If you were here before I posted this blog entry, you have certainly noticed the log-in on the front (home) page. What was missing was some way to register. Well, at this point there is no reason to register. Nothing is private or hidden.
I have taken it off the page for now.
In the future I may add a registration or more likely a guest registry. Just to let me know you visited the website. I hesitate doing that as many of my other website usually get flooded with bogus registrations. Nefarious folks looking for ways to hack a website.
I'll ponder the thought a bit more. Likely I will not enable an open registration. If the log-in comes back, access will be limited and I will have total control over who has access to anything private.
1. provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and information among Amateur Radio experimenters,
2. document advanced technical work in the Amateur Radio field, and
3. support efforts to advance the state of the Amateur Radio art.
We strive to maintain a balance between theoretical and practical content. Articles range from simple construction projects to progress in radio theory.
I was a regular subscriber for many years. As I became more professional and involved with my profession and extensive traveling as part of it, I let thoughts of experimenting with radio slide. I eventually stopped subscribing to QEX. For the past decade I have become highly involved with machining and creative art. Making things with my hands and machines, home built CNC electronic control systems and home built high current DC power systems (for CNC).
I see now that I was still actively involved with electronic projects and experimentation. Once bitten, the bug stayed with me. I need to get back into the communication experiments.
The best area for that is of course, the amateur radio I never left. Microwaves are currently the ultimate challenge for me and a chance to use my machining skills to make components. I can CNC machine engrave and cut panels for enclosures and also machine antenna and circuit components for microwaves. Oh my… electronics AND machine shop activities. Could heaven be any sweeter?
Umm… Back to earth. I have my QEX subscription activated and waiting for my first hands on again with a transverter kit ordered from Down East Microwave. Gotta re-start somewhere.
I have started to add links to the left hand column of this web page. The first are other (but not all) web sites I currently publish. They contain my personal interests. Those interests are fairly broad but are mostly hobby activities.
The next block contains links to amateur radio clubs where I have been active. I will add links to other non-commercial ham radio sites. You might argue the ARRL is commercial but I make the decisions around here. Ha!
The next block down is definitely links with a commercial intent. Tons of good free info but they also sell stuff we need. If I haven't bought from them myself, I have seen enough reference to them to think they are reliable. Some are small cottage type operations, much like what I do. But always – Caveat Emptor, I make no endorsement by listing here.
Some of the sites including my own are rather old. Unfortunately the ones I don't manage contain substantial amounts of broken links. That is always a risk when linking to material and websites where the publisher has no control. It is almost impossible to constantly police large sites and make sure everything keeps working. Commercial sites pay a staff to police content for bad links or simply just don't link to information they don't control.
Hobbyist and very small business just do their thing sharing information. Some sites are obviously non professional so we cut them some slack on maintenance. I am pleased they share and they are a valuable resource.
If this website ever goes commercial, like I offer to sell something, I will have a commercial policy page on site. I have a page that states everything I post on site is for informational use only. I don't represent myself as and expert or perfect.
The links will be added to or deleted and more categories added. I may even change locations on pages. Let me know when you find something broken. Just be nice… <grin>