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What's the elevator speech?
Microwaves101 is a practical
web resource covering the fundamental principles of microwave design,
free for microwave engineers, and sponsored by forward-thinking
microwave vendors with deep pockets... it's a beautiful thing! For
more details, check out our mission statement!
If you are a microwave engineer,
please enjoy the entire site for free. Like you, we loathe all sites
that try to charge you money for knowledge, or bug you for personal
information, or jump all over your computer with pop-up ads.
Areas of the site that are devoted
to fostering microwave knowledge include a comprehensive microwave
encyclopedia, a message board
for community interaction, an acronym
dictionary, and the extremely popular microwave
calculators. On the lighter side, there's an opinion column
by "The Unknown Editor,"
and a photo gallery of blown-up hardware called the "Microwave
Mortuary." We also devote a fair amount of the site to
history, including the one and only Microwave
Hall of Fame.
How long have you been developing
We started in 2000. And we plan
to work on this site for the next twenty years!
How much money are you raking
in on this?
A classified amount. Remember,
some overnight successes became profitable in as few as five years.
Why is Microwaves101 better
than a trade rag site?
Great question, many reasons:
We are constructing an encyclopedia of knowledge that is fully indexed
and easy to use, and none of the "articles" ever expire.
We let you use the site for free, and remain anonymous. If we don't
like a product or vendor, we will tell you so. And then there's
the humor thing...
But perhaps more importantly,
in the words of one of our fans,
"I want to thank you
for having a web site devoted to the "Art" of microwave
for everyone, not just for the chosen few that prefer to impress
each other by teaching you how much they know instead of trying
to teach others what they need to know. If we share the "Tricks"
we use with others, it can help optimize the price and performance
of the products we make."
- Bob Luly, 9/28/04
Who is the owner of Microwaves101?
Microwaves101.com is owned and
maintained by P-N Designs, Inc.,
of Tucson Arizona. The concept was created on a paper napkin during
2000 (what did you think P-N stands for?) and has been growing
slowly but surely as a few key people contribute valuable stuff
in their spare time.
P-N Designs is a female-owned,
veteran owned business.
Our government CAGE code is 3MLV7.
Our Duns number is 876664454.
What other services does P-N
We'd love to help you with any
technical writing contract work that you need, including user manuals,
web site development, data sheets, etc. A favorite job is taking
your microwave data sheets written in bad English and fixing them
up so that potential customers can read them. We've also done usability
work, white papers, and organizational consulting. Flat rate of
$50/hour plus expense applies here. That is extremely cheap.
We can also consult on your microwave
problems, depending on if our combined expertise is a good fit for
your problem. Contact
us if you have something you'd like us to bid on. This costs
more than $50/hour.
Want the Unknown Editor to give
a lecture at your college campus? If you can meet his expenses,
We can also hook you up if you
want calculators on your web site. Contact
When can you put up some material
on my favorite topic?
Soon! Especially if you help
us out by suggesting a topic, or better yet, sending us some material!
How come my really big and knowledgeable
company can't do a similar thing to Microwaves101 on our intranet?
Don't make us laugh. While your
company may have many thousands of man-years of microwave engineering
talent, your big company has too many restrictions and too much
politics and infighting to create a useful knowledge base such as
What does Microwaves101 know
that would make the Unknown Editor a good nominee for my microwave
company's board of directors?
A lot of things come to mind...
most microwave companies don't "get" the world-wide web.
You still think that advertising in the stupid Microwaves and RF
"yellow pages" is marketing money well spent. On top of
that, most microwave web sites just completely suck, maybe because
the average age of a microwave company owner is 97 years. For a
small bag of cash, the Unknown Editor can enlighten you to how this
is supposed to work. Or for free, maybe you could visit Digikey.com
and get some ideas...
OK, how come some small company
can't make a useful encyclopedia of microwave knowledge?
Because we are the only people
who are so passionate about the subject that we don't care if we
are only making minimum wage. On a good day.
Is this a "Christian"
No. But we occasionally use Eagleware's
I am a vendor of microwave products.
How can Microwaves101 help me sell my stuff?
That's easy! Help us with some
technical content on a page that has to do with your products, then
sign up as a sponsor, and we'll send hundreds of prospective clients
you way! Here is our sponsorship information!
I had this weird dream last
night... what does it mean?
Not a damn thing!
How many hits does Microwaves101
generate each day?
We've got an entire page on statistics
about our site. The short answer is, more than your web
What do I get if I contribute
If you want to help us out,
shoot in some material, suggestions, or even questions for the site,
and if we use your stuff we will send you a wonderful Microwaves101
key chain pocketknife!
Or consider writing a page in
exchange for money! Contact
us with any ideas you might have to expand the site, but remember
two things: we will own the copyright on your material (don't send
us any stolen stuff please), and we can only afford to pay small
money right now. But isn't fame better than fortune?
We will mark your contributed
material any way you want, crediting your full name, nickname, or
leave your work anonymous.
What areas could you use some
technical help in right now?
Antennas. Phase noise. More stuff
on filters. You name it, we need it.
Can I use your pictures or
text in my presentations at work?
Maybe! Send a request to us at
telling us what you want to use them for. Unless otherwise noted,
we hold the copyright on all of the content on all of our pages.
Typically we'll let you use the pictures as long as say where you
got them (nothing like word of mouth advertising!) The text is a
different story, we want to protect the unique Microwaves101 voice
Can you send me a magnetron
(or other part) for my microwave oven?
No, throw out the oven like your
darling wife said and buy a new one, Einstein.
Can we do your homework for
No. If you can't study the material,
figure it out, and make your own answers, we don't want you in our
industry. Find another place to work. If you like to cheat, maybe
Enron will hire you.
How much would you sell this
web site for?
green and it's all yours. We'll even throw in a supply of pocket
knives, Microwaves101 pens, and maybe a polo shirt or two. Drop
us a line!