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New Technology – The October 2016 Program

One of the foundations of Temple University was a meaning presentation frequently shared by Russell Conwell, the founding and funding sparkplug for Philadelphia’s Temple University.  Conwell, in presenting his 1913 book in lecture form was cited as the being not only one of the greatest models of effective speech ever delivered, but the shared text “contains the philosophy of a lifetime.”

The Marple Newtown Amateur Radio Club’s 7 p.m., Thursday, October 6 meeting’s presenter—Dennis Silage, PhD, K3DS—is a leader in his engineer-research and professorial responsibilities.

He employs motivation and teaching skills that are successful in producing working to produce the current and future generations of engineers.

Dr. Silage’s program will feature details and objectives of the Temple University ECE Capstone Senior Design Project 2015-2016.   Associated with the project—Broadband-Hamnet High-Speed Digital Communication System—are FCC-licensed students Robert Irwin, KC3GIF; Tyler Olivieri, KC3GIG; and Devin Trejo, KC3GIH

Sponsored by TUARC K3TU (, BHCS uses readily available and repurposed Linksys WRT54G 2.4 GHz routers and Raspberry Pi processors to setup a high speed digital communication network for Amateur Radio, one that is self-configuring. As part of the development a new network remote machine discovery protocol (RMDP) is introduced and the Google Protobuf standard is used for data compression.

As a sidebar, Dr. Silage’s research reflects a continuing interest in digital data communication and digital signal processing (DSP) with high performance, real-time computational architectures using field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). His early career utilized minicomputers for biomedical research funded by Nation Institute of Health in the neurologic and physiological control of ventilation and lung pathology.

After a 20-year biomedical research career, our Dr. Silage returned to the core study of computational architectures in DSP. He joined the faculty of the College of Engineering in 1984 and received tenure and promotion to Professor in 1988.

Dennis has been a featured presenter in the past and as his Temple University project continue, his timely presentations can continue to be motivational and encourage the technological growth of his Amateur Radio listeners—students in learning venues other than the traditional classrooms.

As some historical background about the founding of North Broad Street, Philadelphia’s Temple University, its founder, Russell Herman Conwell (1843 – 1925) was an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University as well as his inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds. Before his death in 1925, Conwell delivered his Acres of Diamonds lecture 6,152 times to audiences around the world.

The foundation of Conwell’s lecture is that everyone has the capability to become effective in following their true desires, meeting needs, and taking advantages of opportunities in their own communities. He stressed the resulting monies from such efforts are to be used for charitable purposes. This message became a call to hard work and increasing one’s altruistic vision through well-earned monies working toward a worthy and honorable goal.

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