Eric Guth, 4Z1UG

QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators

QSO Today - A conversation for amateur radio operators


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.


Episode 249 Vi Barrett W6CBA

May 11, 2019 57:00


Vi Barrett, W6CBA, celebrates 70 years as a radio amateur.  Vi’s love for radio began with an uncle getting back on their air after the Second World War.  Growing up in Southern California, W6CBA became the first female radio dispatcher for the FBI, raised a family, operated phone patches for US servicemen during the Vietnam War. Still active on the air on both CW and SSB, W6CBA is my QSO Today.

Episode 248 Jerry Lewine K6QU

May 3, 2019 52:30


Jerry Lewine, K6QU, began his career in radio as a young ham in 1959, that led to a career as a broadcast engineer, first as a teenager in his native Pennsylvania, through the Air Force, and later to markets in Hawaii and California.  While Jerry’s broadcast radio career sidelined his ham radio adventure for a number of years, Jerry is back with a passion for CW and FT-8 while the current solar cycle is at its low. K6QU is my QSO Today.

Episode 247 George Misic KE8RN

Apr 25, 2019 58:05


George Misic, KE8RN, is an RF and analog engineer by training, a collector of vintage American amateur radio equipment, and an early pioneer in the development of MRI or magnetic resonance imaging machines and whose name is on 38 patents around this technology.  George is a frequent author of articles for QST and Electric Radio Magazines, and is my QSO Today.

Episode 246 Jack Worth WA0QZK

Apr 19, 2019 48:08


Jack Worth, WA0QZK, is a retired pastor with over 50 years of amateur radio operating experience who likes to QSO on CW from the Warsaw Telegraph Office.  Jack collects and restores antique Morse code telegraph keys and bugs and uses them to work the World and ragchew on QRP and a modified G5RV antenna. WA0QZK is my QSO Today.

Episode 245 Joe Everhart N2CX

Apr 13, 2019 01:05:19


Joe Everhart, N2CX, is well known is QRP circles for his technical contributions and articles in the ham radio magazines.  Along with George Heron, N2APB, my guest in Episode 151, of the QSO Today podcast, they produce a live talk show called Chat with the Designers, as well as present at the QRP Event, four days in May, that precedes the opening of the Dayton Hamvention in May.  Joe is a builder and ham radio designer, and share some of his insight into homebrewing while enjoying amateur radio in this QSO Today.

QSO Today Episode 244 Howard Bernstein WB2UZE

Apr 5, 2019 01:06:24


Howard Bernstein is the co-founder of the Long Island CW Club along with Rich Collins K2UPS,  where they train amateurs of every age to be CW operators over Zoom video conferencing. Howard has a long history in ham radio extending back over 50 years.  WB2UZE still has his first Drake line and is a collector of vintage things including old radios and automobiles. Howard is my QSO Today.

Episode 243 Bob Sumption W9RAS

Mar 30, 2019 01:15:11


Bob Sumption, W9RAS, was raised on Popular Electronics and Popular Mechanics magazines, learned how to fix anything from his father, and became a ham radio operator in the 1950s.  Bob was an electronics technician at Heathkit who assembled the prototype SS9000 synthesized HF amateur radio transceiver. Now a collector of everything Heathkit, he has restored one of the three original Heathkit SS8000 HF transceivers that never made it to market. Bob is a consummate long term, big project builder and radio restorer, who shares his success, knowledge, expertise, and history in this QSO Today.

Episode 242 Neil King VA7DX

Mar 23, 2019 01:11:12


Neil King, VA7DX, shares his ham radio story that began as a kid when is father introduced him to the Morse code.  Now after almost 40 years, Neil has over 16 DXpeditions under his belt and continues to enjoy traveling and operating CW from some of the most remote locations in the World.  When he his not traveling as an international IT consultant, VA7DX resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, is active in his radio club and club station. We also discuss the BCWARN amateur radio microwave backbone in this QSO Today.

Episode 241 Joe Lynch N6CL

Mar 16, 2019 01:00:05


Joe Lynch, N6CL, began his ham radio story over 50 years ago in Bonita, California. After a stint in Vietnam,  an amateur radio journalist for CQ Magazine focused on VHF and above, and a career as minister, Joe, is now the director of religious education at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Both he and his wife, Carol, are active ham radio operators. N6CL has always been active in amateur radio emergency services, including at the site of the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.  N6CL is my QSO Today.

Episode 240 George Allison K1IG

Mar 9, 2019 01:23:36


Sputnik and an uncle inspired George Allison, K1IG, to become a radio amateur. George had a long and successful US Navy career where radio was always the center of his activity including MARS stations, a visit to the South Pole, and the operation of very high powered VLF and ELF stations around the World. George promotes the Wordsworth method of raising CW speed above 40 words per minute.  K1IG is my QSO Today.

Episode 239 Jay Slough K4ZLE

Mar 1, 2019 01:02:46


Jay Slough, K4ZLE, has over 60 years in the amateur radio hobby and still enjoys CW as his primary operating mode. An accomplished DXpeditioner, having operated in over 40 DX entities including South Sandwich Island. Always ready to extend the hand of friendship, either by knocking on the doors of houses with amateur antennas or sharing his own station through RemoteHams. K4ZLE is my QSO Today.

Episode 238 Andre Hansen K6AH

Feb 23, 2019 01:03:48


Andre Hansen, K6AH, and his team of open source developers have taken amateur radio mesh networking to a new level with AREDN, that allows commercial low cost WIFI routers and access points to be used to build out local and regional broadband networks in the amateur bands above 2 GHz. Andre and I discuss this technology and its possibilities for the amateur radio community in this QSO Today.

Episode 237 Kristen McIntyre K6WX

Feb 15, 2019 01:07:12


Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, is the president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley,  and an ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director. Trained as an MIT electronic engineer, she was an entrepreneur for many years in Japan.  Kristen is a much sought after speaker at amateur radio conventions and forums. Antenna design, digital modes, and just getting on the air is key to Kristen’s amateur radio success.   K6WX, is my QSO Today.

Episode 236 Richard Dillman W6AWO

Feb 9, 2019 01:00:07


Richard Dillman, W6AWO, is the founding member of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, where they preserve the skills, traditions, and folklore of maritime telegraph operators, from the California Bay Area coastal station, KSM. The “Summer of Love” brought Richard to California, in the Sixties, to pursue broadcast engineering and a 30 year career with Greenpeace.  W6AWO is my QSO Today.

Episode 235 Dan Gravereaux N1ZZ

Feb 2, 2019 01:03:00


Dan Gravereaux, N1ZZ, began his ham radio story as a kid leading to a career in electronics, a stint at the CBS Labs working on quadraphonic sound, and later founding West Mountain Radio creators of the Rigblaster interfaces for HF digital modes.  West Mountain Radio also popularized the ubiquitous Anderson Power Poles that we all use now and love. N1ZZ shares his ham radio story and expertise in this QSO Today.

Episode 234 Fred Lloyd AA7BQ

Jan 26, 2019 59:28


Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, is the creator of perhaps the Internet’s oldest ham radio resource, With over 700 thousand subscribers, is the goto place for hams wanting to look up other hams in its call sign database.  It does however, have a large number of other resources available to amateurs that Fred and Eric, 4Z1UG, discuss in this QSO Today.

Episode 233 Ray Waldemar WA6NVL

Jan 18, 2019 01:10:12


Ray Waldemar, WA6NVL, was an early adopter of electronic technology that found its way into amateur radio including the first Apple 1 computer, first instances of D-Star, and now DMR.  Active on HF, VHF, UHF, and Microwave, from SSB to satellites. Ray just likes it all to the technical challenge and the social connections made from almost 50 years in the hobby. WA6NVL is my QSO Today.

Episode 232 George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU

Jan 12, 2019 01:22:59


George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, is the the co-host of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast, one of the more popular ham radio podcasts.  George has a long and interesting ham radio history as well as he is accomplished home-brewer, builder, operator, and high tech executive. We touch on a few of my favorite subjects that include repeaters and repeater controllers, the Cactus Intertie, DMR, and building with Arduino micro-controllers.  KJ6VU is my QSO Today.

Episode 231 John Raifsnider W8JER

Jan 5, 2019 56:17


John Raifsnider, W8JER, shares his ham shack with this wife, Micky, KE8ASK, and likes to rag-chew on DX. His signal is boosted by a new 70 ft tower and Mosley beam antenna, allowing him to extend his amateur radio circle that he has built up through the years.  Consistent attention to building his amateur radio skills combined with the hobby’s social dimension, has made W8JER a successful ham.

Episode 230 Jonathan Naylor G4KLX

Dec 29, 2018 01:17:57


Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX, pioneered the opening, to amateur radio operators, of D-Star and later other digital repeater modes including DMR and Yaesu system fusion by writing software that could be implemented on Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware for the creation of multi-mode repeater and hot-spot controllers.  G4KLX shares his ham radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 229 Keith Baker KB1SF

Dec 21, 2018 01:07:38


AMSAT, the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation, has launched over 95 satellites into space since 1961.  Keith Baker, KB1SF, former President and now treasurer of AMSAT speaks and write on amateur satellites, what is happening now, how to get started, and how to get involved.  Keith shares is wealth of satellite knowledge in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 228 Joel Wilhite KD6W

Dec 15, 2018 01:08:48


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 internet linked networks.  Amateur radio digital TV and microwave roving are a few of the topics discussed with Joel, KD6W, in the QSO Today.

Episode 227 Riki Kline K7NJ

Dec 7, 2018 01:00:51


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 Israel’s coastal plain and the Ben Gurion, Airport.  K7NJ shares his perspective as an amateur radio operator who frequently works from either side of the World, likes to chase DX and operate contests in this QSO Today.

Episode 226 Paul Gacek W6PNG

Dec 1, 2018 01:12:05


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.  California has over 4000 SOTA peaks, and that is a good start for W6PNG, my QSO Today.

Episode 225 David Malin AA6RV

Nov 24, 2018 01:09:30


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 should all take to be ready in case of disaster in this QSO Today.

Episode 224 Phil Sittner KD6RM

Nov 17, 2018 51:52


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 HOA neighborhood where antennas are forbidden. We harness Phil’s extensive technical expertise and hear his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Episode 223 Denny Berg WB9MSM

Nov 10, 2018 58:10


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 has a positive, “can-do”, attitude that brings success to both his personal, professional, and amateur radio life.

Episode 222 Greg Latta AA8V Revisited

Nov 2, 2018 54:54


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 professor who says that vacuum tubes are one of the best ways to provide to students a visual representation electrons in motion. We reprise and update this QSO with AA8V.

Episode 221 Arnold Ziegel W2HDI

Oct 27, 2018 58:17


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 operation, over the Internet, from his new boat. We dive deeper into Arnold’s ham radio story and remote operation in this QSO Today.

Episode 220 Mark Rosenberg 4X1KS

Oct 20, 2018 01:29:59


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 Mark to satellite excellence. Now in Israel, Mark is active in just about every on-air activity, as well as being the consummate fixer and home-brewer.  4X1KS is my QSO today.

Episode 219 Ken Oelke VE6AFO

Oct 13, 2018 56:47


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 Quarter Century Wireless Association, when not operating both CW and SSB, or fixing one of his broken rigs. VE6AFO is my QSO Today.

Episode 218 Stephen Hicks N5AC

Oct 6, 2018 01:13:16


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 position on the cutting edge of technology, he has a lot to say in this QSO Today.

Episode 217 Tom Wright NN2X

Sep 28, 2018 55:29


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 helping kids escape poverty by training them for careers in information technology. This QSO is packed with little jewels as NN2X shares his ham radio story.

Episode 216 Ray Poularas VK2GRP

Sep 22, 2018 58:46


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, milling, or 3-D printing.  Ray goes into great detail on his processes and also shares his time management tips that bring him success in all of his pursuits in this QSO Today.

Episode 215 Mike Bryce WB8VGE

Sep 15, 2018 01:10:06


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 these things and his current view of the state of ham radio in this QSO Today.

Episode 214 Bernie McClenny W3UR

Sep 7, 2018 53:58


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 of The Daily DX, and author of the monthly QST Magazine column, How’s DX.  We will get into W3UR’s ham radio story and his unusual collaboration with his neighbor this QSO Today.


Episode 213 Kevin Parmenter KG5Q

Aug 31, 2018 57:28


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 receivers, in private hands, Worldwide,  to track commercial and military aircraft to display their location, speed, and altitude on Flightawares website. KG5Q joins be to discuss his ham radio story and the Flightaware system in this QSO Today.

Episode 212 Frank Brickle AB2KT

Aug 25, 2018 01:05:04


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 (SDR) software used first by the US government and later by private industry.  Frank AB2KT is a noted classical music and opera composer and a pioneer in SDR technology.

Episode 211 Justin Johnson G0KSC

Aug 17, 2018 01:35:44


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 antenna system, then you will enjoy this QSO Today with G0KSC.

Episode 210 Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI

Aug 10, 2018 01:13:06


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 amateur radio operators.  Tony is a pioneer in this area of ham radio and has been recognized by NASA for his contributions. VK5ZAI is Eric’s QSO Today.

Episode 209 Jim Forkin WA3TFS

Aug 3, 2018 01:04:35


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 radio story and his incorporation of old and new technology including Arduino microcontrollers into his still evolving and complex projects in this QSO Today.

Episode 208 Ulrich Rohde N1UL

Jul 27, 2018 01:09:20


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 contributions to his family business, the Munich based Rohde and Schwarz test equipment company, and to amateur radio manufacturers including Icom. Ulrich, N1UL tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Episode 207 Mike Mussler AI8Z

Jul 21, 2018 01:03:00


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 Cortez, Colorado ham shack. We start with Mike’s ham radio history in this QSO Today.

Episode 206 David Finell N7LRY

Jul 14, 2018 01:00:43


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 him. David shares his ham radio journey, his deep dive into electronics through a career in the US Air Force, his interest in antennas that led to his helix VHF antenna design, as well as his leverage of ham radio skills to his other hobbies. N7LRY is my QSO Today.

Episode 205 Rick Tavan N6XI

Jul 7, 2018 50:33


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 from 1961 to the present, his love of contesting, some tips on getting started, operating remotely over the Internet, and the challenges of setting up a proper station and antenna on volcanic soil.

Episode 204 Kai Siwiak KE4PT

Jun 29, 2018 55:33


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 Shiwiak, KE4PT.  If you are a home brewer and want a more indepth amateur radio technology understanding, then QEX should be on your desk every month. Kai provides a fascinating look at home-brewing, the digital modes, and modest antennas for the antenna challenged ham in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 203 Mike Marsh G1IAR

Jun 23, 2018 01:34:29


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 on the internet. Mike will confirm that his involvement in TX-Factor opens wide the most interesting aspects of the amateur radio hobby. Mike shares his ham radio story, TX- Factor, and an insiders look at a mastering studio in this QSO Today.

Episode 202 Raul Midon AE3RM

Jun 15, 2018 58:35


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 his musical tours around the World.  For those of us who think we are too busy to get on the air, Raul provides an answer to a busy schedule.

Episode 201 John Stanley K4ERO

Jun 8, 2018 01:13:25


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 as engineers for Christian Broadcast stations in India and South America. John shares his ham radio story and his antenna expertise in this QSO Today.

Episode 200 Eric Guth 4Z1UG

Jun 2, 2018 01:36:15


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 electronics,his elmers, and how his amateur radio interest evolved to the QSO Today podcast. Eric answers listener questions at the end of the interview with Jim.

Episode 199 Adam Farson VA7OJ

May 25, 2018 01:07:45


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 adapted telephony methods and test equipment to evaluate amateur radio transceiver performance.  Adam shares his ham radio and professional journey in this QSO Today.

Episode 198 Jack Mandelman K1VT

May 18, 2018 59:48


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 satellite communications and DMR. K1VT shares his ham radio story and the period during the space race to the moon that led to the technology that we all enjoy in our QSO today.

Episode 197 Alex Grimberg PY1AHD

May 11, 2018 01:07:02


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 business.  Now Alex travels the ham radio World showing off his Alex Loops and other accessories that make portable QRP field operations that much more enjoyable. PY1AHD is my QSO Today.

Episode 196 Jim Millner WB2REM

May 5, 2018 01:03:55


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 his amateur radio story and his remote control insight in this QSO Today.

Episode 195 Roberto Ramirez CE3CT

Apr 28, 2018 50:50


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 with World from his contest station using beverage receive antennas pointed into the Northern hemisphere.  CE3CT is my QSO Today.

Episode 194 Ryhor Greg Harbacheuski W3NW

Apr 21, 2018 50:55


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, refurbishing Soviet receivers, and kit building by night. W3NW tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Episode 192 Vjollca Belegu Z61VB

Apr 14, 2018 01:41:50


Out of the ashes of ten years of ethnic repression and the Kosovo War in 1998, 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 amateur radio service as the President of the Kosova Amateur Radio Association, in the new Republic of Kosova. Vjollca, Z61VB, tells this important story in this episode of  QSO Today.

Episode 192 Fred Cady KE7X

Apr 7, 2018 52:59


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 operating the Elecraft transceivers and accessories. Fred is also an avid contest operator and DXer. We will dig into this and more on this QSO Today.

Episode 191 Mike Bohn KG7TR

Mar 31, 2018 01:22:01


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 that rival the look and feel of early Collins radio equipment. We take a deep dive into the construction technique of KG7TR in this QSO Today.

Episode 190 DuWayne Schmidlkofer KV4QB

Mar 24, 2018 58:41


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 read where he documents each of his projects from beginning to end.  In this episode, we discuss construction techniques and his home brew projects. KV4QB is my QSO Today

Episode 189 Glen Popiel KW5GP Returns

Mar 17, 2018 01:00:23


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 Arduino update and to hear about his current and future projects.

Episode 188 Richard Newstead G3CWI

Mar 10, 2018 58:24


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 creation of his company, Sotabeams, our new sponsor on QSO Today.  Richard’s story includes operating from a research station in Antarctica during the Falklands war to the founding of Sotabeams our new QSO Today sponsor.

Episode 187 Rick Karlquist N6RK

Mar 4, 2018 54:42


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 foot vertical antennas with irrigation pipe, and using the falling derrick method to raise  tall masts and towers.  Rick has acquired a wide range of experience from his amateur radio and professional life, some of which he shares in this QSO Today.

Episode 186 Bernie van der Walt ZS4TX

Feb 24, 2018 58:31


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 subjects and more on this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 185 Mitch Gill NA7US

Feb 18, 2018 01:06:07


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 retired from active military service where he operated at YI9TU in Iraq.  Mitch tells this story and more in this QSO Today.

Episode 184 Tomas Hood NW7US

Feb 10, 2018 55:26


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 stations. Tomas shares his understanding  of propagation and the lessons we can learn from listening, really listening to the QSOs and exchanges during contest operation.

Episode 183 Geoff Howard W0CG_PJ2DX

Feb 4, 2018 53:45


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.

Episode 182 Keith Hibbert WB2VUO

Jan 26, 2018 51:16


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 QRP Single Sideband, digital modes like FT-8, and Keith’s interest in both amateur HF and aircraft beacons.  Keith shares his insights and some valuable resources in this QSO Today.

Episode 181 Shelby Ennis W8WN

Jan 20, 2018 52:45


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 send a high speed burst, then using the K1JT digital modes. We learn that meteor scatter is a reliable mode and much more in this QSO with W8WN.

Episode 180 Brian Machesney K1LI

Jan 14, 2018 01:20:02


Natural disasters, especially the most recent hurricanes, present us with opportunities to make a real difference if we step up to the plate.  As part of this amateur radio story, 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 the Dominica Airlift as it was called by the press.   This story and so much more in this QSO Today with K1LI.

Episode 179 Steve Murphy N8NM

Jan 7, 2018 59:49


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 home brewing.  We follow the ham radio career of N8NM in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 178 Brian Short KC0BS

Dec 31, 2017 01:27:04


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 climbing and safety, APRS, emergency services, building up code speed, and Brian’s participation in the emergency efforts around the Joplin Missouri tornado that destroyed much of the city in May 2011.

Episode 177 Jeff Damm WA7MLH

Dec 24, 2017 01:28:08


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 electronic construction philosophy with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 176 Hal Turley W8HC

Dec 15, 2017 01:16:08


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 personal preparations for his upcoming trek to Bouvet Island with the 3Y0Z DXpedition team.  W8HC is my QSO Today.

Episode 175 Bob Rosier K4OCE

Dec 9, 2017 01:04:55


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 that he could have reliable DX contacts based on good operating practice and technical expertise. Bob is the creator of the “OCE Minirig” QRP transmitter.

Episode 174 Robert Norman VK5SW

Dec 3, 2017 45:26


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 from his QTH. We learn from Rob, what it takes to make this a great solution getting on the air.

Episode 173 Preston Douglas WJ2V

Nov 24, 2017 01:05:54


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, home brew projects, and QRP in this QSO Today.

Episode 172 Dave Sumner K1ZZ

Nov 17, 2017 01:00:16


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, his favorite operating practices, and his reflections on his years at League Headquarters.  

Episode 171 Fred Regennitter K4IU

Nov 12, 2017 01:01:07


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 have won a new appeal for making contacts as we reach the bottom of the Sunspot cycle.  Amateur radio has expanded into a big tent that with many facets.  K4IU tells us why in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 170 Larry Staples W0AIB

Nov 5, 2017 01:02:14


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 believes that the ultimate goal of ham radio is to get to know people, face to face, for the “eyeball” contact. W0AIB is my QSO Today.

Episode 169 Ron Gang 4X1MK

Oct 29, 2017 01:05:44


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, 4X1MK is willing to try every operating mode. Ron shares his amateur radio story and his perspective of amateur radio in Israel, past and present.

Episode 168 Dennis Vernacchia N6KI

Oct 22, 2017 01:35:26


Dennis Vernacchia, N6KI, was an active ham who 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 life.  This situation and his relationship with a later prominent television comedian brought relief and comfort to American soldiers serving in Vietnam and their families.  Dennis is an active contester and tells the rest of his story in this QSO Today.

Episode 167 Jim Garland W8ZR

Oct 14, 2017 01:14:58


Inspired by one of his home brew 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 he rotates through his three operating positions at his QTH in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Jim tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Episode 166 Dov Gavish 4Z4DX

Oct 7, 2017 01:08:51


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 CW is is favorite operating mode, Dov just likes to get on the air with whatever mode works, including DMR.  4Z4DX is Eric’s guest on this QSO Today.

Episode 165 David Casler KE0OG

Sep 29, 2017 01:13:39


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 that are interesting and well produced.  Dave is a retired project engineer from the aerospace industry and a self published author of both fiction and nonfiction works.

Episode 164 Burt Weiner K6OQK

Sep 24, 2017 01:09:48


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 served as his mentors, created for Burt a lifetime amateur radio and professional path that he is still on today.

Episode 163 Steve Herman W7VOA

Sep 17, 2017 01:01:36


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 reporting on the President of the United States. Even with his 24 X 7 busy schedule, W7VOA has time for amateur radio and this QSO Today with Eric, 4Z1UG.

Episode 162 Tom Robinson G0SBW

Sep 8, 2017 01:07:07


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 with this “man-pack” radio, refining its operation and ease of use, and taking it on DXpeditions abroad.  GOSBW is Eric’s QSO Today.

Episode 161 Lauren Libby W0LD

Sep 2, 2017 59:56


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 broadcasting network.  W0LD is my QSO Today.

Episode 160 Bill Kennamer K5FUV

Aug 26, 2017 01:00:14


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 week is with Bill Kennamer, K5FUV, who used to be the guy responsible for DXCC and other ARRL awards.  We hear Bill’s ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Episode 159 Rick Dougherty NQ4I

Aug 15, 2017 54:20


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 his amateur radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 158 Don Minkoff NK6A

Aug 11, 2017 01:16:33


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 working SOTA, or Summits on the Air.  Don shares his ham radio story and so much more in this QSO Today.


Episode 157 Dave Prestel W8AJR

Aug 4, 2017 01:00:24


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 the benefit of the amateur radio community and his larger community.  He is my QSO Today.

Episode 156 David Rowe VK5DGR

Jul 29, 2017 01:03:43


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 foundation for all of the telephony and voice over IP that we do.  As an advocate of open source and the consummate teacher, David shares all of his work while educating us with his blog,  VK5DGR is Eric, 4Z1UG’s  QSO Today.

Episode 155 Rob Brownstein K6RB

Jul 21, 2017 59:55


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 as a ham radio operator. Rob is a co-founder of CWOPS and its on-line CW training academy helping hundreds of hams a year become better CW operators.  K6RB shares his ham radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO today.

Episode 154 Dave Le Duc N1IX

Jul 15, 2017 55:35


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 radio story and offers some advice for QRP success in this episode of QSO Today.  

Episode 153 Jim Talens N3JT

Jul 7, 2017 56:47


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 really enjoy being on the air on HF.  Jim operates his station remotely when he splits his time between two houses. More on this and other ham radio subjects in this QSO Today.

Episode 152 Chris Burger ZS6EZ

Jun 30, 2017 01:04:59


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 ham radio hobby through his articles and website.  ZS6EZ is Eric, 4Z1UG’s  QSO Today.

Episode 151 George Heron N2APB

Jun 24, 2017 01:13:52


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 Designers podcast. All of it interests George, from test equipment and restored vintage radios to a stand alone SDR transceivers and  more efficient designs of magnetic loop antennas. N2APB  is Eric, 4Z1UG’s  QSO Today.

Episode 150 Bob Garrett K3UL

Jun 16, 2017 58:44


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 as working on his own towers and antennas to build a first class HF ham station.  Bob is a friend and mentor to many hams, with an open door policy.  Just knock.  K3UL is my QSO Today.


Jun 11, 2017 54:25


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 from the field.  That evening Wayne and I attended the QSO Today Bay Area Meetup where I asked the participants their name, callsign, and the most exciting thing that they think is happening in ham radio. 

Episode 148 Richard Fisher KI6SN

Jun 3, 2017 01:16:53


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 feature writer, Richard’s digs deep into every area of amateur radio producing a prolific body of work that informs and educates us.  KI6SN is Eric’s QSO Today.

Episode 147 Rich Moseson W2VU

May 26, 2017 01:20:10


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 from articles published, reader feedback, and the many amateur radio conventions that he attends with his staff.  This QSO is full of his observations on amateur radio today as well as his personal ham radio history. W2VU is my QSO Today.

Episode 146 Joe Carcia NJ1Q

May 9, 2017 01:04:39


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.  Joe shares his ham radio story and details of this historic ham radio station in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 145 Glen Zook K9STH

May 8, 2017 01:09:46


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 installing chemical ground rods for proper shack grounding.  He has a collection of restored “boat anchors” that are copies of all of the rigs he has ever owned.  As he pays extra attention to the details, his rigs are in as new condition as possible.   I know know that will enjoy this QSO with K9STH.

Episode 144 John Ackermann N8UR

May 5, 2017 58:24


John Ackermann, N8UR, is a proponent of open source, that is freely sharing both hardware and software designs in communities that work together to make it all better.  The TAPR community is where John spends much of his time.  Join us as we discuss TAPR, SDR transceivers, and the issues around open source and the maker movement.

Episode 143 Roy Lewallen W7EL

Apr 29, 2017 01:02:42


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, antennas, and inductors.  His contributions to the amateur radio hobby and advancing the state of art puts Roy at the head of the class in amateur radio.  W7EL is my QSO Today.

Episode 142 George Fremin K5TR

Apr 23, 2017 01:22:46


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 maintenance of these stations led to an important conversation about tower safety.  In addition to HF contests, George enjoys VHF and UHF contesting as well as DXpeditions. K5TR joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 141 Paul Stroud AA4XX

Apr 16, 2017 01:14:27


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 powered ham shack deep in the woods near his house, under his wire antennas.  Paul takes us on his ham radio journey in this QSO Today.


Episode 140 Richard Gillette W9PE

Apr 8, 2017 01:03:28


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,, is an amazing resource, including his Excel based test equipment simulator for anyone wanting to teach the fundamentals of ham radio in a one day or weekend “ham cram” course.   W9PE shares over 60 years of his ham radio experience in this QSO Today.

Episode 139 Don Beattie G3BJ

Mar 31, 2017 01:00:21


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 acting general manager for two years.  The list goes on and on.  Don is currently the President of the IARU, or the International Amateur Radio Union for  Region 1. G3BJ is a leader in British amateur radio and is my QSO Today.

Episode 138 Tony Fishpool G4WIF

Mar 24, 2017 01:04:54


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 magazine.  Tony is also a co-author with Graham Firth, G3MFJ, of Simple Test Equipment for the QRPer, and numerous articles on equipment building with attention to detail and budget.  Tony believes, along with his co-hearts at G-QRP,  that ham radio does not have to be expensive to be fun. G4WIF is my QSO today.

Episode 137 Randy Hall K7AGE

Mar 19, 2017 01:06:47


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 the Smoke and Solder segment videos.  He works just about all bands and modes.  Randy is a ham’s ham and elmer, and a popular guest on a number of the ham radio podcasts. K7AGE is my QSO Today.

Episode 136 Bob Eshleman W4DR

Mar 10, 2017 57:29


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 transmitter, and an old generator,  the three lads pulled off their first DXpedition.  This would be the first of many DXpeditions for Bob.  W4DR is my QSO Today where he shares his amateur radio story as a DXer and now grid square chaser.

Episode 135 Bob Wilson N6TV

Mar 3, 2017 56:43


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 what’s up on the bands during a contest event.  A professor at Contest University in Dayton and a member of the World Radiosport Team Championship, Bob shares what he know about this and more on this QSO Today.

Episode 134 Jeff Briggs K1ZM

Feb 26, 2017 01:10:15


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 Today.

Episode 133 Paul Topolski W1SEX

Feb 17, 2017 01:19:55


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 experience, his ham radio story, and how he continues to make a difference in his community in this QSO Today.

Episode 132 Gary Hoffman KB0H

Feb 10, 2017 52:19


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 County ARES.  He writes about amateur radio and the human condition on his blog, The Amateur’s Amateur.  KB0H is Eric, 4Z1UG’s QSO today.

Episode 131 Brian Clarke VK2GCE

Feb 4, 2017 01:12:48


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 and is a promoter of amateur radio in his spare time.  VK2GCE is my QSO Today.

Episode 130 Mike Myers VA3MPM

Jan 27, 2017 59:29


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 also a musician and shares his interest in tube type guitar amplifiers.  

Episode 129 David White WN5Y

Jan 22, 2017 01:03:57


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 receivers are called electroluminescent because he incorporates LEDs as components in the receiver design itself, and not just as front panel indicators.  David shares his story in this QSO Today.

Episode 128 Ian Keyser G3ROO

Jan 12, 2017 01:16:02


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.

Episode 127 Brooke Allen N2BA

Jan 8, 2017 01:50:03


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 radio operator to older hams. Brooke touches on the “flow state”, field day at the annual Burning Man event in the Nevada desert , and social skills for nerds.

Episode 126 Rob Sherwood NC0B

Dec 31, 2016 50:58


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.

Episode 125 Hans Summers G0UPL

Dec 23, 2016 01:45:43


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.  

Episode 124 Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE eyeball

Dec 18, 2016 42:59


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. 

Episode 123 Jim Veatch WA2EUJ

Dec 11, 2016 56:40


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.

Episode 122 Frank Donovan W3LPL

Dec 4, 2016 46:56


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.

Episode 121 Dale Green VE7SV

Nov 27, 2016 51:36


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.

Episode 120 Jim Stafford W4QO

Nov 20, 2016 01:10:35


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.

Episode 119 Dino Besomi CE3PG

Nov 13, 2016 50:47


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.

Episode 118 Bill Murray W9VC

Nov 6, 2016 52:09


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.

Episode 117 Gerry Jurrens N2GJ

Oct 30, 2016 01:01:10


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.

Episode 116 Scott Wright K0MD

Oct 23, 2016 01:02:53


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 Caribbean, to South America.  K0MD shares his ham radio story and some practical advice on this QSO Today.

Episode 115 Bob Witte K0NR

Oct 13, 2016 01:00:09


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 Radio School dot com for teaching the amateur radio basics beyond the first license. K0NR is my QSO Today.

Episode 114 Laurie Margolis G3UML

Oct 9, 2016 01:12:20


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 invasion by Argentina of the Falkland Islands starting the Falklands war in 1982.  Laurie and I discuss this event and the rest of his ham radio journey in this QSO Today.

Episode 113 Bill Kelsey N8ET

Oct 2, 2016 46:19


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 recovering from a recent stroke, he still has projects on his workbench, now using Arduino processors, pursuing UHF moon bounce, and finds time to operate the Digital modes. Bill joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 112 Keith Ranger G0KJK

Sep 24, 2016 01:00:44


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 World, makes contacts, and rag chews.  He quickly dispels the notion that ham radio is an expensive hobby and demonstrates how to have fun and enjoy the amateur radio hobby for very little money. Keith joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 111 Tom Vinson NY0V

Sep 16, 2016 01:03:06


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 Company, later Rockwell Collins, and the riddle was to find the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra aircraft somewhere in the South Pacific.  He could use the technology and human resources of the company to solve this riddle.  Tom recounts this story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 110 Tom Witherspoon K4SWL

Sep 11, 2016 01:12:30


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 short wave listening, Tom is the founder of Ears to our World, a non-profit organization that brings radio to rural and undeveloped parts of the World.  K4SWL joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 109 Susan Meckley W7KFI

Sep 3, 2016 50:06


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 for almost seventy years, Susan developed a love for 20 meter CW and sailing and combined them both in her journey that she shares with me,  Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 108 Tony Brock-Fisher K1KP

Aug 27, 2016 57:40


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, redesigning his 40 meter beam, or reducing the noise from his new solar electric array.  K1KP joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 107 Bill Sexton N1IN

Aug 19, 2016 01:01:49


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 the HF bands to become even more relevant in a time of national emergency. Bill shares his amateur radio and the MARS story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 106 Bob Leo W7LR

Aug 11, 2016 54:55


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 as an electrical engineer and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Montana State University.  Now, his 90’s, Bob resides in Bozeman Montana with Cobi, his wife of over 60 years.  Bob is  my QSO Today.

Episode 105 Robert Zavrel W7SX

Aug 7, 2016 01:09:58


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.  

Episode 104 Dick Stroud W9SR

Jul 30, 2016 59:36


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.

Episode 103 Rich Holoch KY6R

Jul 24, 2016 01:10:19


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.

Episode 102 Rex Harper W1REX

Jul 17, 2016 01:16:52


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. 

Episode 101 Graham Firth G3MFJ

Jul 9, 2016 01:08:44


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. 

Episode 100 Ned Stearns AA7A

Jul 1, 2016 01:10:29


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.

Episode 099 Jeff Murray K1NSS

Jun 26, 2016 01:10:06


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,, 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.

Episode 098 Randy Thompson K5ZD

Jun 19, 2016 01:00:05


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. 

Episode 097 Art Towslee WA8RMC

Jun 12, 2016 01:20:23


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.

Episode 096 Bill Dean W0OR

Jun 5, 2016 01:09:44


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.

Episode 095 Pete Friedrichs AC7ZL

May 29, 2016 01:14:25


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.


Episode 094 Ellen White W1YL

May 22, 2016 01:02:49


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.

Episode 093 Joe Eisenberg K0NEB

May 15, 2016 51:21


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.

Episode 092 Bob Epstein K8IA

May 8, 2016 50:43


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.

Episode 091 Jack Falker W8KR

May 1, 2016 01:16:49


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.

Episode 90 Gregory Andracke W2BEE

Apr 24, 2016 53:20


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.

Episode 089 Jim George N3BB

Apr 17, 2016 01:05:48


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.

Episode 88 Tom Gallagher NY2RF

Apr 10, 2016 50:38


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 and his future role at the ARRL.

Episode 087 - Ashhar Farhan - VU2ESE

Apr 3, 2016 01:08:32


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 BITX "open source" HF SSB transceiver, and has an international reputation as a home brewer, and is referred to as the “home brew hero” by Bill Meara, N2CQR, of the Soldersmoke podcast. Ashhar Farhan is Eric, 4Z1UG's guest on QSO Today.

Episode 086 Grayson Evans TA2ZGE

Mar 27, 2016 01:04:41


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 brewing, and operating QRP, from his QTH in Turkey.


Episode 085 Art Bell W6OBB

Mar 20, 2016 01:00:42


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 markets. Art discusses ham radio and his broadcast radio career in this QSO Today with Eric, 4Z1UG.

Episode 084 Peter Parker VK3YE

Mar 13, 2016 01:05:13


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, operates QRP from the local beach, and gives valuable advice on how to be a successful operator. VK3YE is 4Z1UG's guest on QSO Today. 

Episode 083 Jim Kutsch KY2D

Mar 6, 2016 01:03:06


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 passion for amateur radio leading to a successful career as a computer scientist, professor, and CEO of a remarkable non-profit organization. He is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today. 

Episode 082 Keith Kaiser WA0TJT

Feb 28, 2016 01:13:44


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 this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 081 Tad Cook K7RA

Feb 22, 2016 01:02:17


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 on low band propagation.

Episode 080 Mike Rainey AA1TJ

Feb 14, 2016 51:48


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 approach to amateur radio and the satisfaction that he gets from his home brew projects and operating at the 50 milliwatt level.  

Episode 079 Bob Allphin K4UEE

Feb 7, 2016 57:32


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 some advice on how to attract new hams to the hobby in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 078 Bob Hopkins WB2UDC

Jan 30, 2016 58:00


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 Scouts of America as well as creating opportunities for kids to speak to astronauts first aboard the Space Shuttle and now to the International Space Station.

Episode 077 David Cripe NM0S

Jan 24, 2016 50:28


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 home-brewing in addition to mentoring prospective hams through the Boys Scouts of America. NM0S is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.

Episode 076 Doug Crompton WA3DSP

Jan 17, 2016 01:14:02


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 QSO Today about boat anchors restoration, Allstar linking using the Raspberry Pi, and WSPRnet.

Episode 075 Paul Wade W1GHZ

Jan 10, 2016 54:09


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 subjects to both QST and QEX magazines. He joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this week’s QSO Today.

Episode 074 Don Greenbaum N1DG

Jan 3, 2016 53:03


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 experience on amateur radio,  with Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 073 Alan Wolke W2AEW

Dec 27, 2015 53:25


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 things.  He his Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Episode 072 Bob Heil K9EID

Dec 20, 2015 01:35:57


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 know how has raised the bar of what is acceptable for good sounding voice communications on amateur radio. Bob shares his ham radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 071 Murray Greenman ZL1BPU

Dec 13, 2015 01:03:22


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 developments and discoveries that he has made during his 49 years in amateur radio.  Murray joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 070 Bill Tippett W4ZV

Dec 6, 2015 55:40


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 Worldwide to work 300 DXCC countries on 160 meters. Bill shares his ham radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Episode 069 Howard Sherer AE3T

Nov 29, 2015 01:06:11


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, and EME, with Eric, 4Z1UG,  on this episode of QSO Today.


Episode 068 Don Huff W6JL

Nov 22, 2015 01:07:10


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 amplifier that is continuously variable in output power from 50 mw to 550 watts. Don loves to rag chew and share, and this is why he is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.

Episode 067 Nick Kennedy WA5BDU

Nov 15, 2015 52:03


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 journey, with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Episode 066 John Thompson K3MD

Nov 8, 2015 54:16


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, especially contests. At the same time, he collects classic rigs, writes articles, and mentors hams, and is active in many ham organizations. John joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this week's QSO Today.

Episode 065 Kirk Pickering K4RO

Nov 1, 2015 51:27


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 cycle band conditions fade.  Kirk is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Episode 064 Jim Wilson K5ND

Oct 25, 2015 01:02:30


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, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Episode 063 Craig Thompson K9CT

Oct 18, 2015 01:12:45


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 multi operator contest station owners, Craig built his ultimate man cave.   Craig discusses his amateur radio story and the details of building this station with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 062 Larry Makoski W2LJ

Oct 11, 2015 56:55


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 Today.

Episode 061 Phil Anderson W0XI

Oct 4, 2015 01:11:02


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 active as ever pursuing new avenues in ham radio. Phil joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 060 Pete Juliano N6QW

Sep 27, 2015 01:06:07


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, N6QW’s dream rig. Pete joins Eric, 4Z1UG, for a conversation on home-brewing, construction technique, and ham radio on QSO Today.  

Episode 059 Lance Collister W7GJ

Sep 20, 2015 01:02:40



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 bounce his six meter signal off of the moon. Lance tells us how he does it in his conversation with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Episode 058 Chuck Adams K7QO

Sep 13, 2015 01:06:31



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 his ham radio life, his Manhattan Muppet board construction method, and how to copy call signs at 140 words a minute, with Eric, 4Z1UG, on this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 057 Gerald Youngblood K5SDR

Sep 6, 2015 56:18



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 launched,  in 2003, on the kitchen table of K5SDR's Austin, Texas house to become the premier ham radio supplier of turn-key SDR radios.  Gerald joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 056 Glenn Elmore N6GN

Aug 30, 2015 58:08



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 experiments in WSPRnet for VHF and UHF propagation, and his use of quad-copters as a sky hook for his surface wave transmission line experiments. Join N6GN and Eric, 4Z1UG, in a fascinating discussion on QSO Today.

Episode 055 Joe Shupienis W3BC

Aug 23, 2015 01:04:50



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 ham radio blog and contributions to the club newsletter. Besides being active on the air, Joe is the ARRL WPA club coordinator under Section Manager, Tim Duffy, K3LR.  W3BC joins 4Z1UG on QSO Today.

Episode 054 Pat Barkey N9RV

Aug 16, 2015 53:35


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 one of the top contesters in the World. Now he is the editor of the National Contest Journal, a professor at Contest University, and Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Episode 053 Wayne Mills N7NG

Aug 9, 2015 59:36



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, N7NG, was also inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame and is the founder of DX University.  He is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest, this week,  on QSO Today.

Episode 052 Doug Grant K1DG

Aug 2, 2015 48:10



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 beginning of Doug’s amateur  radio journey that led him, this year,  to his induction into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.  Contests are Doug’s passion, and he  operates a Single Operator Two Radio (SO2R)  contest station. He shares the details with Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Episode 051 Carole Perry WB2MGP

Jul 26, 2015 58:40



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 years.  With this experience and and knowledge, Carole is still a leader in ham radio education through a number of national organizations.  She joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 050 Bill Meara N2CQR

Jul 14, 2015 01:12:46



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 transceivers using the Manhattan method. Bill joins, Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 049 Glen Popiel KW5GP

Jul 12, 2015 01:01:25



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 applies those computer skills to new and fascinating ham radio projects. KW5GP is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.



Episode 048 Budd Drummond W3FF

Jul 3, 2015 51:28


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 antennas.  A ham for more than sixty years, Budd, W3FF, founder of Buddipole, is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.

Episode 047 Bob Sterner KB0BS

Jun 28, 2015 49:06


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 from his hundreds of hours a year as a volunteer examiner, ham radio mentor, radio club organizer, and leader in the Colorado ham radio community.

Episode 046 Tony Parks KB9YIG

Jun 19, 2015 44:53



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 or SDR, where he saw an opportunity to build starter kits for HF SDR receivers that became the Softrock SDR kits.  Tony joins Eric, 4Z1UG to discuss SDR and Softrock.

Episode 045 Steve Galchutt WG0AT

Jun 14, 2015 01:12:57



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 the “teeners”, to set up and make contacts.  Join WG0AT and Eric, 4Z1UG on the QSO Today podcast.

Episode 044 David Freese W1HKJ

Jun 2, 2015 49:56



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 platform, David then went on to develop FLdigi, one of ham radio’s most popular software programs for encoding and decoding digital transmissions. David discusses his ham radio journey that led to the “FL” line of open source software products with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Episode 043 Paul Ewing N6PSE

May 29, 2015 58:41



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 authority and insight on creation, management, and execution of DXpeditions in ham radio. As a ham radio blogger, Paul shares his reflections on ham radio and is  Eric’s guest on QSO Today.

Episode 042 Carol Milazzo KP4MD

May 22, 2015 01:16:04



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 using WSPRnet to study VHF and UHF propagation, Carol takes meticulous notes, adds footnotes and illustrations, and now produces video.  This makes Carol a terrific online Internet Elmer. KP4MD joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

Episode 041 John Langridge KB5NJD

May 10, 2015 57:35



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 630 meter band with an experimental license. John takes us on his amateur radio journey and shares with Eric, 4Z1UG, the discoveries he has made along with way on this QSO Today. He urges us to get out of our comfort zone to really experience the thrill of our hobby.

Episode 040 Joe Moells K0OV

May 2, 2015 53:43


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 European “fox hunt”, or on foot direction finding contests in the USA. He is an author of over 200 articles on “T hunting”,  and is Eric’s guest on QSO Today.


Episode 039 Don Keith N4KC

Apr 26, 2015 54:40



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 books, both fiction and non-fiction. A series of non-fiction books on World War II submarines has made Don an expert in this area.  Don joins Eric, 4Z1UG, to discuss his passion for amateur radio, on QSO Today.



Episode 038 Tim Duffy K3LR

Apr 19, 2015 53:51


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 old, to a career in cellular telephony, and culminating in his position as COO of DX Engineering.  Join Tim and Eric, 4Z1UG in their QSO Today.

Episode 037 Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA

Apr 8, 2015 51:35



Amateur radio was the key driver that led Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, to a MSEE in Electrical Engineering and then a career as an RF design engineer with both Motorola and later Magnavox. When the hobby bites us at an early age, doors open to a bright and successful future. Carl has written hundreds of articles on the propagation of radio signals over the years.  He shares this knowledge with Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today. #QSOTODAY

Episode 036 Frank Fahrlander N7FF

Mar 29, 2015 53:32


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 through a career in computers, Frank continues to build projects and kits, elmer new hams, lead his DX club,  and volunteer in his community.  N7FF joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 035 Tracy Lenocker WA6ERA

Mar 28, 2015 57:51


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 volunteers that is one of the most comprehensive public services by hams to the largest county in the United States. Tracy joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 034 Jerry Buxton N0JY

Mar 20, 2015 01:04:47



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 opportunities. Jerry shares his amateur radio story and his busy ham radio life with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.

Episode 033 Greg Latta AA8V

Mar 15, 2015 52:48


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 musician and folk artist. An attention to detail and organization, in perfect harmony, is the successful formula that Greg discusses with Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 032 Ron Milliman K8HSY

Mar 8, 2015 01:02:17


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 schoolmates who supported his ham radio projects and interests.  Join Ron and Eric, 4Z1UG, in their QSO Today.

Episode 031 Kevin Custer W3KKC

Feb 22, 2015 01:02:17


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 life’s work.  Kevin’s Repeater Builder website has become the go to Internet resource for information on surplus land mobile radios, equipment, and test gear for building and maintaining amateur radio repeaters.  Kevin joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 030 Greg Lane N4KGL

Feb 20, 2015 01:01:24


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 portable HF operation in the Southern forests and swamps, to the Gulf’s beautiful Florida beaches.  Greg Lane, N4KGL joins Eric, 4Z1UG in QSO Today.

Episode 029 Ward Silver NOAX

Feb 13, 2015 51:00


 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 his ham radio beginnings and his amateur radio journey that includes his authoring many books and articles on ham radio. He also offers practical advice to new and returning hams.

Episode 028 Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE

Feb 8, 2015 56:45


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 phenomena he renamed RaDAR, or rapid deployment amateur radio. RaDAR, could be ham radio's "iron man" contest that combines outdoor activity with ham radio.  Eddie joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 027 David Larsen KK4WW

Jan 30, 2015 58:42



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.   David joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today to discuss his ham radio life and all of the wonderful opportunities and relationships that amateur radio created. Now as the historian and curator of the Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum, David has his perfect vehicle for preserving his unique past for future generations.  

Episode 026 Scott Andersen NE1RD

Jan 25, 2015 46:45


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 that include how to plan and execute the perfect combination of ham radio contesting and vacation in an exotic location. Some of this simple wisdom and experience might surprise you.

Episode 025 Dan Romanchik KB6NU

Jan 18, 2015 01:02:01


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 preaches.  Join the QSO Today between Dan and Eric, 4Z1UG, on the amateur radio topics that most interest them.

Episode 024 Dan Walker WG5G

Jan 10, 2015 59:57



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 and what it really takes to be the best QRP DX operator in the World.  His answers might surprise you.

Episode 023 Dennis Blanchard K1YPP

Jan 4, 2015 54:49


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 the hobby.   In 2007, Dennis combined his love for backpacking and ham radio when he started a 6 month trek of the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail.  Dennis joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today to discuss his ham radio life and hiking the trail. 

Episode 022 April Moell WA6OPS

Dec 27, 2014 01:09:45



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 the lives and safety of patients. Thirty years after founding the Hospital Disaster Support Communications System, April and her group now provide emergency communications to over 34 hospitals in her area.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with WA6OPS.

Episode 021 Eric Manning, VA7DZ

Dec 20, 2014 57:32


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 lifetime of amateur radio beginning in 1948, in his 5th grade classroom.  His ham radio journey led him to a career in computers and computer science, culminating as a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering,   and to his current ham radio operation at the University of Victoria. Even in retirement, Eric’s ham radio life is rich with experiences and new projects.

Episode 020 Martin Huyett K0BXB

Dec 13, 2014 52:13



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 meter FM on surplus mobile equipment, and packet radio,  Martin has gone back to his ham radio roots and now enjoys a simple CW QSO on a straight key. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with K0BXB.

Episode 019 Dean Mertz K0MKT

Dec 5, 2014 47:45


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 always an opportunity, a few times a year, to catch up on ham radio projects and personal lives. As a software engineer and hardware tinkerer, Dean always has an inspiring project to discuss.  This time its a web based audio adjustment meter, using the Beaglebone Black, for the local DMR mobile radio system.

Episode 018 Jim Kinter K5KTF

Nov 23, 2014 01:05:42


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 the chief evangelist for the Broadband Hamnet group in Austin, Texas. Ham radio broadband mesh networks is the topic of conversation in Eric’s, 4Z1UG, QSO Today with Jim Kinter, K5KTF.  Ham radio mesh networking began with the conversion of Linksys home routers, with special firmware, into a robust wideband data network to allow voice, video, and data between hams in the amateur bands. Join Eric and Jim in their QSO Today.

Episode 017 Bob Wolbert K6XX

Nov 20, 2014 51:36


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 RadioSport Team Championship 2010,  he is especially qualified to speak about what it takes to be a great contest operator. As an employee of Elecraft, Bob gets to be a professional amateur radio operator in addition to his hobby operating ham radio. Join, Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Bob, K6XX.   

Episode 016 Scott Zimmerman N3XCC

Nov 13, 2014 52:23


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, Scott applies his expertise to maintain a network work of interconnected amateur radio repeaters that provide wide area coverage, international access through the Allstar linking network, and public service in times of emergency.  Scott is also a contributor to the Repeater Builder website, the one-stop for any ham who wants to reassign commercial land mobile radios to amateur service.

Episode 015 - Bruce Perens - K6BP

Nov 4, 2014 53:24



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 FreeDV, digital modulation schemes for HF and VHF.  Through his new company, Algoram, Bruce hopes to create the ultimate open source handheld software defined radio.  As an evangelist, Bruce founded No Code International, where he successfully eliminated the Morse code requirement for amateur radio licenses Worldwide.

Episode 014 - Steve Johnston - WD8DAS

Oct 26, 2014 54:27


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 includes experimentation in the 630 meter band, restoration of Chinese military radio gear, and the love of amateur radio.

Episode 013 - Hap Holly - KC9RP

Oct 22, 2014 50:24



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 the Year.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, and Hap in their QSO Today.  

Episode 012 - Wayne and Sharon Spring, W6IRD & K6IRD

Oct 17, 2014 01:16:49



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 to a rich, hands on amateur radio life.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in this inspiring conversation with both Wayne and Sharon Spring on QSO Today.

QSO Today Episode 011 Wayne Burdick N6KR

Oct 8, 2014 01:03:08



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 transceivers on the market. Wayne and Eric’s conversation reveals some insights into what makes a successful ham radio product.  

Episode 010 - Stan Lewandowski - WB2LQF

Oct 1, 2014 57:09



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 Stan’s professional and personal life.  Stan joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Episode 009 - John Portune - W6NBC

Sep 24, 2014 47:22



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 ham radio interests from Amateur Fast Scan Television  to residential disguise antennas for antenna restricted neighborhoods.

Episode 008 - Amnon Bar Giora - 4X1DF

Sep 17, 2014 01:12:10


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 of radio behind the Nazi lines, his pursuit of the Nazi doctor of Auschwitz across South America, and his co-founding of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel. At 91 years of age, Amnon has a rich history of radio, service to his country and people, and entrepreneurship.

Episode 007 - Yehuda Cern - 4X1TQ

Sep 9, 2014 56:56



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, and paying forward on his ham radio journey.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, on his QSO Today with Yehuda Cern, 4X1TQ.  

Episode 006 - Eric Nichols - KL7AJ

Sep 2, 2014 53:19



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 first earned his Novice Class Amateur Radio license, WN6TEE.  Upgrading to General Class, two years later, and adding a First Class Radio Telephone license, Eric made his way to North Pole, Alaska where he spent over 20 years as a broadcast engineer. He shares his ham radio journey through his contribution of over 150 published articles in QST, QEX, eHam and other publications, and even a ham radio novel, Plasma Dreams. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today, with Eric Nichols, KL7AJ.

Episode 005 - Ron Weaver - W6OM

Aug 19, 2014 47:22


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 his ham radio journey under his Elmer, the original W6OM, George Hutchins. Going on for his Novice license the following September, Ron’s first contact on 15 meters was another 10 year old, Andy Chesnioff, UA3AB, of the former Soviet Union.  That original contact created an international friendship that has lasted over 50 years and survived the “Cold War”.  His second contact was Stan, F05IW, another ham to become a lifelong friend and business partner. Follow with me on Ron’s ham radio journey.

Episode 004 - Rich Fusinski - K8NDS

Aug 13, 2014 48:48


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 houses, he found his Elmer, Charlie, W8LVR, who led him through his first Novice license in 1964. This led Rich on a 40 year career through General Motors, slow scan televsion, working DX, and developing antennas. Rich is the developer of the "fractional wave loop antenna", a theme and variation on the magnetic loop antenna. Listen in on Eric's, 4Z1UG, QSO Today with Rich, K8NDS.

Episode 003 - Angel Santana - WP3GW

Aug 5, 2014 59:42



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 meet people, make connections from different countries, from different backgrounds.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO with Angel about his beginnings in ham radio, his “wall paper”,and the contributions he has made and continues to make to amateur radio as the Public Information Office in his ARRL section for Puerto Rico.  

Episode 002 - Bob Greenberg W2CYK

Jul 25, 2014 47:40


Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, is a third generation ham radio operator, whose "Elmer", was his grandfather, Art Greenberg, the original W2CYK.  Follow Bob's ham radio journey from its beginnings almost 40 years ago.  

Episode 001- Arie Kleingold PA3A

Jul 14, 2014 49:25


Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO with Arie Kliengold, PA3A on QSO Today.  Arie discusses his early beginnings in radio as a Merchant Marine radio operator and how he went on to do DXpeditions in Africa in conjunction with Mercy Ships, hospital ships that bring advanced medical care to Africa. 

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Episode 000 - Eric Guth 4Z1UG

Jul 13, 2014 06:42


This is the first podicast of the new QSO Today weekly program where Amateur Radio operators are interviewed by Eric, 4Z1UG. Our audience are prospective, new, and returning members of the ham radio community who wish to learn more about the hobby though conversations, or QSOs, with experienced hams.  The goal of the podcast is to introduce the wide range of ham radio options by experts in these areas.