QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

 

The book,  SOS at Midnight, by Walker Thompson, inspired Glenn Elmore, N6GN, to become an amateur radio operator. Son of a Caltech physicist, Glenn follows in the family’s tradition of careful research and documentation of his experiments in WSPRnet for VHF and UHF propagation, and his use of quad-copters as a sky hook for his surface wave transmission line experiments. Join N6GN and Eric, 4Z1UG, in a fascinating discussion on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_056_Glen_Elmore_N6GN_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

 

According to Joe Shupienis, W3BC, a “real ham” is an active ham, who takes part in any aspect of the hobby. Joe is the founder of the Quad Counties Amateur Radio Club, over 40 years ago, and he continues to lead the hobby with his ham radio blog and contributions to the club newsletter. Besides being active on the air, Joe is the ARRL WPA club coordinator under Section Manager, Tim Duffy, K3LR.  W3BC joins 4Z1UG on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_55_Joe_Shupienis_W3BC_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Becoming a top contester in the World of amateur radio is about skill, practice, experience, and a great station according to Pat Barkey, N9RV. Pat combines all of these attributes, including his SO2R, single operator two radio, station,  to be one of the top contesters in the World. Now he is the editor of the National Contest Journal, a professor at Contest University, and Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_054_Pat_Barkey_N9RV_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

 

For some hams, amateur radio provides an opportunity to not only work DX, but to travel the world on DXpeditions of all kinds.  My guest on QSO Today,  has visited over 60 countries during his ham radio career.  Wayne Mills, N7NG, was also inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame and is the founder of DX University.  He is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest, this week,  on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_053_Wayne_Mills_N7NG_Prefilter.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

 

Like many of us who got interested in radio as kids, Doug Grant, K1DG, got his start with a crystal radio kit from an ad in the back of Boy’s Life magazine.  Receiving  signals on a wire strung across the back yard was the beginning of Doug’s amateur  radio journey that led him, this year,  to his induction into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.  Contests are Doug’s passion, and he  operates a Single Operator Two Radio (SO2R)  contest station. He shares the details with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_052_Doug_Grant_K1DG_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:30pm MDT

 

When it comes to introducing amateur radio to kids, there is no better elmer than Carole Perry, WB2MGP.  Carole captured the imagination of almost nine-hundred Staten Island, New York,  public school kids a year, for almost thirty years.  With this experience and and knowledge, Carole is still a leader in ham radio education through a number of national organizations.  She joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_051_Carole_Perry_WB2MGP_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

 

Bill Meara, N2CQR, rediscovered his love of homebrewing while on professional assignment for the American Foreign Service, in the Azores. He has since traveled the World with his family and ham radio while at the same time building homebrew transceivers using the Manhattan method. Bill joins, Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_050_Bill_Meara_N2CQR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:13pm MDT

 

When it comes to building ham radio projects using the Arduino microcontroller, the best person to call is Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of Arduino for Ham Radio, published by the ARRL. Like many hams, Glen was into computers early and now applies those computer skills to new and fascinating ham radio projects. KW5GP is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

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Direct download: 049_Glen_Popiel_KW5GP_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:07pm MDT

When the need to operate portable arose on a family vacation, Budd Drummond, W3FF, fashioned a temporary antenna mast from a painters extension pole and some PVC pipe fittings.  A little more innovation led to the Buddipole system for portable antennas.  A ham for more than sixty years, Budd, W3FF, founder of Buddipole, is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.

Direct download: 048_Budd_Drummond_W3FF_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:38am MDT

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