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

Scott Zimmerman, N3XCC, founder of the W3WAN repeater network in Pennsylvania, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on the QSO Today podcast, to discuss the FM world of repeaters above 50 Mhz.  Coming to amateur radio from a commercial two-way radio background, Scott applies his expertise to maintain a network work of interconnected amateur radio repeaters that provide wide area coverage, international access through the Allstar linking network, and public service in times of emergency.  Scott is also a contributor to the Repeater Builder website, the one-stop for any ham who wants to reassign commercial land mobile radios to amateur service.

Direct download: Episode_016_Scott_Zimmerman_N3XCC_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:14am MDT

 

Bruce Perens, K6BP, is a self described evangelist for amatuer radio. As the creator of the Open Source Definition used for the free exchange of software code, Bruce has appled this to amateur radio towards the development of Codec2 and FreeDV, digital modulation schemes for HF and VHF.  Through his new company, Algoram, Bruce hopes to create the ultimate open source handheld software defined radio.  As an evangelist, Bruce founded No Code International, where he successfully eliminated the Morse code requirement for amateur radio licenses Worldwide.

Direct download: QSO_Today_015_Bruce_Perens_K6BP.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:56pm MDT

You can still build a beautiful tuna can transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum tubes instead of solid state components.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, where they discuss Steve’s ham radio journey that includes experimentation in the 630 meter band, restoration of Chinese military radio gear, and the love of amateur radio.

Direct download: Episode_14_Steve_Johnston_WD8DAS_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:05pm MDT

 

The right elementary school teachers who challenged their students with the Morse Code was just the beginning of Hap Holly’s, KC9RP’s, ham radio career leading to the RAIN Report and The Dayton Hamvention’s 2002 Amateur of the Year.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, and Hap in their QSO Today.  

Direct download: Episode_13_Hap_Holly_KC9RP.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:20am MDT

 

The team of Sharon and Wayne Spring, K6IRD and W6IRD, make a powerful combination, not only in amateur radio, but as a lesson in commitment, hard work, and attention to detail. This has led both to not only a successful 50 year marriage, but to a rich, hands on amateur radio life.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in this inspiring conversation with both Wayne and Sharon Spring on QSO Today.

Direct download: QSO_Today_Episode_012_Wayne_and_Sharon_Spring_W6IRD_and_K6IRD_r1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm MDT

 

Elecraft’s co-founder and CTO, Wayne Burdick, N6KR, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on another QSO Today. Waynes fascination with home brewing from an early age combined with his love of QRP led to the development of some of the best amateur radio transceivers on the market. Wayne and Eric’s conversation reveals some insights into what makes a successful ham radio product.  

Direct download: QSO_Today_Episode_011_Wayne_Burdick_N6KR.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:39pm MDT

 

Stan, WB2LQF, does more with less in his 50 year ham radio journey starting with a single tube transmitter loaded in to his bed springs to the Elecraft KX3 and an attic antenna.  Always a CW operator, ham radio played a major role in Stan’s professional and personal life.  Stan joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Direct download: QSO_Today_Episode_010_Stan_Lewandowski_WB2LQF.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:34am MDT

 

John Portune, W6NBC, may have more hams to his credit due to his teaching methods and one day amateur radio licensing courses than any of his peers.  John joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on the QSO Today Podcast to discuss this and John’s other ham radio interests from Amateur Fast Scan Television  to residential disguise antennas for antenna restricted neighborhoods.

Direct download: QSO_Today_Episode_009_John_Portune_W6NBC.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:46am MDT

One of the original founders of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a conversation about his early beginnings as a radio operator for the pre-Israel Haganah, his training of Yugoslav partisans in the use of radio behind the Nazi lines, his pursuit of the Nazi doctor of Auschwitz across South America, and his co-founding of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel. At 91 years of age, Amnon has a rich history of radio, service to his country and people, and entrepreneurship.

Direct download: QSO_Today_Episode_008_Amnon_Bar_Giora_4X1DF_rev1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:44pm MDT

 

Yehuda, 4X1TQ, survived the electic shock of his life at the tender age of 13, while working on the high voltage power supply for his homebrew transmitter.  Fortunately, for all of us, this led Yehuda on a life of innovation, teaching, and paying forward on his ham radio journey.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, on his QSO Today with Yehuda Cern, 4X1TQ.  

Direct download: QSO_Today_Ep_007_Yehuda_Cern_4X1TQ.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:03am MDT