Archive for date: January 8, 2009

Dummy Load/Watt Meter Experiment

January 8, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, this is pretty basic stuff really, but it’s part of my trip toward additional homebrewing, and it might be of some vague interest, so here we go. If anyone spots anything horribly wrong here, please feel free to help me learn by leaving me a comment here. Before Thanksgiving, I was having quite a […]

Why The Hell Would You Want A Ham Radio?

January 8, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Kelly, AB9RF has a nice article, written in response to the question “Why the Hell Would You Want a Ham Radio?” It’s a very good question, and one what we as hams I think don’t do a very good job answering. Her answer is excellent, and well worth reading. Here is my somewhat shorter take […]

Zinc based audio oscillators

January 8, 2009 | Amateur Radio, Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

Courtesy of the Make blog, check out Nyle Steiner’s Electronic Composition, using a variety of audio circuits which use bits of heated zinc instead of transistors. Nyle has done a bunch of experimentation with zinc negative resistance oscillators on his Spark, Bang, Buzz website, all of which are awesome. httpv://