Copyright: 1996 - 2024
BSEE - KB3UON
RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling
2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
while tying up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got
Mail" when a new message arrived...
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These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from
historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant
place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own
dedicated Featured Product
is an impressive electronic version (the Enigma-E) of the infamous WWII German Enigma coding machine. Both the
electronic and the woodworking skills are exemplary. This showpiece is available in kit form.
is a portion of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, which occupies an area of over 5 degrees in the sky, and
consists of thousands of galaxies (look closely and you'll see scores of them). A totally dark sky and a pair
of binoculars will allow you to see a good portion of this, but a low magnification eyepiece in an 8"
telescope will have you in awe!
Combat Communications Group Radar Maintenance Shop assembling an MPN-14 mobile radar at Robins AFB, GA (circa
1981).This photo and more, along with a [very] brief history of my tour of duty there can be seen by clicking
on this image.
is called "The Tapestry," hanging on Jim William's living room wall, is actually the nose cone of a Minuteman
missile, its circuit cards laid out end-to-end around the core memory.
production massive Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine with 116 inch fan producing 81,000 pounds of thrust for the
equally massive Airbus A380.
Gates' 66,000 sq.ft., $50M mansion along east the bank of Lake Washington.
crawling on 10-meter diameter aluminum sphere of the world's most energetic laser at the National Ignition
Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. $3.4B after completion in 2008. 2 MJ of UV laser
light, with short pulses of 500 TW.
incredible shot of Mt. Fuji taken by an RF engineer co-worker of mine during a trip to Japan.
is "The Lightning Field" - an installation located at 7,200 feet in New Mexico and based on a computer-modeled
grid of lightning rods, by earthscape artist Walter De Maria. Featured in the February 2004, Popular Science.
July 8, 2004, Micron CEO Steve Appleton crashed in his Extra 300 aerobatic plane (same type flown by Patty
Wagstaff). He and his passenger walked away from it. Steve owns and runs Appleton Air Sports, in Boise, ID,
which has quite an inventory of aircraft, including two Hawker military jets. See his website
enhanced infrared image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard NASA's Terra
satellite, shows widespread contrails over the southeastern United States during the morning of January 29,
(literally) rime ice.
is a magnetic core memory stack of 13x4096bits. It is about an 8 inch cube. The IFF radar system I worked on
in the Air Force used a 1 kB magnetic core memory.
is a marvel of architectural engineering that existed in Mankato, MN (I saw it while living in nearby Waseca).
Unfortunately, it no longer exists - a national treasure lost.
Röntgen's hand - the world's first x-ray. The "X" stood for "unknown."