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Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

According to FCC records, there are now roughly 800,000 ham radio operators in the United States — more than ever before. And this latest generation of enthusiasts is doing things with ham radio that their forebears could never have imagined.

Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

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Some of today’s hams are in it for the original reason: to talk to people around the world via shortwave radio. But many get involved so they can incorporate wireless capabilities into their projects.

One reason is that an FCC license allows you to build and legally operate your own high-powered wireless equipment. Ham radio operators are allowed to design, build, test, and operate wireless projects across a vast range of frequencies. They are able to, among other things, hack together Wi-Fi routers that can operate over longer distances and use more power than standard, commercial Wi-Fi.

Adding amateur radio technology to their projects opens up whole new vistas for today’s DIYers. “It blows me away what can be done, and for cheap,” says maker-blogger Rich Holoch, who experiments with microcontrollers and projects based on Arduino and Raspberry Pi devices. “It opens up the whole matrix of what you can do.”

Given the ability to podcast is so easy, it's amazing so many people would rather Ham. 

So last week, you earned $791.67 per hour while your sister's friend has been averaging $750 per hour. Why are you making $41.67 per more hour than she does? Does the hourly pay go down the more hours you work? She's been doing this for months and she's still earning less than you do per hour? That doesn't even make sense. How many months have you been doing this? And most critically, how often do you get a paycheck? I've assumed weekly, but that's unusual. Most paychecks are twice monthly or every second week. Maybe you only get a yearly paycheck? In which case you're really only earning $15.22 an hour which is really not very impressive. In fact in some areas that's barely above minimum wage. Can you please reply and answer my concerns?

Ignore Jane, he never replies. I just ban him and delete his comments. 

Hey Jane, now you've changed your story and all the amounts. I too work for Google, often from home. What BMW did you get? And did you pay cash or are you leasing? And why are you getting checks instead of autodeposit? Oh, and I looked you up on teams/ and the only Jane Price working at Google is a short Indian woman in her late forties, and she looks nothing like the picture you're using. Yes, Google is a great place to work, but by posting a picture of a caucasian women for yourself just hurts Google, diversity-wise.

Too bad he never replies. I'd like to know. 

He just keeps coming back as illogical other people I ban. 

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