Episode 144 - John Ackermann - N8UR
John Ackermann, N8UR, is a proponent of open source, that is freely sharing both hardware and software designs in communities that work together to make it all better. The TAPR community is where John spends much of his time. Join us as we discuss TAPR, SDR transceivers, and the issues around open source and the maker movement.
John’s Website: www.febo.com
John’s Geekblog: http://blog.febo.com/
First Elmer: Jeff Voor, W9QBJ
First License: Age 16, 1974, WN9OWI,
Upgrade: Technician class WB9OWI
Upgrade: Advanced Class in Chicago office
Upgrade:Extra Class upgrade
Commercial First Class Radio Telephone with radar endorsement
Heathkit HW-16 Novice transceiver
Heathkit HG-10B VFO
Kenwood TS520 HF Transceiver
Journalism Degree, driven by photography
University of Dayton, Dayton OH, Journalism
W8UM club station, University of Michigan Club Station
Favorite operating activity: VHF contesting
Current Rig: HPSDR TAPR transceiver, Hermes, open hardware design.
Apache Labs - India based company that makes the Hermes.
Profession: intellectual property lawyer at NCR in Atlanta
Open Source Initiative
TAPR - started in 1970s as Tucson Amateur Packet Radio. Now morphed into a larger organization. Developed the first AX.25 TNC (terminal node controller).
TAPR Open Hardware License
AX.25 packet specification
APRS - Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
Software Defined Radio SDR
Ettus Research - USRP SDR, Matt Ettus
Lab distribution amplifier
Aida Fruit Industries and Lady Aida (Limor Fried, AC2SN) is a ham, who established Aida Fruit Industries in her dorm room at MIT in 2005.
HPSDR/TAPR "Hermes" software defined radio
John’s presentation on Packet radio, called Let’s
Not Forget Layer One
Kantronics Data Radio
Sulzer quartz oscillator
VI Text Editor
Keratoconus, a disease of the eye that affects the cornea
XYL is: KC8KDC,
Excited by: How easy it is for hams to innovate today.
Gnuradio - software for building a radio on your laptop
Advice to new or returning hams: Explore what you can do.
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Kenwood TS-520 HF Transceiver
N8UR TAPR Atlas HPSDR
N8UR Hermes HPSDR in Apache Labs Anan 10
TenTec 418 Amplifier
N8UR Clock Room