About Hans

Hans Schantz is CTO of The Q-Track Corporation, and a co-inventor of NFER® technology. His prior work experience includes stints with IBM, the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, The ElectroScience Lab of the Ohio State University, and Time Domain Corporation. Author of The Art and Science of Ultra-wideband Antennas (Artech House, 2015), his forty one U.S. patents include antennas, RF systems, RF-based location systems, and related inventions. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the Institute of Navigation, and an amateur radio operator [KC5VLD]. Schantz earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Physics from Purdue University. Dr. Schantz blogs at ÆtherCzar and is @ÆtherCzar on Twitter. His wife, Barbara, invented The Baby Dipper® Bowl. Hans and Barbara have two sets of twins: girls aged ten, and boys six years old. The views expressed are the author's and are not necessarily the views of his employer, clients, investors, sponsors, or customers.

The 2016 Presidential election features a wide range of Republican contenders. How do they compare to John Charles Fremont, who in 1856 became the very first Republican candidate for President? Adventurer, explorer, military officer, businessman, and U.S. Senator, the current contenders must pool their experience to match Fremont’s remarkable resume. […]

How Do Today’s Republican Candidates Compare to the Very First?

Famed explorer and adventurer John Charles Fremont was born on this day, 203 years ago in 1813. In honor of the occasion, my book, The Biographies of John Charles Fremont, is now available in a Kindle edition from Amazon for free through the weekend (Sunday January 24). As always, the […]

Happy Birthday, John Charles Fremont! Free Book Offer!

Circuit Physics Models
My work explores the practical aspects of how bound, stored, or static electromagnetic energy transforms into moving electromagnetic energy. I’ve applied this expertise in the design of ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas, as well as in wireless systems that operate using near-field wireless principles. Q-Track designs indoor location systems that locate tags […]

Dirac’s Big Mistake: What EM Tells Us About QM

Today’s post is on Minecraft, an engaging digital building block game, and Mine View, a wonderful application for viewing and analyzing Minecraft worlds. Originally a PC game, the mobile version for tablets and smart phones continues to converge to the performance of the desktop version with each new release. Minecraft […]

Minecraft and Mine View – The Minecraft Map Viewer

I’m experimenting with a new blogroll feature in the left sidebar. You’ll see some of my favorite blogs and their most recent posts divided into three categories: Science and Technology, News and Current Events, and Science Fiction. These are updated every time you load a page, so come back often […]

The ÆtherCzar Blogroll

The Biographies of John Charles Fremont is available on Amazon Kindle.
My new book, The Biographies of John Charles Fremont, is now available in a Kindle edition from Amazon for $2.99 or free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Rarely has a character appeared on the American scene of greater color and controversy than John Charles Fremont. Fremont’s name is sometimes spelled in […]

New Book! The Biographies of John Charles Fremont

One great challenge in parenting is finding worthwhile educational videos. My kids prefer the zany antics of Phineas and Ferb to most anything with a wiff of being educational. That’s why I’m delighted to have found a great series that combines education with engaging entertainment for the whole family. How […]

How We Got to Now – Great Science for the Whole Family

Author and novelist, Robert Byrne collected his recent work in Behold My Shorts.
Robert Byrne, author of a number of outstanding novels featuring engineers as protagonists, is recovering from a stroke according to the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. The 85-year-old author, humorist, and columnist was expected to be returning to Dubuque for rehabilitation this week. Better known for his works on Pool and Billiards, Byrne […]

Engineer-Novelist Stricken by Stroke

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Napoleon’s Buttons is not a history of chemistry but rather the story of how chemistry influenced history. Seventeen chapters detail how chemicals have played a crucial role in human development from ancient times to the present. A sampling of topics include: Spices and their role in trade, Ascorbic acid, scurvy […]

Naploeon’s Buttons – How Chemistry Influenced History

Today I will present a Lunch-N-Learn seminar to the Central Indiana Section of the IEEE this Monday, September 21, at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. His talk is hosted by Frost Brown Todd, LLC in downtown Indianapolis.  Register here. My talk, Energy Flow in Reactive Fields, proposes a novel definition […]

Energy Flow in Reactive Fields – How Electromagnetics Works

Noted antenna engineer, Alan Boswell of Great Baddow, Essex, UK, died August 5, 2015 at Broomfield Hospital. His funeral was on August 20 at Chelmsford Crematorium. Should you wish to make a charitable donation in his memory, two charities that were close to Alan’s heart are the British Lung Foundation […]

Sad News: Alan Boswell Died August 5, 2015

Two slit interference of waves.
The folks at Loughborough University in the UK have developed and released a fascinating educational application to illustrate the behavior of waves. The Loughborough Wave App offers an intuitive interface to allow the user to explore a variety of simple wave phenomena. This is not an analytic tool. Rather it’s […]

Loughborough Wave Lab App

One of the great pleasures of having written a book is hearing feedback from readers. I’m particularly interested in readers who have applied ultrawideband antenna ideas and concepts to solve problems with which I was completely unfamiliar. Martin Judd of High Frequency Diagnostics in Glasgow, Scotland has graciously agreed to […]

Kind Words and Interesting Problems

I will be presenting a Lunch-N-Learn seminar to the Joint Communications, Antennas & Propagation, and Microwave Theory and Techniques (JCAM) Chapter of the Huntsville Section of the IEEE this Wednesday, August 19, at 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. Lunch (Chicken Tenders) will be served, courtesy of our hosts at Technology […]

Energy Flow in Reactive Fields

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The Providence Journal has a fascinating piece on the little known story of domestic radio surveillance during WWII. The Intelligence Division of the FCC selected several sites in the U.S. to set up monitoring stations to listen for enemy spies. A wartime short movie featured the radio surveillance effort. The […]

Monitoring Rommel’s Afrika Corps from Rhode Island

Noted antenna expert, Alan Boswell, was kind enough to share his thoughts on the second (revised) edition of The Art and Science of UWB Antennas. His review follows… The first thing to say to someone familiar with antennas who picks up this book is that its subject matter is not […]

Alan Boswell Reviews The Art and Science of UWB Antennas

SafeSpot protects workers by warning of potential accidents before they happen.
SafeSpot™ systems make busy workplaces safer by warning pedestrians and forklift drivers of potential collisions. The system triggers a warning around blind corners if a forklift-forklift or forklift-pedestrian collision is imminent. Q-Track’s innovative system employs near-field electromagnetic ranging to detect proximity of forklifts and passive IR to detect pedestrians. Workers […]

Innovative Forklift Safety Product Now Available

UWB Book Slider
Professor Steve Holland of the Milwaukee School of Engineering is an expert on UWB antennas and broadband matching. He reviewed Chapter 4 of my book as I was writing it, and he provided me with helpful feedback and insights on matching UWB antennas. His conference paper “Wideband Impedance Matching Techniques” […]

Another Great Review for The Art and Science of UWB Antennas

Can a preface itself have a preface? At the risk of being hopelessly self-referential, I suppose that’s how one might characterize this post. The preface to the second edition of The Art and Science of UWB Antennas follows. By way of introduction, the preface was actually the last part of […]

Preface to The Second Edition of The Art and Science of UWB ...