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- Have they been doing anything to advanceda activity in the makers picking up licenses?Feb 9, 2016
- They have embraced makers within the hobby as to recruiting from the maker community I'm not seeing it.
HAMS are the "original" makers ... If anything the maker movement has benefited Amateur Radio more than Amateur Radio have benefited the maker movement.Feb 10, 2016
- I agree that hams are the original makers and I think I'm seeing it move back that direction these days, but there is a tension there. One of the struggles I'm finding is gathering knowledge to make RF things in a ham context that isn't old info. Building the knowledge to be a modern ham maker is surprisingly tough to me. Maybe I'm a bit distracted also so that could be part of the problem.Feb 10, 2016
- I get that .... couple of factors .... technology has moved pretty rapidly in the last 15-20 years ... think about cellphones .... and i'm not talking the "smart phone" aspect ... just the RF packages .... all sorts of tiny SMD components .... the average ham in the basement can't take advantage of that technology ....
On the other hand OLD is not necessarily relevant ... it's all physics :) it may be big and bulky but it's easy for the casual builder to assemble ...
If you haven't ... take a look RTL-SDR .... I've been having fun with that lately ... all sorts of fun stuff popping up in the SDR realm .
What I think we really need is a REALLY CHEAP HF radio .... like SUB $100 ... maybe even SUB $50 .... the "Baofeng Phenomena" got a lot of people on 2M & 70CM ... we need the same for HFFeb 10, 2016
- I'd settle for a good glossary of ham electronics terms and some direction regarding what order to learn things in. The amount of tube related info out there is huge, but not the direction I'm trying to head in. I get that ultimately it is physics, but knowing what these pieces do in relation to that is challenging me. The kit selection is nice also, but again I want to know why I put R4 in that hole or how that mixer does what it does. I'd love to see some real good stuff about how to use the rtlsdr too. I've messed with it for many hours, but haven't run into much I can decipher. There is a learning curve clearly and I'm finding it harder to push through than with things on Linux or Arduino. I will, but just surprised by it and can see it being a hurdle for those with similar interests. As much as I love the QSO Today podcast, hearing the stories of how those Ham kids built radios and learned from the guy next door makes me a bit jealous.Feb 10, 2016
- After noodling my last comment, maybe it comes down to that I haven't found an online community of people who are sharing and learning this stuff together. Most of the communities come with a prerequisite knowledge level.Feb 10, 2016
- I've listened to the QSO Today Podcast .... not a fan ... like you hinted at ... not relevant to Ham Radio Today .... A couple of pod cats / video casts I would recommend ....
https://www.youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow (particularly he does coverage of conferences like DCC)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_1S1TU_F6RKNtYxTlhAm2A (I like George :) )
https://www.youtube.com/user/TWiTHamNation (lite on tech ... but a good general ham radio overview vid/podcast)
http://lhspodcast.info/ Linux in the ham shack ... more on the format of "the linux link tech show" ... So I as I like to say "low signal to noise ratio" but you might like it.
Also .... if you're not signed up for GROUPME .. sign up and send me you're ID .... if you have a question you can drop it in the group (works a lot like IRC) and someone might be able to answer .... we also discuss off the wall things like how to lift a lightweight high school junior with a quad copter and land him on the 50 yd line of the superbowlFeb 11, 2016
- I do like QSO Today because I do enjoy listening to old guys for some reason. Same reason I like the movie Second Hand Lions I think, but not typically advancing my ham ambitions.
I need to learn to listen to the HRN fellow and George. I find my mind wanders with them. I will give them another shot on your recommendation though.
HamNation I will catch occasionally. I do tend to always want more George in that show. :-)
Thanks for the GroupMe invite. I'll pop over my ID privately. Sounds fun.Feb 11, 2016
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