Since the late 19th century, amateur radio, also known as ham radio, has been used for recreational wireless communications, building & experimentation, and emergency communications. Radio amateur operators or "hams" have made significant contributions to the technologies that are in use every day.
What does this 19th wireless technology look like in the 21st century? Using a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and inexpensive two-way radios (some that you can even build yourself), it is possible to communicate with orbiting satellites, the International Space Station, and many other astounding things.
Join us as we explore the wonders of amateur radio making including activities that you can do at home.
What inspired you to make this project?:
Amateur radio and its legion of amateur radio operators (also called "hams") have had a long history of experimentation, innovation, and public service. It is no exaggeration that hams have been played important roles either directly or indirectly in nearly every major technological advance from the earliest wireless and broadcast stations, television, cellular telephones, the space program, and the Internet. In natural disasters and other emergencies, it is often the amateur radio operator that is the critical first line of communications.
Amateur radio continues to thrive and innovate; however the hobby is less known than it once was. As Makers, there are many aspects of amateur radio that might intersect and complement interests of your own. By providing a glimpse into amateur radio, we hope that it will spark you to learn a little more about the hobby so many of us enjoy.