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 153 - Jim Talens - N3JT
Episode 152 - Chris Burger - ZS6EZ
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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