September 28, 2021: Dennis Kidder W6DQ: Just what is this Arduino thing, anyway? — getting to know the Arduino IDE

We are always looking for ways to control stuff. The Arduino has become ubiquitous for enabling easy-to-program control systems for just about anything you can imagine. It can be embedded as-is in larger systems, or used as a development platform for mass produced products. Either way, it presents an easy-to-use, low-cost approach. The talk will cover what the Arduino is, as well as what it isn’t, and provide some examples of how it can be used, especially in the radio shack, and what you need to get started.

Dennis Kidder W6DQ is a retired aerospace engineer, having worked on everything from large computer systems to battlefield radio systems. He is the co-author of “Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio.” He and Dr. Jack Purdum, W8TEE, noted author in the field of programming languages, compiled a set of simple to build Arduino-based projects for the ham shack. Dennis has held his amateur radio license since 1969, starting out as WN6NIA and eventually, after upgrading to Amateur Extra, was granted the callsign of one of his High School Elmers, Chek Titcomb, W6DQ (SK).