QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

It's not often that we think of amateur radio contesting as a sport.  It is according to my guest today a radio sport, one that has international competitors who have the experience and training of Olympic athletes in the sport of ham radio contesting. Randy Thompson, K5ZD, was bitten by the radio sport bug early in his ham radio career and is one of the top contesters in the World today.  Randy is my guest on QSO Today. 

Direct download: Episode_098_Randy_Thompson_K5ZD_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm MDT

One of the pioneers in ATV or amateur radio television is Art Towslee, WA8RMC.  Originally,an  ATV signal, over the ham bands,  was similar to the commercial television broadcast standard.  However, Art and the  DATV-Express Project are moving the state of the art to ham television delivered in digital mode. Art shares his ham radio story and his knowledge of this fascinating subject with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_097_Art_Towslee_WA8RMC_Final.mp3
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Bill Dean, W0OR, is a long time ham and contestor from Minnesota, where he has lived much of his life, even serving four terms in Minnesota’s legislature. Now a snowbird, who in his mid-seventies learns Spanish,  does DXpeditions with friends, and operates from from a second home, high in the Andes mountains, in Ecuador,  during Minnesota’s cold Winter months.  Our subject today is Bill's ham radio story, operating, DXpeditions on a budget, and contesting.

Direct download: Episode_096_Bill_Dean_W0OR_Final.mp3
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From his first long nose pliers, at the age of six, to his private use of the chemistry lab at his junior high-school, Pete Friedrichs, AC7ZL, has had a fascination with technology, chemistry, and radio.  Often this is old but amazing technology that he recreates with the remnants of discarded objects.   Pete is a renaissance man whose study and fabrication of "simple" technology rivals that of some of America's great inventors.  He is a published author of books based on his experiments, as well as fiction and ghost stories. AC7ZL is Eric's guest on QSO Today.

 

Direct download: Episode_095_Pete_Friedrichs_AC7ZL_Final.mp3
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If we could apply the term “grand dame” to amateur radio, then the grand dame of amateur radio must be Ellen White, W1YL.  Ellen began her amateur radio career, as a love story,  just as World War 2 ended.  Her ham radio career spans over 70 years.  And today as Ellen enters her nineties, she  is still an active ham operating on 40 meter CW.  I am so grateful that Ellen is a listener to the QSO Today podcast and is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_094_Ellen_White_W1YL_Final.mp3
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One of the best ways to get some real hands on experience in electronics, especially as a beginner, is to build electronic kits.  Even the seasoned veteran ham can enjoy even the more complex kits.  In amateur radio circles, the kit building guru is Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB.  Joe spends his free time, in addition to operating his favorite contests and attending hamfests, testing kits, making recommendations, and teaching others how to be successful in kit building. Joe is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, QSO today.

Direct download: Episode_093_Joe_Eisenberg_K0NEB_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00am MDT

With almost sixty years in our amazing hobby, Bob Epstein, K8IA, and his wife Sandy, N7RQ, pursue their love of the contest through their Arizona Outlaws Contest Club and their multi operator contest station, based in their home.  Bob shares his story with me in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_092_Bob_Epstein_K8IA_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Jack Falker, W8KR, has been a ham for over 60 years.  He now divides his time between ham radio, rose gardening, and writing an international blog on rose gardening. Now that his tower and beam are retired, Jack uses phased vertical antennas above the rose garden to work DX around the World. Jack discusses amateur radio, vertical antennas, and the mystical side of amateur radio with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_091_Jack_Falker_W8KR_Final.mp3
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Gregory Andracke, W2BEE, is an accomplished news cameraman and documentary cinematographer, with Academy and Emmy awards to his credit.  He is also an accomplished amateur radio operator, with over fifty years in the hobby. His love for ham radio is as strong as it ever was. Greg joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_90_Gregory_Andracke_W2BEE_Final.mp3
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Jim George, N3BB is an active contestor, DXer, and rag chewer.  Jim has many contest awards and was a team member in the 2000 World Radiosport Team Championship, or WRTC,  in Slovenia.  Now retired, Jim divides his time between ham radio, his wife, Diana, grandchildren, and authoring books.  His most recent book, Contact Sport, about the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship, brings the excitement and suspense of this uniquely ham radio experience to the non-amateur radio audiences.  N3BB is Eric’s QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_089_Jim_George_N3BB_Final1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm MDT