Welcome to the NU8Z Website: Over the years, I have very much enjoyed the hobby of amateur radio. There are so many different aspects of this wonderful activity. I’m a “tweaker and tuner” at heart and have enjoyed playing around with many of the available areas of interest or facets the hobby has to offer. These include Rag Chewing, DXing, CW, SSB, Digital Modes, and VLF operation just to mention a few. I get as much enjoyment from setting up and learning these activities as doing it once I become proficient. There is a ton of stuff on the “bucket list” that I still want to do. These would include setting up and operating on all digital modes, digital voice, more advanced home-brewing, playing with PICs, and satellite operation just to mention a few on the list. I also have an interest in computers and programming. This interest is a great fit with the radio hobby!
The Website Another thing on my “bucket list” was to build up a ham radio related website and blog. This site is my attempt to do just that. Over the years I have enjoyed using many ham operator and club created websites. I have found many of them to be very interesting and extremely useful. For the life of me, I would not have believed that someday I would take a crack at creating my own ham radio related website. As mentioned above, In addition to ham radio I like to to play with computers and simple programming. Like most hams, when I build or try something I would hope that it works. Although it can be frustrating when sometimes the the plan does not come together as it should, but it’s always fun going through the process of troubleshooting and making it eventually work. In addition to making it do what you want it to do, you normally get a education in the process. I find this process to be fun! This has surely been the case with many of my ham radio projects, but it was especially true with the development of this website.
I have done a few simple websites for some Museum Ships Weekend operating events in the past, but was never satisfied with the level of my work. For those sites I used a “site builder” that was limited in function and often was not WYSIWYG when it showed up “on line”. I have played with “Kompozer” in attempts to create my website. It was better, but still not what I was looking for. These initial website attempts were a learning experience and gave me the bug to attempt to do it right. Or, at least better. I had never “pulled the trigger” and published my initial attempts.This time around I decided to go with a “Content Management System” (CMS) and of the many candidates, I finally selected WordPress. It seemed to offer the most flexibility and a manageable learning curve with lots of on line “How to” information. If websites were constructed from wood, at this point would have spent my life savings on wood. I have done a lot of “cut and try” to get it to this point. I still consider it be unfinished or under construction, but there comes a time when you just have to pull the “publish” trigger and let it go. The fact that you are reading this would indicate that I have done that! Other than the self-educational motive, the other main objectives of this website are as follows:
- Serve as a “one stop shopping” site for Ham Radio related news.
- Pass on relevant DXing, General Operating and Contesting related information to others that may be interested.
- Pass on items of interest and neat links to others. I wrongly assume that some of the stuff that I find on the net is common knowledge and widely know. I find that this is not the case. There is always value in passing it on.
- Discuss my experiences related to Ham Radio and DX operating from a small city lot.
- Tell others a bit about myself, my station, my other interests, and what aspects of this great hobby I enjoy.
I have also started to read a number of ham radio related blogs. Some are very good and you learn something from not only from the original posting, but also the responses to the original post. I’m going to give this blog stuff a shot. The “NU8Z Blog” is part of my website. I’m going to attempt to add content on a timely basis.
Last but not least, be advised that this website is a “work in progress” endeavor. This applies to both my technical and writing skills! I have left plenty of mistakes throughout this website for you to find!