Funkfinder Radio Labs

Promoting education and research in radio communications, solar activity and space-weather with the amateur spirit of radio discovery

N1MAA and Amateur Radio
Antenna Systems and Ham Radios
Space-weather and solar activity

Education Programs for Marine Hams

Education Programs for Students at Schools

Antenna System Design and Implementation

Vintage Ham Radio

Man as Radio Receiver

Grote Reber and his radio astronomy dish - first one ever built! Grote Reber, the ultimate amateur.

Amateur radio is more than just a hobby for many people. It has been the basis for big discoveries in science and provides reliable emergency communication when other services are down. Radio astronomy, once ignored by optical astronomers as a valuable science, is now used by NASA and other space-weather research organizations to solve issues related to GPS and electric power grid failures. Studying radio waves can also explain many properties of our invisible universe.

With over 30 years of experience building antennas, operating and restoring vintage ham radio equipment, and studying the breakthroughs of hams, I believe we need to continue the amateur spirit of discovery. I do this by promoting radio education programs in schools, to give students hands-on experience with emergency communication and antenna design. I encourage the elder hams in the community to share their wealth of knowledge about operating radio before they are gone.

As a commercial fisherman from New England, I learned first hand how important it is to have reliable communication and believe all marinas should offer education programs for radio operation. But my experience with radio as a fisherman goes beyond emergency communication. I am often out at sea before sunrise and have noticed particular radio propagation characteristics. The darkness before the dawn has very special radio properties that I believe might be some sort of portal to the intelligence of the universe. My amateur radio spirit drives me to explore this phenomenon further. I hope my work empowers others to find their human potential. Jim Russo N1MAA

Salt and Man as Radio Receiver

Since the earliest of days, salt has played a vital role in the evolution of our planet. The craving for salt is what drove the movements of many land mammals, including humans. Less is More: The Art of Deduction is a paper presenting why salt is inspirational and insights into man as cosmic radio receiver. Tune in!

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