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
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
Richard Gillette, W9PE, is the consummate ham radio operator and mentor, IEEE speaker, and frequent contributor to our amateur radio hobby from his many articles in the ham radio magazines. His own website, w9pe.us, is an amazing resource, 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
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
When it 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 secretary of the G-QRP Club 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 cohorts 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
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
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
Bob Wilson, N6TV, is a San Francisco 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 three time competitor at the World Radiosport Team Championship, Bob shares what he knows about this and more on this QSO Today.
Episode 134 - Jeff Briggs - K1ZM
Jeff Briggs, K1ZM, is the author of DXing on the Edge- The Thrill of 160 meters, and he operates an amazing DX station on Prince Edward Island on Canada's Atlantic shore. Jeff is a veteran of a number of DXpeditions and the World Radiosport Team Championship. Eric, 4Z1UG, and Jeff discuss 160 meters, DXing, building and maintaining a super station. This and more on this episode of QSO Today.
Episode 133 - Paul Topolski - W1SEX
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.
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