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Special event station N2H at hacker convention

July 14, 2010

Ed Piskor's QSL card for N2H

There has been a strong resurgence of interest in hobby electronics and general hobby construction over the last few years.  This has been due to a number of factors including: the Internet, Make magazine,hacking collectives like NY Resistor and kit suppliers like AdaFruit Industries.  It was great to read tonight on the Make Zine blog that this weekend’s  Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) Convention will have a special event amateur radio station, callsign N2H.

The station has a great QSL card (above) which was drawn by Ed Piskor of Wizzywig Comics.  Ed shows on his blog how he created the QSL card. I will have to try and catch N2H on the air to get one of those cards.

Great to see amateur radio involved in the hacker scene.

For above image note: Ed PiskorCC BY-NC-ND 3.0

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  1. Graham VE3GTC permalink
    July 14, 2010 7:38 am

    I have noted this resurgence in hobby electronics and general hobby construction over the last few years. I don’t know what to attribute this increase to, perhaps the popular media with such things as “junkyard wars”, Mythbusters etc has helped.

    Not enough kids mess about with stuff as they are still more apt to be a user of stuff rather than the creator. Perhaps we have gotten over this idea that anything that can be thought of as Nerdy or Geeky is just “not cool”.

    Getting one of their QSL cards would be cool. I had a look at their frequency list and it looks like they will only be operating SSB – no CW or digital modes.

    cheers, Graham ve3gtc / ve3ghm

    • va3stl permalink*
      July 14, 2010 11:23 pm

      Graham,

      Thanks for the comment and I appreciate your thoughts on the upswing in interest in hobby electronics.

      Yes, I think programs like ‘Mythbusters’ and even ‘American Chopper’ has helped show science and technology can be fun, exciting and creative. As well, the ability for people to communicate ideas through the Internet and social media certainly helps immensely. If a teenager in a small town wants to dabble in electronics then it is not difficult to find information and to link with other like minded individuals. It is even easy to buy components over the Internet.

      Ten years ago the potential electronics ‘geek’ may have been building PC from a motherboard, video card, hard disk etc. Now, laptops are becoming (or have become) the standard computer then the interest in PC building may be dwindling. So, maybe it is back to electronics with computing thrown in, for example the Arduino mini-revolution that has happened. Take a look at all the Arduino shields and other related products there is out there now, it is quite extensive. MakerShed has quite a few products. When you see the Makezine blog running tutorial videos on how to put together an electronic kit, then you know there has been a change.

      I may have to think about this and do a little more research perhaps for a blog post later on.

      Hope you catch N2H on the air.

      73
      Alan
      VA3STL

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