On a related note, the Novena open-hardware laptop just hit all their stretch goals, which means they’re including SDR boards with the laptops now: http://www.crowdsupply.com/kosagi/novena-open-laptop
Feel like this is a rabbit hole that could go pretty deep, but I’m tempted to dive in.
I have one of the prototype Novena boards. Very very well designed. I’m really excited about them shipping SDRs, more radios in more hands, always a good thing.
AG6PO - Extra class
I’m a recent electrical engineering masters graduate and was the President for a year and a half of the Carnegie Tech Radio Club which just celebrated a century of being a student club. Also we just founded another student club at Carnegie Mellon’s California campus. So yes! Definitely still a very active activity.
Codec2 is a very interesting digital voice mode which is becoming more prevalent. Now if only we could get open source digital UHF/VHF handheld/mobile voice. It’ll come!
KA6FDD here (but inactive).
KB1-MSO, quite inactive, indeed, I got my license while a freshman in college and had no money to pursue the hobby. I should get back into things…
KC0RCP here, inactive but I still have some HT radios lying around. It was instrumental in building my technical knowledge and interests; in high school, I had a lot of fun trying to work satellites with scrounged together parts and antenna build from photocopied schematics and diagrams. I learned a lot about the science behind it and important lessons about engineering from it. The reasons I went inactive are time constraints (lots of other technical things to learn) and the fact that many radio conversations seem to centre around radio (gets old fast).
KC2DQN here. Somewhat inactive recently, except for volunteering and community service work.
SIM31 is a digital mode that is similar in many ways to PSK31, but has forward error correction.
My city has live tracking of buses and I wanted to build a small device to pick up ham radio signals to grab the updates. Haven’t found anyone willing to help out unfortunately.