QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators (podcast)

Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, grew up down the street from the ARRL headquarters in Newington, Connecticut and is not the Station manager and trustee of the W1AW Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station that sits on the grass in front of the League headquarters.  Joe shares his ham radio story and details of this historic ham radio station in this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_146_Joe_Carcia_NJ1Q_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:15am MDT

Glen Zook, K9STH, began his elmering and mentoring by writing his first article for 73 Magazine in 1961 at the tender age of 17.  Glen has gone on to write many practical ham radio articles from modifying a Heathkit Globe Chief for six meters to installing chemical ground rods for proper shack grounding.  He has a collection of restored “boat anchors” that are copies of all of the rigs he has ever owned.  As he pays extra attention to the details, his rigs are in as new condition as possible.   I know know that will enjoy this QSO with K9STH.

Direct download: Episode_145_Glen_Zook_K9STH_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:12am MDT

John Ackermann, N8UR, is a proponent of open source, that is freely sharing both hardware and software designs in communities that work together to make it all better.  The TAPR community is where John spends much of his time.  Join us as we discuss TAPR, SDR transceivers, and the issues around open source and the maker movement.

Direct download: Episode_144_John_Ackermann_N8UR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:39am MDT

Roy Lewallen, W7EL, approaches ham radio from an engineering and even scientific point of view.  Roy is the creator of EZNEC, the popular antenna modeling software, and the author of many articles on radio and transceiver design, baluns, antennas, and inductors.  His contributions to the amateur radio hobby and advancing the state of art puts Roy at the head of the class in amateur radio.  W7EL is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_143_Roy_Lewallen_W7EL_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:06am MDT

George Fremin, K5TR, is a seasoned SO2R contester and DXer.  He has many years of experience building and maintaining multi operator contest stations in Texas.  This experience with both operating the contest events as well as the practical maintenance of these stations led to an important conversation about tower safety.  In addition to HF contests, George enjoys VHF and UHF contesting as well as DXpeditions. K5TR joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_142_George_Fremin_K5TR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm MDT

Paul Stroud, AA4XX,  went from being a QRO, high power operator, to a QRP operator, testing the bottom limits of power output to distance.  Paul approaches ham radio now, as almost a meditative experience, where he operates from his solar powered ham shack deep in the woods near his house, under his wire antennas.  Paul takes us on his ham radio journey in this QSO Today.

 

Direct download: Episode_141_Paul_Stroud_AA4XX_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:47pm MDT

Richard Gillette, W9PE, is the consummate ham radio operator and mentor, IEEE speaker, and frequent contributor to our amateur radio hobby from his many articles in the ham radio magazines.  His own website, w9pe.us, is an amazing resource, including his Excel based test equipment simulator for anyone wanting to teach the fundamentals of ham radio in a one day or weekend “ham cram” course.   W9PE shares over 60 years of his ham radio experience in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_140_Richard_Gillette_W9PE_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:33am MDT

Don Beattie, G3BJ, is a former president of the Radio Society of Great Britain, past chairman of BARTG,  or the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group, past president of the CDXC, the British DX foundation, board member of the RSGB,  and its acting general manager for two years.  The list goes on and on.  Don is currently the President of the IARU, or the International Amateur Radio Union for  Region 1. G3BJ is a leader in British amateur radio and is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_139_Don_Beattie_G3BJ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:37am MDT

When is comes to homebrewing QRP HF radios with simple parts and test equipment, then one of the go-to  guys is Tony Fishpool, G4WIF, current membership chairman of the G-QRP group in the UK, and frequent contributor to its quarterly SPRAT magazine.  Tony is also a co-author with Graham Firth, G3MFJ, of Simple Test Equipment for the QRPer, and numerous articles on equipment building with attention to detail and budget.  Tony believes, along with his co-hearts at G-QRP,  that ham radio does not have to be expensive to be fun. G4WIF is my QSO today.

Direct download: Episode_138_Tony_Fishpool_G4WIF_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:29am MDT

Randy Hall, K7AGE, has been a ham for almost 50 years and is well known for his You-Tube channel with his hundreds of ham radio videos.  Randy is also a regular contributor to Ham Nation on the TWIT network where he works with George, W5JDX, on the Smoke and Solder segment videos.  He works just about all bands and modes.  Randy is a ham’s ham and elmer, and a popular guest on a number of the ham radio podcasts. K7AGE is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_137_Randy_Hall_K7AGE_Final1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:25pm MDT