A college course about a ham rig

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W4ZD, Nov 7, 2019.

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  1. W4ZD

    W4ZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got to thinking the other day that almost all modern mid to high end AR rigs could constitute the basis of a quarter or semester college course. Most of them have manuals in the 100-200 page range and enough features/options/capabilities to keep one studying and scratching one's head for a semester. Possible areas of study could include:

    • Controls and their function
    • Fine points of rig subsystems (IF DSP, Keyer, ATU, processor, etc.)
    • Interfacing to other systems (amp, computer, pan adapter, etc.)
    • Antennas, antennas, antennas
    • Operational techniques.

    Such a course would certainly be more interesting and useful than, say, a course in gender studies. OTOH, it would likely be a niche oriented affair. And on the third hand, it might be enticing to those studying science and engineering.
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  2. AD5MB

    AD5MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    real men throw away the manual and figure it out for themselves
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  3. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    "It would be more interesting for me." There, fixed it for ya. ;)
  4. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Or just restore a Heathkit HW-16 and get on the air :)

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  5. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    There was a course many moons ago, at UCLA I think. The book used was The Electronics of Radio, by David Rutledge.

    It was based on the Norcal 40 kit. Yes, not SDR, but still good for those analog types.;)
  6. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ya & you can major if frisbee [ and a bunch of other junk ] also , doesn't make it right ?

    On the other hand , reality is that what some number generations are learning / or not learning , is boarding on just plain nuts ?

    Oh and updated my Macbook last night , and it took 2 hrs. to be able to get into all my regular site - this one was the worst , so far ;(
  7. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Some people say that. Mostly people who haven't visited their university and talked to the students and instructors there in a long, long time. Do that, don't rely on what you read on some freaking web site.
    AG5DB, K6CLS, K7MH and 2 others like this.
  8. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    RTFM:mad::confused:? REAL hams don't need no stinkin' manual!:p:rolleyes:

    With THAT said, our club station installed a 7300 while I was on medical leave. The only real "elmering" I had was how to change bands.:( I was able to figure everything else out myself, even if by "trial and error," as the radio was often left "inoperable" when I came in the next day. (Since they left no log entries, I presume they didn't know how to correct their mistakes, either.) It IS a complex radio, and can do a lot of things, and I suspect the manual my well need to be consulted at times.
  9. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I get 99% of my medical at the U of M , and talk to lots of my friends kids about whats going on .
    My " hearsay " is coming from a lot of professors .
    There are kinda 2 sides , those that are too busy with real school / learning and the other side - I will not bother going there in this venue .
  10. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've applied to UCLA as a course adviser to teach hams and prospective hams about this one.
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