The Radio Artisan group reached a milestone recently, surpassing 1000 members. While I acknowledge some of these 1000 are undoubtedly inactive or spammer accounts, I consider this an accomplishment after starting this discussion group three years ago. Originally intended as a support group for my Arduino open source amateur radio projects, I’m hoping to continuing expanding the group into general discussions involving DIY projects involving amateur radio and software code, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and open source, and in cutting edge areas such as satellites and DSP. I’m seeing more discussions in areas like this, especially with using Arduinos to automate shack functions. My ultimate goal is to have this group continue regardless of my projects or participation.
I’m pleased that I’ve been able to keep the group friendly, civilized and free of mode wars, politics, and other nasties that tend to pollute some amateur radio forums. There are a lot of smart and creative people from all around the world. It’s great when we can all share in this great hobby. (What is a radio artisan?)