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Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Jason Hsu, Sep 26, 2003.

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  1. Jason Hsu

    Jason Hsu Guest

    Come join Electrical Engineering Hams at

    There are more electrical engineering forums than you can shake a
    stick at. There are more ham radio forums than you can shake a stick
    at. But until now, there have been NO forums dedicated to people who
    are both electrical engineers AND ham radio operators. You can think
    of Electrical Engineering Hams as the unofficial IEEE Amateur Radio
    Society. (No, it has NO offical status whatsoever!)

    Jason Hsu, AG4DG
    [email protected]
  2. Garrett Mace

    Garrett Mace Guest

    I thought it was assumed that no less than 50% of all hams are also EEs.
  3. I doubt that it would be that high.



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  4. well the other 50% of hams make great sandwiches.

  5. There are three tiers of practice within Ham (or Armature) Radio. They are
    operations, emergency groups, and your home brewers (designer/builder
    types). This is not an official stratification but one that you'd come to
    pretty quick from experience. Generally, what you are referring to is the
    group I've labeled as the home brew crowd. This crowd has been growing
    smaller and smaller over the years. Part of the reason at least is that rigs
    (ham equipment) has become both increasingly more "feature rich" to the
    point that no one is happy with something that is not up to commercial
    standards (as to the number of features) coupled with a plethora of every
    conceivable box from Japan ... most people buy instead of building. Further
    more, these days the bar has been lowered as to what it takes to be a HAM
    with a result that most HAMs CAN"T build anything. As a result the condition
    of the HAM bands has deteriorated to that of what the citizens band is. The
    overall effect is that there is little to attract techies such as engineers
    both in equipment as well as the fact that there are few of kindred spirit
    to associate with if you do get on. There are a few that tinkers; usually up
    well above 1 GHz, but the numbers are small. Over the years I've known EE's
    who were also Hams but in numbers I'd have to put it at not 1 in 20 and most
    were inactive as to HAM activities.
  6. ddwyer

    ddwyer Guest

    As an engineer on the edge of radio I learned most electronics in the
    60s as a builder of radios for swl.
    Though I drifted off it was rewarding to note that during the cellular
    boom most well paid designers were ham designers/constructors not phd
  7. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    Just off the top of my head, thinking of the five hams that were
    most influential on me in my young days: A jeweler, a machinist, a
    truck driver, an optometrist, and the engineer for a local radio station.

    That puts it at one in five. All of them built Heathkits, BTW (then
    again, this was 3 or 4 decades ago).

    Most EE's I've met wouldn't know which end of a soldering iron to pick up.
    Nothing against their SPICE or VLSI design abilities, mind you. Besides,
    there's no soldering test to get your ticket :)

  8. Please. it is not Armature, it is Amateur. An Armature is part of an
    electric motor.
  9. Russell Shaw

    Russell Shaw Guest

    Many amateurs are fossils, from the days when a transmitter was
    a *big* and *fast* electric motor hooked to an antenna.
  10. slifkin

    slifkin Guest

    I my case it was the other was the other way round I was licensed
    years before I became an EE. I suspect that may be the case with
    The most influential people who got me interested in amature radio
    were both electronic technicians.
    4Z9GDH ex G8HES
  11. Were those also the days when people paid attention to spelling and grammar?

    Leonard Caillouet
  12. Leeper

    Leeper Guest

    So thats where all the EE's went when the job market!
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