I have been traveling quite a bit lately for work, so here’s a catch up on a number of things spewing forth from the interwebnet.
I’ve recently re-discovered High Frequency Electronics Magazine, edited by Gary Breed, K9AY. This is a top quality trade pub that targets RF design engineers. In Gary’s September editorial, he highlighted the environment that the college class of 2013 grew up in….such as “text has always been hyper.”
I came across this summary of Top Ham Radio Blogs. They clearly have excellent judgment, since my blog is listed.
Computer World published this article, Want to bone up on wireless tech? Try ham radio, a good read on the experimentation side of amateur radio written by John Edwards, W6JE.
Google’s Eric Schmidt talks about the future of the web…some interesting thoughts. I hope his prediction of 100MB broadband comes true…but I am not expecting it to come down my road any time soon.
KB9MWR posted an interesting article about the radio range of D-STAR.
Ham radio saves the world (again)…. hams assist rescue on Catalina Island. This reminds me of when I was out climbing Uncompahgre Peak and radio’d in a fallen hiker report.
Last weekend was the CQ Worldwide DX Contest (SSB version), so I did get on the air for a few hours. Mostly, I got clobbered on 20 Meters with my 100-Watts-to-a-dipole station being overrun by the Big Gun Stations. I did manage to work some DX on both 15M and 20M.
The FCC actions concerning EmComm and Part 97.113 have exposed different views on the role of amateur radio in emergency communications. See the comments on my blog posting, this article by Steve K9ZW and N5FDL’s blog. There seems to be some pent up frustration with ham radio EmComm folks coming from some corners of the ham community.
I encourage everyone to go back and read Part 97.1, the Basis and Purpose of the Amateur Radio Service. It lists five different items as the purpose of amateur radio, all of which are relevant and important. I’d also suggest that everyone lighten up just a bit (and be sure to stay on your meds).
73, Bob K0NR
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