Next Meeting: Monday, February 9, 2015

NOTE: This meeting MAY be available via WebEX. See WEBINARS page for details.

The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio"

Paul Wesling, KM6LH, IEEE SF Bay Area Communications Director, Hewlett-Packard (retired)

Why did Silicon Valley come into being? The story goes back to local Hams trying to break RCA's tube patents, the sinking of the Titanic, Naval ship communications requirements, World War I, Fred Terman and Stanford University, local invention of high-power tubes (gammatron, klystron), WW II and radar, William Shockley's mother living in Palo Alto, Hetch Hetchy water, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure that developed – these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley. 

Paul Wesling, KM6LH, an IEEE/CPMT Society Distinguished Lecturer, will give an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in San Francisco and Palo Alto in 1910, moved down the Peninsula (seeking lower costs and better housing), and ended up in the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You'll meet some of the colorful characters -- Lee DeForest, “Doc” Herrold, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Sigurd Varian  and others -- who came to define worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development. 

Cattlemen's Restaurant, Livermore, CA

Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Time: 6:00pm schmooz; 6:30pm dinner, 7:00pm program
Location: Cattlemens; 2882 Kitty Hawk Road; Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 447-1224
Directions: http://www.cattlemensrestaurants.com/liv.htm

Dinner selections for this month's meeting are:

* TERIYAKI CHICKEN - a tender full chicken breast marinated in Cattlemens' own homemade teriyaki sauce.
* TOP SIRLOIN STEAK - a flavorful Harris Ranch 10oz sirloin steak hand-cut on the premises
* ATLANTIC SALMON - 10 oz. fillet of salmonserved with a side of creamy dill sauce and fresh lemon.
* PESTO SPINACH & CHEESE RAVIOLI - 10 jumbo spinach and ricotta cheese raviolis, tossed in our homemade pesto saurce, feta and diced tomatoes.

All selections include a Baked Potato, Seasonal Vegetables, All-You-Can-Eat Salad, Sourdough Bread, Ranch Style Beans, Soda, Coffee or Tea.  The price will be $TBD including tax and tip.

RSVP REQUIRED to Tom Carney (K6EU) by February 6, 2015. Email: nccc.treasurer@gmail.com
You can pay
$XX at the door or via PayPal@nccc.cc in advance. Please include your meal choice.

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