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100 Watts and a Wire is podcast about amateur radio. Launched on June 22, 2015, the show features topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at one mans journey of discovery through this important pubic service and hobby. Join Christian, K0STH at the intersection of life and amateur radio.

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100 Watts and a Wire is podcast about amateur radio. Launched on June 22, 2015, the show features topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at one mans journey of discovery through this important pubic service and hobby. Join Christian, K0STH at the intersection of life and amateur radio.

iTunes Ratings

68 Ratings
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12

Great podcast

By firewall_03 - Aug 07 2018
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I really enjoy the segment about lamps. I like lamp too.

Christian always has something interesting to say

By Eric Wettstein - Sep 13 2017
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Christian always has something interesting to say about ham radio.

iTunes Ratings

68 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
9
6
8
12

Great podcast

By firewall_03 - Aug 07 2018
Read more
I really enjoy the segment about lamps. I like lamp too.

Christian always has something interesting to say

By Eric Wettstein - Sep 13 2017
Read more
Christian always has something interesting to say about ham radio.
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100 Watts and a Wire

Latest release on Jul 25, 2020

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100 Watts and a Wire is podcast about amateur radio. Launched on June 22, 2015, the show features topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at one mans journey of discovery through this important pubic service and hobby. Join Christian, K0STH at the intersection of life and amateur radio.

Rank #1: Episode 114: Old Wooden Shed • SOTA

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On this episode, Christian returns to the "old wood shed". This Spring, K0STH rehabbed an old shed for portable operations . As the summer comes to a close, we find K0STH back by the edge of the woods building and testing wire antennas. Will his set up change for the Fall Out? Also, a listener shares his first SOTA activation. Although it was incredibly Summit, he almost didn't make it back. We go along for the ride. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Sep 05 2017

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Rank #2: Episode 97: Direct Burial • DSTAR

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On this episode, we take to the field. Nope, not to activate. We're cleaning up. Last week's storms left us with a lot of tree damage. How do things look in the antenna garden? Overgrown! We'll also talk about direct burial coax and the position of antennas. Plus, we launch a new DSTAR segment featuring common questions from our community. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

May 09 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 172: Fall Out • Posters • Prizes

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On this episode, we announce the winners from the 100 Watts and a Wire Fall Out. A record number of participants entered the random drawing for prizes. Today, we give them away. Plus, CQMaps is back in business. Same name, new website address. Now, you can get a map or a poster with the 100 Watts and a Wire logo. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Oct 22 2018

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Rank #4: Episode 140: FCC • Phone Privileges • DX

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On this episode, we welcome the elephant in the room. Yep, the ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. Thoughts? Plus, we talk about working DX during last weekend's contest. All of this an more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Mar 05 2018

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Rank #5: Episode 116: RT66 • Hex Beam • Fall Out

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On this episode, Christian has some antenna maintenance that needs to be done. Specifically, on the Hex Beam. We'll also recap Route 66 On The Air. Did you make the trip? Plus, the 100 Watts and a Wire FALL OUT is coming on October 7 & 8. We'll tell you how to participate and win cool prizes. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Sep 19 2017

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Rank #6: Episode 106: IARU Contest • FT8 DSTAR

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On this episode, we look back at the IARU Contest and the 13 Colonies Special Event. K0STH was on vacation and working portable from the First State. But, was Delaware working for K0STH? We also take a closer look at a new mode called, FT8. There's a new DSTAR Update and several license upgrades to celebrate. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jul 11 2017

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Rank #7: Night Tuning and Guantanamo Bay

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Feb 14 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 227: Antenna Issues on 160 Meters

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On this episode, we kick off the year with antenna issues! Will it be a simple fix? Or, is 160 headed to recycling? Come along as we brave the cold to troubleshoot. Plus, Steve, W7UDI stops by to talk about cable connectors and tower safety. Are you climbing a tower? You’ll want to hear this. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jan 05 2020

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Rank #9: Episode 142: D.E.A.R.S. • 100 NET

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On this episode, Christian returns from Orlando. No. We weren't looking for HamCation this time around. We were listening to D.E.A.R.S. and exploring Disney! Also, the 2018 version of the 100WAAW NET reaches new heights. Plus, we prepare for our time in Xenia, Ohio. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Mar 25 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 120: EmComm • Marketing Ham Radio • POTA

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On this episode, changing the narrative. It is understood among amateur radio operators that we provide a valuable community service. However, are we marketing these assets properly to the media, general public and the F.C.C.? We also take a deep dive into the facts of FT8. Plus, our monthly Parks on the Air Report.

Oct 17 2017

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Rank #11: The PowerFilm Solar Session

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On this special edition, PowerFilm Solar flips the script and interviews Christian, K0STH. PowerFilm is a new sponsor of the 100 Watts and a Wire Podcast. They are based in Ames, Iowa and make lightweight and flexible solar panels. The company believes in us as a community. They also feel that they can help support the power needs of amateur radio operators. Specifically, those of us who enjoy getting out and going portable.

May 10 2017

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Rank #12: Thanksgiving and the Backups

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Nov 21 2016

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Rank #13: In Like a Lion

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Mar 14 2017

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Rank #14: Operation Stretchy Pants

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Nov 29 2016

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Rank #15: Episode 183: Antenna Work • N2RJ on Contesting

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On this episode, working on antennas. Like, at night and in the cold. For those of us who do it, what is wrong with us? We asked our listeners on Facebook. The results may surprise you. Plus, we welcome another Special Op. This week, Ria N2RJ introduces us to the world of contesting. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jan 08 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 101: Solar Shed Project • POTA

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It's time for the 100 Watts and a Wire TUNE UP! Join us this weekend as we get out and get on the air to rehearse for Field Day 2017. On this episode, we discuss the details of the activity, the random drawing and prizes. Christian also starts a mosquito inspired adventure called, the Solar Shed Project. We've got a new Parks on the Air feature and Paul WD9GCO introduces us to the Alabama Link. All of this and more on this episode of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jun 06 2017

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Rank #17: Inside National Park Unit NM12

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Dec 12 2016

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Rank #18: Episode 222: ARES • Working Satellites

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On this episode, the hobby turns to service for K0STH. As of last week, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in St. Louis has gained a new member. We’ll talk about more about ARES and the expectations on the road ahead. Plus, Patrick WD9EWK teaches us more about satellites. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Nov 04 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 201: Jack the Bear and his Queen • Elecraft K4

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On this episode, Laura, WZ8C and Jack “The Bear”, W8KEC review the 2019 Dayton Hamvention. We also talk about the live and streamed coverage of the event on YouTube. Are we seeing an evolution in the way hamfests are covered? Plus, Elecraft releases the K4. Are you a buyer? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

May 21 2019

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Rank #20: The Weird In-Between Week

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Dec 27 2016

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Episode 242: The Antenna Recovery • QSO Today Ham Expo

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On this episode we talk about recovery and getting back on the air after the storm. If your antenna system has suffered storm damages, you’re not alone. We also talk about the QSO Today Ham Expo. This growing virtual expo is FREE and coming to our screens on August 8 & 9. We’ll have a booth were we’ll gather and attempt our first Facebook Live stream. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jul 25 2020

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Episode: 241: Big Storms - Big Losses

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On this episode, we’ll take a walk after a powerful storm rolls through this part of Missouri. Sadly, it’s not good news. Heavy winds have claimed the lives of several wire antennas. We’ll assess the damage together on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jul 16 2020

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Episode 240: Field Day 2020

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It’s Field Day! My apologies for the brief cellular tone that crept into this recording. However, we did get to put a couple of antennas in the air before the storms rolled in. We’ll also see what antennas and radios some you decided to use this year. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jun 28 2020

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Episode 239: Tune Up Results • Field Day Prep

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On this episode, we announce the winner of the random drawing. Our thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Tune Up. We also talk about lessons learned. What worked for you? What would you change as we prepare for Field Day? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jun 20 2020

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Episode 238: ANTenna • Tune Up 2020

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On this episode, the antenna garden is under attack. No. It’s not an HOA. It’s ants! Let’s see what happens when we move the NET to 20M. Plus, we get prepared for this year’s Tune Up. What antenna are you using? Who should you chase? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jun 07 2020

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Episode 237: Dayton Hamvention Remembered

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On this episode, we look back at the Dayton Hamvention. Although Covid-19 forced its cancellation in 2020, we can look back at past visits and share the common appeal to this amateur radio event. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

May 18 2020

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Episode 236: Tune Up • Field Day • Band Activity

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On this episode, we visit with Ria, N2RJ. So many questions! How are things at the league? Will Field Day look the same in 2020? Plus, Steve, W7UDI gets us ready for the Tune Up. Have you assembled your team? This time, winner takes all. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

May 08 2020

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Episode 235: The Covid19 State of Radio • Field Day 2020 & the Tune Up

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On this episode, we catch up with Steve, W7UDI. We talk about Washington State and the changes Covid19 has brought to amateur radio. We also consider a potential change coming to this year’s Field Day. If we have to adjust, Steve has an idea that we will put in play during the TUNE UP. Plus, Contest University goes online. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Apr 23 2020

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Episode 234: Covid19 Update • Linked Dipoles • Hour:73

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On this episode, we check in on the state of life in our new world. Is this pandemic good for amateur radio? We also talk about linked dipoles. Are they an option for emergency communications? Plus, we introduce a new podcast. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Apr 14 2020

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Episode 233: Life During A Pandemic • Dayton Cancelled

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On this episode, we navigate life during a pandemic. There, I said it. As sweeping changes become the norm, we learn the fate of the 2020 Dayton Hamvention. It’s off. Are you really surprised? While you’re working from home, try and get on the radio. Communicate with others. Enjoy your family. Stay safe!

Mar 16 2020

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Episode 232: ARES and HF • Getting Back to Our Roots

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On this episode, we encourage you to stay focused when it comes to Covid19. By all means, don’t panic. Plus, does our ham radio interests run in cycles? If we move on, do we always come back? Plus, we explore the viability of HF in emergency communications. Should we be testing the backup to the backbone? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Mar 02 2020

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Episode 231: ICOM 705 • ARRL Seeks Comments

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On this episode, we talk about the ICOM 705. This is a beautiful radio. But, is it on your wish list? Our panel breaks down the rumored price and potential market. Plus, the ARRL is asking for our support. Hear what’s on the table. What do you think about the proposals? Should Technician Class Licenses come with more HF band access? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Feb 14 2020

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Episode 230: CERT • Dayton • Coronavirus

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On this episode, we talk about the importance of your local CERT Program. You do have a local CERT Program, right? We also talk about this course has changed my plans for Dayton. Plus, the Coronavirus. We’ll take a look at some of the numbers being collected by Johns Hopkins University. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Feb 10 2020

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Episode 229: Special Report on the ARRL CEO Vote

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On this episode, we discuss the news coming from the ARRL. On Friday, the ARRL’s Board of Directors voted not to renew its Chief Executive Officer Howard Michel, WB2ITX. What are we being told? What are our sources saying? Steve, W7UDI joins me to unbox everything we know today. Plus. a special announcement regarding this Sunday’s NET. All of this and more on this special edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jan 20 2020

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Episode 228: EmComm and the Digital Modes

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On this episode, emergency communication and the digital modes. As we settle into 2020, training is the focus for K0STH. We’ll get an update on the courses and the plan. Plus, do you have an open mind when it comes to new amateur radio technology? Evan, W8KJR joins us to discuss digital modes. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jan 17 2020

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Episode 227: Antenna Issues on 160 Meters

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On this episode, we kick off the year with antenna issues! Will it be a simple fix? Or, is 160 headed to recycling? Come along as we brave the cold to troubleshoot. Plus, Steve, W7UDI stops by to talk about cable connectors and tower safety. Are you climbing a tower? You’ll want to hear this. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Jan 05 2020

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Episode 226: Ham Radio Christmas Lists • You Tube Landscape

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On this episode, we take a look at what’s on your ham radio Christmas list. We also talk about go bags, coax and the things you need in the field. We also talk about YouTube and the potential for us in that landscape. Plus, we have an update on YOTA. All of this and more on the holiday edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Dec 15 2019

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Episode 225: Thanksgiving Antenna Massacre

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On this episode, a follow up to the Thanksgiving Antenna Massacre. We have learned of the damage. This time, we talk about the recovery. We also talk about YouTube. A recent appearance on Ham Radio 2.0 has raised questions about a 100 Watts and a Wire channel. Could we do it? Plus, we take a dip in this months QST and CQ Magazine. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Dec 02 2019

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Episode 224: Health and Welfare From The Antenna Garden

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Winds reaching speeds of 50-60 MPH came through this part of Missouri over night. On this episode, we provide a heath and wellness check on the antenna garden.

Nov 27 2019

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Episode 223: YOTA • SOTA • Managing Your Weird Uncle

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On this episode, we talk about the sweepstakes. Did you play? Does passing such an exchange give you anxiety? Let’s talk. We also learn about Youth On The Air Region 2. In 2020, it’s coming to the Voice of America. Details inside. We also follow Ed DD5LP on a summit and a recommendation on how to handle your weird uncle at Thanksgiving. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.

Nov 18 2019

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iTunes Ratings

68 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
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6
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12

Great podcast

By firewall_03 - Aug 07 2018
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I really enjoy the segment about lamps. I like lamp too.

Christian always has something interesting to say

By Eric Wettstein - Sep 13 2017
Read more
Christian always has something interesting to say about ham radio.