QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

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This weekly podcast is a conversation, a “QSO”, between amateur radio operators, or hams. The purpose is to expose prospective, returning, and new ham radio operators the diverse areas of the hobby from amateur satellites to operating on remote Pacific islands through interviews with long time and expert ham radio operators.
228 Joel Wilhite KD6W
Dec 15 • 68 min
Joel Wilhite, KD6W, who has a long history in amateur radio, telephony, and amateur radio TV. As you can imagine, amateur radio TV has advanced from the slow scan memories of the early 1970s to high quality digital television delivered by repeaters and…
227 Riki Kline K7NJ
Dec 7 • 60 min
Riki Kline, K7NJ, has a long and interesting ham radio career, from humble beginnings in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a teenage ham, to his current QTH on over 40 rural acres in Utah. Riki also lives in Israel, part time, in the village of Na’aleh, overlooking…
226 Paul Gacek W6PNG
Dec 1 • 72 min
Along with a successful career in California high-tech, Paul Gacek, W6PNG, became an amateur radio operator. Finding that it challenged his mind and created opportunity to learn new things, Paul discovered SOTA, Summits on the Air, and outdoor operating.…
225 David Malin AA6RV
Nov 24 • 69 min
David Malin, AA6RV, spent over 20 years working for the City of Los Angeles as its Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Administrator for the Port of Los Angeles. Now retired, David a lot to say about emergency preparedness and the minimal steps that we…
224 Phil Sittner KD6RM
Nov 17 • 51 min
Phil Sittner, KD6RM, has a ham radio story that goes back over 50 years, from childhood. Still living in Northern California, Phil builds his own radios and test equipment, operates CW on 80 and 40 meters, using antennas optimized for his city lot in an…
223 Denny Berg WB9MSM
Nov 10 • 58 min
Denny Berg, WB9MSM, has a fascination for old rigs, including the Swan 500 HF transceiver, ham shack software that enhances his on the air user experience, and a love for just getting on HF and operating. One of the first to get DXCC operating FT8, Denny…
222 Greg Latta AA8V Revisited
Nov 2 • 54 min
In episode 33 of the QSO Today podcast, Dr. Greg Latta, AA8V, was described as a renaissance man, a master home-brewer who designs and builds the old tube rigs and fabricates the beautiful metal enclosures that encase them. Greg is also a college physics…
221 Arnold Ziegel W2HDI
Oct 27 • 58 min
After running maritime mobile from his 40 foot sailboat for many years, Arnold Ziegel, W2HDI, switched to power boats and all of the challenges to amateur radio brought on by the new boat. Not deterred by these challenges, W2HDI discovered remote control…
220 Mark Rosenberg 4X1KS
Oct 20 • 89 min
While exposed to amateur radio at an early age, it was not until Mark Rosenberg, 4X1KS, got his first license and upgraded quickly within a few short months, in Memphis, Tennessee. In Memphis, Robert Barbee, W4AMI, became Mark’s ham radio mentor driving…
219 Ken Oelke VE6AFO
Oct 13 • 56 min
Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, stepped up to the plate for his local amateur radio club and ended up making leadership in local and national Canadian amateur radio organizations the major focus of his ham radio activity. Ken is now the president of the QCWA, the…
218 Stephen Hicks N5AC
Oct 6 • 73 min
Stephen Hicks, N5AC, is vice president of engineering for Flex Radio, is deep in to SDR or software defined radio, likes to chase grid squares in his microwave rover, and observes the growth and trends in our amazing amateur radio hobby. From Steve’s…
217 Tom Wright NN2X
Sep 28 • 55 min
Tom Wright, NN2X, grew up in the sixties in the foster care system. Amateur radio provided a way out of the system and into the US Army and a career in satellite communications. Tom loves his family, the digital modes, especially the new FT8Call, and…
216 Ray Poularas VK2GRP
Sep 22 • 58 min
In addition to his may hobbies and interests, Ray Poularas, VK2GRP, restores vintage military surplus radios back to new condition by carefully tearing down the chassis to the bare metal and rebuilding, sometimes remanufacturing the parts by casting,…
215 Mike Bryce WB8VGE
Sep 15 • 70 min
Mike Bryce, WB8VGE, collects and restores the old Heathkit and Drake rigs that we remember from the 60s and 70s, works QRP on his favorite Ten-Tec transceivers, and has enough solar electric power to run everything. WB8VGE shares the background of all of…
214 Bernie McClenny W3UR
Sep 7 • 53 min
As an eleven year old, watching his dad put pins in a World map while working DX, Bernie McClenny, W3UR, became hooked on ham radio and working his own DX. Bernie has made working DX, not only his hobby, but his profession as well. Bernie is the publisher…
213 Kevin Parmenter KG5Q
Aug 31 • 57 min
Kevin Parmenter, KG5Q, caught my attention from an article that he published in QST Magazine, August 2017 about the Flightaware system. I was intrigued with the article that leverages our technical ability against a services that uses crowd sourced…
212 Frank Brickle AB2KT
Aug 25 • 65 min
Frank Brickle, AB2KT, took a professional path to music composition at Princeton. He combined his musical composition skills with his technical knowledge of computer programming and background in amateur radio to develop the first software defined radio…
211 Justin Johnson G0KSC
Aug 17 • 95 min
Justin Johnson, G0KSC, tells his ham radio story and how it led to the founding of his company, Innovantenna, and his approach to antenna designs, that maximize signal to noise rather than gain to produce amazing results. If you are re-considering your…
210 Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI
Aug 10 • 73 min
Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, who, from his interest in satellite communications, became an important backup communications link in South Australia for the NASA space shuttle missions, the Mir Space Station, and the International space station when crewed by…
209 Jim Forkin WA3TFS
Aug 3 • 64 min
Jim Forkin, WA3TFS, started contributing to QST and Ham Radio Magazine as far back as 1983 with his series on A Modular Two Band Receiver. His QRZ page is loaded with pictures of his home brew rigs along with detailed descriptions. Jim shares his ham…
208 Ulrich Rohde N1UL
Jul 27 • 69 min
Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is a pioneer in RF oscillator and receiver design. Over the last 40 years N1UL has authored over 60 articles for QST and QEX magazines, in addition to books, academic papers, and articles. Dr. Rohde has made significant scientific…
207 Mike Mussler AI8Z
Jul 20 • 63 min
Mike Mussler, AI8Z, is one of the early pioneers in the 630 Meter band experimental trials in 2007 that resulted in the band being opened for amateur radio exploration. AI8Z rebuilds old rigs, especially military surplus WW2 vintage radios that adorn his…
206 David Finell N7LRY
Jul 13 • 60 min
David Finell, N7LRY described himself to his future wife as a mad scientist, coming from a ham radio family that encouraged deep learning of the subjects that interested them. David shares his ham radio journey, his deep dive into electronics through a…
205 Rick Tavan N6XI
Jul 6 • 50 min
Rick Tavan, N6XI, is a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran who loves to contest from his two Northern California contest stations, one in the “valley” and the other in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe. Rick shares his early beginnings in ham radio…
204 Kai Siwiak KE4PT
Jun 29 • 55 min
One of the best kept secrets of amateur radio is the amazing QEX Magazine published by the ARRL and edited by my guest today, Kai Siwiak, KE4PT. If you are a home brewer and want a more indepth amateur radio technology understanding, then QEX should be on…
203 Mike Marsh G1IAR
Jun 23 • 94 min
Mike Marsh, G1IAR, is in love with mastering sound and owes his interest in ham radio to enhancing his professional career in the recording industry. Mike is also the co-host of the TX-Factor video podcast, one of my favorite topical amateur radio shows…
202 Raul Midon AE3RM
Jun 15 • 58 min
Bad ass and blind is how my guest on QSO Today describes himself on his website and the release of his new jazz music album of the same name. Raul Midon, AE3RM, is also a long time and dedicated amateur radio operator, who takes his ham radio operation on…
201 John Stanley K4ERO
Jun 8 • 73 min
My QSO Today is with John Stanley, K4ERO, a frequent contributor of articles about antenna design and performance to QST, QEX, the ARRL Antenna Book, and the ARRL Handbook. An MIT graduate, John and his wife Ruth, WB4LUA, spent many years abroad working…
200 Eric Guth 4Z1UG
Jun 2 • 96 min
In this, the 200th edition of the QSO Today podcast, the QSO Today is with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, creator of the QSO Today Podcast as the guest and is hosted by Jim Wilson, K5ND. In this interview, Eric tells his ham radio story, about his early exposure to…
199 Adam Farson VA7OJ
May 25 • 67 min
Adam Farson, VA7OJ and AB4OJ, began his ham radio journey over 60 years ago as a youngster inspired by electronics and eventually ham radio in his native South Africa. Pursuing a career in the broad science that surrounds telephony World wide, Adam has…
198 Jack Mandelman K1VT
May 18 • 59 min
Dr. Jack Mandelman is on the short list for holding the most patents, over 700 Worldwide, in the area of semiconductor physics, while at the same time a successful ham radio operator working DX and CW. Now in the middle of a QTH move, Jack is exploring…
197 Alex Grimberg PY1AHD
May 11 • 67 min
From his QTH in Rio De Janeiro, Alex Grimberg, PY1AHD, has mastered the art of the portable magnetic loop antennas for QRP use in the field. This interest, generated from his need for a light and portable antenna, has blossomed into the Alexloop antenna…
196 Jim Millner WB2REM
May 5 • 63 min
Jim Millner, WB2REM, has traveled and operated amateur radio in 72 countries including Cuba and Guantanamo Bay. He also operates his station by remote control, taking advantage of his prime Florida location with his excellent antenna arrays. Jim shares…
195 Roberto Ramirez CE3CT
Apr 28 • 50 min
Roberto Ramirez, CE3CT, from Chile, is a well known South American DXer and Contester who began his ham radio story as a short wave listener. Now an electronic engineer responsible for the local cell phone company microwave links, CE3CT chases DX across…
194 Ryhor Greg Harbacheuski W3NW
Apr 21 • 50 min
Dr. Ryhor “Greg” Harbacheuski, W3NW, began his ham radio story in Belarus, a republic of the former Soviet Union. After immigrating to the United States to pursue his career, Greg is a successful orthopedic surgeon by day, and he enjoys melting solder,…
193 Vjollca Belegu Z61VB
Apr 14 • 101 min
The amateur radio service in Kosovo was reborn in 2012. Vjollca Belegu, Z61VB, Kosovo’s (Kosova) first YL ham radio operator, survived this dark period in Kosova’s history, and 25 years after ham radio was closed in Kosova is helping to re-birth the…
192 Fred Cady KE7X
Apr 7 • 52 min
Fred Cady, KE7X, took his love of radio and electronics as far as he could go - that was to a PHD in Electronic Engineering where he settled into teaching at Montana State University. Now retired, Fred is the author of fourteen books on using and…
191 Mike Bohn KG7TR
Mar 31 • 82 min
Mike Bohn, KG7TR, has been building his own amateur radio equipment since he first entered the ham radio hobby over 50 years ago. Mike builds around the parts he has on hand creating beautiful vacuum tube transmitters, receivers, and high power amplifiers…
190 DuWayne Schmidlkofer KV4QB
Mar 24 • 58 min
DuWayne Schmidlkofer, KV4QB, is one of the amazing creators of homebrew projects from conception to the finished package. He uses microcontrollers combined with RF circuitry to make some pretty cool and mostly inexpensive projects. His blog is a great…
189 Glen Popiel KW5GP Returns
Mar 17 • 60 min
Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of two popular books on Arduino for amateur radio and a book on mesh networking for amateur radio joins QSO Today once again. Glen told his ham radio story in Episode 49, almost three years ago. We catch up with Glen to get an…
188 Richard Newstead G3CWI
Mar 9 • 58 min
Richard Newstead, G3CWI, as an avid outdoor radio enthusiast, co-founded SOTA or the Summits on the Air program. When he needed the right gear to take to the mountaintop, Richard had to create and import his own equipment, ultimately resulting in the…
187 Rick Karlquist N6RK
Mar 3 • 54 min
Rick Karlquist, N6RK is a long time amateur radio operator who likes contests, DX, and over the years acquired a large square of property in California’s Central Valley to have enough room to build his antenna farm. In this episode we discuss building 90…
186 Bernie van der Walt ZS4TX
Feb 23 • 58 min
Bernie van der Walt, ZS4TX, is a South African ham for many years. He loves to contest on HF, and operates two remote control EME or Moon bounce stations on two and six meters away from the noise pollution of his residential neighborhood. We discuss these…
185 Mitch Gill NA7US
Feb 17 • 66 min
Mitch Gill, NA7US is the New editor of QRP Quarterly Magazine, the official journal of the QRP Amateur Radio Club International and a former columnist for both Popular Communications and CQ VHF. Mitch has a love for all things amateur radio and is now…
184 Tomas Hood NW7US
Feb 9 • 55 min
Tomas Hood, NW7US is the propagation editor of a number of shortwave and amateur radio magazines, and has a wide variety of websites, that grew out of his love for all things radio, and for listening on the bands to far off DX and commercial broadcast…
183 Geoff Howard W0CG_PJ2DX
Feb 3 • 53 min
My guest this week is Geoff Howard, W0CG / PJ2DX, who operates along with his ham friends the P2JT contest station in a villa on a cliff overlooking the sea in Curacao. Geoff shares his ham radio story and the history of P2JT in this QSO Today.
182 Keith Hibbert WB2VUO
Jan 26 • 51 min
Keith Hibbert, WB2VUO, is the ARRL Technical Coordinator for Western NY State. In that capacity Keith serves as a resource and goto guy for technical questions by amateur radio operators. Keith and I had a great QSO on his areas of interest that include…
181 Shelby Ennis W8WN
Jan 19 • 52 min
One of the most unusual ham radio operating modes is meteor scatter or bouncing signals off the ionized trails left by space dust the the earth’s atmosphere. Shelby Ennis, W8WN has operated this mode for over 50 years, first on CW using tape recorders to…
180 Brian Machesney K1LI
Jan 13 • 80 min
Brian Machesney, K1LI, was presented his opportunity to make a difference on the Caribbean Island of Dominica after it was wiped out by Hurricane Maria in October 2017. Brian, his wife, and other hams came stepped up to the plate and provided relief with…
179 Steve Murphy N8NM
Jan 6 • 59 min
Steve Murphy, N8NM, builds most of his modern equipment using the Manhattan and “ugly” construction method, or he refurbishes old tube transmitters, receivers, and transceivers. Steve is not afraid to try a new design or component to further his love of…
178 Brian Short KC0BS
Dec 30, 2017 • 87 min
Brain Short, KC0BS, is a busy amateur radio operator in Kansas City, Missouri. He is actively involved in teaching ham radio and getting new hams involved in the many amateur radio activities that Kansas City hams enjoy. In this episode, we discuss tower…
177 Jeff Damm WA7MLH
Dec 23, 2017 • 88 min
Jeff Damm, WA7MLH, designs and builds his own amateur radio receivers, transmitters, and transceivers using the ugly construction method based on the work of his amateur radio mentor and friend, Wes Hayward, W7ZOI. Jeff shares his ham radio story and his…
176 Hal Turley W8HC
Dec 15, 2017 • 76 min
Hal Turley, W8HC, is a veteran DXpeditioner who is headed for Bouvet Island, perhaps the World’s most remote Island and DX entity, in a few weeks. Hal tells his ham radio story, his discovery and the satisfaction that he gains from working DX, and his…
175 Bob Rosier K4OCE
Dec 8, 2017 • 64 min
Bob Rosier, K4OCE, started his ham radio journey in the fifties, inspired by his father who built their first family television using a surplus radar screen and a broadcast receiver. Bob discovered QRP almost by accident and from that point on realized…
174 Robert Norman VK5SW
Dec 2, 2017 • 45 min
Heading South to Australia, our QSO Today is with Rob Norman, VK5SW, who wanted to get away from the electronic noise of the his home city of Adelaide, in South Australia, by building a remote control HF station in the Australian bush some two hours drive…
173 Preston Douglas WJ2V
Nov 24, 2017 • 65 min
Preston Douglas, WJ2V, discovered the joys of QRP and home-brewing whole transceivers almost by accident. The result is a rewarding ham radio past-time leading to becoming the President of the QRP-ARCI group. Preston brings to life his ham radio story,…
172 Dave Sumner K1ZZ
Nov 17, 2017 • 60 min
After 44 years with the ARRL, beginning as an intern in 1972 at the American Radio Relay League, David Sumner, K1ZZ, retired, last year, as CEO and General Manager. In this episode of QSO Today, Dave shares his ham radio story from its early beginnings,…
171 Fred Regennitter K4IU
Nov 11, 2017 • 61 min
My QSO this week is with Fred Regennitter, K4IU, has a rich ham radio history spanning over 50 years, from the first crystal radio receiver to his modern FlexRadio software defined transceiver. DX and contests are Fred’s interest and the new digital modes…
170 Larry Staples W0AIB
Nov 4, 2017 • 62 min
Larry Staples, W0AIB, is the publisher of Larry’s List, a regular email message center that updates Kansas City amateur radio operators with the latest news, events, and rigs for sale. As an active amateur radio operator for almost sixty years, Larry…
169 Ron Gang 4X1MK
Oct 28, 2017 • 65 min
Ron Gang, 4X1MK, had his early amateur radio beginnings in Canada, and later immigrated, as part of a group, to Israel in the 1970s where his amateur radio license, skills, and equipment were highly appreciated. Always an active amateur radio operator,…
168 Dennis Vernacchia N6KI
Oct 21, 2017 • 95 min
Dennis Vernacchia, N6KI, as an active ham, was drafted by the US Army and sent to Vietnam at the height of the war in the late sixties. This is an amateur radio story where Army MARS, ham radio, and the skills acquired from the hobby literally saved his…
167 Jim Garland W8ZR
Oct 13, 2017 • 74 min
Inspired by one of his homebrew elmers, Jim Garland, W8ZR, uses his electronics and metal fabrication workbench to create beautiful ham radio projects (a few displayed in QST magazine) and to restore old vintage boat anchor transmitters and receivers that…
166 Dov Gavish 4Z4DX
Oct 6, 2017 • 68 min
Israel’s most notable amateur radio operator might just be Dov Gavish, 4Z4DX. First licensed in Israel with his dad over fifty years ago, Dov has made a career of operating from wherever he happens to be in the World, always ready to get on the air. While…
165 David Casler KE0OG
Sep 29, 2017 • 73 min
Dave Casler, KE0OG, creates ham radio Youtube videos from the Western Slope of Colorado to educate and inform his ham radio audience. Beginning with videos to aid in obtaining ham radio licenses, Dave has created a catalog of how-to videos for ham radio…
164 Burt Weiner K6OQK
Sep 23, 2017 • 69 min
Burt Weiner, K6OQK, Los Angeles repeater pioneer and creator of the second repeater to serve Los Angeles in the late 50’s through the late 1970s is my QSO Today. Burt’s proximity to Los Angeles area broadcast radio stations and station engineers who…
163 Steve Herman W7VOA
Sep 16, 2017 • 61 min
Steve Herman, W7VOA’s, love of amateur radio and media led him into a career as a news correspondent for the Associated Press, freelance overseas journalist, and ultimately with the Voice of America (VOA) as its White House correspondent, traveling and…
162 Tom Robinson G0SBW
Sep 8, 2017 • 67 min
When Tom Robinson, G0SBW, wasn’t getting satisfactory results from his HF station at this home QTH, he decided to move his operation to the English shore, on his back while walking. As a single-sideband operator running QRP, Tom has had amazing success…
161 Lauren Libby W0LD
Sep 1, 2017 • 59 min
From an early age, the love of radio broadcasting brought Lauren Libby, W0LD, to amateur radio and DXing by meteor scatter and moon bounce. Lauren has made a career of radio broadcasting and is the CEO of the World’s largest international shortwave…
160 Bill Kennamer K5FUV
Aug 25, 2017 • 60 min
Have you ever wondered what effort it takes for the ARRL to process up to ten thousand DXCC applications per year, not to mention the all of the other contests and awards that once required QSL cards from each side of a contact to confirm it. My QSO this…
159 Rick Dougherty NQ4I
Aug 14, 2017 • 54 min
When Rick Dougherty NQ4I isn’t operating single sideband at 51 thousand feet in a Gulfstream jet, he may be preparing for the next big contest at this super multi-multi station in Griffin, Georgia. A career jet pilot and ham radio contester, NQ4I shares…
158 Don Minkoff NK6A
Aug 11, 2017 • 76 min
Amateur radio is a big tent with an appeal for every amateur’s special interest. Once a QRO DX operator, the new magic of ham radio for Don Minkoff NK6A, came from turning down the power to QRP levels and getting out of the QTH to the great outdoors and…
157 Dave Prestel W8AJR
Aug 4, 2017 • 60 min
Someone said some place, that if you want to get stuff done, give it to a busy person. My guest this week is Dave Prestel, W8AJR. Dave is a busy person who as a volunteer for many ham radio organizations in Howard County, Maryland, just gets stuff done to…
156 David Rowe VK5DGR
Jul 28, 2017 • 63 min
David Rowe, VK5DGR, has been a guest target since QSO Today episode 16 with Bruce Perens, K6BP because of David’s seminal work with audio codecs for digital audio on HF. David has a strong background in digital voice, a technology that is now the…
155 Rob Brownstein K6RB
Jul 21, 2017 • 59 min
Sputnik was the catalyst that spurred many to enter electronics, engineering, and amateur radio. Rob Brownstein, K6RB, was inspired to find a ham across the street to build his first crystal set for a science fair project leading to a lifetime…
154 Dave Le Duc N1IX
Jul 14, 2017 • 55 min
Dave LeDuc, N1IX, like many of my guests got his ham radio start as a teenager in the sixties. His love for CW and chasing DX has not diminished over the years. His new passion is running QRP and winning contests. Dave shares his ham…
153 Jim Talens N3JT
Jul 7, 2017 • 56 min
My QSO Today is with Jim Talens, N3JT, who combines DX and contesting, operating CW, and going on DXpeditions into his amateur radio hobby. A ham since 1960, Jim is one of the founders of CWOPS and an advocate of CW or Morse code operation to…
152 Chris Burger ZS6EZ
Jun 30, 2017 • 64 min
Chris Burger, ZS6EZ, believes that if we have lofty goals, like winning DX contests, and measure our results against other contesters, then even South African amateur radio operators can be winners. Chris is a contest winner and a contributor to our…
151 George Heron N2APB
Jun 23, 2017 • 73 min
For George Heron, N2APB, the love of amateur radio comes from the design, collaboration, and building electronic devices for amateur radio, along with his friend and mentor, Joe Everhart, N2CX - and then sharing this live on their Chat with the…
150 Bob Garrett K3UL
Jun 16, 2017 • 58 min
One of the major players in the “top band” , or 160 meters is Bob Garrett, K3UL, who as a blind ham has never let his visual impairment get in the way of his ham radio hobby. I first learned about Bob from an article where he was described…
149 - WAYNE BURDICK, N6KR, AND QSO TODAY BAY AREA MEETUP
Jun 10, 2017 • 54 min
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…
148 Richard Fisher KI6SN
Jun 2, 2017 • 76 min
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…
147 Rich Moseson W2VU
May 26, 2017 • 80 min
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…
146 Joe Carcia NJ1Q
May 8, 2017 • 64 min
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….
145 Glen Zook K9STH
May 8, 2017 • 69 min
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…
144 John Ackermann N8UR
May 5, 2017 • 58 min
Open source, TAPR, and maker movement are part of this amateur radio QSO
143 Roy Lewallen W7EL
Apr 28, 2017 • 62 min
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,…
142 George Fremin K5TR
Apr 22, 2017 • 82 min
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…
141 Paul Stroud AA4XX
Apr 15, 2017 • 74 min
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…
140 Richard Gillette W9PE
Apr 7, 2017 • 63 min
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,…
139 Don Beattie G3BJ
Mar 30, 2017 • 60 min
Don Beattie, G3BJ, is a former president of the Radio Society of Great Britain, past chairman of BARTG, or the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group, past president of the CDXC, the British DX foundation, board member of the RSGB, and its…
138 Tony Fishpool G4WIF
Mar 24, 2017 • 64 min
When is comes to homebrewing QRP HF radios with simple parts and test equipment, then one of the go-to guys is Tony Fishpool, G4WIF, current membership chairman of the G-QRP group in the UK, and frequent contributor to its quarterly SPRAT…
137 Randy Hall K7AGE
Mar 18, 2017 • 66 min
Randy Hall, K7AGE, has been a ham for almost 50 years and is well known for his You-Tube channel with his hundreds of ham radio videos. Randy is also a regular contributor to Ham Nation on the TWIT network where he works with George, W5JDX, on…
136 Bob Eshleman W4DR
Mar 10, 2017 • 57 min
In 1954, at 19 years of age, Bob Eshleman, W4DR, and two buddies decided to put Navassa Island back on the ARRL DXCC list, the first activation of Navassa since the end of World War II. Prepared with a National Receiver, Harvey Wells…
135 Bob Wilson N6TV
Mar 2, 2017 • 56 min
Bob Wilson, N6TV, is a bay area contester and CW operator. Having developed his CW craft on the National Traffic System as a teenage kid, he now enjoys the North American Sprint, a four hour contest and using the latest SDR receivers to see…
134 Jeff Briggs K1ZM
Feb 25, 2017 • 70 min
Jeff Briggs, K1ZM, is the author of DXing on the Edge- The Thrill of 160 meters and he operates an amazing DX station on Canada’s Atlantic shore. Eric, 4Z1UG, and Jeff discuss 160 meters, DXing, building a super station and more on this episode of QSO…
133 Paul Topolski W1SEX
Feb 17, 2017 • 79 min
Paul Topolski, W1SEX, was just meters from ground zero working the communications center, when terrorists struck the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds of spectators and participants. Paul shares with Eric, 4Z1UG, this…
132 Gary Hoffman KB0H
Feb 10, 2017 • 52 min
Beginning as a scanner listener, Gary Hoffman, KB0H, discovered amateur radio shares his love of it with his wife, Nancy, N0NJ. Gary is focused on emergency communications where he is the assistant emergency coordinator, operations for St. Louis…
131 Brian Clarke VK2GCE
Feb 3, 2017 • 72 min
My guest today, Brian Clarke, VK2GCE, has been a ham since his childhood in New Zealand, went on to get advanced degrees, built a recording studio in London for Pink Floyd, and now resides in Australia. Brian is a collector of ex-military radios…
130 Mike Myers VA3MPM
Jan 27, 2017 • 59 min
My QSO Today with Mike Myers, VA3MPM, a very active ham in Ottawa, Canada, and enjoys ham radio through rag chewing on 80 meters, collecting old rigs, participating in his ham clubs, and helping new radio amateurs become successful hams. Mike is…
129 David White WN5Y
Jan 21, 2017 • 63 min
David White, WN5Y, is a home-brewer from the beginning of his ham radio story, and loves to build receivers for ham radio. Originally inspired by the designs of the late Lew McCoy, W1ICP, and later Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, David’s latest…
128 Ian Keyser G3ROO
Jan 11, 2017 • 76 min
In this QSO Today, Ian Keyser, G3ROO, discusses with Eric, 4Z1UG, his amazing “maker space”, collecting and refurbishing World War 2 vintage spy radios, his top band, 160 mhz operations, and his reflections on ham radio today.
127 Brooke Allen N2BA
Jan 7, 2017 • 110 min
Brooke Allen, N2BA, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on episode 127 of the QSO Today Podcast to discuss “gamifying” amateur radio to make it attractive to young people, both men and women, while at the same time understanding what it means to be a ham…
126 Rob Sherwood NC0B
Dec 30, 2016 • 50 min
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…
125 Hans Summers G0UPL
Dec 23, 2016 • 105 min
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…
124 Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE eyeball
Dec 17, 2016 • 42 min
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…
123 Jim Veatch WA2EUJ
Dec 10, 2016 • 56 min
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…
122 Frank Donovan W3LPL
Dec 3, 2016 • 46 min
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…
121 Dale Green VE7SV
Nov 26, 2016 • 51 min
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…
120 Jim Stafford W4QO
Nov 19, 2016 • 70 min
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…
119 Dino Besomi CE3PG
Nov 12, 2016 • 50 min
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….
118 Bill Murray W9VC
Nov 5, 2016 • 52 min
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…
117 Gerry Jurrens N2GJ
Oct 29, 2016 • 61 min
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…
116 Scott Wright K0MD
Oct 22, 2016 • 62 min
Scott Wright, K0MD, travels the World extensively as part of his responsibilities as a doctor with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This creates for Scott opportunities to take his portable station on DXpeditions around the globe from China, the…
115 Bob Witte K0NR
Oct 13, 2016 • 60 min
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…
114 Laurie Margolis G3UML
Oct 8, 2016 • 72 min
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…
113 Bill Kelsey N8ET
Oct 1, 2016 • 46 min
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…
112 Keith Ranger G0KJK
Sep 23, 2016 • 60 min
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…
111 Tom Vinson NY0V
Sep 16, 2016 • 63 min
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…
110 Tom Witherspoon K4SWL
Sep 10, 2016 • 72 min
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…
109 Susan Meckley W7KFI
Sep 2, 2016 • 50 min
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…
108 Tony Brock-Fisher K1KP
Aug 26, 2016 • 57 min
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,…
107 Bill Sexton N1IN
Aug 19, 2016 • 61 min
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…
106 Bob Leo W7LR
Aug 11, 2016 • 54 min
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…
105 Robert Zavrel W7SX
Aug 6, 2016 • 69 min
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,…
104 Dick Stroud W9SR
Jul 29, 2016 • 59 min
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…
103 Rich Holoch KY6R
Jul 23, 2016 • 70 min
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…
102 Rex Harper W1REX
Jul 16, 2016 • 76 min
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…
101 Graham Firth G3MFJ
Jul 8, 2016 • 68 min
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…
100 Ned Stearns AA7A
Jul 1, 2016 • 70 min
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…
099 Jeff Murray K1NSS
Jun 25, 2016 • 70 min
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,…
098 Randy Thompson K5ZD
Jun 18, 2016 • 60 min
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…
097 Art Towslee WA8RMC
Jun 11, 2016 • 80 min
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096 Bill Dean W0OR
Jun 4, 2016 • 69 min
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,…
095 Pete Friedrichs AC7ZL
May 28, 2016 • 74 min
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…
094 Ellen White W1YL
May 21, 2016 • 62 min
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…
093 Joe Eisenberg K0NEB
May 14, 2016 • 51 min
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…
092 Bob Epstein K8IA
May 7, 2016 • 50 min
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…
091 Jack Falker W8KR
Apr 30, 2016 • 76 min
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…
90 Gregory Andracke W2BEE
Apr 23, 2016 • 53 min
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…
089 Jim George N3BB
Apr 16, 2016 • 65 min
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…
88 Tom Gallagher NY2RF
Apr 9, 2016 • 50 min
After a successful career in finance, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, embarks on a new career as the ARRL’s new executive director succeeding the retiring David Sumner, K1ZZ. Tom joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today to discuss his ham radio story…
087 - Ashhar Farhan - VU2ESE
Apr 2, 2016 • 68 min
When it comes to home brew single side-band transceivers and test equipment, Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, is the master of building amateur radio equipment on a budget, with common parts. Ashhar is the designer of the…
086 Grayson Evans TA2ZGE
Mar 26, 2016 • 64 min
If you wanted to homebrew QRP radios with vacuum tubes, or thermatrons, then the goto guy would be Grayson Evans, TA2ZGE, author of the book, Hollow State Devices. Grayson joins Eric, 4Z1UG, to discuss his ham radio life, thermatrons, home…
085 Art Bell W6OBB
Mar 19, 2016 • 60 min
Amateur radio was the early beginning for a career in radio for Art Bell, W6OBB, who became one of America’s number one late night talk show hosts. Art’s audience on Coast to Coast AM grew to 15 million listeners in over five-hundred…
084 Peter Parker VK3YE
Mar 12, 2016 • 65 min
The local city dump was the source of parts for Peter Parker, VK3YE’s first ham radio projects. This humble beginning made Peter one of the most prolific contributors of videos and articles on the art of amateur radio. Peter builds his own gear,…
083 Jim Kutsch KY2D
Mar 5, 2016 • 63 min
Jim Kutsch, KY2D, has enjoyed almost fifty years of amateur radio because a local ham club reached out to him as a teenager after a life altering accident. It was through this act of kindness and mentoring from the ham fraternity that started Jim’s…
082 Keith Kaiser WA0TJT
Feb 27, 2016 • 73 min
Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, works every single day to bring kids into the Boy Scouts and amateur radio and has been doing it since 1988. He shares his love of digital modes, ham radio operations, high altitude ballooning, the Boy Scouts, and geocaching in…
081 Tad Cook K7RA
Feb 21, 2016 • 62 min
Propagation, especially in the HF bands still remains a mystery for many amateur radio operators. Eric is joined in this QSO Today by Tad Cook, K7RA, author of the weekly ARRL Propagation Bulletin to discuss our hobby and the effect of Space weather…
080 Mike Rainey AA1TJ
Feb 13, 2016 • 51 min
If you were stranded on a desert island with Mike Rainey, AA1TJ, and a compact fluorescent light bulb, the chance is good that Mike could build you a low frequency QRPP transceiver to send your distress messages. Eric, 4Z1UG, discusses with Mike his…
079 Bob Allphin K4UEE
Feb 6, 2016 • 57 min
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, has traveled to 126 countries and has gone on forty DXpeditions to the far corners of the Earth to active exotic and remote locations. Bob discusses his early amateur radio beginnings, his love of our hobby and DXing, and provides…
078 Bob Hopkins WB2UDC
Jan 29, 2016 • 58 min
Bob Hopkins, WB2UDC, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today about the importance of ham radio Elmers, especially in the lives of kids, and how to pay it forward to future generations of hams. Bob is an active elmer with kids through the New Jersey Boy…
077 David Cripe NM0S
Jan 23, 2016 • 50 min
Radio kit design for the Four State QRP Group is one of the passions of Dave Cripe, NM0S. As a amateur radio generalist, with a strong discipline and technical background, Dave enjoys a wide range of operating modes and power levels, and…
076 Doug Crompton WA3DSP
Jan 16, 2016 • 74 min
Doug Crompton, WA3DSP’s, interest in ham radio began as a kid in Pennsylvania in the ‘60s. Doug’s careful attention to detail and documentation of his projects make him an Elmer’s Elmer. Doug joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this…
075 Paul Wade W1GHZ
Jan 9, 2016 • 54 min
What is a DX contact on 10 Ghz? Paul Wade, W1GHZ, tells his ham radio story, about his ham radio operations in the amateur radio frequencies above 1 Ghz, and how these contacts are made. Paul is a regular contributor on amateur radio microwave…
074 Don Greenbaum N1DG
Jan 2, 2016 • 53 min
Don Greenbaum, N1DG, comes from a ham radio family and started in the hobby as an eleven year old Novice, over fifty years ago. A veteran of the some of the most challenging DXpeditions and co-founder of CW Ops organization, Don shares his insight and…
073 Alan Wolke W2AEW
Dec 26, 2015 • 53 min
Alan Wolke, W2AEW, is a master mentor and elmer who uses YouTube to produce and share his electronic and ham radio educational videos. This is in addition to being a an active ham, volunteer examiner, and advisor to the “maker movement” of…
072 Bob Heil K9EID
Dec 19, 2015 • 95 min
Bob Heil, K9EID, is no stranger to ham radio, as a pioneer in audio systems, not only for the rock and roll stars in the 60’s and 70’s, but for ham radio as well. As the founder of Heil Sound, Bob’s injection of audio experience and…
071 Murray Greenman ZL1BPU
Dec 12, 2015 • 63 min
HF digital modes are synonymous with Murray Greenman, ZL1BPU, creator of MFSK, WSQ, DominoEX, MFSK16, FSK-Hell and S/MT-Hell, and most recently FSQ. Murray is a ham’s ham, who creates, contributes, and shares in exhaustive detail the…
070 Bill Tippett W4ZV
Dec 5, 2015 • 55 min
Bill Tippett, W4ZV’s ham radio journey is a series of firsts. He was the first USA Novice licensee to achieve DXCC, first teenager to achieve DXCC Honor Roll, first 160 meter DXCC from “0” land, and the first amateur operator…
069 Howard Sherer AE3T
Nov 28, 2015 • 66 min
If you wanted to operate two meter EME or “moon bounce”, then you’re Elmer should be Howard Sherer, AE3T, who has made over 700 contacts with a modest station and antenna array. Howard discusses his ham radio journey, travel and ham radio,…
068 Don Huff W6JL
Nov 21, 2015 • 67 min
When it comes to hams making their own kind of music, one has to think of Don Huff, W6JL, who notes on his QRZ page that people who make things are happier than those who buy them. Don operates a completely modular home-brew HF station and power…
067 Nick Kennedy WA5BDU
Nov 14, 2015 • 52 min
According to Nick Kennedy, WA5BDU, we live in the “golden age” of home brewing in amateur radio. Nick explains how this golden age is possible, what he does with a former AT&T long-lines microwave site, and highlights his amateur radio…
066 John Thompson K3MD
Nov 7, 2015 • 54 min
If you want to meet a ham that works every contest and operates every mode, from 160 meters to 1296 Mhz, then John Thompson, K3MD, would come to mind. With over 350,000 contacts in his logbook since 1991, John is just a guy that loves operating,…
065 Kirk Pickering K4RO
Oct 31, 2015 • 51 min
From the hills of Tennessee, Kirk Pickering, K4RO, operates a SO2R, single operator 2 radio, contest station and makes over ten-thousand contacts a year. Using Beverage antennas, Kirk is able to operate 160 meters, the “top band”, as solar…
064 Jim Wilson K5ND
Oct 24, 2015 • 62 min
Amateur Radio and The Boy Scouts of America merged in a new and strong partnership under the leadership of Jim Wilson, K5ND, through his promotion of the annual Jamboree on the Air, the largest single scouting event in the World. Jim is Eric,…
063 Craig Thompson K9CT
Oct 17, 2015 • 72 min
When Craig Thompson, K9CT, wanted a place to spend a contest weekend with his amateur radio friends he built a multi operator contest station on a rural property, not far from his home in the city. Drawing on the experience and expertise of other…
062 Larry Makoski W2LJ
Oct 10, 2015 • 56 min
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a QRP CW operator, founder of the “Skeeder Hunt”, an outdoor QRP contest, and a blogger with many stories to tell and observations to make about amateur radio. Larry joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO…
061 Phil Anderson W0XI
Oct 3, 2015 • 71 min
Phil Anderson, WOXI, founded Kantronics in 1971 to build wiring harnesses for automobiles. The company morphed over time to become one of the premier manufacturers of terminal node controllers or TNCs for amateur packet radio. Now retired, Phil is as…
060 Pete Juliano N6QW
Sep 26, 2015 • 66 min
Maybe the ultimate home-brew project is to build the modern “KWM4” based on the Collins KWM2, then soup it up, like a hotrod, with an Arduino microprocessor, a digital synthesizer, and a digital display. This was and is Pete Juliano,…
059 Lance Collister W7GJ
Sep 19, 2015 • 62 min
Lance Collister, W7GJ, has had a fascination with VHF, six and two meters, for over fifty years, when he had a Heathkit Twoer and a three element yagi. Now Lance travels to the far corners of the Earth with his Elecraft KX3 to…
058 Chuck Adams K7QO
Sep 12, 2015 • 66 min
Chuck Adams, K7QO, is working the world with his single channel 20 meter transceiver just to show that he can. CW is Chuck’s mode of choice because of its efficiency and as a gateway to making ham radio affordable to anyone. Chuck shares…
057 Gerald Youngblood K5SDR
Sep 5, 2015 • 56 min
Who could imagine that an offer to build fifty experimental SDR radios called the SDR1000 would turn into an order for five-hundred units in the first year launching Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, into the SDR business. FlexRadio Systems was…
056 Glenn Elmore N6GN
Aug 29, 2015 • 58 min
The book, SOS at Midnight, by Walker Thompson, inspired Glenn Elmore, N6GN, to become an amateur radio operator. Son of a Caltech physicist, Glenn follows in the family’s tradition of careful research and documentation of his…
055 Joe Shupienis W3BC
Aug 22, 2015 • 64 min
According to Joe Shupienis, W3BC, a “real ham” is an active ham, who takes part in any aspect of the hobby. Joe is the founder of the Quad Counties Amateur Radio Club, over 40 years ago, and he continues to lead the hobby with his…
054 Pat Barkey N9RV
Aug 15, 2015 • 53 min
Becoming a top contester in the World of amateur radio is about skill, practice, experience, and a great station according to Pat Barkey, N9RV. Pat combines all of these attributes, including his SO2R, single operator two radio, station, to be…
053 Wayne Mills N7NG
Aug 8, 2015 • 59 min
For some hams, amateur radio provides an opportunity to not only work DX, but to travel the world on DXpeditions of all kinds. My guest on QSO Today, has visited over 60 countries during his ham radio career. Wayne Mills,…
052 Doug Grant K1DG
Aug 1, 2015 • 48 min
Like many of us who got interested in radio as kids, Doug Grant, K1DG, got his start with a crystal radio kit from an ad in the back of Boy’s Life magazine. Receiving signals on a wire strung across the back yard was the…
051 Carole Perry WB2MGP
Jul 25, 2015 • 58 min
When it comes to introducing amateur radio to kids, there is no better elmer than Carole Perry, WB2MGP. Carole captured the imagination of almost nine-hundred Staten Island, New York, public school kids a year, for almost thirty…
050 Bill Meara N2CQR
Jul 13, 2015 • 72 min
Bill Meara, N2CQR, rediscovered his love of homebrewing while on professional assignment for the American Foreign Service, in the Azores. He has since traveled the World with his family and ham radio while at the same time building homebrew…
049 Glen Popiel KW5GP
Jul 11, 2015 • 61 min
When it comes to building ham radio projects using the Arduino microcontroller, the best person to call is Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of Arduino for Ham Radio, published by the ARRL. Like many hams, Glen was into computers early and now…
048 Budd Drummond W3FF
Jul 3, 2015 • 51 min
When the need to operate portable arose on a family vacation, Budd Drummond, W3FF, fashioned a temporary antenna mast from a painters extension pole and some PVC pipe fittings. A little more innovation led to the Buddipole system for portable…
047 Bob Sterner KB0BS
Jun 27, 2015 • 49 min
Volunteering to ham radio organizations and interesting kids in amateur radio is the center of Bob Sterner’s, KB0BS, ham radio activity on the Front Range of Colorado. Bob shares his insight, with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today, gained…
046 Tony Parks KB9YIG
Jun 18, 2015 • 44 min
After a career in electronics engineering, Tony Parks, KB9YIG, returned to ham radio, after thirty years, to find it very different than when he first started in the 1950s. Upon returning in 2000, Tony discovered software defined radio…
045 Steve Galchutt WG0AT
Jun 13, 2015 • 72 min
When attempting to activate a new mountain peak, in Colorado, for SOTA, Summits on the Air, Steve Galchutt, WG0AT, uses goats to act as his “sherpas” to carry his gear to the top. His goats allow him to make it to the top of…
044 David Freese W1HKJ
Jun 1, 2015 • 49 min
Combining the software development skills from his thirty-five year career in the US Coast Guard and his hearing loss drove David Freese, W1HKJ, into the early HF digital modes and eventually to support GMFSK software. Building on this popular…
043 Paul Ewing N6PSE
May 29, 2015 • 58 min
Paul Ewing, N6PSE, is the founder of the Intrepid DX Group, who has organized and participated in eight DXpeditions to very rare DX and exotic locations around the World, including Northern Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen. This gives Paul…
042 Carol Milazzo KP4MD
May 22, 2015 • 76 min
From the very beginning of her ham radio journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific method to her study and enjoyment of amateur radio. Whether she is modeling antennas for installation in her attic or to…
041 John Langridge KB5NJD
May 9, 2015 • 57 min
For John Langridge, KB5NJD, amateur radio is a way of life, like the martial arts. He demonstrates that our amateur radio license privileges give us the real world opportunities to explore the science of radio. He does this now in the…
040 Joe Moells K0OV
May 1, 2015 • 53 min
Joe Moell, K0OV, discovered his love for amateur radio transmitter hunting as an 11 year old Novice in the 1950s. This passion for the hunt has led Joe to become the leading expert in transmitter hunting of all kinds including popularizing the…
039 Don Keith N4KC
Apr 25, 2015 • 54 min
The launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, by the Russians, in October of 1957, inspired Don Keith, N4KC, to become a ham radio operator as a kid. Since then, Don has followed a path through radio broadcasting and is now the author of over 20…
038 Tim Duffy K3LR
Apr 18, 2015 • 53 min
Tim Duffy, K3LR operates one of the most prestigious amateur radio contest stations in the United States with twelve operating positions, two for each band. Tim shares his ham radio journey, from his early entry into ham radio as a twelve year…
037 Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA
Apr 8, 2015 • 51 min
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036 Frank Fahrlander N7FF
Mar 28, 2015 • 53 min
Sixty years in the hobby hasn’t diminished Frank Fahrlander’s, N7FF, enthusiasm for amateur radio and the exploration of new technologies and operating modes. With a solid foundation in electronics that began in grade school and…
035 Tracy Lenocker WA6ERA
Mar 27, 2015 • 57 min
In California, San Bernardino County Fire has a unique program that includes over 200 amateur radio volunteers to provide auxiliary communications to the county during disasters and special events. Tracy Lenocker, WA6ERA, heads this group of ham radio…
034 Jerry Buxton N0JY
Mar 20, 2015 • 64 min
After spending a career working on the railroad, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, is sending satellites into space with AMSAT, as their new VP of Engineering on the FOX-1 cube satellite project. Amateur radio opens doors to new experiences and…
033 Greg Latta AA8V
Mar 14, 2015 • 52 min
Amateur radio has its renaissance men that include Greg Latta, AA8V. By day, Greg is a university physics professor and lecturer, an avid homebrewer of vacuum tube transmitters and receivers, and metal fabricator. By Night, he is an award winning…
032 Ron Milliman K8HSY
Mar 7, 2015 • 62 min
Ron Milliman, K8HSY, has spent over 60 years in ham radio only to still find satisfaction, connections, and opportunity from the hobby he has loved all this time. As a boy who lost is sight, Ron was fortunate to have a father, friends, and…
031 Kevin Custer W3KKC
Feb 21, 2015 • 62 min
Beginning at the age of five, when his father could get him inside a Gates broadcast transmitter to change out the bypass capacitors in the final amplifier, to a childhood of radio and audio repair, Kevin Custer, W3KKC, has gone on to make radio his…
030 Greg Lane N4KGL
Feb 20, 2015 • 61 min
Greg Lane, N4KGL, tells us how amateur radio adds to his enjoyment of his other outdoor hobbies that include Rocketry and model airplanes. As one of the key US proponents of RaDAR, or rapid deployment amateur radio, Greg is the master of foot…
029 Ward Silver NOAX
Feb 12, 2015 • 51 min
Ward Silver, N0AX, author of the QST magazine column, “Hands-On Radio”, editor of ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications, and author of many books on ham radio joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today. In the podcast, Ward describes…
028 Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE
Feb 7, 2015 • 56 min
When Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, created “shack in a sack” as a working concept for portable operation, in South Africa’s great outdoors, for ham radio activity and contests, he had no idea it would become an international ham radio…
027 David Larsen KK4WW
Jan 30, 2015 • 58 min
Amateur Radio opened many doors for David Larsen, KK4WW, that began in high school, with the US Navy, a front row seat to the burgeoning computer industry, a career at Virginia Tech, World travel, and a visit to the White House….
026 Scott Andersen NE1RD
Jan 24, 2015 • 46 min
Scott Andersen, NE1RD, has evolved a system, over the years, that combine a family vacation and a serious DXpedition, especially during contests that he calls the 100 pound DXpedition. In this episode of QSO Today, Scott shares his secrets…
025 Dan Romanchik KB6NU
Jan 17, 2015 • 62 min
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is one of the most prolific bloggers about ham radio on the Internet today. As an advocate for ham radio and as a teacher of ham radio, both with his study guides and the local classes that he teaches, Dan practices what he…
024 Dan Walker WG5G
Jan 9, 2015 • 59 min
Dan Walker, WG5G, works DX and has worked almost every country in the World, except four, with a simple Kenwood TS-130V and five watts of power. All QRP. Dan joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today to discuss his ham radio story…
023 Dennis Blanchard K1YPP
Jan 3, 2015 • 54 min
Dennis Blanchard, K1YPP, started his ham radio journey in 1962 at the age of twelve, after discovering an old Hallicrafters receiver in the attic of the family home. Ham radio became a passion that eventually pulled his father and brother into…
022 April Moell WA6OPS
Dec 26, 2014 • 69 min
In 1980, when the hospital where she worked had a phone system failure, April Moell, WA6OPS, gave a call to local hams to come provide support. She discovered that hospitals in every community frequently have communications failures that risk…
021 Eric Manning, VA7DZ
Dec 19, 2014 • 57 min
Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Eric Manning, VA7DZ. Eric and Eric discuss the Reverse Beacon Network and the use of the CW Skimmer software as tools for contesting and understanding of real time low band openings. VA7DZ has a…
020 Martin Huyett K0BXB
Dec 12, 2014 • 52 min
After 60 years in the hobby, Martin Huyett, K0BXB, loves ham radio as much as he did when he first started. After a career in electronic engineering, inspired by ham radio, and an operating career that included homebrew slow scan television, 2…
019 Dean Mertz K0MKT
Dec 5, 2014 • 47 min
Join Eric, 4Z1UG in his QSO Today with Dean Mertz, K0MKT. Dean and Eric have been friends for almost 40 years after meeting at the local ham radio club, in Southern California. While their lives have taken them around the World, there is…
018 Jim Kinter K5KTF
Nov 22, 2014 • 65 min
Is is possible for ham radio operators to have a broadband wireless network for the transmission of voice, video, and data as a backup, to the Internet and the commercial infrastructures, that we depend upon? Jim Kinter, K5KTF, thinks it is. Jim is…
017 Bob Wolbert K6XX
Nov 20, 2014 • 51 min
Bob Wolbert, K6XX, owns and operates a multiple position contest station in the coastal hills of Northern California. According to Bob, you need every dB to get contacts in your log during a contest. As the team leader for the US in the World…
016 Scott Zimmerman N3XCC
Nov 13, 2014 • 52 min
Scott Zimmerman, N3XCC, founder of the W3WAN repeater network in Pennsylvania, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on the QSO Today podcast, to discuss the FM world of repeaters above 50 Mhz. Coming to amateur radio from a commercial two-way radio background,…
015 - Bruce Perens - K6BP
Nov 4, 2014 • 53 min
Bruce Perens, K6BP, is a self described evangelist for amatuer radio. As the creator of the Open Source Definition used for the free exchange of software code, Bruce has appled this to amateur radio towards the development of Codec2 and…
014 - Steve Johnston - WD8DAS
Oct 25, 2014 • 54 min
You can still build a beautiful tuna can transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum tubes instead of solid state components. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, where they discuss Steve’s ham radio journey that…
013 - Hap Holly - KC9RP
Oct 22, 2014 • 50 min
The right elementary school teachers who challenged their students with the Morse Code was just the beginning of Hap Holly’s, KC9RP’s, ham radio career leading to the RAIN Report and The Dayton Hamvention’s 2002 Amateur of…
012 - Wayne and Sharon Spring, W6IRD & K6IRD
Oct 16, 2014 • 76 min
The team of Sharon and Wayne Spring, K6IRD and W6IRD, make a powerful combination, not only in amateur radio, but as a lesson in commitment, hard work, and attention to detail. This has led both to not only a successful 50 year marriage, but…
QSO Today Episode 011 Wayne Burdick N6KR
Oct 7, 2014 • 63 min
Elecraft’s co-founder and CTO, Wayne Burdick, N6KR, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on another QSO Today. Waynes fascination with home brewing from an early age combined with his love of QRP led to the development of some of the best amateur radio…
010 - Stan Lewandowski - WB2LQF
Oct 1, 2014 • 57 min
Stan, WB2LQF, does more with less in his 50 year ham radio journey starting with a single tube transmitter loaded in to his bed springs to the Elecraft KX3 and an attic antenna. Always a CW operator, ham radio played a major role in…
009 - John Portune - W6NBC
Sep 24, 2014 • 47 min
John Portune, W6NBC, may have more hams to his credit due to his teaching methods and one day amateur radio licensing courses than any of his peers. John joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on the QSO Today Podcast to discuss this and John’s other…
008 - Amnon Bar Giora - 4X1DF
Sep 17, 2014 • 72 min
One of the original founders of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a conversation about his early beginnings as a radio operator for the pre-Israel Haganah, his training of Yugoslav partisans in the use…
007 - Yehuda Cern - 4X1TQ
Sep 8, 2014 • 56 min
Yehuda, 4X1TQ, survived the electic shock of his life at the tender age of 13, while working on the high voltage power supply for his homebrew transmitter. Fortunately, for all of us, this led Yehuda on a life of innovation, teaching,…
006 - Eric Nichols - KL7AJ
Sep 2, 2014 • 53 min
Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, has Plasma dreams and chanrges up the ionosphere using high power transmitters based upon his years of experience in ham and broadcast radio. Starting in 1972, as a high school senior in Southern California, Eric…
005 - Ron Weaver - W6OM
Aug 19, 2014 • 47 min
Ron, W6OM, carries on the tradition of “paying it forward” by “Elmering” neighborhood teenagers, Donnie and David to their Extra Class ham radio licenses. Beginning in the Summer of 1957, at 10 years of age, Ron started…
004 - Rich Fusinski - K8NDS
Aug 12, 2014 • 48 min
Rich’s ham radio journey began, in the suburbs of Detroit, on a bicycle, when he was sixteen years old, in search of the source of ham radio conversations heard on his portable all band radio. Looking for “big” antennas on the neighborhood…
003 - Angel Santana - WP3GW
Aug 5, 2014 • 59 min
Angel Santana, WP3GW travels around the World, from his home on the island of Puerto Rico, not by ship or airplane, but on the wings of ham radio. Angel says, “the magic for me is speaking to people in other countries”. He likes to…
002 - Bob Greenberg W2CYK
Jul 24, 2014 • 47 min
All in the family of ham radio operators
001- Arie Kleingold PA3A
Jul 14, 2014 • 49 min
DXpedition from Mercy Ships
000 - Eric Guth 4Z1UG
Jul 12, 2014 • 6 min
Introducing QSO Today - podcast for Amateur Radio Operators