Meet the Arduino

arduinoIf you’re a ham and you haven’t heard about the Arduino then you’re missing out!
The Arduino is a small micro-controller board that can be programmed on your computer. The possibilities are endless. All you need is the board itself (about $25-30) and a USB cable to get started. You can power the Arduino off almost any low voltage DC supply, or straight from the USB port on you computer. It is very good at controlling all kinds of cool “smart” projects. I’ve used mine to control a beacon transmitter and other interesting things.
The possibilities are endless. For example, and Arduino could be used to generate the Morse code for a beacon and control its operation. Everything you would need to run a great 6 meter beacon in one PCB, all for a reasonable price.