Ham club to present Linux demonstration

Ham club member Mats Roos shows off the 1970s tranceiver that he restored.

How many languages do you speak? You might be surprised by the answer. If you use a desktop computer or ever have, you probably have used at least two languages.

A computer operating system can be considered a language used by computers to accomplish their task. If you have a PC, then you have learned to use Windows. If it’s an Apple, you have used IOS. If you have a non-Apple phone, it probably runs on another language called Android.

The problem with all three of those languages is that they are costly. Built into the cost of purchase for those devices is a royalty or fee for the operating system. What if there were another language or operating system that would work on almost any computer and it were free?

It does exist and has been around almost as long as windows. Not only is the operating system free, but many, if not most of the programs, are free as well. This modern miracle is called Linux and it is free for download.

Linux is the topic of the next meeting of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club. Ham radio operators are at the forefront of the development in the computer world and so many custom-built programs for hams have been designed and are available for free.

Club member Keith Baldwin, K5CBM, will present the latest in this field and will have an operating Linux computer available before and during the meeting to play with. Keith will describe and demonstrate some really cool applications.

Come join us for the next CCARC meeting on Saturday February 9th at the Mabank Café on Hwy 198 in Mabank. The meeting starts at 9 AM, but many visitors and members come around 8 AM for the great buffet they offer. Anyone interested in technology is welcome and the meetings are free.

The Cedar Creek ARC has over forty members from the tri-county area. It maintains a VHF and UHF repeater system that provides hand-held radio coverage to hams in the lake area, and mobile and base coverage throughout the three counties. CCARC participates in the National Weather Service SKYWARN program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The club also provides guidance and information to those wishing to join the ranks of Amateur “ham” Radio. There no longer is a requirement or test for Morse code. For more information visit

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