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Hardware Hacking – Repurpose Documentary

May 27, 2009

I came across this recently posted documentary on YouTube, via Make magazine’s website. It is very interesting to see the rise of these hardware hacking groups.  Perhaps the most popular is NYC Resistor (in collecting the link I see they have the Repurpose video on their site).  This documentary, by Jack Oatmon, is about a Montreal hacking collective called Foulab, and gives insight into their activities.

It is interesting to compare and contrast these hacking groups to most amateur radio clubs.  The two groups are obviously interested in technology. The average age of the hacking group is quite different to the typical amateur radio club and the hackers are not limited to radio communication.  I am excited to see what is being achieved in these collectives, the creativity, the commitment to experimentation and sharing of ideas that appears to be at the heart of their work.  Is anyone aware of such groups or individual members being involved in amateur radio? Or, are there amateur radio clubs that are adopting a hacking collective style?  As far as I know the closest are QRP clubs like Norcal QRP club, that meet at public locations and have no club dues or minutes.  Please post a comment if you know of one.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Joyce permalink
    May 31, 2009 4:31 pm

    NYCResistors club call sign is N2YCR

    =D

    • va3stl permalink*
      May 31, 2009 7:29 pm

      Thanks Matt for the information.

      What equipment do you have at the station?

      Alan

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