Category Archives: Amateur Radio

MAKE: Magazine – publisher is having difficulties

The very ham-friendly MAKE: Magazine – where ideas like “maker space” and maker faire” took traction, is in a bit of a struggle.

Following a tip-off from Jeff KE9V, an article explaining the economic woes can be found at: https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/07/make-magazine-maker-media-layoffs/

I’ve been a MAKE: Magazine subscriber almost all of the magazine’s publishing existence (I think I came on about issue 3 or 4, and did miss a couple issues in the 2008/9 era, but I think I may have had all the issues at one point or another.) The Magazine’s link is: https://makezine.com/

We got our introductions to the Raspberry Pi through MAKE: Magazine, and broadened our understanding of 3D Printing.

Sometime my children and I made projects, often we used ideas for projects of our own, and almost always I review the tools sections looking for new tools.

The magazine has also been a favorite gift subscription that we liked to give.

The announced forward plan is to keep the servers and store open, and hoping to keep the MAKE: Magazine in print, while licensing the Maker Faire project to worthy candidates.

I don’t know what it takes to do a magazine at the 110,000 subscriber mark, but I’m kind of thinking that a good portion of their peak 30+ person team was not doing the magazine. Given the rebuild-team’s focus on the Magazine & Faire Licensing I’m wishing them every success.

The new focus will hopefully build a financially robust model that will keep the spirit of the Maker going!

73

Steve
K9ZW

REPOST: Year 1859 and the use of “73” for Best Regards

REPOST – Original Post Date was 28th March 2008 – link has been updated


Amateurs often are left wondering where some of the traditions & conventions used in Amateur Radio came from.  It is always a surprise to learn that some are 150 years old predating the hobby by many decades.

One often asked is where did 73 as shorthand for “Best Regards” come from and when did it come into use?

WOOD’S PLAN 

OF 

TELRGRAPHIC INSTRUCTION, 

ARRANGED BY THE 

PROFESSORS AND TUTORS 

OF 

“MORSE’S TELEGRAPH INSTITUTE” 

SYRACUSE, N. Y. 

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by 

“ Morse’s Telegraphic Institute “ Association, 

In the Clerk’s office of the District Court for the Northern District 

of New York. 

Has  the citation:

73- Compliments to _____ .

Check out more history of numeric shorthand at:

http://scard.buffnet.net/pages/tele/wurules1866/92code.html  Updated Link: http://www.civilwarsignals.org/pdf/woodsplan.pdf

73

Steve
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REPOST: Personal Emergency Communication Preparedness for a Modern Radio Amateur the Freecomm Way

REPOST from Oct. 28th, 2011

What is the Radio Amateur’s responsibility for Personal Emergency Communication Preparedness?

Yeah, let’s get that answered and out of the way.

In absolutes their responsibility is “none” – zero, nada, zilch – none.

Personal Emergency Communications Preparedness, even for those of us who are ARRL members, is not a requirement.

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An Experience of FlexRadio’s Remote Access Helping a Corrupted DAX Issue

Having several Windows PCs, and Apple Macs/iPhones/iPads all in use with four FlexRadio Flex-6000’s in various locations, AND participating the Alpha Testing Program with lots of extra test versions of software, I have messed up a few installations with DAX naming corruption issues. Usually I’ve been able to use the FRS published procedures to sort things out.

But then came one PC, a HP fanless i5 used at my Washington Island QTH, that caught the DAX-Blues really hard.

The usual techniques didn’t sort out this mess – and I was at the verge of making it worse!

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Dealing with Amateur Radio Complexity

Also published at the FlexRadio Community in a thread at:
https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/i-think-i-want-my-ic-7610-back

Some takeaways are that FRS does offer exceptional help with stuff (LAN/WAN) that perhaps are in our operating environment but are really not part of the product they sell us. I feel really good knowing that when one of my systems has a network fault that FRS has my back with their advice, resources and if needed their help.

If you are involved in a typical office network situation, maybe with some licensed software and a server rack, I’m going to guess you might share my experience of vendors drawing a line at what they sell you, and telling you to have your IT people sort out problems coming from your network hardware/configuration/operating-system/server/failing-gear/overload/rogue-AV/and so on….

One that has caught me out with my FlexRadios is my expectation and assumption that everything stays the same, only to find out that external factors (like incremental software updates in other software/OS/hardware, reboots, or seemingly minor failures elsewhere) were the culprit upsetting my radio experience.

Another takeaway is a personal tolerance for complexity. We are all not ready and willing if we are ready to deal with the same level of complexity in hobby systems.

I’ll put up with a lot more complexity issues if it is a problem needing solving that affects me economically or if I see it as a challenge while I have enough available time to work it through.

So my personal ROI (Return on Investment) is a mix of actual economics and intellectual/emotive satisfaction.

How that works for each of us is different.

In my own case my personal-ROI on complex HTs is upside down, and unless I am really bored the HTs sit on the shelf. As for walking through the typical HT 10 to 20 step programming sequences? I don’t think so. I’ve given HTs to other hams who love them while my personal-ROI evaluation said “get this nuisance out of my life.”

YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) really applies in a personal tolerance for complexity. It should and it won’t usually stay the same over time or during certain life situations.

If you are the sort who might buy a radio, or an antenna, or a kit, and then bail on using it because of complexity issues you might want to line up some help before you try a radio-server system like a Flex.

73

Steve
K9ZW

REPOST: Why I only do Independent Personal Emcomm….

REPOST from Nov 28th 2011

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I’ve been asked why I limit my Emergency Communications involvement to little more than Personal Preparedness?

There are a whole raft of reasons:

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