So today I chatted with a buddy for the first time over Wires-X (different cities). I’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, it was cool that it worked. On the other, it seems like we’ve both bought fairly expensive specialized radio equipment, to talk to a very specialized repeater, which talks to (and requires) the Internet to work. Seems like Signal or WhatsApp would be fewer moving parts and much less latency. I’m not sure why I would do this? #WiresX
Usually I'm that crypto and privacy focused guy. I often use a de-Googled phone. I encrypt everything. I only use encrypted messengers. I use TOR. Not because I'm interesting (I'm not), but because I think it's cool tech, and a value my privacy.
So HAM radio is a bit of a weird place for me. My call sign is tied to my address. Nothing I say/do is encrypted (by legal requirement). I'm messing around with APRS beaconing and broadcasting where I am for all the world to see.
#introductions - Hey everyone.
My interests are still TBD. I decided to get my license on a whim. I knew nothing about it. In the process of studying / reading about this, my mind has been completely blown. How did I never hear of this whole network of repeaters before?! Or APRS and this radio based messaging thing?! So many cool things out here to learn!
I'm mostly in VHF/UHF space for now. I can see my future interests branching into #QRP and HF.
Day job is tech/software devel.
Brand new Alberta HAM. Currently in the VHF/UHF space but HF is on the horizon.
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