Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor K1JT to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive
The ARRL Letter
July 24, 2014
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Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive:
Among the things the Amateur Radio community can count on in its second
century, according to Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, is that ham
radio will continue to thrive and serve the public interest. While his
primary topic at his standing-room-only presentation on July 19 during
the ARRL National Centennial Convention was "DXing with Weak Signals
and Beyond," Taylor -- who detailed the development of his WSJT suite
of "weak-signal" DSP software -- also broke out his crystal ball.
"Radios are going to become increasingly digital," he said, with
analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion occurring "closer
and closer to the antenna -- in fact, pretty much at the antenna can be
done already." Taylor also said that in the future, good engineering
will definitely be a combination of hardware and software. Beyond that,
he said, science, technology, and Amateur Radio will continue to
benefit from a healthy cross-fertilization between amateurs and
"I know that is true in my own case," said Taylor, whose interest in
Amateur Radio at a young age helped guide his career path. "My own
boyhood fascination with the art and science of radio got me into this
hobby, and, from there, it launched me on a path leading to advance
degrees in physics, to teaching university physics, to making
fundamental research contributions to mankind's knowledge of the laws
of nature," Taylor told the rapt audience.
Taylor recounted that in Amateur Radio's infancy, scientists of the day
did not believe short wavelengths could support useful communication.
The government listened, and gave that part of the spectrum to hams,
who soon proved them wrong. "The experts truly were astonished," Taylor
said, exhorting his listeners to make whatever contributions they can
to the art and science of radio and to the public good.
"It's a great story and it couldn't have happened the same way without
the ARRL," he continued. "Let us also work to keep our League a strong
and effective voice on our behalf. I'd like to think that someone will
be here100 years from now looking back fondly on all the good things
accomplished by Amateur Radio during ARRL's second century."
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