This is the talk from the TAPR/AMSAT banquet on Friday at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. Michael Ossmann, founder of Great Scott Gadgets and inventor of the HackRF experimental SDR board, tells his story of how he got interested in electronics (then lost interest in it to computers, then got interested in it again) and finally got his ham license.
Along the way, Michael will give us his take on where the next generation of hams will come from. TAPR President Steve Bible N7HPR’s introduction establishes the youth theme with an interesting survey of the crowd.
The night begins with a short presentation on what will be the first Amateur Radio transponder on a geostationary satellite, a project of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society, with help from AMSAT DL (Germany). The satellite, Es’HailSAT-2, is owned by the Qatar Satellite Company, and senior engineer Thani Ali al-Malki will give the details. Western Hemisphere hams will be disappointed that the satellite footprint won’t cover anything in North America or Australia, and just a bit of South America. The satellite is primarily a communications system for Qatar and the Middle East, but the ham transponder will also cover Europe, Africa and western Asia (but also missing the China coast and Japan).