Bill - Enjoyed your conversation regarding seeing the Maker guys at a recent
hamfest. Thought I'd let you know that, at least on a small scale, we've
created a ham hacker space in our club by organizing a "Builders Group" as an
adjunct to the Williamsburg Amateur Radio Club (WAARC) here in Williamsburg,
VA. I volunteered my QTH as a meeting place and the majority of projects have
been either QRP or test equipment related. Folks select their own project and
bring their own tools to use. These projects have included the Hendricks
tri-band QRP transceiver, NorCal FCC-1 frequency counter, N3ZI digital dial,
Tuna Tin II transmitter and others.
I corralled two friends in the club
to act as "mentors" to assist less experienced builders with soldering and
construction. Once builders complete their projects my workbench upstairs is
available to verify correct operation or troubleshooting as
Here are a couple of pix of the guys having fun melting
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