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QSO Today Podcast - Interviews with the leaders in amateur radio
64 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 336 Mel Swanberg WA6JBD
Mel Swanberg, WA6JBD, has a love of radio that goes back to his childhood. Growing up in Southern California, Mel found his Elmers and Mentors that led him into a career in the land mobile business and public safety radio. Mel is the former president of the Cactus Intertie, perhaps the largest point to point full duplex amateur radio network in the World. Other interests include microwave communications and he is a leader in the San Bernardino Microwave Society. WA6JBD is my QSO Today
63 minutes | 12 days ago
Episode 335 Clint Turner KA7OEI
Clint Turner, KA7OEI, is an experimenter, builder, and operator on all bands and modes. He shares his background in microwave communications, EME or Moonbounce, and his involvement in the Northern Utah Web SDR Project, an amazing on-line resource hams who want to listen to all of the lowbands with waterfall display at the same time. KA7OEI is my QSO Today.
65 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode 334 Tim Deagan KJ8U
Tim Deagan, KJ8U, loves to build just about anything to try out a new tool, and he has an amazing assortment of tools to support his construction of amateur radio antennas as well as Burning Man like propane powered visual displays. KJ8U is a maker, and since ham radio operators were the original makers, Tim’s cross-over between the maker community and the amateur radio community is just natural. Tim tells this story in this QSO Today.
81 minutes | a month ago
Episode 333 Joe Reisert W1JR
Joe Reisert, W1JR, continues to pay forward, the kindness of his early ham radio mentors, with his contributions to our amazing hobby. Amateur Radio paved the way to a successful career and amazing encounters, Worldwide, with people and technology. W1JR tells his amateur radio story in this QSO Today.
73 minutes | a month ago
Episode 332 Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ
Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, has been an active ham since the 1970s, growing up in Los Angeles. Wayne is a home brewer, especially microwave equipment on 10 GHz, and has taken our amateur radio hobby to the Maker Faire in the Bay Area for live demonstrations. As a technical writer and Contributing Editor to CQ Magazine, Wayne is in one of the best places to experience just about everything in ham radio.
86 minutes | a month ago
Episode 331 Michelle Thompson W5NYV
Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, is a third generation amateur, beginning her ham radio journey in elementary school. Her interest in microwave circuit design and computers led her to a successful engineering career and now a board member of AMSAT. Michelle is an advocate for open source applied to satellite design fueling future generations of amateur spacecraft. W5NYV is my QSO Today.
70 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 330 Rob Suggs NN4NT
Rob Suggs, NN4NT, is a space scientist at NASA, specializing in outer space environments that protect our astronauts from the hazards of space including space junk and debris. We discuss NASA, Apollo space technology, and amateur radio in this QSO Today.
71 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 329 Rick Miller N1RM
Rick Miller, N1RM’s ham radio story began at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and weaves its way through Russian submarine hunting to operate APRS on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, on a grand tour of the United States. N1RM will fill in all of the open spaces in this QSO Today.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 328 Ralph Haller N4RH
Ralph Haller, N4RH, started his ham radio journey as a nine year old with a knack for electronics leading to his first amateur license at age 9. Within a few years, Ralph earned broadcast engineering licenses, radio station jobs, education, and a career at the Federal Communications Commission. N4RH was the driving force behind many of the FCC initiatives that have had a lasting impact on radio amateurs in the USA and around the world. N4RH is my QSO Today.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 327 Stan Johnson W0SJ
Stan Johnson, W0SJ, started his amateur radio career in high school. A scavenger of junk, and a kid with the knack, led Stan to electronic project building with his collected parts. These skills filtered and honed through the Air Force and the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Stan would say that his involvement in amateur radio resulted in a life of curious exploration.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 326 Bob Weed W7SCY
Bob Weed, W7SCY, was born and raised in the Oregon Cascade Mountains over eighty years ago. In this retirement, Bob has returned home to an area that has always been subject to fire, mudslides, earthquakes, and active volcanoes. W7SCY shares his seventy plus years as a radio amateur that includes his interest in traffic nets and emergency operations in his area, in this QSO Today.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 325 Ria Jairam N2RJ
Ria Jairam, N2RJ, discovered amateur radio on her native Caribbean Island of Trinidad back in the 90s. As an immigrant to the United States, Ria pursued a degree in Electronic Engineering and learned from great ham radio mentors. Now an electronic security professional, mother, active ham radio operator and contester, Ria was recently elected ARRL Hudson Division Director. N2RJ tells her story and the ham radio issues that interest her in this QSO Today.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 324 Keith Schlottman KR7RK
Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, is not only a mountain goat, he is also a super sloth. Terms like this are not endearing, however if you are a SOTA activator or chaser, then you know how important these terms are to SOTA operators. KR7RK tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 323 Jim Moss N9JIM
Jim Moss, N9JIM, portable 6, spends his ham radio life above 50 Mhz. He has made contacts on every band above 50 MHz and is now working in the 122 Ghz band. If you are considering a new and different frontier, N9JIM tells his amateur radio story and how to make the transition to VHF and Microwave in this QSO Today.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 322 Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R
Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, discovered amateur radio as a kid, like many of the QSO Today guests. One of his desires was to work at the ARRL, where he started his career and has been for 29 years. Bob shares his ham radio story and speaks about the ARRL and what he has learned about amateur radio in this QSO Today.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 321 Steve Masticola WX2S
Steve Masticola, WX2S, took a 30 year vacation from amateur radio to pursue his life. Now he is back. WX2S loves to operate in the field, necessitated by living in an HOA. This has created a new passion for SOTA, Parks on the Air, and QRP Fox Hunting. All this and more in my QSO Today with WX2S.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 320 Jim Heath W6LG
Jim Heath, W6LG, has been a ham for over 56 years. Jim is an Elmer’s Elmer with an amazing You-Tube channel, with over 30,000 subscribers. Jim not only reviews the basics of amateur radio, and he makes that content up close and personal, reflecting on his years of experience as an amateur radio operator.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 319 Bill Salyers AJ8B
Bill Salyers, AJ8B, had a great ham radio start as a kid in the Seventies. Bill loves to work CW to pursue DXCC and just to ragchew and communicate. He hones his skills with the help of CWOPS and is open to the opportunities afforded by all of the new digital modes.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 318 Eric Silverthorn NM5M
Eric Silverthorn, NM5M, has a great ham radio story, especially at the beginning with the support of his family for this ham radio interest. Eric was a speaker at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo and gave a fine talk on CWOPS. You can tell in these weeks that I want to make sure that you know the Expo speakers and that is why NM5M is my QSO Today.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 317 Marcel Stieber AI6MS
Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, contributed three talks to the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo earlier this month, on topics that included remote administration of amateur radio exams, wireless networks for emergency communications, and lithium batteries and their care and feeding. He uses his amateur radio license and the opportunities it affords to advance the state of the art, contribute to his community, and to share with all of us. AI6MS is my QSO Today.
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