites, radio astronomy, meteor scatter monitorin, and more
  • Frequency: 500 kHz to 1.7 GHz and has up to 3.2 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth

2. Red Pitaya

3. NooElec NESDR

  • Included: NooElec USB dongle, antenna, remote control
  • RTL2832U interface IC & R820T tuner IC on USB dongle
  • Full compatibility with a large array of software packages

4. Quadrus

  • DRU-244A-1-1-PCI SDR hardware digitizer
  • 1 ADC chip with 1 analog input
  • 1 DDC chip with 4 radio channels

5. HackRF One

  • Operating Frequency: 1 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Matching male SMA ANT500 antenna & USB cable included
  • Compatible with GNU Radio, SDR#, and more

6. RPD-100

  • 6U Compact-PCI form factor hardware development platform that can be used for a variety of applications, such as Software Defined Radio.
  • Optimized to provide high performance signal conversion using high speed ADC’s and DAC’s.
  • Other applications: WiMAX, Satellite MODEM's, RFID, Wireless Communication Systems

7. Ubertooth One

  • 2.4 GHz Transmit and Receive.
  • Suitable for Bluetooth experimentation
  • Can also operate in monitor mode, monitoring Bluetooth traffic in real-time.

8. Usmile

  • Frequency: 100KHz-1.7GHz
  • Built-in 100Mhz upconverter combined with Built-in HD R820T allow better receiving of short wave than using direct SDR’s Q tunnel
  • Easy to set-up, just connect it and you’re ready to go!

9. AirSpy

  • Alternative to both cost sensitive and higher end scanners while featuring the "best radio browsing experience of the market" thanks to the tight integration with the de facto standard SDR# software.
  • External GPS or Rubidium clocks supported for professional use
  • Full HF Coverage

10. National Instruments USRP

  • Flexible and affordable transceiver that turns a standard PC into a powerful wireless prototyping system.
  • Supports multirate DSP for physical layer communications and helps you integrate .m file scripts and C language algorithms.

11. ThinkRF's WSA5000

  •  Large frequency range of 100 kHz up to 27 GHz and wide instantaneous bandwidth of up to 100 MHz.
  • Supports 160 MHz instantaneous bandwidth

12. Seeedstudio KiwiSDR Kit

  • SDR covers the 10 kHz to 30 MHz (VLF-HF) spectrum.
  • Demodulation modes: AM, AMN, LSB, USB, CW, CWN, NBFM.
  • RF antenna connector: SMA and terminal block.
  • GPS receives the Navstar system on L1 frequency 1575.42 MHz.

Are You Experiencing Phase Noise in your Applications?

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Topics: IoT, engineering, RF Technology, General Topics, general

7 Habits of the Most Innovative Engineers

Posted by Tommy Reed on Aug 24, 2016 7:30:00 AM

I've been innovating for the majority of my career.  First on the front lines, working R&D projects, then moving to managing those projects, and then managing entire portfolios of several dozen projects, to leading the entire technology and innovation strategy for our company.

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Topics: Leadership, engineering, general