you seen the new national advertising campaign where Freescale (formerly
Motorola) is using big name celebrities to sell their cellular base
station power transistors?
Scarlett Johansson and
Ashton Kutcher are up on a tower along with man-and-woman-on-the-tower
smartphone users discussing how much better their phones work now that
the service provider switched to base transceiver stations (BTSs) that
use Freescale LDMOS RF power transistors. Of course you haven't seen
the ad because it would never be produced and marketed. The very concept
is ridiculous, you might say... unless you happened to see advertisements
like this one for RCA's Radiotron vacuum tubes from the 1930s. In it,
none other than Bing Crosby was joined by a trendily dressed woman who
was rejoicing in her decision to buy a new radio that contained those
newfangled "Micro-Sensitive" receiver tubes. Now, raise your hand if
like to see an advertisement with Scarlett Johansson and/or Ashton Kutcher
on top of a cell tower.
July 1934 Radio News & Short-Wave
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RCA Cunningham Radiotron Ad
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with these new Micro-Sensitive RCA Radio Tubes. For true-to-life reception
a radio tube must be sensitive enough to pick up a microscopic electrical
impulse - the millionth part of a volt. RCA Radio Tubes give you "Micro-Sensitive"
accuracy. Have your dealer test your tubes today. Replace worn tubes
with the only tubes guaranteed by RCA Radiotron Co., Inc., to give these
5 big improvements:
2 Quieter Operation
3 Uniform Volume
4 Uniform Performance
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October 9, 2013