QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

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

Since 2001, Bill Sexton, N1IN has been the public relations officer of US Army MARS, one of the oldest collaborations between the Amateur Radio Service and the US Government. Now over ninety years of age, MARS is using cutting edge technology in the HF bands to become even more relevant in a time of national emergency. Bill shares his amateur radio and the MARS story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_107_Bill_Sexton_N1IN_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:43am MDT

Bob Leo, W7LR, began his ham radio journey in the 1930s as a kid growing up in California. He went on to become a member of the first commercial DXpedition to Africa and later a co-founder of the Amateur radio club of Thailand. Bob had a rich career as an electrical engineer and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Montana State University.  Now, his 90’s, Bob resides in Bozeman Montana with Cobi, his wife of over 60 years.  Bob is  my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_106_Bob_Leo_W7LR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:43am MDT