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Join us Wednesday, July 13 at Noon Pacific for The Digital Ham Hack Chat with Rosy Schechter and John Hays!

For most of its existence, amateur radio has been the epitome of the analog arts. Since the very earliest days of radio, hobbyists have assembled circuits to harness the radio spectrum, using whatever bits of RF magic they managed to pick up – or invent – along the way. From the architecture of the radios to the nature of the conversations they had over the airwaves, amateur radio was a very analog experience.

But if hams are anything, they’re resourceful and have a long history of exploiting the current state of the art. So when electrical engineering began to dive into the digital world, so did radio amateurs. Radioteletype, facsimile and other text and data modes lead to things like packet radio, which in turn gave us powerful tools like APRS, FT8 and PACTOR, on which the current rich reporting infrastructure Location tracking, low-signal digital contacts and beacons, and a messaging service independent of an Internet connection were created. There is even a full TCP/IP network using amateur radio as the physical layer, which even predates the widespread public Internet by several years.

Amateur radio has always been at the forefront of digital communications, but it takes work to keep hams in their leading position in the field. To help with this, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) was created. ARDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the science and technology of amateur radio and digital communication, primarily through its grant programs available to fund the development of open, non-profit projects. technically innovative in the field of amateur radio.

For this Hack Chat, ARDC Executive Director Rosy Schechter (KJ7RYV) and Team Leader John Hays (K7VE) will join us to discuss the world of digital ham radio communications. Here’s your chance to share your experiences with digital modes, learn what’s new in digital communications, and find out how to participate in the ARDC grant program and possibly fund the next big thing for digital ham.

Our Hack Chats are live community events in the Hackaday.io Hack Chat group messaging. This week we will meet on Wednesday, July 13 at 12:00 p.m. PT. If you’re stuck with time zones, we’ve got a handy time zone converter.

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