As is always the case, we've been busy adding plenty of new features to Microwaves101. We ain't been slack, Cap'n Walker!


Welcome to International Microwave Week, June 2 to 7 at IMS2019, in Boston!  Stop by Booth 1073 and pick up a free gift, so we don't have to ship them home. The gift will be explained in lurid detail, keep reading...

June is Pride Month here in the US, and this year it is special: it's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  Lest you think that winning the fight for gay rights is all ancient history, it was once routine to deny secret clearances to engineers suspected of being gay. In 1992, High Tech Gays sued DISCO and won on some key points. In 1995 President Clinton signed Executive Order 12968, which basically eliminated this sad chapter in engineering in the USA.  But keep in mind, Executive Orders are often reversed. Imagine some dude in a trench coat asking about the details of your love life at your next security refresh... Let's hope that soon they won't be asking about that dime bag you smoked on that recent Colorado ski trip. The Government's concern is that you might get blackmailed for your behavior.  Can you really imagine saying, "I'll do anything, just don't tell my kids I sparked up that spliff on that boys-only weekend!" 

Now then, what new stuff can we be proud of here at Microwaves101 for June 2019?

  • Microwaves101 and EverythingRF will be on the exhibit floor, booth 1073, on June 4, 5 and 6.  See you there!

  • One of the biggest parties at IMS is AWR customer appreciation night (Click this link and look for the button at the bottom of the screen), on Wednesday June 5 from 6PM to 10 PM on "Lawn on D" near the convention center.  Advanced registration is required and current NI AWR customers have priority.  We plan to be there.

  • The Unknown Editor has contributed a piece on Lobsta Mania!  Here he reviews the finest snippets of lobster pop culture, because someone's gotta do that. From his analysis, we have chosen names for the three lobster colors we have in stock.

  • After you get home from IMS, please take some time to take a snapshot of your lobster and send it in to unknowneditor @  We'll award a prize of $50 to the owner of the lobster who travels the furthest, and another $50 to whoever sends in the picture that we like the best. Winners will be announced in next month's What's New newsletter, so send your best entries by July 1st!

  • We now have a "Radio101" page, an extremely modest start as a companion to our Radar101 page. Help us out and send us some content on SatCom, 5G, or whatever topics you are expert in!  We'll slowly add content in the case that you are too busy...

  • Continuing our series on MMIC Switch Design, we have a video of Liam Devlin from Plextek RFI explaining first-hand how to design, lay out, and perform the EM simulation of a DC to 20GHz SPDT (single pole double Tthrow) switch MMIC.  Liam does a great job of packing many hours of design time into a simple video. The Unknown Editor could not resist the temptation of Liam inviting him to a “catered” design review, and offers his priceless advice, check it out!

  • Stuff that was broken but is fixed now:

    • The link to the free book by Kaul and Wolff (just entitled "Microwave Engineering") was broken.  The file is pretty big, so we've uploaded it to a drop box.  You can link to it from the Kaul and Wolff book page
    • We're always fixing typos of one kind or another.  This month's pocket knife thank you gifts will go out to Claudio and to Mike.  Thanks for keeping us on our toes, guys!
  • Meanwhile, on our discussion board, we've got some questions that need YOUR answers.  The Unknown Editor himself is looking for phase shifters that work from 19-21 GHz.... care to guess what he might be working on lately? Lauren asked some great questions about the difference betwen intrinsic impedance and characteristic impedance.  We've got a pretty good answer from teleko7, perhaps you could expand on that.  We have some good discussion going on, on  drain bias networks for distributed amplifier.  Pop on over to the discussion board to register and sign in, then chime in on existing threads, or start your own topics. Our new user approval process is quick and anonymous, blocks most bots and and eliminates spam by more than 99%. At least that's what the sales rep told us...

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