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On May 14-16, 2010, over 15,000 ham radio enthusiasts gathered for the annual Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio. From the moment I drove up behind the creator of APRS (GPS for ham radio) there was something radio-related to see. It was like ham radio’s Maker Faire. I’ve captured some of the... Read more »

Mobile radios are like DIY cellphones. They can communicate across the world without the infrastructure of cellphone carriers or the internet. And sometimes, there’s a lot of satisfaction in being able to do something all by yourself. Here I am at Hamvention 2010 in Dayton, Ohio checking out all of... Read more »

I like to think of ham radio operators as some of the original makers and hackers. They called hacking “kinking,” said “hi hi” instead of “LOL,” and assembled Heathkits long before Makershed, Adafruit, and Sparkfun were around. I had a lot of fun checking out some of the vintage radios... Read more »

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Communicate with satellites in space with this portable yagi antenna. Read more »

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Electroluminescent (EL) wire is a great way to add electronic patterns to your clothing. EL wire is a flexible wire that has a phosphorescent glow when current is applied to it. EL wire is one continuous strand that can easily be bent into different shapes and applied to clothing. This... Read more »

Here is a video of my visit last weekend to the Massachusetts QRP Convention, a meeting of ham radio enthusiasts who use low power. QRP operators are the makers of the ham world. Since they work with such low power, many QRP operators make and modify their equipment to get... Read more »

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Diana Eng shows how to make your own End-Fed Half-Wavelength Antenna (EFHWA) for portable radio operations. Read more »