I just finished a five-year term as a submarine officer in the Navy. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in EE, I spent another year and a half studying nuclear propulsion, then three years leading some of the best sailors in the world aboard a ballistic-missile submarine. Now I'm working as an engineer and catching up on three years' worth of sun exposure in the Los Angeles area.
- [x] Build myself a Pixie II
- [-] Learn CW
- [ ] Build an 80m antenna that fits in my apartment (on hold until I finish moving)
- [ ] Make a QSO
- [ ] Upgrade my license
- [x] Acquire an RTL-SDR dongle
- [x] Listen to the radio (analog FM)
- [ ] Track planes overhead (ADS-B)
- [ ] Get a GPS fix
- [ ] Listen to my smart electric meter (proprietary)
[ ] Listen to the radio (HD Radio)(too complicated to be much fun, even before reverse-engineering the audio codec)
- [x] Think up a very simple 16-bit stack machine
- [-] Implement and test it in Verilog
- [ ] Build it using only 7400-series logic
- [ ] Write a cool graphics demo for it
- [ ] Write an APRS digipeater for it
- C.R. Anderson, G. Schaertl, and P. Balister, "A Low-Cost Embedded SDR Solution for Prototyping and Experimentation," presented at SDR '09, Washington, DC, 2009. PDFs: paper, slides.
- A vector display controller and graphics processor using Altera's DE2 FPGA development board. Final project for Microcomputer Interfacing, 2008.
- A Morse code decoder using a PIC16 microcontroller. Final project for Microprocessor-Based Digital Design, 2008.