QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

When Rick Dougherty NQ4I isn’t operating single sideband at 51 thousand feet in a Gulfstream jet, he may be preparing for the next big contest at this super multi-multi station in Griffin, Georgia.  A career jet pilot and ham radio contester, NQ4I shares his amateur radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_159_Rick_Dougherty_NQ4I_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Amateur radio is a big tent with an appeal for every amateur’s special interest.  Once a QRO DX operator, the new magic of ham radio  for Don Minkoff NK6A, came from turning down the power to QRP levels and getting out of the QTH to the great outdoors and working SOTA, or Summits on the Air.  Don shares his ham radio story and so much more in this QSO Today.

 

Direct download: Episode_158_Don_Minkoff_NK6A_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:13am MDT

Someone said some place, that if you want to get stuff done, give it to a busy person.  My guest this week is Dave Prestel, W8AJR.  Dave is a busy person who as a volunteer for many ham radio organizations in Howard County, Maryland, just gets stuff done to the benefit of the amateur radio community and his larger community.  He is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_157_Dave_Prestel_W8AJR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:18am MDT

David Rowe, VK5DGR, has been a guest target since QSO Today episode 16 with Bruce Perens, K6BP because of David’s seminal work with audio codecs for digital audio on HF.  David has a strong background in digital voice, a technology that is now the foundation for all of the telephony and voice over IP that we do.  As an advocate of open source and the consummate teacher, David shares all of his work while educating us with his blog, rowetel.com.  VK5DGR is Eric, 4Z1UG’s  QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_156_David_Rowe_VK5DGR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:36am MDT

Sputnik was the catalyst that spurred many to enter electronics, engineering, and amateur radio.  Rob Brownstein, K6RB, was inspired to find a ham across the street to build his first crystal set for a science fair project leading to a lifetime as a ham radio operator. Rob is a co-founder of CWOPS and its on-line CW training academy helping hundreds of hams a year become better CW operators.  K6RB shares his ham radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO today.

Direct download: Episode_155_Rob_Brownstein_K6RB_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:31am MDT

Dave LeDuc, N1IX, like many of my guests got his ham radio start as a teenager in the sixties.  His love for CW and chasing DX has not diminished over the years.  His new passion is running QRP and winning contests.  Dave shares his ham radio story and offers some advice for QRP success in this episode of QSO Today.  

Direct download: Episode_154_Dave_Le_Duc_N1IX_Final1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:35am MDT

My QSO Today is with Jim Talens, N3JT, who combines DX and contesting, operating CW, and going on DXpeditions into his amateur radio hobby.  A ham since 1960, Jim is one of the founders of CWOPS and an advocate of CW or Morse code operation to really enjoy being on the air on HF.  Jim operates his station remotely when he splits his time between two houses. More on this and other ham radio subjects in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_153_Jim_Talens_N3JT_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:50am MDT

Chris Burger, ZS6EZ, believes that if we have lofty goals, like winning DX contests, and measure our results against other contesters, then even South African amateur radio operators can be winners. Chris is a contest winner and a contributor to our ham radio hobby through his articles and website.  ZS6EZ is Eric, 4Z1UG’s  QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_152_Chris_Burger_ZS6EZ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:33am MDT

For George Heron, N2APB, the love of amateur radio comes from the design, collaboration, and building electronic devices for amateur radio, along with his friend and mentor, Joe Everhart, N2CX - and then sharing this live on their Chat with the Designers podcast. All of it interests George, from test equipment and restored vintage radios to a stand alone SDR transceivers and  more efficient designs of magnetic loop antennas. N2APB  is Eric, 4Z1UG’s  QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_151_George_Heron_N2APB_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:15am MDT

One of the major players in the “top band” , or 160 meters is Bob Garrett, K3UL, who as a blind ham has never let his visual impairment get in the way of his ham radio hobby.  I first learned about Bob from an article where he was described as working on his own towers and antennas to build a first class HF ham station.  Bob is a friend and mentor to many hams, with an open door policy.  Just knock.  K3UL is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_150_Bob_Garrett_K3UL_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:52am MDT