Carl ShreffresLast month marked the conclusion of our 50th anniversary celebration. I hope that you enjoyed the special monthly features, including the “Then and Now” cover stories and Editor David Vye’s series titled “A Microwave Journey.” I would like to thank our esteemed authors who committed their time and expertise to write on the current state of RF and microwave technologies and to our guest authors who contributed to our special July anniversary issue. It proved to be a fitting tribute to fifty years of RF/microwave history and an insightful glimpse into the future.

In 2009 we continue to enhance and expand our portfolio of products and the platforms in which we deliver information to you, our readers. You’ll notice several changes to the print magazine this month. When you flip to page 19, you’ll see the industry events for next month laid out in an easy-to-read calendar format. This calendar includes trade shows, conferences, workshops, courses and online events. At the back of the magazine, you’ll find the new “MWJ Puzzler,” a crossword puzzle aimed at testing your RF/microwave knowledge. You can find the answers on

Debuting on our website this month, you’ll find a collection of “White Papers” from industry leading companies, including Agilent, Keithley, TriQuint, Tektronix and Avago. New papers will be added every month, expanding our online technical library with information designed to assist you in your design challenges. Also debuting soon will be the MWJ China web site (

The MWJ/Besser Associates webinar series has been a huge success, as thousands of professionals have viewed these highly informative and free tutorials presented by industry experts and moderated by MWJ editors. You can now access the archive of past webinars or sign-up for upcoming events on the newly redesigned “Resources” section of our site.

Our “Online Show Daily” feature will be expanded again this year as we bring you daily news from the IEEE MTT-S IMS (Boston) and the European Microwave Week (Rome) events. We preview the shows, shoot live video from the show floor and provide a post-show wrap-up of the events.

I’m excited to announce the debut of the “RF/Microwave Zone” pavilion at this year’s CTIA wireless event. The CTIA is a major wireless trade show, attracting more than 40,000 professionals from over 125 countries. Microwave Journal has partnered with CTIA to provide a dedicated space for RF/microwave companies to promote their products. Instead of searching among the more than 1,100 exhibiting companies to find RF/microwave products, you can now find them all in one centrally located pavilion. Visit our online “Events” section for more information.

We had fun last year, chronicling the past, reporting on current trends and projecting future advances. This year promises to bring many challenges and we’ll continue to deliver the information that helps you meet these challenges in a variety of formats. I hope that you find these information resources to be a valuable asset in your work.

Wishing you a successful year ahead,
Carl Sheffres