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.
Episode 122 - Frank Donovan - W3LPL
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.
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