Iâ€™d like to start by apologising for the rather fast and excited speaking style of this show particularly towards the end, hope it doesnâ€™t spoil the content too much, it was all done in rather a hurry.
In this show I describe a thought provoking documentary I stumbled upon from 1977, the documentary is about the the silicon chip and explores the far reaching implications it will have on society.
The title for the original documentary was â€œNow the chips are downâ€.
I came up with the altered title â€œNow the chips are definitely downâ€ to signify that not only have the changes already happened but that itâ€™s also had a massive cost reduction impact as my newly purchased piece of equipment demonstrates.
The new piece of equipment that I bought only became so affordable because of the great advances and massive reductions in cost over time. A similar piece of equipment cost me around Â£120 maybe ten years ago and due to inflation you can probably double the cost again. The price of my new piece of equipment was astonishingly cheap I thought though on reflection its cheap price may also be down to it being a more mass produced item than normal amateur radio equipment.
Links to Horizon documentary
Youtube Link for those not living in the UK
Wikipedia article about the documentary
Standard C510A /C510E links
- Basic information on my original 10 year old handset
Baofeng UV-5R links
My new handset available from many places this link from Amazon
Offical Baofeng website
Top Level UV-5R User manual link
Manufacturers Baofeng UV-5R user manual
The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project manual Written by Lennart Lidberg
Interface cable for Baofeng UV-5R from Amazon