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

New for January 2021: Nothing to see here, folks, the USA is humming along like a well-oiled machine. Just gotta take the trash out. BTW, if you personally support the notion of an armed insurrection because of a "stolen election" or you believe in any form of Q-anon conspiracy, get a grip on yourself. Are you worried about the effects of 5G, or lizard people? Find a new hobby that does not involve blowing up a recreational vehicle on a city street. If you are an anti-vaxxer, you probably didn't go to elementary school with polio victims, and nothing we can say will likely change your beliefs. As Albert Einstein once said, "Anti-vaxxers are like people who think that it would be cool to join a "fight club", until they find out it really hurts to get punched in the face." Note: don't believe everything you see on the internet.

Meanwhile, what's new at Microwaves101?

  • We have new content on a "S-parameter mixer" you can "mix" IF amplifiers to cascade with RF amplifier in your receiver simulations. It is explained on this page, and you can find it in our download area. Ther's a song for everything...You might learn about the "vout-o-reenee" language, here's a hint: it has nothing to do with coding.

  • Our December 2020 featured video discussed IQ mixers, a webinar by Doug Jorgeson at Marki Microwave. Watch it and learn the magic of how quadrature signals can be used to cancel out unwanted spectrum without filtering, and much more.

  • Our RF wirebond page was split onto two daughter smaller pages, which await new content: V-bonds and Wirebond compensation.

  • We have a new entry in the Microwave Mortuary, thanks to Jacob. He takes time to show us what is inside a 400W dummy load and how to repair (and improve) it. And check out his coffee mug! Bravo! We moved some of the mortuary stuff to the archive, you can find past entries here.

  • Two Microwaves101 pocketknifes have been awarded and shipped. Big thanks to Zach and Robin!

  • In December, we added a page on songs about SatCom. This month we introduce a "SatCom" group, the Spotniks! And on our Radio songs page, we added a Ramones tune for your enjoyment. Does Microwave Journal keep you this well entertained? We think not.

  • We're always fixing typos and making fixes of one kind or another. In the past month we did a little maintenance on our mortuary archives, and made a few more changes to the discussion board. We also fixed some links on our sheet resistance page, and uploaded a better graphic and some new data on the March coupler page. Notice something not-quite-right? Let us know!

  • Meanwhile, on our discussion board, we've got some questions that need YOUR answers. Here's a continuing discussion on finding a reference for an old equation on microstrip line impedance. There is a discussion on designing a four-way coupler (power divider). People are talking about how they document their designs. 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 eliminates spam by more than 99%. At least that's what the sales rep told us...

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