I was hoping it would return to our screens one day.
Oh well . . .
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Ah yes. Remember it like it was yesterday. A brew could be fermented and drinkable in about a week because of the temperature.
Me? I stayed with the Pepsi. Didn't go there for the booze. Met a number a alcoholics who went there to get away from the family so they could drink away without getting nagged at!
I saved a contract for h.f. mobile transmitters while failed in operation.
The whole device was a clamshell pair with one half the 'exciter' and the other half the power output stage. The transmitter adjusted itself for the antenna impedance using a variable motorised output coil. But the microprocessor flagged errors about 50 per cent of microphone press to-talk.
Being a clamshell, there was no way to investigate until a cable with complex 'D' type connectors was assembled.
Then I could trace it with a 'scope and found that the mic PTT switch should unbalance the single side band that sent a short burst of RF to a diode and Capacitor/resistor resulting in a pulse to the processor to give it the go-ahead.
But sometimes the RF burst was too short and the resultant pulse too short to trigger the processor. Once the company head office in Texas gave us the go-ahead to fix it, we just increased the capacitor value.
We asked head-office if these radios were used elsewhere. Yes they said , the type of exciters were used and the type of PA stages were used elsewhere. We asked again and they admitted that our configuration was the first using those two units.
Didn't make any money out of this but the boss was pleased!
The transmitters used have their own personalisation.
The equipment would have their own attack and decay characteristics (rise time and fall time) which could be seen on an oscilloscope. Also overshoot and 'ringing' and ripple on the pulses.
I don't know if oscilloscopes were around during the war years but were used in the '60s.
'What will spur ipv6 adoption is creating demand for it - offer services that either require ipv6, or work better with it.'
Just like the new fangled TVs in the '60s
They had 625 lines instead of 405. But required purchase of new TV and aerial. How much???
But BBC2 launched on 625 lines and had content that people wanted to watch.
Joan Bakewell for example. Also Barry Norman with film (movie) reviews.
Then colour came along and the nation responded with their wallets and credit cards.
"The trouble is that mm-wave communications don't have much range, are quite narrow and focused, and can't penetrate walls and get into buildings"
So using 5G indoors will not work. You can't even get a 3G signal in Tesco!
Should be a market opportunity for 5G repeaters somewhere.
Yes, just about. PLDT and Globe are a duopoly having taken out ALL the other players.
The government here wants a third player which was meant to happen in the first quarter of this year; but like all government projects has been re-specified and put back to later this year.
BTW the analogue TV system was meant to be switched off in Dec 2016 but is still running as the DTT replacement is running in the 'Test Broadcast' phase.
The third telco, if it ever happens will likely be a Chinese/PHL consortium with deep pockets and very few frequencies. The government wants shared towers run by a separate company but the telcos are lukewarm about that.
Also the aim of extra competition is to bring down the customers' costs as the duopoly at present match each others prices. But the upfront costs involved mean that this is unlikely to happen.
. . . . . Watch this space . . . . .
The Philippine Government is pushing the local telcos to fiber.
PLDT are picking the low hanging fruit and connecting premises near to the access points and ticking the boxes.
After 6 requests for fiber and help from inside knowledge I had fiber installed. It was 16 poles and took two people to string the cable across the poles.
I now have fiber direct to my router (via fibre patch cord) and have selected 50 Mbs package for about £27 UKP. This includes a home phone connected to the modem.
The top speeds are more expensive, but the country has no fiber backbone, but available speeds should increase when the Amazon submarine cable arrives.
This is much better than the LTE internet that I had previously. (15 Mbs on a good day)
There was some argument about spelling it without the 'e' (Concord) but the French won that argument.
I was at Lechlade when the first flight landed at Fairford. Huge crowds at the riverbank enjoying the spectacle.
I lived in North Swindon - near the Arkells brewery and (when outdoors) could hear the plane on take off when full power was applied.
Years earlier, when at school, went to a lecture by Sir Barnes Wallis. Biggest laugh came when he said of the Americans "I told them not to use titanium!"
I was in Hong Kong when Imelda Marcos visited on Concorde for a shopping trip which was also a sales pitch for the aircraft.
Back in '75 or '76 there was a commercial exhibition in Hong Kong showcasing the developments in CRT technology.
The Japanese companies were showing small (approx 5 inch) CRTs without the shadowmask, but instead had extra phosphor index stripes that registered the beam as it passed over.
The feedback pulses from the index stripes controlled an RGB switch so that the beam was correct for each of the three colours generated.
They were touted as the future for projection TVs with the extra brightness and reduced heat generated.
So without LCD we could still be using CRTs.
TV programs are peppered with adverts, sometimes up to 15 minutes (10 minutes is normal) and more than one break an hour. Often ads are repeated in the same break.
Adverts here are so 70's.Very in your face with product name repeated over and over.
Mostly milk products and washing detergent.
I haven't seen UK TV for over two years and don't miss it. BBC radio two is my friend.
Up votes to all who correctly spelt 'Licence' and not the US version (they don't have telly tax also)
School trip to a lecture by Sir Barnes Wallis (bouncing bomb fame).
He said "I told the Americans not to use titanium!"
Even as school kids we understood why.
Living in North Swindon (Stratton St Margaret) we could hear the Concorde taking off from Fairford when the after-burners were activated.
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