The Radio Hobbyist VE3CNU


It is always fun to take a peek into other people’s radio shacks. This YouTube channel is hosted by Canadian VE3CNU. He has a nice shack and some nice gear.

I am amazed by how much money some people seem able to spend on the hobby.  This is, of course, a very individual decision and I am not criticizing anyone. Some pay a lot more to play golf, for example.

What I would say though is the hobby can be enjoyed on a shoestring if you build simple QRP radios and/or buy good second hand rigs. My own approach has been a mix of some homebrew and a few commercial rigs.

Others prefer to buy their rigs new (often with long guarantees) and experiment with antennas and peripherals. This is a very individual hobby that can be enjoyed in a number of ways.

Others just enjoy chatting on the air.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cambridge, England.

4 Responses to “The Radio Hobbyist VE3CNU”

  • ww6l jeff:

    some write about their interests.

  • Peter kg5wy:

    Definitely a hobby.

  • Stephen G0PQB:

    One man’s meat is another man’s poison- I get very involved in VHF/ UHF work and a pal of mine who is not interested in that side of the hobby is HF only and has re-furbished a couple of World War 2 no 19 sets and uses them on AM on 160 metres and has built and operated an AM for 160 metres and I admire his constructional work but apart from listening to his signals, it is not a road I would go down. That’s the beauty of this hobby- there are so many roads you can go down and get enjoyment from.

  • Rick VE3CNU:

    I am the owner of that site and YouTube channel.

    You’d be interested to know that all my equipment is paid for by running ads on the sites.

    I just setup the official home on the web for the radio hobbyist at:

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