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[aprssig] Re: D-STAR video on YouTube

Mark Fellhauer sparkfel at qwest.net
Wed Sep 26 09:21:18 UTC 2007

At 11:22 AM 9/25/2007, Bob Poortinga wrote:
>Chris <w0ep at frii.com> wrote:
> > Some of the best modern amateur radio transceivers are ham designed,
> > those from Elecraft and FlexRadio for example.
>I believe that what you mean is that these radios are designed by trained
>and qualified engineers who also happen to have an amateur radio license.
>Big difference.


I'm sure most of the people at Yeacomwood hold amateur radio licenses.  And 
Elecraft is a commercial enterprise using modern manufacturing techniques.

I think Elecraft is a great company.  I love the K3.  But the K3 is a 
collection of high precision modular circuit boards of which you have the 
option of plugging said boards into a chassis.  They even advertise it as 
no-solder assembly.    That is not home-brewing or experimentation.   And 
the original comment reinforces my point.  Most Ham's today consider 
systems integration to be homebrewing...even if they pay someone else to do it.

Everyday I sit about 20 feet from a couple of MyData SMT Pick & Place 
machines and a bank of reflow solder ovens.  They do things that no human 
could ever duplicate, and that's how modern electronics are made.


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