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Interconnect Advances Fuel Technology Growth
By Orwill Hawkins, Vice President of Marketing, LadyBug Technologies

With increased frequencies, higher data rates, and lower noise levels, the microwave industry serves as a leader in technological capability. Demand for quality interconnects has increased right along with other higher-performance areas in the industry.
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E-Band Active X5 Multiplier
Model SFA-743843516-12SF-N1 is an E-band X5 active multiplier with center frequency at 79 GHz with minimum +/-5 GHz operational bandwidth. It converts 14.8 to 16.8 GHz/+5 dBm input signal to deliver 74 to 84 GHz frequency band with more than +16 dBm power.
Sage Millimeter

Hand-Flex™ Coaxial Cable
Covering DC to 12.5 GHz, this 8” coaxial cable, 141-8SMNB+, has a bulkhead Female Type-N connector at one end and SMA-Male at the other. Features include low loss, excellent return loss, hand formable, and an 8mm bend radius for tight installations.
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Phase Trimmer Series
This new phase trimmer series is designed for RF applications where phase match between two cables is needed for proper system performance. Phase trimmers, offered from DC to 50 GHz, will give an accurate phase adjustment over a specified frequency range.
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Planar Monolithics Industries
Model PTRAN-100M18G-SFB-3UVPX-MAH is a transceiver covering the frequency range of 100 MHz to 18 GHz. The transceiver fits into a 3U Open VPX form factor utilizing the high speed VITA 67 RF connector.
Planar Monolithics Industries

SMT High-Power Attenuators
Now available with full design support capabilities are three new SMT high-power attenuators from Anaren. These 30 to 50W devices are high-performance, high-power chip attenuators covering DC to 3.0 GHz and feature high return loss and small footprints.
Richardson RFPD

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May 2013

The Multidimensional Alan Borck
By Charles Alan Borck, Founder, RLC Electronics

Fred Ortiz, President, dB Control

Charles Alan Borck, founder of RLC Electronics in Mt. Kisco, NY, died on March 1 at 87.

No one who ever did business with Alan Borck would ever consider him indecisive or indirect. While he was a man of few words, they were always what he believed to be the truth, like them or not. Alan was a stand-up guy, and a very bright one as well.

While the veterans of the RF and microwave industry may remember Alan as a hard-nosed businessman, no one is one-dimensional; certainly not Alan Borck, who valued family, hard work, accomplishment, honesty, loyalty and respect for others. He was born in 1925 to Charlie and Lillian Borck, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, running cross-country at New Rochelle High School, one of many sports at which Alan would ultimately become proficient, from skiing to tennis. After graduating a semester early, his mother said this was no time to sit back and relax — he was going to college.

He found one (Renssellear Polytechnic Institute) that would allow him to begin in January rather than the usual September. He graduated from RPI in 1947 in two and half years and went to work at ITT in Nutley, NJ, with several other engineers who later founded RF and microwave companies. He kept a strong involvement with RPI, which was important to him. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Thomas W. Phelan Fellows Award that honors alumni or friends of the institute who by their professional or other achievements and service to the institute set an example for Rensselaer students to emulate.

Shortly after graduating from RPI, he met Virginia Herson, the love of his life and the woman who would remain his wife for 62 years and with whom he traveled the world. Shortly after their marriage, Alan left ITT and commuted weekly to Amsterdam, NY, where he worked for Empire Devices, some of whose products are collectors’ items today. He initially lived with the company’s owners, Joe Lorch and Mike Hargas, who founded the company in 1946. Joe went on to found Lorch Microwave (now part of Smith Industries). In 1959, with three kids in tow, the entrepreneurial bug bit Alan and he founded RLC Electronics, in which he participated until his death. There are precious few RF and microwave companies around today that after 50 years are still named, owned, or operated by their founders, a testament to the company and the man who built and grew it.

Alan was the quintessential family man, a product of the ‘50s, the era of Father Knows Best, to which his son Doug and daughters Leslie and Jackie can attest. They knew him for his “tough love” that extended to his employees as well: tough at the core, but loving and caring on the inside. To his employees, he was respected, admired and appreciated; He was joined at RLC by son Doug in 1978 and grandson Jeffrey in 2011. To his family, he was a simple man who lived by a simple creed: be the best that you can be — in business, the golf course (where he tirelessly worked to improve his game), at the card table playing bridge, or at the backyard pool hanging out with friends and family. He attended his kids’ every sporting event, concert, and theatrical performance and never missed a family meal or holiday.

Alan Borck’s legacy is the family he raised with Virginia and the service to the RF and microwave industry through the establishment of a strong, vibrant company in RLC Electronics, Inc. Alan will be remembered by his friends and family, and his legacy will be carried on by his three children, seven grandchildren and 50 employees at RLC.

Charles Alan Borck, Founder, RLC Electronics
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