An Idea

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by KL7AJ, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. KL7AJ

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    I've only been part of AAC for a few months, but as I look back on the amazing amount of great information that's been exchanged, some gears started grinding. How about creating a book of "the best of aac" or such. It's one thing to write a textbook about theory, but quite another to produce a tome that answers real questions and solves actual problems. If we just gleaned the most interesting projects from this forum, I think we could put together a magnificent book.

    What are your thoughts?

    Eric
     
  2. wr8y

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    I'd rather read resumes of some of the board's more informative and frequent posters.

    What is your educational background? How do you earn a living? What other ways have you earned a living?

    (Most specifically, I am trying to determine how you picked up what you know - a few of you really impress me with your posts - and I've earned a living doing component-level repair from DC to 900 mHz for 28 years. Such practical knowledge is, indeed, rare.)


    My list would include:
    KL7AJ
    Mik3
    SgtWookie
    AudioGuru


    There are others, but these catch my eye the most often.
     
  3. KL7AJ

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    Aww.....*shucks*. Well, I guess I can start off.

    I have precisely 1/2 of an electrical engineering degree. After a couple of years at El Camino college in L.A., I got the call of the north and came to Alaska to, well...be an Alaskan! I wouldn't recommend this career path to everyone, but it worked fine for me! I ended up chief engineer of KJNP, a 50 KW directional A.M. station for about 25 years. We also had an F.M. and a TV station, but my passion was still the directional A.M. array.

    I wrote my first QST article in 1983, and have had a lot of QST and QEX articles published since then....including a few now-defunct ham magazines.

    In around 1993, I did some consulting work for HIPAS Observatory, working on the multi-megawatt ERP ionospheric heating facility. I learned a lot about designing instrumentation there, as well as a good deal of plasma physics, since HIPAS is run by the UCLA plasma physics department. While I was at HIPAS, I worked with a lot of people who were putting HAARP together, so I spent a lot of time crawling around inside those transmitters, too. As a result of that experience, I wrote Plasma Dreams (available on Amazon.com.....shameless commercial plug). I'm currently trying to market the "prequel" to Plasma Dreams, Steel Stonehenge. Alas, my former agent is no longer agenting, so it's a hard road.

    While I was in the broadcast biz, I also got my 2nd Class commercial Radiotelegraph license....never got the First, though, since I was sort of landlocked here in Fairbanks. :)

    About 90% of what I learned of any practical value was from ham radio. The rest I learned on the fly.

    I'm also in Navy/Marine MARS, and am in charge of resurrecting the long haul Region 0 CW network. I'm still proficient at about 45 wpm.

    I'm currently working on a major QST article, with K4ERO on X and O mode skywave propagation. Stay tuned!

    Eric
     
  4. Wendy

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    My blog does something like that, pointing to posts I think are worth referencing. I also put my biography there, being a gregarious fellow

    My own thought is that that is what blogs are for.
     
  5. KL7AJ

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    Who's this Greg Arious feller, anyway? :D
     
  6. thatoneguy

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    I think dumping it into a wiki format in addition to the online book would be excellent. With enough edits, it could almost write itself, and need only an organizer/editor or ten.

    I've looked at archived troubleshooting lists several times for tips and tricks.

    I'm a n00b nobody, BTW.
     
  7. Metalfan1185

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    These guys are extremely knowledgeable on this stuff! sgtwookie has helped me on numerous occasions, and in his responses i sometimes ask myself "How did he think of this? is it off the top of his head?"

    Well done guru's! Thanks for making AAC a dependable resource for the rest of us!
     
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