No ham radio for old men...
January 29, 2011 2:08 PM Subscribe
posted by Devonian (61 comments total)
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Amateur radio gets stick for being home to a lot of reactionary weird old
buffers. How true
. Many are put off by this. And that's a crying shame...
Because ham radio has a thousand good things for anyone who's intrigued by the science of communication. The original home of open-source hardware
, you can build a transmitter from cast-off electronics
, if you like, or spend thousands of dollars on gadgets that look like a Hollywood set dresser's wet dream
. You can create a transmission site
that lets you blast signals wherever you like through sheer muscle, or use the latest DSP techniques (as created by a Nobel Prize-winning radio astronomer
, who occasionally takes over Arecibo
for ham fun) to whisper
tiny amounts of power into the ionosphere and watch them snake across the globe
from your browser.
There's TV - slow
- there are satellites
(they do talk back)
, there are plenty of new data modes
, there are VOIP links
(there's an app for that
), there are collectors of the old
of the new
Ham radio lets you do things
nothing else lets you do.
And there are lots
of good people
out there to talk to... (Previously)