Linux in the Ham Shack @ Hamvention

Our Story

Linux in the Ham Shack is a podcast, a state of mind and a phenomenon. Originally begun in 2008 to help amateur radio fans and everyday computer users move from proprietary computer operating systems and applications to Linux and Free Software, the show has broadened its scope.  Through a bi-weekly audio podcast, live streaming Internet radio show, Google+ community, local event sponsorship and general outreach, Linux in the Ham Shack (LHS) exposes users to Free Software, and amateur radio to everyone.

Since 2010, our co-hosts have received donations from listeners in order to purchase booth space at the Dayton Hamvention.

Hamvention attracts more than 25,000 people, so it is the perfect place to provide our community outreach.  The co-hosts give out free advice and technical support to convention goers, free informational materials about Free and Open Source Software, ham radio software and Linux, and CD or DVD copies of Linux distributions.  All expenses other than the booth rental have been covered out-of-pocket by the hosts of the program.

What We Need & What You Get

We hope to continue our tradition of outreach by providing these benefits at no charge to attendees of Hamvention, but the current economic climate does not allow us to foot the bill personally anymore.  However, with crowdfunding, we could provide even more benefit to the community than ever before.  With a successful fund-raising campaign, we could:

Provide more comprehensive informational and instructional materials for attendees to take with them when they leave the show.

Give back directly to the community with future donations to worthy projects like the GNU Software Foundation and Accessible Computing Foundation.

We need $1,000 to fund half of our venture to Hamvention in 2018.  This will cover expenses including the booth rental, travel costs, educational materials and for the media and time to create free copies of Linux to distribute to interested attendees.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that in times like these some people simply can’t contribute monetarily, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help!

Getting the word out to your friends, families, co-workers and acquaintances is one of the best ways to make sure that our campaign is funded successfully.  Please use the GoFundMe tools and your own social media subscriptions (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) to let everyone know about our fund-raising effort.  The more people who hear about us, the more likely it is that we'll achieve our goal.  Thank you for taking the time to look at our campaign, and we hope to see everyone at the Dayton Hamvention in 2018!


Russ Woodman
Mount Vernon, MO

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