[OZAPRS] the lost art of building it ourselves

Zik Saleeba zik at zikzak.net
Mon Aug 6 10:35:40 EST 2007

I think the same build-it-yourself attitude still exists today, it's
just that the building blocks have changed. Instead of only having
access to very basic discrete components we now have access to more
complex building blocks like integrated modules. This means that with
the same creativity and effort we now can create more advanced
projects than was possible in the past. Surely that's a good thing?

(Coincidentally currently working on a RX/TX frequency agile APRS
tracker, using an integrated GPS module, integrated radio modem,
integrated microcontroller and integrated RF amplifier module)

On 8/6/07, Matt Howard <MHoward at acaciapark.com.au> wrote:
> I lament the motion towards plug-and-play / off-the-shelf technology
> that is apparent today. It seems if the product doesn't do what we want
> out of the box, we just dismiss it as not useful. Once upon a time
> amateur radio was a leading light - paving the way for the commercial
> world in the use of new technology - today we seem to have gone from
> leading lights to luddite consumers - unable to take basic components
> and craft a system that meets our needs - experimenting, testing - now
> we just plug it in, power it up and we are happy.
> We can move to higher speeds, all we need to do is create an
> appropriately configured system that will support this requirement for
> amateur use - hardware, software etc. It all currently exists in the
> commercial world, just needs a few tweaks and then of course, all the
> current systems we have need replacing. And that is where we stop.
> Matt Howard
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