QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

Hal Turley, W8HC, is a veteran DXpeditioner who is headed for  Bouvet Island, perhaps the World’s most remote Island and DX entity, in a few weeks.  Hal tells his ham radio story, his discovery and the satisfaction that he gains from working DX,  and his personal preparations for his upcoming trek to Bouvet Island with the 3Y0Z DXpedition team.  W8HC is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_176_Hal_Turley_W8HC_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:03am MST

Bob Rosier, K4OCE, started his ham radio journey in the fifties, inspired by his father who built their first family television using a surplus radar screen and a broadcast receiver.  Bob discovered QRP almost by accident and from that point on realized that he could have reliable DX contacts based on good operating practice and technical expertise. Bob is the creator of the “OCE Minirig” QRP transmitter.

Direct download: Episode_175_Bob_Rosier_K4OCE_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:09am MST

Heading South to Australia, our QSO Today is with Rob Norman, VK5SW, who wanted to get away from the electronic noise of the his home city of Adelaide, in South Australia, by building a remote control HF station in the Australian bush some two hours drive from his QTH. We learn from Rob, what it takes to make this a great solution getting on the air.

Direct download: Episode_174_Robert_Norman_VK5SW_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:51am MST

Preston Douglas, WJ2V, discovered the joys of QRP and home-brewing whole transceivers almost by accident. The result is a rewarding ham radio past-time leading to becoming the President of the QRP-ARCI group.  Preston brings to life his ham radio story, home brew projects, and QRP in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_173_Preston_Douglas_WJ2V_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:28am MST

After 44 years with the ARRL, beginning as an intern in 1972 at the American Radio Relay League, David Sumner, K1ZZ, retired, last year, as CEO and General Manager.  In this episode of QSO Today, Dave shares his ham radio story from its early beginnings, his favorite operating practices, and his reflections on his years at League Headquarters.  

Direct download: Episode_172_Dave_Sumner_K1ZZ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58am MST

My QSO this week is with Fred Regennitter, K4IU, has a rich ham radio history spanning over 50 years, from the first crystal radio receiver to his modern FlexRadio software defined transceiver. DX and contests are Fred’s interest and the new digital modes have won a new appeal for making contacts as we reach the bottom of the Sunspot cycle.  Amateur radio has expanded into a big tent that with many facets.  K4IU tells us why in this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_171_Fred_Regennitter_K4IU_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:25am MST

Larry Staples, W0AIB, is the publisher of Larry’s List, a regular email message center that updates Kansas City amateur radio operators with the latest news, events, and rigs for sale. As an active amateur radio operator for almost sixty years, Larry believes that the ultimate goal of ham radio is to get to know people, face to face, for the “eyeball” contact. W0AIB is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_170_Larry_Staples_W0AIB_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:24pm MST

Ron Gang, 4X1MK, had his early amateur radio beginnings in Canada, and later immigrated, as part of a group, to Israel in the 1970s where his amateur radio license, skills, and equipment were highly appreciated.  Always an active amateur radio operator, 4X1MK is willing to try every operating mode. Ron shares his amateur radio story and his perspective of amateur radio in Israel, past and present.

Direct download: Episode_169_Ron_Gang_4X1MK_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:52pm MST

Dennis Vernacchia, N6KI, was an active ham who was drafted by the US Army and sent to Vietnam at the height of the war in the late sixties.  This is an amateur radio story where Army MARS, ham radio, and the skills acquired from the hobby literally saved his life.  This situation and his relationship with a later prominent television comedian brought relief and comfort to American soldiers serving in Vietnam and their families.  Dennis is an active contester and tells the rest of his story in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_168_Dennis_Vernacchia_N6KI_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:07am MST

Inspired by one of his home brew elmers, Jim Garland, W8ZR, uses his electronics and metal fabrication workbench to create beautiful ham radio projects (a few displayed in QST magazine)  and to restore old vintage boat anchor transmitters and receivers that he rotates through his three operating positions at his QTH in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Jim tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_167_Jim_Garland_W8ZR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:26am MST