Ever watch the Stranger Things series on Netflix? It also features some excellent electronics technology that was at its prime back in the 80s and is still kicking today. In one scene, three boys are sitting around their very first ham radio with their science teacher in tow. For Dustin, Mike, and Lucas, ham radio was like a gateway into an invisible dimension, and an alien one, allowing them to connect wirelessly with some simple electronic components. What will it be about for you?
Amateur radio is one of the most exciting hobbies today. There are over a million radio amateurs or "radio hams" around the world and this is an indication of its popularity. Since the first amateur radio experimenters at the beginning of the twentieth century, the number of people interested in the hobby have grown. Even with the arrival of mobile phones, international telecommunications and the Internet, amateur radio is still very popular and it attracts many new members each year. Amateur radio can also lead into an interesting and rewarding career.
Building equipment can be a key part of the hobby for many people as it is constructive and educational. Building equipment has been one of the mainstays of amateur radio, and many people find great enjoyment and fulfilment from building their own equipment. Although it is still possible to buy the basic components and build circuits and equipment from scratch, often buying and then building a kit can be more time efficient and provide a better finished item at the end.
The NARC group invited us to their March meeting where we shared our presentation with the nice group of folks in the Club. I wanted to post an overview of what we shared as well as a link to the full presentation so that our readers can have a look at the material and hopefully benefit from the information that we have assembled. I have also used this post as an opportunity to create an index to all of the articles on this Blog related to the design, construction, and performance of our station. Our new station project involved both the construction of a dedicated room for a new shack and a tower-based antenna system. Our presentation focused on some things that we did to plan and build our station that should be useful to many Hams building or upgrading anything from a simple station to an all-out effort to create a state of the art multi-op station.