Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ham Radio at Tape Op Con 2007


Ham radio, amateur radio, free public access to regulated spectrum space - it's all about bandwidth and a place to experiment and develop new techniques that today are fundamental to recording, broadcasting, music making, shielded cable, medical imaging, cell phones, wifi, television, spectrum analyzers, compressors, two way radio and dozens if not hundreds of electronic technologies we use every day.

Here two hams, Bob Heil, FCC callsign K9EID, and Bob Crowley, FCC callsign W1XYZ, have an informal chat during one of Lynn Fuston's recorded radio interviews during Tape Op Con 2007 in Tucson. Both avid antenna designers and microphone makers, Bob and Bob share a common interest in all things wavelike, and all things musical, and everything in between or in combination. Bob Heil described with great fervor how his early days in ham radio were his college education in electronics, acoustics, antennas, transmission lines and sound engineering. Bob Crowley discussed new developments, some based on ham radio technology, that today are used to see clogged heart arteries, find cancer at a very early stage, and how they relate to absolutely new ways to improve the efficiency, purity and quality of recorded sound, and Made in USA Crowley and Tripp ribbon microphones including the phenomenally popular Naked Eye ribbon microphone. Advances like that are noticed, it seems, and so interest and anticipation of what is to come is high. That's the way it should be, and the pro audio and recording sector today is a vital and growing industry.

There are a lot of ham radio types who belong to the Tape Op community. Not only Doug Fearn, famous for high quality preamps and compressors, or Rick Perotta, president of Royer (not present this year) - but a lot of ad-hoc experimenters, tinkerers, thinkers and technology developers inhabited the el Conquistador Resort for three days of merry making, music listening, and BSing.

For those hams who have stumbled unexpectedly on this blog: Events like Tape Op are the new hamfests, with a younger and more diverse crowd, eager to try new things. Do you think we should tell them about our spectrum, estimated to be worth over 6 billion dollars at present spectrum prices, and let them have at it? I do.

2 comments:

Bob said...

Never trust anyone in an Orange Coat.

Bob Crowley said...

Haha Hi Bob

Or a pink one either. Thanks for doing the interview with Lynn and me and also for visiting the microphonium blog.

Bob