QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

Volunteering to ham radio organizations and interesting kids in amateur radio is the center of Bob Sterner’s, KB0BS, ham radio activity on the Front Range of Colorado.  Bob shares his insight, with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today,  gained from his hundreds of hours a year as a volunteer examiner, ham radio mentor, radio club organizer, and leader in the Colorado ham radio community.

Direct download: 047_Bob_Sterner_KB0BS_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:33pm MDT

 

After a career in electronics engineering, Tony Parks, KB9YIG, returned to ham radio, after thirty years, to find it very different than when he first started in the 1950s.  Upon returning in 2000, Tony discovered software defined radio or SDR, where he saw an opportunity to build starter kits for HF SDR receivers that became the Softrock SDR kits.  Tony joins Eric, 4Z1UG to discuss SDR and Softrock.

Direct download: Episode_046_Tony_Park_KB9YIG_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm MDT

 

When attempting to activate a new mountain peak, in Colorado,  for SOTA, Summits on the Air, Steve Galchutt, WG0AT, uses goats to act as his “sherpas” to carry his gear to the top. His goats allow him to make it to the top of the “teeners”, to set up and make contacts.  Join WG0AT and Eric, 4Z1UG on the QSO Today podcast.

Direct download: Episode_045_Steve_Galchutt_WG0AT_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:08pm MDT

 

Combining the software development skills from his thirty-five year career in the US Coast Guard and his hearing loss drove David Freese, W1HKJ, into the early HF digital modes and eventually to support GMFSK software. Building on this popular platform, David then went on to develop FLdigi, one of ham radio’s most popular software programs for encoding and decoding digital transmissions. David discusses his ham radio journey that led to the “FL” line of open source software products with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_44_David_Freese_W1HKJ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:42pm MDT

 

Paul Ewing, N6PSE, is the founder of the Intrepid DX Group, who has organized and participated in eight DXpeditions to very rare DX and exotic locations around the World, including Northern Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen. This gives Paul authority and insight on creation, management, and execution of DXpeditions in ham radio. As a ham radio blogger, Paul shares his reflections on ham radio and is  Eric’s guest on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_042_Paul_Ewing_N6PSE_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:14am MDT

 

From the very beginning of her ham radio journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific method to her study and enjoyment of amateur radio.  Whether she is modeling antennas for installation in her attic or to using WSPRnet to study VHF and UHF propagation, Carol takes meticulous notes, adds footnotes and illustrations, and now produces video.  This makes Carol a terrific online Internet Elmer. KP4MD joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_42_Carol_Milazzo_KP4MD_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:53am MDT

 

For John Langridge, KB5NJD, amateur radio is a way of life, like the martial arts. He demonstrates that our amateur radio license privileges give us the real world opportunities to explore the science of radio.  He does this now in the 630 meter band with an experimental license. John takes us on his amateur radio journey and shares with Eric, 4Z1UG, the discoveries he has made along with way on this QSO Today. He urges us to get out of our comfort zone to really experience the thrill of our hobby.

Direct download: Episode_41_John_langridge_KB5NJD_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:37pm MDT

Joe Moell, K0OV, discovered his love for amateur radio transmitter hunting as an 11 year old Novice in the 1950s. This passion for the hunt has led Joe to become the leading expert in transmitter hunting of all kinds including popularizing the European “fox hunt”, or on foot direction finding contests in the USA. He is an author of over 200 articles on “T hunting”,  and is Eric’s guest on QSO Today.

 

Direct download: Episode_40_Joe_Moells_K0OV_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:14am MDT

 

The launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, by the Russians, in October of 1957, inspired Don Keith, N4KC, to become a ham radio operator as a kid. Since then, Don has followed a path through radio broadcasting and is now the author of over 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction. A series of non-fiction books on World War II submarines has made Don an expert in this area.  Don joins Eric, 4Z1UG, to discuss his passion for amateur radio, on QSO Today.

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Direct download: Episode_039_Don_Keith_N4KC_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:58pm MDT

Tim Duffy, K3LR operates one of the most prestigious amateur radio contest stations in the United States with twelve operating positions, two for each band.  Tim shares his ham radio journey, from his early entry into ham radio as a twelve year old, to a career in cellular telephony, and culminating in his position as COO of DX Engineering.  Join Tim and Eric, 4Z1UG in their QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_038_Tim_Duffy_K3LR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:12pm MDT