Steve Murphy, N8NM, builds most of his modern equipment using the Manhattan and “ugly” construction method, or he refurbishes old tube transmitters, receivers, and transceivers. Steve is not afraid to try a new design or component to further his love of home brewing. We follow the ham radio career of N8NM in this episode of QSO Today.
Episode 167 - Jim Garland - W8ZR
Inspired by one of his home brew elmers, Jim Garland, W8ZR, uses his electronics and metal fabrication workbench to create beautiful ham radio projects (a few displayed in QST magazine) and he restores old vintage boat anchor transmitters and receivers that he rotates through his three operating positions at his QTH in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jim tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.
Episode 145 - Glen Zook - K9STH
Glen Zook, K9STH, began his elmering and mentoring by writing his first article for 73 Magazine in 1961 at the tender age of 17. Glen has gone on to write many practical ham radio articles from modifying a Heathkit Globe Chief for six meters to installing chemical ground rods for proper shack grounding. He has a collection of restored “boat anchors” that are copies of all of the rigs he has ever owned. As he pays extra attention to the details, his rigs are in as new condition as possible. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.
Episode 137 - Randy Hall - K7AGE
Randy Hall, K7AGE, has been a ham for almost 50 years and is well known for his You-Tube channel with his hundreds of ham radio videos. Randy is also a regular contributor to Ham Nation on the TWIT network where he works with George, W5JDX, on the Smoke and Solder segment videos. He works just about all bands and modes. Randy is a ham’s ham and elmer, and a popular guest on a number of the ham radio podcasts. K7AGE 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 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 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.