Favorite Ham Related Forums

Starsky was one of my beloved Rotweiller/Lab/GermanShepherd/SiberianHusky mixes.  One day I was playing with Gimp, doodling, as he sat next to me munching on his biscuit.  RIP ole buddy.

Anyway, here’s the quick list of my fav forums for ham radio related subjects, including SoC/SBC computer boards, operating systems, etc (I’m a little bit of a forum-freak, I admit):




Note: this stuff should be interesting to most hams.  I don’t think this kind of power has before been available to the average hobbyist …


Note: the XU4 variety of this SoC/SBC series gives (IMO) the highest power/bux ratio in the genre.


Note: A forum for the nearly ubiquitous SoC/SBC board.


Note:  Pretty new to me, but I see incredible versatility in these little boards …


Note: Pretty good antenna checker


Note: This OS uses the current FreeBSD kernel, but is very easy to set up (for anybody).  Unlike the FreeBSD OS, this one comes with its own included graphical environment. (On FreeBSD the graphical environment can be added via ports and/or packages by the user).


Note: The versatility of this OS becomes evident after a few years usage.


Note:  A very nice non-Linux (Unix, kinda) OS, that is less bloated but still contains many drivers.  Only the kernel and base system is included in the OS.  All else is added via ports or packages.


Note: Actually the NetBSD blog.  These traditional-bent OS developers still do it all with the mailing list.


Note: This niche OS runs on the Pi and several boards (mostly based in UK).  Not to be under-rated however.


Note: Just plain interesting, and mostly the work of one person.


Note: there is an Odroid C1 image, and a Pi image for this OS.


Note: Similar to Archlinux in philosophy, but easier to set up (See notes in my programmingmiscellany.wordpress pages).  Also, it does not use systemd.  Makes a good platform for Photon development (Particle.io boards).


Note: These little boards represent an in-between ground between the small MCU devices (Arduino world stuff) and the Pi.  But, they are much closer to the simpler MCU end of the scale than the Pi (CPU) end – scale wise.  They ARE MCUs, it’s just that they are more capable and faster ones.  Many ham related projects could be centered around one of these devices, which utilize a processor similar to the one used in the mcHF project (STM).  The Photons are more capable, in terms of programming and threading issues, than simpler MCU based devices.