IEEE Santa Clara Valley APS Chapter


    Welcome to the SCV-APS web site. Meetings are now being scheduled for the summer and fall. We welcome suggestions for topics and speakers for future meetings.

Upcoming Events

Next Meeting:

The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio

— early 20th century, tech development, new management practices, where innovation happens today …

Speaker: Paul Wesling, KM6LH, H-P (retired), IEEE Life Fellow

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Place: Plug and Play Center, 440 N. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale

Cost: none (they request a donation)

Web link, for program info and to register:

Summary:  Why did Silicon Valley come into being? The story goes back to local Hams (amateur radio operators) trying to break RCA’s tube patents, Stanford “angel” investors, the sinking of the Titanic, 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, 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, and that the Valley would remain the world’s innovation center as new technologies emerged — computers, software, mobile, biotech, Big Data, VR, and now autonomous vehicles — and it would become the model for innovation worldwide.