Category: Business

500-foot communications tower collapses in north Lincoln (Nebraska)

A 500-foot-tall communications tower in north Lincoln collapsed Friday morning, knocking out television, phone, internet and other service for some customers. The tower at 4100 Industrial Avenue, near 27th and Superior streets, was leased by a number of companies. “It’s just chaos,” said a woman who works at the tower site who declined to give […]

SpaceX seeks FCC approval to test satellite communications system in Seattle area

SpaceX has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to begin ground testing of a satellite communications system between its facilities in Redmond, Wash., as early as this month. Redmond is the base of operations for SpaceX’s multibillion-dollar effort to create a 4,425-satellite constellation in low Earth orbit for global broadband internet access and […]

Minisatellite surge spurs downlink infrastructure

Joshua Semeter needed a data plan. Not for his smartphone, but for his satellite. Semeter, an engineering professor at Boston University, is the principal investigator for ANDESITE, a toaster-sized satellite destined for low-Earth orbit. After it launches in November, the satellite will eject a cloud of eight even smaller sensors that will track how the […]

FCC asks Apple to activate the iPhone’s hidden FM radio to aid public safety

FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants Apple to turn on the FM radio that’s hidden inside of every iPhone. In a statement today, he asked that Apple “reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.” The FM radio, he said, can be used to receive “life-saving information” during disasters. Apple said […]

Tuned out: Moyer Electronics to shutter after 70 years in business (Pennsylvania)

An electronics parts store that has been doing business in the city for 70 years will be closing its doors Oct. 1. But Moyer Electronics will still be able to serve Hazleton customers from its other stores in Pottsville and Sunbury, its owner said. Bill Moyer, whose father, Charles, started the business in Pottsville in […]

via the ARRL: Rockwell Collins to be Sold to United Technologies

United Technologies has announced plans to acquire avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal set to be consummated in 2018. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems. Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for […]

via the ARRL: MCM Electronics Shutters Two Plants, Announces Merger with Newark element 14

MCM Electronics, in business for 40 years, will close two plants and its corporate headquarters in Ohio and lay off more than 90 workers, the Dayton Daily News reported earlier this summer. The company, which carries an electronics inventory of more than 300,000 items, including 3-D printers, tools, wire, cable, and other items, has been […]

Independent RadioShack Dealers Unleashed By Latest Bankruptcy

RadioShack’s second bankruptcy in two years may have brought its company-owned stores to the edge of oblivion, but it has apparently sparked a renaissance among the chain’s approximately 425 independent franchisees. As Wisconsin dealer-owner PJ Kruschel explains, inventory is beginning to flow again, and the departure of the corporate stores has ramped up customer demand […]

via the ARRL: Top-Level Domain Name “.radio” Now Available

The global radio community now has an official top level domain name (TLD) as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) makes .radio officially available. .radio can be used for web and email addresses and will be managed by the EBU with the support of the other world broadcasting unions. Exceptionally for the internet world, this project […]

FCC adopts Montville resident’s proposal (Connecticut)

Montville business owner Joe Ciaudelli is receiving national recognition again, this time from the Federal Communications Commission. Ciaudelli is the CEO of Rayvel Inc., a Montville-based company that specializes in electromagnetic wave technology. In 2015, the company received a patent for its wide-angle hologram technology. This month, Ciaudelli’s most recent proposal was adopted by the […]

Tuning in: Amateur radio enthusiasts gather to talk gear, swap electronics (Alabama)

Hundreds of amateur radio enthusiasts came together in Cullman on Saturday for the Cullman Amateur Radio Club’s annual Hamfest. The festival, hosted at the Cullman Civic Center, routinely sees people coming in from all around the state, and from surrounding states like Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, and they all come to meet with each other […]

via HACKADAY: A Goldmine Of Radio Shack Goodies Is Up For Auction

Where did you buy the parts for your first electronic project? That’s a question likely to prompt a misty-eyed orgy of reminiscences from many Hackaday readers, if ever we have heard one. The chances are that if you are from North America or substantial parts of the English-speaking world, you bought them from a store […]

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