Thinking Back Over Our History

Jan. 17, 2006
Both the editors of Microwaves & RF and our readers will have a chance to nominate the Microwave Legends.

ALLOW ME TO OFFER a change of pace for those readers who may have grown familiar with the face of our Technical Director, Jack Browne, on this page. Beginning with this issue, I will be spending more time with you in this space. Jack will be free to explore his many other projects for our organization, which include the newly launched Penton's Military Electronics digital magazine (for a free subscription, visit His experience and insight will still guide this magazine, but only occasionally this page. In Jack's place, I will try my best to fill his shoes and keep you entertained and educated on RF and microwave matters.

This month marks the start of our 45th anniversary. Throughout the year, we will be providing editorial coverage that highlights the microwave industry's expansive history. The March issue, for example, will feature a special section called "The Big Picture." Here, leading companies will share their perspective on the current state of the microwave industry as well as future predictions. In July, readers will get a glimpse of the newest technologies and cutting-edge applications in a special feature, "How We Solved It." This section will allow companies to explain how their products or technologies solved a unique customer problem.

These offerings lead to our biggest surprise: Microwave Legends. Consider it something of a "Microwave Hall of Fame." In the August issue, we will feature a rundown of the people, places, and things that have made the microwave and RF industry what it is today. Both the editors of Microwaves & RF and our readers will have a chance to nominate these legends. Simply e-mail your entries to [email protected]. Be sure to include the reasons behind your nomination. For example, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard deserve to be "Microwave Legends" because they founded Hewlett-Packard in 1939. Beginning with its original audio oscillator, this company shaped test and measurement and drove the engineering industry forward.

All Microwave Legends nominations must be received by March 15. The nominations will then be narrowed down by our staff and posted on the web at Readers will have a chance to vote on the nominations from April 1 to May 15. We plan to add to the Microwave Legends every year. Please e-mail your nominations now so you can take part in this new tradition.

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