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.