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RF Shorts: Other Items of Interest - Jan. 14, 2010

The earthquake in Haiti serves as a reminder that communication links are fragile. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), representing amateur radio operators in the United States reported Wednesday that they had received “no word” of any Haitian radio amateurs. The ARRL web site has information on the frequencies being used for emergency operations.

An article on rethink-wireless.com, 4G: Clearwire wants new partners, Verizon looks to usage pricing provides yet another indication that wireless Internet video won't be a substitute for broadcast TV. According to the article, "The LTE operators will also be looking to new pricing approaches for their new networks, trying to achieve a better balance between flat rate tariffs and the booming usage of their network capacity. Verizon's CTO Dick Lynch told The Washington Post that LTE pricing would probably involve a basic flat fee plus usage-based charges for any bandwidth consumed on any LTE-enable device."

For more information on Mobile DTV devices, see Cydle M7: $199 tablet does TV, Web search, Vizio Enters Mobile TV, Wireless Audio Markets, and Cydle Enters iPhone TV, Android Tablet Fray.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.