With no clear plan or purpose I registered the offgridham.com domain on August 22, 2015. I had a few loose ideas, but I wasn’t sure if I could commit to producing consistent, fresh material. That, plus my demanding full time “real job” as a communications electronics technician, had me asking myself how much sense it made to undertake a blog when I was already overextended.
At first I didn’t do anything with offgridham.com other than make a short “coming soon” placeholder post, which I knew was wishful thinking. Equivocating over whether I wanted to do this at all while concurrently pre-writing articles for future posting (when there may be no future) wasn’t a good use of my time. I had to either get serious, or let it go.
Where we’re at right now.
Offgridham.com started as an obscure experiment with low expectations. It wasn’t long before radio amateurs, alternative energy enthusiasts, preppers, and survivalists found Off Grid Ham and spread the word. Today OGH is a thriving destination website with thousands of monthly visitors from all over the world. My gut feeling that there is a genuine craving for common sense information & affordable ideas amateurs can use in the real world has been vindicated.
Off Grid Ham does not deal in nebulous theories or abstract concepts. This is a place for people who actually go out and do things. The goal is to guide amateurs to quick, practical, effective, and attainable solutions. Money is a concern for many amateurs, so everything on Off Grid Ham has a healthy respect for readers’ wallets. I get it. I’m “regular people” just like most of you.
What the future will bring.
It’s not about what I want to say; it’s about what the readers want to hear. Many Off Grid Ham articles are extracted from reader questions and comments. I would rather address topics that readers are interested in than just come up with something on my own. Let me know what topics you want me to write about.
I’m also considering re-posting relevant content from other sources. The number of my own original articles would stay the same; outside material would be a bonus. If you come across something that Off Grid Ham readers might like, send me a link and I’ll consider passing it along here.
Another purpose of Off Grid Ham is to boost spirit and morale within amateur radio. Teaching someone a technical/physical process will be ineffective if their heart & head are not in the right place. Off Grid Ham is as much about people as it is about things. In the future there may be more “inspirational” themed articles similar to Go Box Zen, Field Day, and Goals.
Thanks and gratitude.
I’m grateful and deeply humbled that thousands of loyal readers have turned this “obscure experiment” into a popular & valuable resource for radio amateurs. Without you all, I’m just another schlock babbling into empty space. Off Grid Ham will be here for the foreseeable future because the demand for knowledge is loud and clear.
Thank you very deeply for three years of encouragement and support. We’ll see you out there. 73!