Ham Radio: Workbench – 7 Matt Berggren/ Autodesk & PCB Design

Today on the workbench, we interview Matt Berggren of Autodesk-he is responsible for Eagle PCB tools, Autodesk Circuits, and Tinkercad.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Autodesk is a sponsor of the Workbench.

When we first launched the Workbench we talked with the folks at Cadsoft about working with us on the podcast and they were very positive because they serve the electronic hobbyist market as well as the commercial market and they thought it was a good idea.

Shortly after we launched Workbench, Autodesk bought Cadsoft and we thought “OK, what do the suits at Autodesk want to do now?”  When we got to know Matt who is in charge of this part of the company we could not have found a better partner.  Things instantly clicked, and we are thinking of things we can do together in the future.

At his roots, Matt is a HW engineer, programmer, and RF guy. While not a ham radio operator himself, he grew up in a ham radio family.  He was a key guy at Altium, and later at Supplyframe-the people who own Hackaday.com.  Matt’s very wired into the electronic maker world which begs the question, why aren’t you a ham? Maybe by the time we are done with him, maybe he will be.

MTCRadio.com:  $239 for anniversary edition – No Hotspot or Dongle capability – http://www.mtcradio.com/id-51a-plus-dual-band-dstar-anniversary-edition-in-white/
Digital Voice Access Points

Kenwood TH-D74 Manual is posted – http://manual.kenwood.com/files/B5A-1253-00.pdf

DStar QSO Party – http://icomamerica.com/en/amateur/qso-party/default.aspx

DStar info:  http://www.dstarinfo.com

DStar Repeater Lists:  http://www.dstarinfo.com/RepeaterDownloads.aspx

RFinder H1:  http://www.androiddmr.com

Based on the Runbo H1 – http://bigrugged.com/runbo-h1-a-gadget-for-professional-users.html

KF7IJZ finally published video on battery chemistry comparison w/ Bioenno BLF-1208LB – https://youtu.be/psjQ-FT6KY0 

LT3652 MPPT Solar Charge Controller Chip – surface mount – http://www.linear.com/product/LT3652

One comment

  1. Hey guys, love the idea of making my own antenna analyzer. I’d definately buy a kit. Being the cheap S.O.B. I am, I would love for the kit to be $5.00 but I’m not crazy. If the price is in the $50.00 “ish” range, I’m in.

    Keep doing what you are doing



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