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100 Watts and a Wire

100 Watts and a Wire creates content that explores ham radio, preparedness and emergency information. 100 Watts and a Wire was originally launched as an audio podcast on June 22, 2015. Today, you can watch regular live streams on YouTube and take the audio podcast with you.

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Episode 114: Old Wooden Shed • SOTA

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.

5 Sep 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 97: Direct Burial • DSTAR

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.

9 May 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 172: Fall Out • Posters • Prizes

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.

22 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 140: FCC • Phone Privileges • DX

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.

5 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 227: Antenna Issues on 160 Meters

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.

5 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 116: RT66 • Hex Beam • Fall Out

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.

19 Sep 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 106: IARU Contest • FT8 DSTAR

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.

11 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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Night Tuning and Guantanamo Bay

14 Feb 2017

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Episode 142: D.E.A.R.S. • 100 NET

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.

25 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 120: EmComm • Marketing Ham Radio • POTA

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.

17 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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The PowerFilm Solar Session

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.

10 May 2017

Rank #11

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Thanksgiving and the Backups

21 Nov 2016

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In Like a Lion

14 Mar 2017

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Operation Stretchy Pants

29 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 183: Antenna Work • N2RJ on Contesting

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.

8 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 101: Solar Shed Project • POTA

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.

6 Jun 2017

Rank #16

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Inside National Park Unit NM12

12 Dec 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 222: ARES • Working Satellites

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.

4 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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

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.

21 May 2019

Rank #19

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The Weird In-Between Week

27 Dec 2016

Rank #20