First things first - WELCOME and thanks for coming!
The idea here is to kick the tyres of an idea to set up a website covering “modern” amateur wireless activity (see the about page for the basic idea). This is a thread to discuss your thoughts and ideas on this topic.
The theme here is self-training and developing amateur wireless tech stuff, mostly “modern” (although I can’t guarantee stuff from SolderSmoke won’t appear!). The aim for the site is to have several pillars:
Featured Projects - links out to interesting projects that may be looking for people to get involved. It’s good for the projects and it shows that there are interesting things being developed in amateur radio.
Resources - links out to resources that may help you ‘up your game’ in relevant radio/electronics/making skills e.g. SDR, CPLD, etc. It’s good for you, the hobby, maybe your career, all that good stuff.
News - this is just curated RSS aggregation from relevant sites (e.g. Myriad-RF, GHz Europe, Hackaday, etc.). It may be the least imaginative pillar but it may serve as inspiration to people, introduce people to new things and show that there is new stuff happening out there all the time.
Help Wanted/ Guns For Hire - This is where I hope two kinds of users find each other: people with projects who want help and people browsing for projects.
Interviews - Long-term ambition… I’m thinking about trying some podcast-style interviews with inspirational engineer types. I enjoy listening to podcasts and some of the interviews I’ve heard have really inspired me or led me to new things. Maybe audio, maybe transcript articles, let’s see how this goes… for starters I may simply post links pointing to existing interviews that are out on the web.
So, how can you help…?
Do you have ideas for more resources for the progressive ham looking to learn new skills?
Do you know of any more featured projects who may be looking for more ‘meat’ to work on them?
- Is one of these projects yours? Care to write us a better paragraph about it for the header post?
Ideas for more news sources or other things that would be good on a news feed?
- Is just RSS aggregation enough? Or is some personality needed to introduce the aggregated content? I think this needs some work to bring it up to a nice readable state like great sites like Myriad RF and GHz Europe…
- …and given there are great sites already out there like Myriad RF and GHz Europe, is this idea just duplicating stuff and/or treading on toes?
How would you use such a site? Is there some social media integration that needs to be done to make this kind of site part of people’s routine? Or do people still bookmark stuff and look in on sites occasionally?
Better web design. This basic WordPress site is probably sufficient to kick the ideas around but I do have some specific questions about pulling “featured images” into posts that maybe someone with some RSS/ TT-RSS/ IFTTT experience might be able to help me with?
This is a new site so bear that in mind. This will hopefully grow, it may change significantly, it might just go nowhere… If I can create something that helps even just a few people I will be happy.
There you have it great people, over to you… what do you think? There’s a bunch of questions above, feel free to answer in this topic below or break out into a new topic if you feel that’s appropriate.