(Index) General info on Amateur Radio and Electronics.
(Page 1) Amateur Radio hobby as well as electronics in general.
(Page 2) Computers and the use of PC's (Linux-based) in Amateur Radio
(Page 3) Any projects of my local radio club. Or my own
projects when I get around to anything.
(Page 4) Photo Gallery from York Technical Institute.
What is ..Amateur Radio?
Amateur Radio is a hobby and civilian service providing
communication during emergencies when traditional means are not available
or also for search and rescue and similiar needs.
The ARRL is the national organization of the hobby for the
United States. ARES or RACES are the Civil Service groups for emergency
communications in times of need. Most areas will have a local club for
activities and volunteer efforts.
What is ..ASM/Assembly?
A programming language that is possibly (if not IS) the
lowest level without writing programs in binary opcode. Writing a program in
assembly means that it will be small, efficent and powerful; usually a third of
the size of the same program written in a C language, if not smaller. There are
as many ASM variations as there are chipsets and OS's, which could mean
hundreds if not thousands. Several popular variations used on the PC are;
MASM32, NASM, GAS (Intel or AT&T) and HLA .
What is ..Linux/BSD?
An Operating System based on Unix from the 1970's (-ish).
These days when you say Unix it will mean either BSD (usually FreeBSD), Linux
or MacOS (based on a Unix that Apple calls Darwin).
The BSD variants of Unix are FreeBSD (focus on production
quality), NetBSD (focus on compatibility) or OpenBSD (focus on security). Apple
only has MacOS, the Darwin Unix is not available for consumers (the iOS is not
the same thing as MacOS). And Linux comes in hundreds of different distributions,
or ' distros ', (a pack of software under the same brand name).