QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

Natural disasters, especially the most recent hurricanes, present us with opportunities to make a real difference if we step up to the plate.  As part of this amateur radio story, Brian Machesney, K1LI, was presented his opportunity to make a difference on the Caribbean Island of Dominica after it was wiped out by Hurricane Maria in October 2017.  Brian, his wife, and other hams came stepped up to the plate and provided relief with the Dominica Airlift as it was called by the press.   This story and so much more in this QSO Today with K1LI.

Direct download: Episode_180_Brian_Machesney_K1LI_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:35am MST

Steve Murphy, N8NM, builds most of his modern equipment using the Manhattan and “ugly” construction method, or he refurbishes old tube transmitters, receivers, and transceivers.  Steve is not afraid to try a new design or component to further his love of home brewing.  We follow the ham radio career of N8NM in this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_179_Steve_Murphy_N8NM_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:30am MST

Brain Short, KC0BS, is a busy amateur radio operator in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is actively involved in teaching ham radio and getting new hams involved in the many amateur radio activities that Kansas City hams enjoy.  In this episode, we discuss tower climbing and safety, APRS, emergency services, building up code speed, and Brian’s participation in the emergency efforts around the Joplin Missouri tornado that destroyed much of the city in May 2011.

Direct download: Episode_178_Brian_Short_KC0BS_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Jeff Damm, WA7MLH, designs and builds his own amateur radio receivers, transmitters, and transceivers using the ugly construction method based on the work of his amateur radio mentor and friend, Wes Hayward, W7ZOI.  Jeff shares his ham radio story and his electronic construction philosophy with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_177_Jeff_Damm_WA7MLH_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:47pm MST