The Magic of DIY from the ARRL

I love my morning surfing. I’m always finding something good to share. One other morning, I found this one. It’s a video from the ARRL showing innovative, imaginative and fun ways hams use radio technology. It’s about 8 minutes long and it looks to be a recruitment video towards the DIY crowd.That I think is a good idea, as I have seen a couple videos from the Maker Fair on YouTube here and there, that incorporate Ham Radio in their projects. And the topper of this video in my opinion is the host, Diana Eng, KC2UHB, who is no stranger to the DIY, Fashion and Ham Radio communities. A Trifecta!


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Rich Gattie, KB2MOB, is a regular contributor to and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “The Magic of DIY from the ARRL”

  • Jeff N1KDO:

    that music on the outgoing credits will scare off all the kids. What were they thinking? Seems codgerly.

  • Don N4KC:

    Yep, I blogged about what I think is a very well-targeted piece at N1KDO, that music is about the only amateur radio song I know of…written and performed by a European ham in a YouTube video that has received over 24,000 hits. (see it here: Those who like country music…and many kids do, believe it or not…will have no problem with the music at the end of the ARRL video. Those who don’t? At least they’ll see the whole video before they hear the music!

    Don N4KC

  • K0NEB Joe:

    It was fun being a part of making the video.
    73 de K0NEB

  • Jeff N1kdo:

    Don, you are definitely right. They will see the whole video before they hear the music. However, country music turns my stomach. In the best Monday-morning-quarterback role, I’d say I think some techno music might have worked better. But seeing some young people doing ham radio — that is priceless.

    I am glad that the video is out there. Young people are not just the future of our hobby; young people adopting technical career paths are the future our our country. Anything we can do to make our hobby — or any other technical hobby — attractive to youth is a good thing. Now… I wonder if we can figure out how to tie amateur radio in with FIRST or FIRST Lego League?

    On another note, I once asked ARRL how I could get a QST subscription mailed to my old middle school. Turns out, there are no subscriptions, only memberships. depressing.

    I remember seeing the MITS Altair 8800 and COSMAC Elf in Popular Electronics when I was in middle school — that was part of what set me into a technical career path. As a 12 year old, those projects were beyond my means, but it set me to dreaming… This is why I’d like to see QST on the periodical shelf in schools.



  • Filip:

    this looks yummy! I want to try this pizza if ever I got a canhce to visit Bohol Have a blessed Sunday sis!Perfectly Blended recently posted..

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