South Seattle College – West Seattle Blog (blog)

South Seattle College
West Seattle Blog (blog)
This is not your grandfather’s amateur radio service. As a group, some of us just built our own software defined radios. The only analog part of these radios is the antenna connection.


During the course of the recently finished 2014 ARRL Field Day (28-29 June 2014), there have been many excellent media reports on the thousands of amateur radio operators who took to the field in one of the largest emergency communications exercises in the United States.  This article from "" has a slightly different emphasis.  While acknowledging the contributions of the past, amateur radio operators from South Seattle College have taken some length in describing the forward thinking now dominating ham radio.  The hams belonging to this club say "We are not your grandfather’s amateur radio", and they  demonstrate that by showing how they use software defined radios (SDR), microwave networks to set up their own homebrewed internet services, and explore digital modes that use a fraction of the power employed a decade ago.  The student operators note "We are amateurs, like Olympic athletes are amateurs. That is, we are not paid, but we are very good at what we do."  Excellent…’nuff said.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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