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Something for Everyone

It's all about the femtohertz

This week I just have a collection of links all thrown together for your enjoyment, amusement and/or education. There should be a little something for everyone.

Cellphone Radio
You’ve probably heard about a mysterious radio chip inside your phone that the phone companies don’t turn on. You’ve probably heard that they don’t do this so you’ll be more likely to go online (using your precious data) if you want to stream a radio station’s audio. Of course broadcasters would like additional potential listeners, but there’s even a stronger case for the chip’s activation — the chip would still deliver FM programming even if cellphone service is disrupted in an emergency. A group has been formed to promote chip activation.

WENN Radio Theater
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you like radio, radio from a golden age of radio, or radio theater, you’ll enjoy this original half-hour show from AMC!

The Unit Converter
Though this is common knowledge to many here, it might be handy for junior engineers not so familiar with the conversion from kilohertz to megahertz to attohertz or even femtohertz! (Femto-whatz?)

Public Radio Fan (and International Radio too)
If you’re a fan of public radio or international radio, this might be a website you would enjoy. This is a great site with a search engine to help narrow down finding what you like.

Grounded Receptacle or Not Grounded Receptacle?
I found this to be informative and potentially life-saving. It’s about “bootleg grounding” in receptacles.

And finally …
Some modern ragtime/barbershop mixed with a little Marvin Gaye produces this!

If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is [email protected].