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Welcome Alan Wolke, W2AEW!
- Alan started his career helping out in a TV repair shop, servicing the tubes in old TVs
- He’s also a ham operator, callsign W2AEW, which is also the username on his awesome YouTube account!
- And he’s helping some local Boy Scout troops earn their merit badge and helping during the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).
- The training will take place on a former part of Camp Evans/Fort Monmouth, which was the former home of the Marconi Wireless company in NJ. Project Diana was also run there, the first time they bounced radio off the moon.
- Alan also worked at Lytel, which was a startup back in the early networking/telecom days.
- After some stints at Vitesse Semi and Agere Systems, he finally ended up at Tektronix as an RF application engineer, where he still works today. (And now he blogs for them as well!)
- Now Alan has a YouTube channel as well, which has many awesome videos, some of our favorites are below:
- Dave has a list of things that digital scopes that analog can’t do, but all 3 suggest an analog scope to start out.
- Alan had a great EEWeb interview which we didn’t talk about but is worth reading.
- Online, Alan can be found on Twitter at @alanattek. Or his personal website, Dorkage.com.
- Check out his bench below:
The old website looked much better.
I hate HAARP. We have droughts in Serbia because of that.
As they drew a line with a ruler: http://facebookreporter.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/553894_10151157654309797_1049229137_n.jpg
Yi Yao says
Its hard to imagine anything with more output power than the woodpecker. All the woodpecker could do was make phone calls annoying. Anything powerful enough to cause massive weather changes like that would be very involved.
Sorry, I didn’t understand what you meant, especially the woodpecker part.
P.S. I meant to say in the last comment: “As IF they drew a line with a ruler”.
I think he refers to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Woodpecker
Frank Cohen says
I don’t agree. The new layout is much batter, save for the awful cursive font.
Chris Gammell says
Yup, plan to work on that. Otherwise, I like it better as well. So much less cluttered.
So much less information (number of comments visible on main page???)
+ awful color scheme, forces me to move my head closer to distinguish between yellowy poop background and more grayish poop font colors.
amp hour listener says
Great podcast, but…
The gray font on light gray background is hard to read and the textured backgrounds make the site feel cluttered.
Chris Gammell says
Haha, did you see the old site? Clutter was the name of the game! This one is much more open, in almost every way.
Haha it makes us write in vertical noodles
Chris Gammell says
I agree with the font changes, like I said I’ll look into it. The colors don’t seem that bad to me. As for the comments thing, why are you worried about that? Are you looking to see when people have left a new comment? Would there be some other way to let you know that the comments have changed, perhaps by subscription?
… oh nice, you broke comments too?
I just wrote 3 paragraph reply, clicked submit and got back “enter name and email”. Site stopped remembering me, Clicking back ate my post.
So yeah, I replied to you but dog ate it :/
checked again and yes, site doesnt remember name and email.
Lol, you moved this www back to 1996, Geocities days. All we need now is some animated gifs, blink tags and ‘under construction’ jpg.
Alan Wolke W2AEW says
Thanks so much for having me on, it was great fun. I should mention that the old Camp Evans site is not owned and operated by a non-profit consortium called Infoage (http://www.infoage.org), that is doing a fantastic job of preserving the history of the site, including many exhibits, etc. that feature everything from early Signal Corp Radar work, to the history of radio and television, to early computing equipment, and a lot more. A great place to visit.
Thank you for the many scope videos and glad to hear you here as well!
Today’s broadcast was magic.
I found Alan’s anecdotes and opinions very interesting and fun to hear, struck a few chords with my own experiences too, even though I’m still a newbie to electronics. I’ve been watching some of Alan’s youtube stuff just now as well – it makes me want to run out and buy a Tek 485 scope – no matter what the pricetag!
Listening to it helped me through the final exciting stages of a PCB routing job. 100% routed. Now it’s just the blasted test points. *groan*.
Nice episode guys!
It was interesting hearing Alan’s varied stories. It sure made FAE stuff sound appealing as a possible future career direction, haha. 🙂
Good show. Your videos are great, Alan.
I have a 2467 scope too. It would be ashamed of its owner if it saw your videos. I see your 2467 scope in your videos and I think to myself “I wish I knew half of what that guy knows about it.”
I like it
Alan should be on the amp hour more often! 🙂 It was fun listening to you, Alan. You should become a regular, just like Jeff.
I also love his videos. They’re very educational, I have even learned a thing or 2 from some of them. And of course all that lovely gear…. *drool*
Alan, I’ve said this before but i think your videos are great. you have a really nice way of explaining things, thank you!
the episode was great, thanks guys.
Matt Hoskins says
Chris&Dave, Yet another really good one. And an NJIT Alum! (I work there) Great conversation.
Alan Wolke W2AEW says
True to form – I listened to the podcast and noted a couple of errors in what I said. The primary researcher behind Project Diana was Walter McAfee, not Robert. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_McAfee Also, the camera I use for my videos is a Canon Powershot SX130IS (not a 110). Whew – I feel better now…
And another great show!