Backhaul — May 2019


Thursday, 09 May, 2019


Backhaul — May 2019

25 YEARS AGO. The cover of the June/July 1994 issue of What’s New in Radio Communications featured the Hewlett-Packard 9822 GSM test set family, which came in four models for radio, base station and mobile RF testing. Inside, Westwick-Farrow spruiked the invitation-only Professional & Commercial Radio Communications Exhibition. The list of exhibitors featured some names that no longer seem to be around, but also plenty that are familiar to this day. We also reported on Blue Sky Communications teaming with Lotus Development to bundle Lotus cc:Mail Mobile with a Mobidem wireless modem and subscription to BellSouth’s Mobile Data wireless communication network; the network, based on Ericsson’s Mobidex system, had been operating in Sydney and Melbourne for 12 months. EMC Technologies announced that its EMI/EMC test facility had become the first in Australia to achieve simultaneous NATA registration for three EMI/RFI standards: EMI from Information Technology Equipment, EMI from Industrial Scientific and Medical Equipment, and Mil-Std 285 RF shielding effectiveness measurement. And a beta site installation of a trunked radio cell extender was to be put in place in Apollo Bay, Victoria, by Stanilite, to solve coverage problems within the Victorian Public Transport Corporation’s trunked network.

10 YEARS AGO. The cover of the May/June 2009 issue of Radio Comms Asia-Pacific featured the Rhode & Schwarz TSMW universal radio network analyser, described as a high-end platform for optimising all conventional mobile radio networks. Still on R&S, the company was reported to have won a contract to supply three transportable air operations towers for the RAAF. Elsewhere in the magazine we reported on New Zealand’s TeamTalk rolling out a P25 network in Christchurch as a follow-on to a similar installation in Wellington the previous year. And Martin Cahill went in to bat for Aussie innovators, opining that companies should “hire and develop a new engineer for your next radio project instead of another accountant to write a cheque to an outsourcer!”

Pictured: A Hewlett-Packard 9822 test set, from our June/July 1994 cover.

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