We are now Inductive Twig
Gather 'round for a tale.
Years ago, some friends around a hacker space in Seattle, Washington (Metrix Create Space) worked on an idea called the HamShield. While our Kickstarter launched in 2015, most people are unaware of its long history.
In 2010, numerous low cost handheld amateur radios flooded the market. It was apparent that the chip inside was very low cost. The rumors were true...RDA invented the holy grail of amateur radio chips: the tri-band RDA1946.
We quickly sourced a few.
While the complete radios were lackluster, the chip behind it was not. It output a clean signal that could be amplified (properly) to any power level and meet and exceed regulations.
One thing lead to the next, and we ended up with HamShield: the first, complete, tri-band amateur radio transceiver for Arduino. We made sure to target the 144MHz (2 Meter), 220MHz (1.25 Meter) and 440MHz (70 Centimeter) bands, making it a very versatile transceiver. We wrote an Arduino library to offer both voice and packet radio capability.
In 2015, we launched a Kickstarter. We met our $25,000 goal in less than 24 hours. In the next 30 days, we raised over $117,194 -- the largest Arduino and Ham Radio Kickstarter in history. We had our work cut out for us.
Over 1,000 HamShields were then shipped, as promised, that next year -- and we have been producing them ever since.
Citing an interest in miniaturized transceivers, specifically drones and satellites, we designed the HamShield Mini.
Over the last several years, we branched out into several other amateur radio bands and digital transceivers. We sell a variety of Arduino products too -- including our super fun 8 bit game console kit, the Ardu32!
With radio and Arduino maker culture at heart, we playfully call ourselves Inductive Twig.
Inductive Twig is a playful tribute to the early 1830's where electrical design and radio were in its extreme infancy. Joseph Henry and Michael Faraday experimented with wrapping wire around wooden dowels and paper cylinders -- creating the first inductors. This innovation lead to the eventual creation of radio technology. Without this key development, our modern day technology would not be possible.
You have probably heard of both of their last names -- Henry is the measurement of inductance while Faraday is known for the faraday cage. Both are alive and well in modern day technology.
As we grow our company, we also need your support. While we ship worldwide, we think local manufacturing is key to success. This is why HamShields and Explorer products are designed and manufactured in the United States. While manufacturing local is more expensive, we think it is the right thing to do.
Local and far away, we all shop around for the lowest price. However, you should equally think about the impact you might make. All said and done, Inductive Twig staff all have seconds jobs and a family that looks up to them.
Take care and enjoy the holidays with loved ones,