Lou Frenzel

Communications Technology Editor

Lou Frenzel is the Communications Technology Editor for Electronic Design Magazine where he writes articles, columns, blogs, technology reports, and online material on the wireless, communications and networking sectors. Lou has been with the magazine since 2005 and is also editor for Mobile Dev & Design online magazine.

Formerly, Lou was professor and department head at Austin Community College where he taught electronics for 5 years and occasionally teaches an Adjunct Professor. Lou has 25+ years experience in the electronics industry. He held VP positions at Heathkit and McGraw Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He is author of 20 books on computer and electronic subjects.

Lou Frenzel was born in Galveston, Texas and currently lives with his wife Joan in Austin, Texas. He is a long-time amateur radio operator (W5LEF).

Posts by Lou Frenzel

in Communiqué Feb 26, 2015

The FCC Just Imprisoned the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission voted to impose Title II rules and regulations of the Communications Act of 1934 on the Internet....More
in Communiqué Feb 23, 2015

RadioShack: Tragedy or Inevitable?

In case you have not heard, RadioShack is now in bankruptcy as of February 5. We are about to lose one of the icons of electronics retailing. Could....More
in Communiqué Feb 09, 2015

G.fast Promises Faster DSL Over Existing Wiring

G.fast—the latest and fastest version of DSL—may eventually deliver a super-fast upgrade in speed to DSL users....More
in Communiqué Jan 26, 2015

10 Tips for Writing Your First Technical Book

Ten tips for writing your first technical book from Lou Frenzel, author of 23 different books....More
in Communiqué Jan 12, 2015

What’s Happening With Heathkit and Radio Shack?

One of our favorite electronic suppliers is gone and the other may be on their way out of business. I wonder why? Given the continued growth and....More
in Communiqué Jan 05, 2015

10 Steps to Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

It is that time of year again. Time to set your resolutions for the coming year....More
in Communiqué Dec 15, 2014

What’s HOT at Globecom 2014?

Last week I attended the IEEE Globecom conference in Austin, Texas. This is the annual meeting of the IEEE’s Communications Society. I have been a....More
in Communiqué Dec 01, 2014

Drones: Good News and Bad News

Growth of the drone business has been spectacular the past few years and it is now so influential that the government is ready to act to regulate it....More
in Communiqué Nov 17, 2014

Implement Real Net Neutrality: Leave the Internet Alone

I promised myself earlier in the year that I would not write about the net neutrality issue again. Now that topic has again appeared front and....More
in Communiqué Nov 03, 2014

5 Things the FCC Won’t Tell You

I have created a modified version here about the Federal Communications Commission with thanks to the WSJ for the idea....More
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Jan 21, 2015
Commentary

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 5

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More
Dec 15, 2014
blog

Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 7

Borrowing a stanza from The Who’s hit song seemed like a good way to bring attention to a critical topic often ignored by engineers. When finding information on a company that has an interesting product, what do we do? Of course, we look at its Web page to learn more....More
Dec 15, 2014
blog

Bridging Technical Communication Barriers Between Cultures

Understanding technical concepts in different languages can sometimes prove to be difficult, particularly when you have to communicate it. In this article, I discuss the challenges and possible courses of action....More

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