DIY Friday: HAM Radio

I’m feelin’ a bit old school, so in this week’s DIY Friday we’re tackling a classic: HAM radio.

This site has just about everything you need to know.

Or you can check out this “homebrew receiver”.

Or, if you want to go a bit more hi-tech, you can try this diy radio modem that uses an “iPod” FM Transmitter and a regular FM receiver.

This guy makes HAM radios out of tin cans. (Think SPAM). He even has a miniature one that uses as much power as a Christmas light.

HAM’s have a long tradition of public service. Check out this video (hosted by Walter Cronkite!) about how HAM radio comes through in a disaster.

Whichever project you choose, you’re going to want to build it while watching one of these classic movies featuring HAM radios. Hitchcock was definitely a fan – “Rear Window”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “The Birds” all make the list.