QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

Since the mid-1970s, Rob Sherwood, NC0B, founded Sherwood Engineering, in Colorado, to build Drake receiver upgrades and to test the performance of amateur radio receivers and transceivers beginning with Drake receivers.  Rob’s list has become the gold standard by which many amateurs, including contest operators, choose their next rig. Licensed since 1961, NC0B shares his amateur radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_126_Rob_Sherwood_NC0B_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17am MDT

As a 2009 QRP ARCI Hall of Fame inductee - Hans Summers, G0UPL,  is an electronic experimenter and amateur radio innovator extraordinaire.  Hans pays careful attention to compact and minimal parts count to achieve the design goals of his homebrew projects. Hans is the owner of QRP Labs joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a conversation about QRSS slow data transmissions, high altitude balloon transponders, and shares his ham radio and electronic builder story.  

Direct download: Episode_125_Hans_Summers_G0UPL_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:05am MDT

Eric, 4Z1UG, host of the QSO Today Podcast, has an "eyeball" or in-person contact with Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, creator of RaDAR, or Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, in Johannesburg, South Africa during Eric's recent visit.   Eric and Eddie set up and operate Eddie's RaDAR setup while discussing the amateur's options for carrying ham radio equipment into the field. 

Direct download: Episode_124_Eddie_Leighton_ZS6BNE_Eyeball_.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:44am MDT

Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ, is a three time winner of the ARRL Homebrew Challenge contest where his winning entries pushed the limits of homebrew design and implementation within the financial constraints of the contest. Jim has gone on to create other projects, some of which are now available in kit form, such as the Hardrock 50 amplifier and automatic antenna tuner available from HobbyPCB.  Jim is Eric, 4Z1UG’s QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_123_Jim_Veatch_WA2EUJ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Contest Super Station owner, Frank Donovan, W3LPL, will tell you that his ham radio story began in 1923 when his grandfather collected parts and built single tube receivers for friends and family. These parts and grandpa’s expertise were young franks introduction to electronics and radio many years later. With the support of his radio clubs and Elmers, Frank, focuses on the technology and engineering of great ham radio station design and performance to win contests throughout the year. W3LPL is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_122_Frank_Donovan_W3LPL_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Dale Green, VE7SV, is a  2013 CQ Contest Hall of Fame winner who chases the endless Summer by dividing his time between his homes in Renaca Beach, Chile and Chilliwack, British Columbia.  Dale operates a contest super station for over 20 years in Canada where he has honed his skills to become one of the top contesters in the World as well as a contest mentor and elmer.  He credits ham radio for his love for travel and meeting new people.

Direct download: Episode_121_Dale_Green_VE7SV_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Jim Stafford, W4QO, was recognized at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention for over 50 years of ham radio achievements that include mentoring and elmering, QRP building and operating, and revitalizing the North Fulton Amateur Radio League into one of the premier ham radio clubs in the USA. Jim tells his amateur radio story to Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_120_Jim_Stafford_W4QO_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:44pm MDT

IIn a country, like Chile, that gets 70% of the earthquakes recorded around the World, hams like Dr. Dino Besomi, CE3PG, have to be ready at a minute’s notice to provide emergency communications when  traditional communications channels fail. Dino shares his ham radio story and the role of amateur radio operators in Chile, with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_119_Dino_Besomi_CE3PG_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am MDT

Bill Murray, W9VC, likes to spend his ham radio time building tube type transmitters of his own design from old equipment purchased at hamfests. In addition, Bill likes to rebuild old gear and and operate QRP in the field.  W9VC shares his ham radio story in this episode of QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_118_Bill_Murray_W9VC_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:34pm MDT

From time to time, one of the listeners to the QSO Today podcast reaches out to me to dialog about something in ham radio often related to a previous episode.  I began a conversation with Gerry Jurrens, N2GJ, that resulted in this QSO Today conversation. Gerry has a wide range of ham radio interests, including QRP and emergency communications, and… he loves to Elmer other hams in the art of amateur radio.  N2GJ is my QSO Today.

Direct download: Episode_117_Gerry_Jurrens_N2GJ_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT