Ham radio and maker culture

In this editorial (PDF), CQ Amateur Radio editor Rich Moseson makes the connection between maker culture and ham radio traditions: "The spirit of figuring out how it works and making it work better (or do something completely different) is so ingrained in our culture that it has even become part of the FCC rules that govern our operation [§97.1(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.]. Experimentation is not only permitted, it is encouraged. Hams are the only FCC licensees who, as a group, are permitted to build and modify their own gear and who are generally exempted from FCC equipment certification requirements." (Thanks, Chris!)

(Image: Collins 706A-2, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from boboroshi's photostream)