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Slaying Dragons #15 – The Aperture Effect

17/09/2018 | 0 Comments

John Watkinson looks at the aperture effect and finds that it crops up in a surprising number of places. One way of considering the aperture effect is that it is nature’s way of pointing out how non-ideal our efforts are. The ubiquity of the aperture effect underlines that next to nothing is ideal. An aperture…

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Slaying Dragons #14 – Digital Deflation

02/09/2018 | 0 Comments

John Watkinson considers deflation in the digital world. Since the economic crash of 2008 it has become clear that it was not a temporary event, but a correction whose results would be near permanent. Corrections take place when the wrong road has been taken for too long. In this case the wrong road was excessive…

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OFCOM – PMSE clearing the 700 MHz ban

24/08/2018 | 0 Comments

The Ofcom statement for PMSE equipment owner support has been published: View or Download pdf There are a number of key changes to the consultation version following responses from stakeholders, including: The minimum amount a user will receive is 60% of the estimated replacement cost for a piece of equipment, this has increased from 47%.…

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Slaying Dragons #13 – What is Science?

02/08/2018 | 0 Comments

I got to thinking about science, and how much better my life has been because of it; how much better things work. Yet I realise that I am in a minority and that we don’t live in a scientific world. Am I a scientist? Frankly no; that word doesn’t describe me. My life is not…

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PMSE Clearance from 700MHz Band by May 2020

12/07/2018 | 0 Comments

At the July meeting of the DTG PMSE Implementation Group we received an update from the OFCOM representative who stated that they (OFCOM) were still waiting for a statement from the government (DCMS) on the subject and not until they had received that could they then publish the methodology and the replacement funding policy for…

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Slaying Dragons #12 – Is Digital Automatically Wonderful?

16/05/2018 | 0 Comments

John Watkinson wonders whether digital is automatically wonderful. I have lived long enough to have seen the so called digital revolution take place, not just in audio but in life. In one sense I feel very fortunate to have lived through that era and to have made a living documenting it. Being in the right…

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Slaying Dragons #11 – Computer and Network Security

03/04/2018 | 0 Comments

John Watkinson wonders about computer and network security A long time ago when Pontius was still training to be a pilot, it was possible to consider audio as a separate topic. Today such a separation is impossible. Audio is just another form of information that can be conveyed over some network or other and we…

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Slaying Dragons #10 – A Fan of Analog

12/02/2018 | 0 Comments

John Watkinson is a big fan of analog audio. An analog is a phenomenon that behaves similarly to another. In speech we have similes and education is full of parallels. Whilst a painting or a sculpture can last thousands of years, in audio we have a problem that sound cannot be preserved at all in…

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Slaying Dragons #9 – Radio History

05/01/2018 | 0 Comments

John Watkinson relates a personal history of radio. The family radio in the kitchen churned out uninspiring stuff most of the time, but I remember in 1962 it emitted a song called “Love Letters” by Ketty Lester, and when I listened to it I felt, probably for the first time, that here was a song…

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Ofcom Announce PMSE 700 MHz Statement

02/12/2017 | 0 Comments

Ofcom has set out its statement regarding continued access for PMSE equipment in the 700 MHz guard band (694-703 MHz), meaning that PMSE users can continue to access the spectrum beyond the 1st May 2020 deadline for 700 MHz clearance. The decision to secure spectrum for PMSE equipment was welcomed by members of the DTG…

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