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 Frank's introduction to electronics and radio many years later. With the support of his radio clubs and Elmers, Frank, focuses on the technology and engineering to create a super contest station that wins contests throughout the year. W3LPL is my QSO Today.
Episode 121 - Dale Green - VE7SV / CE2AWW
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
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 - Galdino "Dino" Besomi - CE3PG
In 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
Bill Murray, W9VC, likes to spend his ham radio time building tube type transmitters of his own design from old equipment purchased at ham fests. In addition, Bill likes to rebuild old gear and and operate QRP in the field. W9VC shares his ham radio story with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.
Episode 117 - Gerry Jurrens - N2GJ
Gerry Jurrens, N2GJ, describes himself as a “joiner”, active in local and not so local amateur radio clubs, emergency communication groups, and projects that benefit the local community and the ham radio community. He loves amateur radio and will try a broad range of ham radio activities to understand and Elmer. Gerry is a natural Elmer and ham radio educator and is my QSO Today.
Episode 116 - Scott Wright - K0MD
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
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
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
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.
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