September 17, 2012, 17 Comments

The year is 1960, and the young Curmudgeon-to-be, still a university student, is working part-time as a counter clerk in a general electronics store and is simultaneously soaking up an […]

Waterfall image of signals and noise in the 80 meter amateur band

Free (At Least, Extremely Cheap) Noise! Part 3

June 18, 2012, 8 Comments

In Part 2 of this series we looked at some of the sources of man-made radio frequency (RF) noise and made a simple estimation of the amount of interfe ...


Why Is The US Strip Mining Radio Spectrum?

February 20, 2012, 40 Comments

For many months, now stretching into years, the Curmudgeon has been searching for logical explanations to a bedrock fundamental question, the very one ...


FCC Spectrum Management Mistakes: The “Sweet Sixteen” List – Part 4 Summary and Reflections

January 6, 2012, 4 Comments

We have now finished reviewing the dismal (partial) list of historic FCC spectrum management engineering mistakes, and in this final part of the serie ...