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2013-02-04

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Wireless Waffle demystifies the hype about the radio spectrum and debunks the myths concerning.. wireless technologies.

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  • We're Jammin' (Part V)Wireless Waffle last discussed the issue of interference to and from wireless car keys and other similar devices back in 2013, but the topic has cropped up here almost since time immemorial. The original articles discussed the fact that the frequenc...
  • Repairing Skin Laxity with Radio WavesVarious media outlets reported that singer Kylie Minogue (and other famous television personalities) are using radio waves to get a facelift. At Wireless Waffle we like a good radio related story and if it involved Kylie then we are triply intereste...
  • FM Bandscan, Lomé, Togo
    on Jun 30, 2016 in Broadcasting, Licensed
    Information on broadcast radio stations that are actually on-air in various cities around the world is sometimes easy to get hold of, and sometimes very difficult. For many African countries, the situation is quite dynamic as stations come and go, a...
  • SETI listening on the wrong frequency?Since the 1980s, extensive amounts of time and resources around the world have been focussed on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). One of the primary methods of doing so, is listening for radio transmissions from far away worlds.
  • Antipodean Gain
    on Apr 1, 2016 in Radio Randomness
    Despite it being a well-known phenomena amongst radio fanatics around the World, there is little written on the internet concerning a strange effect known as 'Antipodean Gain' and for that reason Wireless Waffle has decided to take it upon...
  • Putting pirates to good useThis week, Wireless Waffle took a rare trip to the far reaches of the UK. Or Birmingham to be precise. To be even more precise, the motorways surrounding the UK's second city, whilst en route to elsewhere. The journey gave the opportunity to...
  • CBGB (Citizens Band Great Britain)
    on Mar 11, 2016 in Radio Randomness
    Wireless Waffle has been contacted by Will Hogan who is putting together a book entitled 'CBGB' which will celebrate the culture of CB radios across Great Britain in the 1980s. To let Will take over the commentary:Inspired by the amazing a...
  • Is the UK overpaying for the digital dividend?
    on Feb 29, 2016 in Broadcasting, Licensed
    Some time ago, Wireless Waffle discussed the various bidders to provide the television transmitter network for the UK's fledgling local TV stations. As part of this, the company responsible for providing the transmitters and masts for all of th...
  • Pirate radio to go digitalThe number of pirate radio stations on-air in London does not appear to have diminished over the past 10 or more years, despite there now being many legal ways in which stations could reach their audiences, most recently though streaming audio on-lin...
  • Investing in VoIP for cheaper calls
    on Dec 28, 2015 in Equipment Reviews
    Making phone calls in the UK has rarely been as cheap as it is today. Most mobile contracts provide almost limitless free UK calls and even low cost pay-as-you-go services such as those provided by GiffGaff offer plenty of bundled call minutes.Howev...
  • Understanding Spectrum Liberalisation
    on Nov 21, 2015 in Spectrum Management
    It's been a long time since Wireless Waffle reviewed a new book. That's largely because there are very few books published on the topic of spectrum management. But Lo! a new book has fallen across our desk. 'Understanding Spectrum Li...
  • 5 Guiding Principles for WRC-15
    on Oct 31, 2015 in Spectrum Management
    This week in Geneva, the next in the series of ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) begins. One of the most contentious items on the agenda at the 2015 WRC (WRC-15) is so called Agenda Item 1.1 (AI1.1). AI1.1 will address the identificatio...
  • Is WiFi hazardous to health?
    on Aug 31, 2015 in Spectrum Management
    A number of people claim that they have had adverse medical and psychological responses to the presence of WiFi signals. But can WiFi actually constitute a health hazard? Wireless Waffle investigates...Let's begin by considering the internatio...
  • ITU roll the dice on the use of C-bandThe bedrock of the recommendations posited by many consulting companies involved in radio spectrum management is the cost-benefit analysis. The principal of such an analysis is quite straightforward - you calculate the cost of doing something and th...
  • So farewell, then, analogue TVA year ago Wireless Waffle posited the notion that we were beginning to see the end for digital terrestrial television. Just over a week ago in Geneva, the ITU celebrated the date on which, in Region 1 (Europe and the Middle East) and Iran, protectio...
  • ITU spies new training opportunitiesRegular readers of Wireless Waffle will be aware that last year we discovered that, like many in the telecommunications industry, the ITU seemed to have a rather poor grasp of maths. Now it seems that their training academy has an equally poor grasp...
  • Grotesquely Skewed Mathematical Analyses
    on May 22, 2015 in Spectrum Management
    You may remember in this very month of last year, that Wireless waffle reported that various studies concerning the demand for radio spectrum for mobile services were replete with rather significant and obvious mathematical errors. It seems that the...
  • How Not To Install A Satellite Dish (Part II)In the last instalment of 'How Not To Install A Satellite Dish', we successfully installed and aligned a new satellite dish to point at 19.2 degrees East so as to be able to receive German language television (and a few French channels to b...
  • Adjø FM RadioThe Norwegian Communications Authority (NKOM) recently announced that FM radio is to be closed-down in Norway by the end of 2017. The closure will begin at the north of the country, and spread southwards. National broadcaster NRK will wave goodbye...
  • Polar Foil - virtually not antennas at all?
    on Apr 1, 2015 in Spectrum Management
    It is almost a law of physics, that the best way to increase the coverage of a transmitter is not simply to turn up the power, but better still to increase the height of the transmitting antenna. Wireless Waffle has discussed the relationship betwee...
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