QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

When it comes to understanding how antennas really work, then the “go to” ham is Bob Zavrel, W7SX, author of the ARRL book, Antenna Physics - An Introduction.  Through this book, Bob bridges the gap between “how to” antenna books,  and calculus based antenna theory books for engineers.  Bob has a long resume in radio and electronics, is the accidental creator of the Signetics NE602 mixer chip,  and shares his story with us in this QSO Today.  

Direct download: Episode_105_Robert_Zavrel_W7SX_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:16pm MDT

Dick Stroud, W9SR, took his first ham radio test in 1938 that began a ham radio and professional journey as an electronic engineer.  This journey, over 75 years, included witnessing the hydrogen bomb tests in the 1950, a successful engineering career, and numerous contributions to the amateur radio hobby of articles on home-brewing, antennas, and propagation.  W9SR is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_104_Dick_Stroud_W9SR_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:27am MDT

Rich Holoch, KY6R, is an avid DXer and needs only two more entities to get to the top of the DX Honor Roll.  As the Sunspot cycle fades into memory, you will find Rich on 160 meters with his phased loop receiving antennas and a strategy for operation out of a difficult HF location by using HFTA, or High Frequency Terrain Analysis.  More on this in my QSO Today with KY6R.

Direct download: Episode_103_Rich_Holoch_KY6R_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

Rex Harper, W1REX, became an amateur radio operator from his early memories of radio as a kid and his desire to do electronics as a hobby.  His love for QRP and later QRP kit building came from wanting to build electronic devices in an evening or two that just worked.  Rex shares his ham radio story and the development of his business, QRPme, with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today. 

Direct download: Episode_102_Rex_Harper_W1REX_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

Graham Firth, G3MFJ, joined our amateur radio hobby almost sixty years ago as a kid growing up in Yorkshire, England.  Electronics and electronics building was the driver and is still Graham's first love in the hobby.  QRP was the natural choice of this builder and a way to avoid television interference to his neighbors.  Graham is active in the G-QRP group, builds QRP kits for the group, and still plays a mean bass guitar. G3MFJ is my guest on QSO Today. 

Direct download: Episode_101_Graham_Firth_G3MFJ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:20am MDT

After over 50 years in amateur radio, the hobby still gives Ned Stearns, AA7A, a new challenge every day.  Ned has operated every mode on every band during his ham radio career, and currently operates EME or moon bounce on two meters.  As a long time DXer, Ned recently returned from the South Sandwich Islands as a member of the Intrepid DX Group DXpedition.  AA7A is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_100_Ned_Stearns_AA7A_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:30am MDT

Jeff Murray, K1NSS is a cartoonist and story teller who specializes in being a keen observer of ham radio and ham radio operators.  He uses his website, dashtoons.com, to share his cartoons and stories with all of us.  Cartoonists, especially political and social cartoonists, use their medium to get us to lighten up a bit, look in the mirror, and put everything into perspective.  Jeff does the same with this amateur radio cartoons,  and his main character, Dash, the dog faced ham.  K1NSS is my guest on this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_099_Jeff_Murray_K1NSS_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

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
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm MDT

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
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm MDT