Welcome to The DIY Ham
At The DIY Ham we celebrate the roots of Amateur Radio. Starting with the first amateur, Guglielmo Marconi in 1901, amateurs (or hams as most prefer to be called) have made significant contributions and enabled advances in technology. From improvements to the old spectrum hogging spark gap transmitters of Marconi’s age, using vacuum tubes and more refined electronic designs, to inventions that have enabled the current cell phone explosion, hams have been a significant part of advancing the art of communications, world wide, for more than a century.
We honor the time when the right of passage for a new ham was to build your first radios from simple, tried and true vacuum tube designs, while we also welcome the digital revolution and amazing amounts of processing power we have at our finger tips. Above all, we support the DIY spirit of today’s ham to find unique solutions to simple and complex problems along with their ability to find new ways of doing things that push technology and change the world.
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Recent Blog Posts
Those of us who live on small, urban lots, or live under the auspices of HOAs or CCRs, routinely lament the frustrations of a limited ability to get on HF with a good antenna system. In recent decades an entire subculture of ham radio has sprung up in the area of stealth/invisible antennas that can be put up either hiding in plain site, camouflaged to blend in, or both. One of the most unique, to me, is the “Flagpole” antenna. This article describes my experience designing and building my version.
I know this is a little out of order, as far as introductions are concerned, but my first post about the patron saint of ham radio was just so interesting I couldn’t resist. Anyway, here we are. Welcome to my humble site where we hope to highlight various DIY projects that I’m working on, orContinue reading “Welcome to the DIY Ham”
Yes you read that right, SP3RN is considered the patron saint of amateur radio. You see SP3RN belonged to a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar named Maximilian Kolbe who was arrested by the SS in WWII and sent to Auschwitz for, among other things, using his amateur station to report on the atrocities being perpetrated byContinue reading “SP3RN The Patron Saint of Amateur Radio”
About – WA4OPE
My name is Dave Hewlett, WA4OPE. Welcome to my site. I’ve been a ham, on and off, since 1976. Though I’ve not always been active in the hobby, my interests in electronics and DIY have been a large part of all my endeavors. Please enjoy your time here and explore the many facets of this incredible hobby we all enjoy.
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