Re: [AMRadio] Re:  Your comments about AM


Brian Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Mon Jan 16 14:10:25 EST 2006


Whatever. I think we're splitting hairs now.

The fact is that hams are not in the forefront now, but private 
industry is, and has been for decades.

On 16 Jan 2006 at 8:07, Clay Curtiss W7CE wrote:

> > Mike Mertel, K7IR, developed what I believe is one the most innovative new
> > antenna ideas in years if not in decades. The U.S. Patenet office
> > apparently agrees and awarded him a patent for it. Mike is an Electrical
> > Engineer but I don't believe he worked in the antenna field before
> starting
> > SteppIR. That was born from his interest in ham radio.
> >
> > www.steppir.com
> >
> 
> > Clever application of long understood and applied techniques.   Original
> and
> > innovative but hardly a state of the art advance.
> >
> > Dennis D. W7QHO
> > Glendale, CA
> 
> Advancing the state of the art rarely involves quantum leaps.  If that were
> the case, then the last major innovation in the field of electronics was the
> invention of the transistor or maybe the magnetic disk drive.  Everything
> since then (integrated circuits, microprocessors, memory, etc) is just an
> incremental improvement to an existing technology.  Before the transistor it
> was probably the vaccum tube.  For radio, the invention of telephony, RTTY
> and television were the last quantum leaps.  SSB certainly would not qualify
> as advancing the state of the art based on the criteria you seem to be
> applying.  Advancing the state of the art is any original and innovative
> idea that improves the art.  'The current state of the art in electronics
> and radio is based on thousands and thousands of small and innovative but
> incremental improvements to the art.
> 
> Clay  W7CE
> 
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