Well, to be honest, I’m not really sure at this point. I don’t really have any hobbies other than playing PC games, and that’s one of the reasons I decided to join. I work two weeks on/one week off in the West Texas Oilfields, and I wanted to find a more productive way to spend my time on my week off. Unfortunately, living in an apartment, I don’t have anywhere to put the tools I want to buy to take on new projects.
I’d definitely be interested in the Amateur Radio SIG, as I
do have my amateur radio license and I used to work for a local Kenwood/EFJohnson dealer. Actually one of my last projects at that job was building and configuring a three site multicast/trunked DMR system. I have an extensive knowledge of P25 systems as well. I don’t really do the HF long range DX stuff, but I’m not opposed to it. I just never really felt like dropping the money for the right gear to do it to be honest.
I used to fly RC planes a lot. Everyone started going electric and I actually preferred the glow engine planes and I just kind of fell out of the hobby. I do own a DJI Spark, but it doesn’t get nearly as much use as it should. Actually one of the first projects I was thinking about tackling is some sort of long range antenna mod for it.
My background is in RF. I joined the Army as a 25S (Satellite Communications System Operator/Maintainer) and contracted in Afghanistan as a satcom engineer for a while after I got out. I’m now an E-Tech for a Major oilfield service provider in Odessa, and we basically have to work on anything and everything electronic. Closed loop systems, transducers, Coriolis flow meters, CANbus modules/PLCs, some basic IT functions, and the list goes on and on.
I’d like to learn more about machining and 3d printing, and really just fabrication in general. I also wouldn’t mind teaching a class or two if somebody wants like an RF theory 101 or something along those lines. I have a pretty good class on modulation that I used to give during my short career as a satcom instructor for the Army. (Hated that job, didn’t last long lol)
I want to build stuff instead of being lazy at home. Not sure what stuff yet, but definitely cool stuff.