Marty is a Ham who uses his computer to run his Ham radio sessions. But the other day it stopped working. So now it's time to upgrade. He wants to find something inexpensive. Leo recommends the Intel NUC. It comes with everything he'll need and it doesn't take up much room. Since Marty already has the keyboard, mouse and monitor, a NUC is an ideal way to create a dedicated Ham radio computer. He may need to add a hard drive, but it's a great solution. Another option is the Raspberry Pi 3.
Joe is a HAM radio operator and he's been playing with a software defined radio. How can he recondition an old Ham Radio? Leo recommends watching HamNation on the TWiT Netcasting network. It'll give great tips and tricks from the guys who know.
Henry says that HAM Radios are becoming a lost art. Leo says that one way people can get the next generation into HAM Radio is through the Internet, where they can connect to more powerful antenna arrays and data networks. That's appealing to the younger set. HAM will die out if it doesn't evolve.
Avery also wants to learn to be a HAM Radio operator. Leo says that's a great pursuit for a 12 year old like Avery. He'll learn a lot about electronics with his first license (technician). Gordon West has a great site called the Gordon West Radio School, which will give him tons of resources for learning, including a book he can get to learn from. He can also give a listen to TWiT's HAM Nation netcast, which Gordon cohosts.
Bob Heil and company join us from HamVention - the annual National Ham Radio Convention in Dayton, OH. Bob is the host of Ham Nation on the TWiT Network. This year, Bob reports that a record number of Ham Radio operators got their licenses and he says it's largely due to the popularity of the Ham Nation show on TWiT.tv.
Bob Heil, the host of Ham Nation joins Leo live via satellite from Hamvention. Bob says that dozens have approached him at Hamvention this week telling him they got his Ham license because of Leo. He also says that a lot of Hams have come to the hobby because of TWiT and the HamNation podcast. Check out the Hamvention live on the Internet at http://www.w5hub.com