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

From time to time, one of the listeners to the QSO Today podcast reaches out to me to dialog about something in ham radio often related to a previous episode.  I began a conversation with Gerry Jurrens, N2GJ, that resulted in this QSO Today conversation. Gerry has a wide range of ham radio interests, including QRP and emergency communications, and… he loves to Elmer other hams in the art of amateur radio.  N2GJ is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_117_Gerry_Jurrens_N2GJ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Scott Wright, K0MD, travels the World extensively as part of his responsibilities as a doctor with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This creates for Scott opportunities to take his portable station on DXpeditions around the globe from China, the Caribbean, to South America.  K0MD shares his ham radio story and some practical advice on this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_116_Scott_Wright_K0MD_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Bob Witte, K0NR, is an amateur radio blogger with a long history of ham radio homebrewing, repeater building, and operation using many bands and modes.  From his home in Monument, Colorado, Bob is also an excellent Elmer and is a partner in Ham Radio School dot com for teaching the amateur radio basics beyond the first license. K0NR is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_115_Bob_Witte_K0NR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:41am MDT

Sometimes, amateur radio can play an important role in shaping the news around World Events.  For BBC correspondent and amateur radio operator, Laurie Margolis, G3UML, it was on amateur radio that Laurie discovered, reported and scooped the invasion by Argentina of the Falkland Islands starting the Falklands war in 1982.  Laurie and I discuss this event and the rest of his ham radio journey in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_114_Laurie_Margolis_G3UML_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:29pm MDT

Bill Kelsey, N8ET, has a long and interesting amateur radio career beginning in 1962. From his interest in QRP and QRP kits, Bill founded the Kanga Kit Company, creating radio and test equipment kits for the ham community for many years. While Bill is recovering from a recent stroke, he still has projects on his workbench, now using Arduino processors, pursuing UHF moon bounce, and finds time to operate the Digital modes. Bill joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_113_Bill_Kelsey_N8ET_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:57pm MDT

Keith Ranger, G0KJK, now retired from the Church of England, has had a lifelong love of electronics and radio who has never owned a commercially manufactured amateur radio.  Instead Keith builds his own receivers and transmitters, works the World, makes contacts, and rag chews.  He quickly dispels the notion that ham radio is an expensive hobby and demonstrates how to have fun and enjoy the amateur radio hobby for very little money. Keith joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_112_Keith_Ranger_G0KJK_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:50am MDT

Imagine that you get your dream job out of college, and later as part of that job, your employer wants you to solve a riddle that will take years or never to complete.  For Tom Vinson, NY0V, that dream job for a ham was with the Collins Radio Company, later Rockwell Collins, and the riddle was to find the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra aircraft somewhere in the South Pacific.  He could use the technology and human resources of the company to solve this riddle.  Tom recounts this story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_111_Tom_Vinson_NY0V_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:44am MDT

Many of us entered the ham radio hobby from building a crystal set or using a short wave receiver growing up.  Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL, established his credentials in short wave radio before joining the ham radio ranks. Active in QRP as well as short wave listening, Tom is the founder of Ears to our World, a non-profit organization that brings radio to rural and undeveloped parts of the World.  K4SWL joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_110_Tom_Witherspoon_K4SWL_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm MDT

There is no time like the present to sail the South Pacific, solo, with amateur radio.  This is exactly what my guest today, Susan Meckley, W7KFI, did for almost twenty years until she turned eighty and retired from the open seas.  As a ham for almost seventy years, Susan developed a love for 20 meter CW and sailing and combined them both in her journey that she shares with me,  Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_109_Susan_Meckley_W7KFI_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:19am MDT

Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP, is a frequent contributor to both QST and CQ Magazine, and he enjoys a well rounded amateur radio operation.  Tony always take a deep dive approach to any of his ham radio projects including rebuilding old gear, redesigning his 40 meter beam, or reducing the noise from his new solar electric array.  K1KP joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_108_Tony_Brock-Fisher_K1KP_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22am MDT