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Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Ham Radio HackerSpace

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 required.

Here are a couple of pix of the guys having fun melting solder.

73 - Dino KL0S

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