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Special October Meeting

The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio
by Paul Wesling, KM6LH
Fellow of the IEEE, Hewlett-Packard (retired)
Meeting date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Why did Silicon Valley come into being? The story goes back to local Hams trying to break RCA's tube patents, the sinking of the Titanic, Naval ship communications requirements, World War I, Fred Terman and Stanford University, local invention of high- power tubes (gammatron, klystron), WW II and radar, William Shockley's mother living in Palo Alto, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure that developed these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley.

Paul Wesling, KM6LH, an IEEE/CPMT Society Distinguished Lecturer, will give an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in San Francisco and Palo Alto in 1910, moved down the Peninsula (seeking lower costs and better housing), and ended up in the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You'll meet some of the colorful characters -- Lee DeForest, 'Doc' Herrold, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Sigurd Varian and others -- who came to define worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development. This is an updated version of his talk given at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT in July 2014.

Location: Boulevard Cafe & Grill
        1096 Petaluma Blvd North
        Petaluma, CA.

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Time: 6pm Social hour, 7pm Dinner/Program

Joint Meeting with NCCC and MLDXCC

DXpedition to Eritrea E30FB
plus update on upcoming VP8STI/VP8SGI

by Paul, N6PSE

Ham Radio: The Light Side. Why We Do... What We Do
by John, K6MM

Meeting date: Saturday October 31, 2015, 11 AM

Location: Rockville Corners
        4163 Suisun Valley Road
        Fairfield, CA 94534

        Phone: 707-864-4325

Time: 11:00 AM Early Start

RSVP & Payment

RSVP is required and money will be collected at the door. Menu and Pricing TBD.

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What's New...
(October 6, 2015)

        Upcoming Events:

                October 14, 2015 (2nd Wednesday) -- Monthly Meeting

                October 31, 2015 -- Joint Meeting with NCCC, MLDXCC

                November 11, 2015 (2nd Wednesday) -- Monthly Meeting

        Check out latest issue of Sunspots Newsletter:

                September 2015 issue of Sunspots

        Club Activities:        

                Field Day 2015 Photos by Marilyn N6VAW: Friday Setup

                Field Day 2015 Photos by Marilyn N6VAW: Saturday

                Field Day 2015 Photos by Marilyn N6VAW: Sunday

Founded in 1980, the Redwood Empire DX Association is an Amateur Radio Club dedicated to DX (contacting other radio amateurs over long distances) and contests (on the air events where radio amateurs attempt to contact as many other hams over a fixed time period). Membership interests range from 160 meter DXing to VHF/UHF contesting. REDXA membership is open to all licensed Radio Amateurs. However, visitors are cordially invited to attend our meetings.

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