Episode 256 – Steven Bible – N7HPR

Steven Bible, N7HPR, made a career in the US Navy, spending almost two years under water on a Trident submarine.  Steve is a long time contributor to TAPR, the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio Corporation, perhaps amateur radio’s “Bell Labs”.  Steve and I discuss his ham radio story,  the developments of TAPR, and TAPRs contributions to advancing the state of the art in amateur radio. 

N7HPR Links:
Steven Bible TAPR Curriculum Vitae
The World Wide Web Amateur Satellite Ground Station, by Steve Bible, N7HPR

Hometown: Sunnyslope,  AZ
First License: 1985, 26 years old, 
Current Rig: 
Yaesu FT-817 QRP Transceiver
Favorite operating mode: voice
Favorite operating of all time: Oscar 13 – DX satellite


The Boy’s First Book of Radio and Electronics, by Alfred Morgan
Popular Electronics magazine
Electronics Now Magazine
US Navy Advanced Electronics Program
US Navy Data Systems Technician
US Navy Nuclear Power Engineer
Trident Submarine
USS Georgia Submarine
Spread Spectrum Technology
WW2 Radar System
ISM Band
WIFI and Bluetooth are spread spectrum
AMRAD Spread Spectrum Experiments
The Spread Spectrum Sourcebook, ARRL
TAPR – Tucson  Amataur Packet Radio
Amateur Packet Radio
ARRL Computer Networking Conference, CNC, ARRL
MACA – medium access control protocol
Vancouver Amateur Radio Club Packet (VECTOR)
ASCII – was not allowed in amateur bands 
TAPR TNC1 – packet radio TNC
Utah Group Packet Radio
TAPR Packet accessible weather station 
PanSat – spread spectrum satellite
APRS – automatic position reporting system
DSP-10, by Bob Larkin, W7PUA, QST Magazine
SDR – Software Defined Radio
Bell Laboratories
Cognitive Radio 
TAPR “Time Nuts” 
TAPR DCC videos on YouTube
Icom IC-706 transceiver
Crowd Source 
HPSDR Project
DCC – www.tapr.org/dcc
Internet Mosaic 
The World Wide Web
DMR, digital mobile radio,  popular because of surplus equipment
FT8 Software
ARRL Field Day
Amateur Radio Hamfests 
Packet Status Register, www.tapr.org
Dewey Decimal System

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: attitudes, the ability to get along with one another, and have fun. 

Most excited by:  Sharing of ideas and doing clever things. 

Advice to new or returning hams: Find what you enjoy, and keep doing it….

Thought exercise: 
Question 1: At what age did you learn about or become a ham radio operator? 
Question 2: What was it at your age that interested you about amateur radio?
Question 3: What would ham radio have to be to interest a 12 to 14 year old today. 

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