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March 13, 2010

Event: Radio Fest 2010 in Monterey

by @ 8:11 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

SATURDAY-SUNDAY March 20-21, 2010
ARRL Ham Radio Convention
Speakers, flea market, demos, vendors, exams
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sunday
Cost: minimal
Place: General Stillwell Community Center, Ord Military Community (old Fort Ord), Monterey Peninsula
RSVP: Through website

Yes, I’m (Paul Wesling) giving a talk on Sunday morning at 10 AM.? Summary: In Christophe Lécuyer’s book “Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970“, it is clear that without ham radio, none of this would have happened — the Santa Clara Valley would? likely have? remained an agricultural area.? “Silicon Valley” would have been in New York or New Jersey.? Paul Wesling will relive some of the developments from the 1930’s, when local hams re-invented around the RCA patents on tubes, won Navy contracts during WW II,? then developed the vacuum technology that became the cornerstone? for vapor-phase epitaxy, the? key technology for the transistor and? planar IC processes.? Isaac Asimov said this was “the most important moment since man emerged as a life form,” perhaps with a bit of exageration.? Paul (KM6LH) was present at the dedication of an IEEE Engineering Milestone plaque in Palo Alto? last spring on the 50th anniversary of the development of the planar process at Fairchild Semiconductor.? He is an engineering? graduate of Stanford, and? is communications director and editor/webmaster for the SF Bay Area IEEE.

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