It was no surprise to anyone that when I took my first step into the wireless technology industry, it would be a small one. Understanding about thirty percent (OK, twenty) of the jargon that the industry guru’s spoke was not sufficient, and I was remembering even less than that. At that point, I did my best to immerse myself in the world of wireless, but sometimes it just felt like I was drowning. All I wanted was at least a handle on the industry, but it was no surprise to me, that I was frustrated.

Vigorously taking detailed notes and researching every word used prior to overwhelming conversations, were just a few extreme measures I took to try and grasp the terminology.

In my early travels I met industry icons, conversed with rapturous engineers, and took a stab at talking the wireless talk. Then I quickly determined that the best thing to do was listen. Industry junkies thrived off of the new innovations; they had fire in their eyes. They loved this stuff – I just didn’t get it.

And then it hit me like a ton of high-power RF amplifiers. We were driving on an editorial tour in upstate New York, between Buffalo and Rochester to be exact. I squealed and asked my colleague to drive slowly so I could photograph the wind farm. The three-bladed, flat white wind turbines stood with their faces in the wind, spinning in unison, converting kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. I couldn’t believe how exciting it was, to see the technology I was covering active, and happening right in front of me. It seems so simple, but at that point I knew that this was exactly where I wanted to be. The future of the industry, is sitting right in front of me waiting to be acknowledged and absorbed.

The industry and technologies involved are addictive. The more I read and note, the more interested I become. I am now immersed and I am looking forward to embracing my future endeavors in the wireless space. Even if that means investing in a bigger notepad.


February 1, 2012