QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

 

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 MST

 

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 MST

 

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 MST

 

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

 

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 MST

 

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 MST

 

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 MST

 

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 MST