Beginning as a scanner listener, Gary Hoffman, KB0H, discovered amateur radio and 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
Brian Clarke, VK2GCE, has been a "ham" since his childhood in New Zealand who went on to get advanced degrees, compared a trumpet to a waveguide, built a recording studio in London for Pink Floyd, and now resides in Australia where he promotes amateur radio and consults on STEM programs for schools.
Brian is a collector of ex-military radios. VK2GCE is my QSO Today.
Episode 130 - Mike Myers - VA3MPM
My QSO Today with Mike Myers, VA3MPM, was the result of one of your suggestions from my recent listener survey. Mike is a very active ham in Ottowa, Canada, and enjoys ham radio through rag chewing on 80 meters, collecting vintage rigs, participating in his ham clubs, and helping new radio amateurs become successful hams. Mike is also a musician, a member of the Myer Brothers Band, and shares his interest in tube type guitar amplifiers.
Episode 129 - David White - WN5Y
David White, WN5Y, is a home-brewer from the beginning of his ham radio story, and loves to build HF receivers. 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
Ian Keyser, G3ROO, has a 1600 square foot “maker space” or shop that he uses for all of his projects, including ham radio, and shares this space with his Dover Construction Club. Ian works “top band” with wire antennas and a superb grounding system. He collects and refurbishes vintage World War Two spy radios that he displays in his GB2SPY Museum. G3ROO is Eric, 4Z1UG’s QSO Today.
Episode 127 - Brooke Allen - N2BA
Brooke Allen, N2BA, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, to discuss his articles published in the National Contest Journal, Game Design for Contesters, where Brooke discusses entering into the "zone" or state of flow during ham radio contests. This benefit, known to top atheletes, has many advantages to attract new people to amateur radio. The QSO also touches on field day at the annual Burning Man event in the Nevada desert and social skills for nerds.
Episode 126 - Rob Sherwood - NC0B
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
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 transmitters, and shares his ham radio and electronic builder story.
Episode 124 - Eddie Leighton - ZS6BNE - in person
On a recent trip to South Africa, I had the great opportunity to have an "eyeball" with Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE. Eddie drove from his home QTH in Lichtenburg, three-hundred kilometers to Johannesburg, where he spent the afternoon of November 2nd with me. He brought along his "minimalist" RaDAR, or rapid deployment amateur radio rig to demonstrate how easy it is to carry an HF radio into the field, set it up, and make contacts. This interview was recorded with Eddie as we were setting up his rig on the patio of friend's house in Johannesburg.
Episode 123 - Jim Veatch - WA2EUJ
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.
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