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New Pinterest Ham Radio Feed Page

Our Club’s website has many nice pictures taken during our many activities and from our member’s projects and articles. We have added a new social media presence on Pinterest to feature some of our clubs many activities and projects. Our club’s Pinterest Ham Radio Feed is included along with others on a new social media page on our website.

Our New Pinterest Ham Radio Feed Page
Our New Pinterest Ham Radio Feed Page

Pinterest is designed to collect related images together by pinning them to Boards. A Pinterest user can create one or more Boards and Pin related images to them. These work much the same way as you’d pin up favorite photos on a bulletin board. Pinned pictures are linked to the web pages or articles that they came from so it’s easy to find related photos and information via Pinterest. Also, there are several browser extensions to make pinning images to your Pinterest Boards easy to do as you browse the web.

Visiting Our Pinterest Ham Radio Feed Page

We’ve created a Pinterest Board for our club’s activities and projects and it is included along with other Amateur Related Boards and Pin collections on a new page here on n1fd.org.

Pinterest Ham Radio Feed Menu Location
Pinterest Ham Radio Feed Menu Location

Our new Pinterest Feeds Page can be reached from the menu on our website. It is in the same area as our other Social Media Feeds. Take a minute and check out the new page. Also, come back and visit it regularly as we will be adding new pins to it frequently.

If you have favorite Amateur Radio related Pinterest Boards or Pin Collections, please let us know via an email to [email protected].

Fred, AB1OC

A Good ‘Day’ To Be A Ham? by Paul Mills, AC0HY

We have such a wonderful hobby with its myriad, almost limitless facets. No room for boredom here! Paul Mills, AC0HY, President of The Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club [Kansas], wrote a very interesting article in their Newsletter, THE TRANSCEIVER September 2017. It’s republished here with his permission.Club Web Page: www.KVARC.org     Layne AE1N

A Good ‘Day’ To Be A Ham? by Paul Mills, AC0HY

I was thumbing through some magazines for inspiration, as I often do. Magazines for me are seldom read but frequently browsed. In some, I observe the advertisements more than I do the articles. I do read a few articles from beginning to end. But to a large extent, I look at titles, pictures, schematics, and captions. And frequently I scan the article for areas of interest. Today this caused me to think about how things have changed in my lifetime.

My earliest days in radio, tubes were still the norm. Transistors were out there, but the quality was not great, and most were used in portable or mobile electronics. Equipment was large and heavy. Transmitters and receivers were frequently separate. Power amplifiers were very large, and often two pieces – the amplifier, and the power supply.

Over the years, transistors changed, the move from germanium to silicone greatly improved reliability, though there still remains a place for a few germanium devices. And while early transistors were bipolar devices, there came to be many FET’s and a number of new materials and techniques used in their construction.

In many ways, this was a great time. It was easy to roll up your sleeves, and put together circuits, and observe how they worked. During these days, many parts houses sold electronics components. At one time, Topeka had 5 or 6 wholesale parts houses. Radio and television repair was a common business.   But even before this era was over, Integrated Circuits, and Large Scale Integration was upon us.

In many ways, this was a great time for the radio enthusiast. Parts were widely available, and building from scratch was therefore fairly easy. Likewise, repair was possible due to the wide availability of parts. Now Very Large Scale Integration and surface mount technology has totally changed electronics, and thus radio. This has done a lot of positive things for us.

Consider that your Smartphone is tiny compared to the radio-telephone of the 1970’s. And in addition, the Smartphone contains a room full of similar era computing power. On the down side of all of this, parts are harder to come by. If you need parts, you will probably have to order them, and wait. And in many cases, it is cheaper to replace a product than it is to repair.

What does this mean to us as ham radio operators? It means that to a degree, all of us have become appliance operators. Does that mean that we are doomed to a dumbed down hobby? NO! There are plenty of things we can do if we so desire.

Most obvious of these things we can still do is to build our own antennas. There are lots of antenna designs that we can experiment with. Many antenna projects can be done with a spool of #12 wire, and some homemade insulators. Let your imagination run wild.

Those who would like to play with electronics may find some satisfaction with parts houses such as Mouser, DigiKey, Newark, Arrow, MCM, Jameco.

Additionally, eBay can be a wonderful source for things to experiment with. And, if there is something you forgot, don’t forget the Radio Shack replacement –Amazon. You will be surprised at what you can find on Amazon – and if you have Amazon Prime, frequently have in 2 days with free shipping.

In many cases, instead of building from scratch, you will buy things like RaspberryPi, Arduino, or other small single board computers. These can be used to automate various tasks in the Shack. On eBay, there is a wealth of boards that can be found to do just about anything you want. Your imagination is the limit to what you can do here. There are SDR radio kits, various parts and pieces that can be cobbled together to create your own receiver, transmitter, transceiver, etc.

If this seems hard to believe, start searching the internet, you will find that there are lots of people already doing these things.I know these are not for everyone, but hopefully it will cause some of you to broaden your horizons. Even if you do not choose to do any of them, it can be interesting to find a read about what others are doing.

Until next time…73 de AC0HY

Ham Radio Hobby

Ham Radio Desk Photos

We all know that Google indexes and provides searches for pages on the Internet. Also, Google indexes images on the pages it finds. Searching for Ham Radio images can produce some interesting results and is fun. I came across an interesting image search this morning. Try Google’ing “Ham Radio Desk” to see what you come up with.

Google Search - Ham Radio Desk
Google Search – Ham Radio Desk

There are some good station building and layout ideas here. Also, you can see some cool vintage equipment. Some of these Ham Radio Desk images are pretty impressive! Which one is your favorite?

Fred, AB1OC

New Features On N1FD.org

We’ve added some new features to our website to make it easier to use. In addition, we have continued to work on our website to improve its performance and security.

Lightbox Image Displays and Slide Shows

New Features - Lightbox Image Display
Lightbox Image Display

Our website has many great photo images from our members and we wanted to make it easier to enjoy our photo content. We have added a lightbox capability to make viewing images easier and more fun.Simply click on an image in any page or post and a light box display will pop up. The lightbox will display the image at its highest resolution. Next, move your mouse outside the lightbox to start a slide show of all of the images on the page. Finally, when you are done, just click anywhere on the page outside of the lightbox and it will disappear.

Simply click on an image in any page or post and a light box display will pop up. The lightbox will display the image at its highest resolution. Next, move your mouse outside the lightbox to start a slide show of all of the images on the page. Finally, when you are done, just click anywhere on the page outside of the lightbox and it will disappear.

You can click on any image in this post to give the lightbox features a try!

New Uptime and Response Time Page

New Features - N1FD Internet Status Page
N1FD Internet Status Page

We have also added an Internet Status Page which shows up time and response time for Internet sites related to our club. You can reach this page from the HELP AND INFORMATION menu and then select UPTIME MONITOR.

New Features - Internet Status Details
Internet Status Details

Also, you can click on the link for any site to see what that site’s response time has been. The Internet Status pages are a members-only feature at this time and you need to log into n1fd.org to reach them.

Comments? Let us know what you think via an email to [email protected].

Fred, AB1OC