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
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 assist Nauticos Corp. to find the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra L10E 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 - Thomas Witherspoon - K4SWL
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
There is no time like the present to sail the South Pacific, solo, with amateur radio. This is exactly what Susan Meckley, W7KFI, did for almost twenty years until she retired from the open seas at almost eighty years of age. As a ham for almost seventy years, Susan developed a love for 20 meter CW and sailing. She combined them both in her journey that she shares with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.
Episode 108 - Tony Brock-Fisher - K1KP
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
Since 2001, Bill Sexton, N1IN was the public relations officer (now retired) 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
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 Radio Amateur Society 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
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 Signetic NE602 mixer chip, and shares his story with us in this QSO Today.
Episode 104 - Richard Stroud - W9SR
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 homebrewing, antennas, and propagation. W9SR is my QSO Today.
Episode 103 - Rich Holoch - KY6R
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.
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