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QSO Today - The oral histories of amateur radio

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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

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
55
6
1
0
0

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 - The oral histories of amateur radio

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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 262 Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF

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Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, is the 2019 Dayton Ham of the Year because of this contribution to the amateur radio art though his combined professional interest in ionospheric physics and the amateur radio modes, such WSPRnet and FT-8,  that build big data bases of propagation data. HamSCI is an organization founded by Nathaniel on this concept. Nathaniel tells his ham radio story leading through Svalbard and McMurdo Station in Antarctica, to a National Science Foundation grant to HamSCI that arrived during the recording of this QSO Today.

Aug 09 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 261 Philip Lazar K9PL

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Philip Lazar, K9PL, is the editor of the K9YA Telegraph monthly newsletter, a wonderful journal of technical articles and ham radio history.  Like many budding amateurs, Philip’s story began with the gift of a shortwave radio receiver and listening to the shortwave bands. A ham operator for over 40 years, Philip likes CW, vintage equipment, QRP, and kit building.  Getting on the air is key to Philip’s ham radio success and is the subject of this QSO Today.

Aug 02 2019
54 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 001- Arie Kleingold PA3A

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Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO with Arie Kliengold, PA3A on QSO Today.  Arie discusses his early beginnings in radio as a Merchant Marine radio operator and how he went on to do DXpeditions in Africa in conjunction with Mercy Ships, hospital ships that bring advanced medical care to Africa. 

See the show notes at www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/pa3a

Jul 14 2014
49 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 000 - Eric Guth 4Z1UG

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This is the first podicast of the new QSO Today weekly program where Amateur Radio operators are interviewed by Eric, 4Z1UG. Our audience are prospective, new, and returning members of the ham radio community who wish to learn more about the hobby though conversations, or QSOs, with experienced hams.  The goal of the podcast is to introduce the wide range of ham radio options by experts in these areas. 

Jul 12 2014
6 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 010 - Stan Lewandowski - WB2LQF

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Stan, WB2LQF, does more with less in his 50 year ham radio journey starting with a single tube transmitter loaded in to his bed springs to the Elecraft KX3 and an attic antenna.  Always a CW operator, ham radio played a major role in Stan’s professional and personal life.  Stan joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

Oct 01 2014
57 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 006 - Eric Nichols - KL7AJ

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Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, has Plasma dreams and chanrges up the ionosphere using high power transmitters based upon his years of experience in ham and broadcast radio.  Starting in 1972, as a high school senior in Southern California, Eric first earned his Novice Class Amateur Radio license, WN6TEE.  Upgrading to General Class, two years later, and adding a First Class Radio Telephone license, Eric made his way to North Pole, Alaska where he spent over 20 years as a broadcast engineer. He shares his ham radio journey through his contribution of over 150 published articles in QST, QEX, eHam and other publications, and even a ham radio novel, Plasma Dreams. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today, with Eric Nichols, KL7AJ.

Sep 02 2014
53 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 002 - Bob Greenberg W2CYK

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Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, is a third generation ham radio operator, whose "Elmer", was his grandfather, Art Greenberg, the original W2CYK.  Follow Bob's ham radio journey from its beginnings almost 40 years ago.  

Jul 24 2014
47 mins
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Rank #10: 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
51 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 172 Dave Sumner K1ZZ

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After 44 years with the ARRL, beginning as an intern in 1972 at the American Radio Relay League, David Sumner, K1ZZ, retired, last year, as CEO and General Manager.  In this episode of QSO Today, Dave shares his ham radio story from its early beginnings, his favorite operating practices, and his reflections on his years at League Headquarters.  

Nov 17 2017
1 hour
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Rank #12: Episode 218 Stephen Hicks N5AC

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Stephen Hicks, N5AC, is vice president of engineering for Flex Radio, is deep in to SDR or software defined radio, likes to chase grid squares in his microwave rover, and observes the growth and trends in our amazing amateur radio hobby.  From Steve’s position on the cutting edge of technology, he has a lot to say in this QSO Today.

Oct 06 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 173 Preston Douglas WJ2V

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Preston Douglas, WJ2V, discovered the joys of QRP and home-brewing whole transceivers almost by accident. The result is a rewarding ham radio past-time leading to becoming the President of the QRP-ARCI group.  Preston brings to life his ham radio story, home brew projects, and QRP in this QSO Today.

Nov 24 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 162 Tom Robinson G0SBW

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When Tom Robinson, G0SBW, wasn’t getting satisfactory results from his HF station at this home QTH, he decided to move his operation to the English shore, on his back while walking. As a single-sideband operator running QRP, Tom has had amazing success with this “man-pack” radio, refining its operation and ease of use, and taking it on DXpeditions abroad.  GOSBW is Eric’s QSO Today.

Sep 08 2017
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 209 Jim Forkin WA3TFS

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Jim Forkin, WA3TFS,  started contributing to QST and Ham Radio Magazine as far back as 1983 with his series on A Modular Two Band Receiver.  His QRZ page is loaded with pictures of his home brew rigs along with detailed descriptions. Jim shares his ham radio story and his incorporation of old and new technology including Arduino microcontrollers into his still evolving and complex projects in this QSO Today.

Aug 03 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 168 Dennis Vernacchia N6KI

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Dennis Vernacchia, N6KI, was an active ham who was drafted by the US Army and sent to Vietnam at the height of the war in the late sixties.  This is an amateur radio story where Army MARS, ham radio, and the skills acquired from the hobby literally saved his life.  This situation and his relationship with a later prominent television comedian brought relief and comfort to American soldiers serving in Vietnam and their families.  Dennis is an active contester and tells the rest of his story in this QSO Today.

Oct 21 2017
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 214 Bernie McClenny W3UR

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As an eleven year old, watching his dad put pins in a World map while working DX, Bernie McClenny, W3UR, became hooked on ham radio and working his own DX.  Bernie has made working DX, not only his hobby, but his profession as well. Bernie is the publisher of The Daily DX, and author of the monthly QST Magazine column, How’s DX.  We will get into W3UR’s ham radio story and his unusual collaboration with his neighbor this QSO Today.

Sep 07 2018
53 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 164 Burt Weiner K6OQK

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Burt Weiner, K6OQK, Los Angeles repeater pioneer and creator of the second repeater to serve Los Angeles in the late 50’s through the late 1970s is my QSO Today.  Burt’s proximity to Los Angeles area broadcast radio stations and station engineers who served as his mentors, created for Burt a lifetime amateur radio and professional path that he is still on today.

Sep 23 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 212 Frank Brickle AB2KT

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Frank Brickle, AB2KT, took a professional path to music composition at Princeton. He combined his musical composition skills with his technical knowledge of computer programming and background in amateur radio to develop the first software defined radio (SDR) software used first by the US government and later by private industry.  Frank AB2KT is a noted classical music and opera composer and a pioneer in SDR technology.

Aug 25 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 014 - Steve Johnston - WD8DAS

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You can still build a beautiful tuna can transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum tubes instead of solid state components.  Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, where they discuss Steve’s ham radio journey that includes experimentation in the 630 meter band, restoration of Chinese military radio gear, and the love of amateur radio.

Oct 25 2014
54 mins
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