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)
On the crowdfunding site Massdrop, board-game fan Cassidy Williams is taking preorders for a $160 Scrabble-themed mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches (if you've got a mechanical keyboard kicking around that you'd like to convert, you can get the $47 keycap set instead).
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