Many of us, especially when we are sitting at our work desk in the cold of Winter, long for tropical warmth, golden sands, and great ham radio that operating from the Caribbean could offer. My guest this week is Geoff Howard, W0CG / PJ2DX, who operates along with his ham friends the P2JT contest station in a villa on a cliff overlooking the sea in Curacao. Geoff shares his ham radio story and the history of P2JT in this QSO Today.
Episode 182 - Keith Hibbert - WB2VUO
Keith Hibbert, WB2VUO, is the ARRL Technical Coordinator for Western NY State. In that capacity Keith serves as a resource and goto guy for technical questions by amateur radio operators. Keith and I had a great QSO on his areas of interest that include QRP Single Sideband, digital modes like FT-8, and Keith’s interest in both amateur HF and aircraft beacons. Keith shares his insights and some valuable resources in this QSO Today.
Episode 181 - Shelby Ennis - W8WN
One of the most unusual ham radio operating modes is meteor scatter or bouncing signals off the ionized trails left by space dust from meteors in the the earth’s atmosphere. Shelby Ennis, W8WN has operated this mode for over 50 years, first on CW using tape recorders to send a high speed bursts, then using the K1JT digital modes. We learn that meteor scatter is a reliable mode for morning QSOs and much more in this QSO Today with W8WN.
Episode 180 - Brian Machesney - K1LI
Natural disasters, especially the most recent hurricanes, present us with opportunities to make a real difference if we step up to the plate. As part of this amateur radio story, Brian Machesney, K1LI, was presented his opportunity to make a difference on the Caribbean Island of Dominica after it was wiped out by Hurricane Maria in October 2017. Brian, his wife, and other hams stepped up to the plate and provided relief with the Dominica Airlift as it was called by the press. This story and so much more in this QSO Today with K1LI.
Episode 179 - Steve Murphy - N8NM
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 178 - Brian Short - KC0BS
Episode 177 - Jeff Damm - WA7MLH
Episode 176 - Hal Turley - W8HC
Episode 175 - Bob Rosier - K4OCE
Episode 174 - Robert Norman - VK5SW
Heading South to Australia, our QSO Today is with Rob Norman, VK5SW, who wanted to get away from the electronic noise of the his home city of Adelaide, in South Australia, by building a remote control HF station in the Australian bush some two hours drive from his QTH. We learn from Rob, what it takes to make this a great solution getting on the air.