[Sticky] Introduce Yourself
Hello everyone !!!
I am a HAM RADIO Operator with interests in electronics, computers, CAD-CAM, retired IBM mainframe computer programmer / systems analyst from the S/360 & S/370 era (1970s).
Retired professionally, active hobbyist & inventor.
Really enjoy DroneBotWorkshop YouTube channel, projects, easy going educational style, and knowledge.
I go by my HAM call sign - K0DPW - Kilo Zero Delta Papa Whiskey
My name is Michal and I am a huge automotive enthusiast. I have a background from marketing, but I have spent lots of time getting into tech industry, specifically vehicles' languages etc.
Since I was a small child, I played with electronics and I tried to build something on my own. I really hope I will find lots of helpful information here, as well as I will try my best to help you guys with my existing knowledge.
Looking forward to being here.
Hi all, my name is Marco from Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. I'm glad to become part of this community. I'm a software tester by trade a a DIY-er by heart. I enjoy the challenge of solving problems, whether they be tailoring something to my needs, fixing something or making something new. I love sharing my builds within my community, seek feedback and engaging in conversations that help each other solving our challenges.
I do a little bit of woodworking, fabrication and, of course, electronics. Having a lot of hobbies, I'm not any good at any of them, still I have fun and enjoy the challenge. I love the "Multi-R" philosophy: Reuse, Repurpose, Repair. Refurbish, Rebuild, Recycle, etc. When I make something I always try to reuse salvaged components, motors, gears, etc.
One project I recently started working on is an autonomous, arduino-driven, recycle/organic/garbage cart that rolls down to the curbside at the weekly collection time and rolls back up to the recharge station after the bins are emptied.
I look forward to engage with you and I want to thank Bill for his great content and the forum to bring like-minded people together.
I did my first programming in 1966 on an IBM 1130 in college and then again professionally in 1968. Spent time in the airforce repairing avionics and automatic flight controls on a wide variety of aircraft. Started working with microcontrollers in 1975.
Spent 23 years working for an appliance company in engineering and engineering management fields. Another 10 years working with Asian and European companies on product introduction & manufacturing issues in the United States.
I recently joined Make-It Evansville and have been studying Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
One of the first projects I am working on is color identification using an Arduino, filters, and photocells. In 1977 I did this as an industry-sponsored senior project at the University with an Intel 8080 MDS system with the code stored in a TI terminal with cassette tape. Today this would be an under $25.00 project with a Raspberry Pi and a video camera. In today's dollars, an off-the-shelf solution would have been about $350,000 using video technology and about $35,000 using the approach I took. Yes, I am just doing it for fun!
I have an Arduino RP2040 I am working through the exercises on.
A WayinTop Electronic Starter Kit (Arduino with 2 servos and 2 laser pointers) via Amazon. It is designed as a cat toy. I've been programming it to draw. Neat toy for $12.99 US.
An Arduino Uno for color measurement project above.
A Raspberry Pi with servo & video camera from a course at Make-It Evansville.
I also provide comments and suggestions in the forum under CoCreate at FirstBuild.com which is a maker space in Louisville Ky.
@larry-manson "Everything old is new again..." I had a friend in college who for his senior project (early 1990's) studied using colored light over long-distance fiberoptic cables instead of amplitude modulation. He showed it would take less power and fewer repeater stations to co across the continent. And it would have more bandwidth on the same cables to boot! Ahhhhh, teaching machines to sense colors...
A quick intro, I started learning C on the PIC32 around 3 years ago for a weather station project to graph temp, humidy and pressure over 24 hours and weekly. Most recently bought an Arduino Nano Connect and having fun with stepper motor control, this is for a new ham radio controller project to auto tune a magnetic loop. I find Bill's videos every usefull and like the presentation and hands on style.
I'm Bill, a retired hydrologist from the US. I have had a lot of experience with instrumentation and sensors, but not so much at the nuts and volts level. Micro controllers and single board computers offer a way to play with instrumentation and sensors as an affordable hobby. I have fair electronic and programming skills.
Good afternoon from the state of Arkansas. Name is Alan, KA5WGL. It is my original callsign from 30+ years ago. I am a physician but all my science projects have involved electronics. All things electronic for me. I have tons of interests but would like to build a) a weather station for my garden and b) a monitoring system for my honeybees. My wife says I am not happy unless I am busy and electronics is the way to go for me. I found the Dronebot Workshop on Youtube with the Developer's setup. I have been trying to transition from Windows to Linux for years and with the current offerings I may finally do that. See you later.
You learn something new everyday.
In 2014 I gave it up after 30 years . . . HF Ham radio was a hobby of the 21st century. The future is digital modes, QRP with advanced algorithms that dig out signals below the noise floor and the like. I was SSB, CW and RTTY only. All obsolete in 2021. However, the new generation of Hams will take the gauntlet and move forward with the new technology.
73, Paul VE1DX
I too am an old-timer ham, starting out in HF, SSB, and a "fast key". After moving back to the states, it became difficult to put up an tower and antenna due to HOA restrictions. So, about 10 years ago I gave it up and my interests turn to microcontrollers and SBC's. I'm still a novice at it since I'm finding that I need to relearn the basic electronics. A lot has changed since the "good old days"!
Welcome to the forum! As you've seen, Bill does an excellent job and there's lot of help out there. Have a good day.
73's, Lee / WB5DTU