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QSO Today is a weekly conversation, or QSO, between amateur radio operators about ham radio. Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, hosts a new guest every week to talk about their ham radio journey, their specialized expertise in ham radio, and how amateur radio has impacted their personal and professional lives. QSO Today is targeted at anyone interested in amateur radio who wants to learn more about this fascinating hobby.

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QSO Today is a weekly conversation, or QSO, between amateur radio operators about ham radio. Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, hosts a new guest every week to talk about their ham radio journey, their specialized expertise in ham radio, and how amateur radio has impacted their personal and professional lives. QSO Today is targeted at anyone interested in amateur radio who wants to learn more about this fascinating hobby.

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By gfremin - Nov 18 2015
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I enjoy these podcasts about amateur radio

Entertaining and Informative

By Inspired to upgrade - Aug 03 2015
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Well organized interviews with something for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced.

iTunes Ratings

82 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
6
4
0
2

Good stuff

By gfremin - Nov 18 2015
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I enjoy these podcasts about amateur radio

Entertaining and Informative

By Inspired to upgrade - Aug 03 2015
Read more
Well organized interviews with something for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced.
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QSO Today Podcast - Interviews with the leaders in amateur radio

Latest release on Aug 01, 2020

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QSO Today is a weekly conversation, or QSO, between amateur radio operators about ham radio. Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, hosts a new guest every week to talk about their ham radio journey, their specialized expertise in ham radio, and how amateur radio has impacted their personal and professional lives. QSO Today is targeted at anyone interested in amateur radio who wants to learn more about this fascinating hobby.

Rank #1: Episode 229 Keith Baker KB1SF

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AMSAT, the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation, has launched over 95 satellites into space since 1961.  Keith Baker, KB1SF, former President and now treasurer of AMSAT speaks and write on amateur satellites, what is happening now, how to get started, and how to get involved.  Keith shares is wealth of satellite knowledge in this episode of QSO Today.

Dec 21 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #2: Episode 125 Hans Summers G0UPL

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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 transponders, and shares his ham radio and electronic builder story.  

Dec 23 2016

1hr 45mins

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Rank #3: Episode 128 Ian Keyser G3ROO

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In this QSO Today, Ian Keyser, G3ROO, discusses with Eric, 4Z1UG, his amazing “maker space”, collecting and refurbishing World War 2 vintage spy radios, his top band, 160 mhz operations, and his reflections on ham radio today.

Jan 11 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #4: Episode 273 Steve Adler VK5SFA

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Steve Adler, VK5SFA, is a lifelong lover of radio and electronics, worked in the broadcast industry, and has recently retired. Steve developed a skill set and relationships that helped him to create a 160 and 80 meter magnetic loop antenna that won him fi

Oct 25 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #5: Episode 085 Art Bell W6OBB

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Amateur radio was the early beginning for a career in radio for Art Bell, W6OBB, who became one of America’s number one late night talk show hosts.  Art's audience on Coast to Coast AM grew to 15 million listeners in over five-hundred markets. Art discusses ham radio and his broadcast radio career in this QSO Today with Eric, 4Z1UG.

Mar 19 2016

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Rank #6: Episode 264 Gordon West WB6NOA

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Gordon West, “Gordo”WB6NOA, may be one of ham radio’s most well known ambassadors and promoters of our amateur radio hobby today.  Through his books and courses over the years, Gordo, has licensed thousands of individuals to become amateur radio operators. Gordo tells me that this is the first time that he has told his ham radio story from the beginning in this episode of QSO Today.

Aug 23 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #7: Episode 122 Frank Donovan W3LPL

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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 franks introduction to electronics and radio many years later. With the support of his radio clubs and Elmers, Frank, focuses on the technology and engineering of great ham radio station design and performance to win contests throughout the year. W3LPL is my QSO Today.

Dec 03 2016

46mins

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Rank #8: Episode 060 Pete Juliano N6QW

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Maybe the ultimate home-brew project is to build the modern “KWM4” based on the Collins KWM2, then soup it up, like a hotrod, with an Arduino microprocessor, a digital synthesizer, and a digital display. This was and is Pete Juliano, N6QW’s dream rig. Pete joins Eric, 4Z1UG, for a conversation on home-brewing, construction technique, and ham radio on QSO Today.  

Sep 26 2015

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: Episode 177 Jeff Damm WA7MLH

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Jeff Damm, WA7MLH, designs and builds his own amateur radio receivers, transmitters, and transceivers using the ugly construction method based on the work of his amateur radio mentor and friend, Wes Hayward, W7ZOI.  Jeff shares his ham radio story and his electronic construction philosophy with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Dec 23 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #10: QSO Today Episode 011 Wayne Burdick N6KR

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Elecraft’s co-founder and CTO, Wayne Burdick, N6KR, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on another QSO Today. Waynes fascination with home brewing from an early age combined with his love of QRP led to the development of some of the best amateur radio transceivers on the market. Wayne and Eric’s conversation reveals some insights into what makes a successful ham radio product.  

Oct 07 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: Episode 283 Ward Silver N0AX

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Ward Silver, N0AX, author of the QST magazine column, ·Hands-On Radio·, editor of ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications, and author of many books on ham radio joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today. In the podcast, Ward describes his ham radio beginnings

Jan 02 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #12: Episode 025 Dan Romanchik KB6NU

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Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is one of the most prolific bloggers about ham radio on the Internet today.  As an advocate for ham radio and as a teacher of ham radio, both with his study guides and the local classes that he teaches, Dan practices what he preaches.  Join the QSO Today between Dan and Eric, 4Z1UG, on the amateur radio topics that most interest them.

Jan 17 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #13: Episode 029 Ward Silver NOAX

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 Ward Silver, N0AX, author of the QST magazine column, “Hands-On Radio”, editor of ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications, and author of many books on ham radio joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.  In the podcast, Ward describes his ham radio beginnings and his amateur radio journey that includes his authoring many books and articles on ham radio. He also offers practical advice to new and returning hams.

Feb 12 2015

51mins

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Rank #14: Episode 275 Bob Logan NZ5A

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Bob Logan, NZ5A, enjoys the simple pleasures of exploring new modes as well as mastering old modes, as well as ultra-low frequency bands. Bob is a collector and restorer of old ham radio gear and old broadcast radios. Bob reminds us that we hams are a com

Nov 10 2019

59mins

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Rank #15: Episode 116 Scott Wright K0MD

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Scott Wright, K0MD, travels the World extensively as part of his responsibilities as a doctor with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This creates for Scott opportunities to take his portable station on DXpeditions around the globe from China, the Caribbean, to South America.  K0MD shares his ham radio story and some practical advice on this QSO Today.

Oct 22 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Episode 187 Rick Karlquist N6RK

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Rick Karlquist, N6RK is a long time amateur radio operator who likes contests, DX, and over the years acquired a large square of property in California’s Central Valley to have enough room to build his antenna farm.  In this episode we discuss building 90 foot vertical antennas with irrigation pipe, and using the falling derrick method to raise  tall masts and towers.  Rick has acquired a wide range of experience from his amateur radio and professional life, some of which he shares in this QSO Today.

Mar 03 2018

54mins

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Rank #17: Episode 186 Bernie van der Walt ZS4TX

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Bernie van der Walt, ZS4TX, is a South African ham for many years.  He loves to contest on HF, and operates two remote control EME or Moon bounce stations on two and six meters away from the noise pollution of his residential neighborhood. We discuss these subjects and more on this episode of QSO Today.

Feb 23 2018

58mins

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Rank #18: Episode 274 Andrew Barron ZL3DW

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Andrew Barron, ZL3DW, is an active ham, loves to discover what’s new in ham radio, and is the author of four amateur radio books, one on SDR or software defined radio, and 3 user guides on the latest Icom transceivers.  In addition, we discuss the Russian Sputnik ham satellites and amateur radio’s diversity in this QSO Today. 

Nov 02 2019

59mins

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Rank #19: Episode 120 Jim Stafford W4QO

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Jim Stafford, W4QO, was recognized at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention for over 50 years of ham radio achievements that include mentoring and elmering, QRP building and operating, and revitalizing the North Fulton Amateur Radio League into one of the premier ham radio clubs in the USA. Jim tells his amateur radio story to Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.

Nov 19 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: Episode 267 Burt Fisher K1OIK

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Burt Fisher, K1OIK,  raised a stir and perhaps the ire of many hams with a 2008 YouTube video critical of amateur radio operators and their operating practices. While it is easy these days to have conversations with anyone who shares our opinions and beliefs,  it is more difficult to have conversations with people who do not share our views. K1OIK tells his ham radio story and shares his opinions that led to the controversial video and the rest of the story in this QSO Today.

Sep 13 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 313 Carole Perry WB2MGP_a reprise

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Carole Perry, WB2MGP, was my guest in episode 51, five years ago this week.  Carole leads a Youth Forum at the major hamfests every year including Dayton and Huntsville.  This year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, she will lead it at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo.  I thought to introduce Carole again before the Expo to put her and the Youth Forum into context.  Be sure to visit Carole at the Radio Club of America booth in the Expo.

Aug 01 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode 312 Don Minkoff NK6A

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Don Minkoff, NK6A, was my guest in episode 158, in August of 2017.  Don has a love for QRP and SOTA, and will be a speaker in the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo.  I reprise Don’s interview to set the stage for his upcoming presentation in this remastered audio version.

Jul 25 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 311 Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH

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Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, started his ham radio career in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1960, proceeded through law school to a career at the Federal Communications Commission,  or the FCC.  Riley was a part of the evolution of the FCC as it dealt with paging, cellular, PCS, and amateur radio.  K4ZDH tells his amateur radio story as well as his impact on the amateur radio service through his career at the FCC.

Jul 17 2020

58mins

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Episode 310 Al Brogdon W1AB

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Al Brogdon, W1AB, was licensed almost 70 years ago, has made significant contributions to our hobby through his writing for QST magazine over the years including the “100, 50, and 25 Years Ago” column, and articles for both 73 and Ham Radio Magazine.  W1AB can head copy CW at 55 words a minute and is my QSO Today.

Jul 11 2020

59mins

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Episode 309 Carl Lutzelschwab K9LA_reprise

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While I am busy working with my team on the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, I am reprising some older episodes of guests who will appear as speakers in the Expo.  Carl Lutzeswchwab, K9LA, is one such speaker who was interviewed in episode 37 of this podcast five years ago.  Of course, Carl’s story is timeless, but now the audio is remastered by Ben Bresky.

Jul 04 2020

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Episode 308 Doug Millar K6JEY

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Doug Millar, K6JEY, grew up in Southern California, is a teacher of teachers, and like to operate EME or Moon Bounce on the sidewalk in front of his home.  Doug likes everything about ham radio and operates on a range of rigs from boat anchors to the most modern QRP, all modes in all bands.  K6JEY is my QSO Today.

Jun 26 2020

56mins

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307 Curt Kinghorn W6OEA interview

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Curt Kinghorn, W6OEA, grew up in a ham radio household and was already a builder before his first amateur license.  An education in physics and exposure to a cosmic ray detector kindled an interest in radio astronomy.  It seems that ham radio operators make great radio astronomers and it is in this area that we will jump into the deep end in this QSO Today.

Jun 20 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 306 Julius Jones W2IHY

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Julius Jones, W2IHY, had an early interest in electronics and radio as a teenager growing up in Boston, in the early 1960s.  Like many young hams, in those days, the intoxication from the space race and the evolving electronic technology led young Julius into an engineering career and the ultimate establishment of his own company based around solutions he created for his own ham shack.  W2IHY is my guest in this QSO Today. 

Jun 13 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 305 Anthony Luscre K8ZT

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Anthony, Luscre, K8ZT, has a love for cataloging all of his interests and sharing with others.  In this episode, I find some great websites, built by Anthony, that are not only amazing resources for ham radio operators, but also for teachers who want to master the on-line resources that they now need to support their students during this pandemic.  K8ZT is my QSO Today.

Jun 06 2020

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Episode 304 Tim Carter W3ATB

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Tim Carter, W3ATB, was the first home remodeling media personality, even before it was popular.  Tim’s ham radio journey was enhanced by his understanding that expert mentors are the best and fastest way to success in any subject, especially amateur radio.  Tim shares his interesting story in this QSO Today. 

May 30 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 303 Bob Fontana AK3Y

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Bob Fontana, AK3Y’s, ham radio and electronic career was a friend’s broken shortwave to AM down converter.  Bob shares his ham radio story, his past and current ham radio interests, and the ultra wide band technology that he developed over his career. 

May 22 2020

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Episode 302 Jim Andrews KH6HTV

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Jim Andrews, KH6HTV, has spent a life in amateur radio and technology, and is known for his contributions to amateur radio digital television and the use of this technology supporting emergency communications in and around Boulder, Colorado.  KH6HTV shares his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

May 15 2020

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Episode 301 Rick Dubbs WW9JD

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Rick Dubbs, WW9JD, spent four years at sea in US nuclear submarines, retired as a teacher of junior high school kids, flies drones professionally as a part of his small business, and now has time for his ham radio projects.  WW9JD shares his ham radio story and his project details in this QSO Today.

May 09 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 300 The Panel Discussion

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This week I celebrate 300 episodes of the QSO Today Podcast with George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, Bill Meara, N2CQR, Pete Juliano, N6QW, Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, and Hans Summers, G0UPL.

May 01 2020

1hr 52mins

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Episode 299 Don Banta K5DB

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Don Banta, K5DB, is a ham’s ham, because of his generous nature, his contributions to the local ham community and his being ready to mentor any amateur or would-be amateur that needs help.  Don is the organizer of the Arkansas QSO Party, active in 80 meter nets, and likes to work DX.  K5DB is my QSO Today. 

Apr 24 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode 298 Paul Taylor VK3HN

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Paul Taylor, VK3HN, loves to operate QRP, SOTA, or Summits on the Air, with his homebrew pocket-sized multi-band transceivers that he designs and builds in his home workshop.  Paul enjoys a weekly 160 meter AM net using his homebrew 200 watt solid-state AM transmitter. VK3HN is my QSO Today. 

Apr 17 2020

1hr 17mins

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Episode 297 Sam Birnbaum W2JDB Stereo

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Sam Birnbaum, W2JDB, has a background in computer science and programming that led him to first develop a software logging program called QLog for operating and logging the digital modes more easily while doing National parks on the air.  Sam’s enhancements to QLog now allow blind ham operators to work FT8.  

Apr 10 2020

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Episode 296 Charlie Morris ZL2CTM

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Charlie Morris, ZL2CTM, builds his QRP rigs, the old fashioned way, starting with a paper and pencil, combining basic components to make each stage of a receiver or transceiver.  Once the radio is made, he adds an Arduino micro-controller, touch screen, and other advanced components to bring his masterpiece into the 21st century. Charlie is a prolific creator of You-Tube videos to document and demonstrate his creations.  ZL2CTM is my QSO Today.

Apr 03 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode 295 Bry Carling AF4K

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Bry Carling, AF4K, collects old boat anchor radios, is the co-founder of the Novice Rig Roundup, and provider of thousands of old-time crystals, that he sells for your next rig restoration, or a new build of Bob Heil, K9EID’s, pine board project AM transmitter.  Bry shares his eclectic ham radio story in this QSO Today. 

Mar 27 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 294 Bob Nagy AB5N

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Bob Nagy, AB5N, is having the time of his life in retirement. He teaches technology and the Russian language in his adopted community of Hot Springs, Arkansas, creates You-tube instructional videos, builds solar powered devices for hiis house and ham shack, and operates the digital  modes. His expertise and improvements of the audio characteristics of the microphones on amateur transceivers is unmatched. AB5N is my QSO Today.

Mar 21 2020

1hr 13mins

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iTunes Ratings

82 Ratings
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70
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4
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2

Good stuff

By gfremin - Nov 18 2015
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I enjoy these podcasts about amateur radio

Entertaining and Informative

By Inspired to upgrade - Aug 03 2015
Read more
Well organized interviews with something for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced.