QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

DuWayne Schmidlkofer, KV4QB, is one of the amazing creators of homebrew projects from conception to the finished package.  He uses microcontrollers combined with RF circuitry to make some pretty cool and mostly inexpensive projects. His blog is a great read where he documents each of his projects from beginning to end.  In this episode, we discuss construction techniques and his home brew projects. KV4QB is my QSO Today

Direct download: Episode_190_DuWayne_Schmidlkofer_KV4QB_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:44pm MDT

Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of  two popular books on Arduino for amateur radio and a book on mesh networking for amateur radio joins QSO Today once again.  Glen told his ham radio story in Episode 49, almost three years ago. We catch up with Glen to get an Arduino update and to hear about his current and future projects.

Direct download: _Episode_189_Glen_Popiel_KW5GP_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:40pm MDT

Richard Newstead, G3CWI, as an avid outdoor radio enthusiast, co-founded SOTA or the Summits on the Air program. When he needed the right gear to take to the mountaintop, Richard had to create and import his own equipment, ultimately resulting in the creation of his company, Sotabeams, our new sponsor on QSO Today.  Richard’s story includes operating from a research station in Antarctica during the Falklands war to the founding of Sotabeams our new QSO Today sponsor.

Direct download: Episode_188_Richard_Newstead_G3CWI_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:15am MDT

Rick Karlquist, N6RK is a long time amateur radio operator who likes contests, DX, and over the years acquired a large square of property in California’s Central Valley to have enough room to build his antenna farm.  In this episode we discuss building 90 foot vertical antennas with irrigation pipe, and using the falling derrick method to raise  tall masts and towers.  Rick has acquired a wide range of experience from his amateur radio and professional life, some of which he shares in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_187_Rick_Karlquist_N6RK_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:15am MDT

Bernie van der Walt, ZS4TX, is a South African ham for many years.  He loves to contest on HF, and operates two remote control EME or Moon bounce stations on two and six meters away from the noise pollution of his residential neighborhood. We discuss these subjects and more on this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_186_Bernie_van_der_Walt_ZS4TX_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:06am MDT

Mitch Gill, NA7US is the New editor of QRP Quarterly Magazine, the official journal of the QRP Amateur Radio Club International  and a former columnist for both Popular Communications and CQ VHF.  Mitch has a love for all things amateur radio and is now retired from active military service where he operated at YI9TU in Iraq.  Mitch tells this story and more in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_185_Mitch_Gill_NA7US_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:56am MDT

Tomas Hood, NW7US is the propagation editor of a number of shortwave and amateur radio magazines, and has a wide variety of websites,  that grew out of his love for all things radio, and  for listening on the bands to far off DX and commercial broadcast stations. Tomas shares his understanding  of propagation and the lessons we can learn from listening, really listening to the QSOs and exchanges during contest operation.

Direct download: Episode_184_Tomas_Hood_NW7US_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:01am MDT

My guest this week is Geoff Howard, W0CG / PJ2DX, who operates along with his ham friends the P2JT contest station in a villa on a cliff overlooking the sea in Curacao. Geoff shares his ham radio story and the history of P2JT in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_183_Geoff_Howard_W0CG_PJ2DX_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:19am MDT

Keith Hibbert, WB2VUO, is the ARRL Technical Coordinator for Western NY State.  In that capacity Keith serves as a resource and goto guy for technical questions by amateur radio operators. Keith and I had a great QSO on his areas of interest that include QRP Single Sideband, digital modes like FT-8, and Keith’s interest in both amateur HF and aircraft beacons.  Keith shares his insights and some valuable resources in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_182_Keith_Hibbert_WB2VUO_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:19am MDT

One of the most unusual ham radio operating modes is meteor scatter or bouncing signals off the ionized trails left by space dust the the earth’s atmosphere.  Shelby Ennis, W8WN has operated this mode for over 50 years, first on CW using tape recorders to send a high speed burst, then using the K1JT digital modes. We learn that meteor scatter is a reliable mode and much more in this QSO with W8WN.

Direct download: Episode_181_Shelby_Ennis_W8WN_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:16am MDT