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

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

On my recent trip from Israel to the USA, to attend the Dayton Hamvention,  I stopped in the Bay Area to visit with Wayne Burdick, N6KR, a long time and childhood friend, and co-founder of Elecraft, to catch up, discuss the KX2, and working HF from the field.  That evening Wayne and I attended the QSO Today Bay Area Meetup where I asked the participants their name, callsign, and the most exciting thing that they think is happening in ham radio. 

Direct download: Episode_149_-_N6KR_and_the_Bay_Area_Meetup_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:23pm MDT

Rich Moseson, W2VU,  is the current editor of CQ Magazine.  From his vantage point as the editor of one of the oldest and prestigious amateur radio magazines, he has the opportunity to see the big picture of our ham radio hobby every month from articles published, reader feedback, and the many amateur radio conventions that he attends with his staff.  This QSO is full of his observations on amateur radio today as well as his personal ham radio history. W2VU is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_147_Rich_Moseson_W2VU_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:29am MDT

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