QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

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

Richard Fisher, KI6SN, after a 40 year career in newspaper journalism, is now an editor and contributor to many of the most widely read amateur radio magazines including Popular Communications, WorldRadio Online, CQ, and QRP Quarterly.  As a feature writer, Richard’s digs deep into every area of amateur radio producing a prolific body of work that informs and educates us.  KI6SN is Eric’s QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_148_Richard_Fisher_KI6SN_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am 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

George Fremin, K5TR, is a seasoned SO2R contester and DXer.  He has many years of experience building and maintaining multi operator contest stations in Texas.  This experience with both operating the contest events as well as the practical maintenance of these stations led to an important conversation about tower safety.  In addition to HF contests, George enjoys VHF and UHF contesting as well as DXpeditions. K5TR joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_142_George_Fremin_K5TR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm MDT

Paul Stroud, AA4XX,  went from being a QRO, high power operator, to a QRP operator, testing the bottom limits of power output to distance.  Paul approaches ham radio now, as almost a meditative experience, where he operates from his solar powered ham shack deep in the woods near his house, under his wire antennas.  Paul takes us on his ham radio journey in this QSO Today.

 

Direct download: Episode_141_Paul_Stroud_AA4XX_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:47pm MDT

Richard Gillette, W9PE, is the consummate ham radio operator and mentor, IEEE speaker, and frequent contributor to our amateur radio hobby from his many articles in the ham radio magazines.  His own website, w9pe.us, is an amazing resource, including his Excel based test equipment simulator for anyone wanting to teach the fundamentals of ham radio in a one day or weekend “ham cram” course.   W9PE shares over 60 years of his ham radio experience in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_140_Richard_Gillette_W9PE_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:33am MDT