Hi all, thought I’d poke my head in on the forum, and will probably join up before long.
I’ve known of the group for some time, but it’s my father’s announcement that he was thinking of getting a milling machine (for circuit boards) that made me think further of this place.
Background: I’m a double-degree holder… Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) / Bachelor of IT (Software Engineering)… and these days, I’m a full-stack software developer and network administrator at VRT Systems… so front-end web development, back-end server code in NodeJS & Python, database development in SQLite & PostgreSQL, Linux kernel development and even the boot-loader is not sacred. Presently, I’ve been getting very intimate with the TI CC2536 MCU, in the context of OpenThread.
Outside of work, I do a good amount of experimental work with electronics and with microcontrollers, mostly ARM and AVR architectures… I’ve also had run-ins with Rabbit 3000 and TI MSP-430.
In the past I have contributed to Gentoo (maintaining their MIPS port), and there are a few contributions around the place to my name including U-Boot and the Linux kernel.
I presently hold the amateur radio callsign VK4MSL… and in January, will clock up 10 years on-air. (Come October, and it’ll be 10 years with this call-sign.) I have been commonly heard on the 2m band, “bicycle mobile”… and have been known to call in on some 40m and 20m nets (and one 80m net when conditions are good) also from the bicycle… and have even made some overseas contacts that way. Starting to dabble with packet… in fact, I have a crazy idea to hack 6LoWPAN to run over AX.25, having played with it at work.
I come with an open mind and a desire to share. While I’ll probably be more electronics/IT focussed… the digital fabrication looks interesting, and while I’m not into cosplay, I do have a stack of clothing in need of repair that I’d like to learn how to mend.
Having talked with a few of you, there is a bit of talk of possibly setting up an amateur radio station (which I see has been discussed before) and if we can get enough of a group together, possibly start offering training in amateur radio as well.
Anyway, I think I’ve woffled on enough. Probably will see some of you at a future get-together.