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AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts

62 EpisodesProduced by AD6DM DennisWebsite

Hi, I'm Dennis, an FCC Licensed Amateur Extra Radio Operator, callsign AD6DM. Here I'll be talking about ham radio, prepping, software, and tinkering.

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N6ARA Ara, Tiny Paddler

January 5th, 2022


In episode 60, I am with Ara, N6ARA. Ara is known in the Summits on the Air world, and has made some cool gear operating that we'll be talking about. …

Liberty Cave WS7PB Rick

December 22nd, 2021


Today I meet with Rick, WS7PB "Papa Bear". Rick is a prepper, retired from law enforcement, and a life long mariner. He says that radios used to be for work, but now they are fun. He can be found online at various …

Aname of Wild Cascadia Radio

November 24th, 2021


In today's episode we get to talk with Aname, also known on YouTube as Wild Cascadia Radio. Aname is a pretty active in the ham radio community, constantly encouraging and participating in the conversations. She hails …

N7KOM Tim, Volcano Glissader

October 27th, 2021


In today's episode we welcome N7KOM Tim, also known on YouTube as Upsection N7KOM. Tim is active with ham radio on the peaks, ascending snow-capped …

Excerpts from Pacificon 2021

October 20th, 2021


In the midst of having lots of ham fun at the West Coast division ARRL annual ham convention called Pacificon, I remembered at some points to switch on the recorder and capture a few talks. Here I comment and share …

KI6NAZ Josh Talks Shop

October 6th, 2021


We welcome back Josh KI6NAZ of Ham Radio Crash Course in this special sequel interview where the questions are somewhat unplanned, and the tangents take interesting turns. Josh talks about his thoughts on entertainment, …

KD9NJJ Scout75, Get Out and Practice

September 29th, 2021


In this episode, we talk with Shane KD9NJJ, also known as Scout75 online. Scout75 is a friendly presence on many ham stream livechats, and has a few stories and good advice on operating portable. We talk about how he …

What's Going On with AD6DM?

September 15th, 2021


In this episode, I anticipate people will hit the "Next Podcast" button as I talk solo about what's been going on with Hamdom Thoughts and with AD6DM …

Radio Runner, ZL4RA Chris

August 18th, 2021


We're talking today with Chris ZL4RA, also known as Radio Runner on YouTube. Chris has some intense Summits on the Air videos, and frequently crashes various YouTube livestreams. We talk about his life in New Zealand, …

Tank Radio! KG5AHJ Frank

August 11th, 2021


Today we have Frank KG5AHJ, also known as Tank Radio. You will know Tank from his animated intros on various livestreams and YouTube videos. Frank spent a while helping out Ham Radio 2.0 Jason with his channel, being a …

K8MRD Mike Goes Full YouTube

August 4th, 2021


Mike has had some recent pivots in life and I'm sure people have questions about what happened, where he's headed, and what he plans to do. Let's find out some of that today, on Episode 50.


K8MRD Radio Stuff on …

KO4AFL Steve, Remote Volunteer Examiner

July 21st, 2021


Steve is a regular on the YouTube streams and livechats, and is also known for being a Volunteer Examiner for the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio …

KD2FMW Dan, Beersnack in the Clubhouse

July 7th, 2021


Today I get to talk with Dan KD2FMW, also best known as Beersnack. Dan likes to make things work on the technical side by providing the know-how and programming skill for things such as setting up digital for radios, …

VA3SDO Dan, What is an Elmer?

June 30th, 2021


On today's episode I'm talking to my first ever Canadian guest: VA3SDO Dan, also known as the man behind We Build, We Learn on YouTube. Dan is a co-founder of the Ham Radio Clubhouse on YouTube, and also an OG of the …

WJ6F Craig, Pragmatic Doomsday Prepper

June 23rd, 2021


Today I'm talking with Craig WJ6F. Craig runs the YouTube channel WJ6F Radio, where he does overviews and how-to's of ham radio gear. He also started a online group called Doomsday Prepper Forums. I'm interested in …

W1FYG Don, Smoke Signals RF

June 9th, 2021


Today I'm talking with Don W1FYG. Don likes operating Parks on the Air, and discusses everything ham radio. On his YouTube channel, Smoke Signals RF, he shares tips on operating from the shack or in the field, different …

K5QBF Shane, This Side of the Radio

May 26th, 2021


K5QBF Shane is an active amateur radio operator who is the man behind the channel This Side of The Radio on YouTube. He does Parks on the Air, and has gear reviews on his channel. Shane also co-hosts the Ham Radio …

Kudos from Livestreams (Bonus Episode)

May 23rd, 2021


Some excerpts from Coffee and Ham Radio livestream (via K5ATA Goodgame) and the Ham Radio Clubhouse livestreams, where kind words were shared about the Hamdom Thoughts Podcast. Thank you all for listening!


KK6USY Chuck, The Builder

May 12th, 2021


Today I get to talk to KK6USY, Chuck. Chuck is a very experienced ham who live streams on YouTube, does Parks on the Air and Summits on the Air activations, and has many antenna and gear reviews on his channel. He spent …

K5YVY Joe Brett, Casual Contester

May 5th, 2021


Today I get to talk to K5YVY, Joe Brett. Joe is a weather chaser and likes to share his contesting on live streams. He is also part of several group ham radio discussions on YouTube, including the new Ham Radio …

W9FFF Sean, Ham Radio Dude

April 28th, 2021


We meet Sean, also known as the Ham Radio Dude. HRD as we call him is an active YouTuber, and does streams, product and gear reviews, and operation on his YouTube channel. He's also part of Ham Radio 2.0's YouTuber's …

WA6L Doug: Amateur Antenna

April 14th, 2021


Today I'm talking with Doug WA6L. Doug is a CWOPS beginner class advisor and an avid tinkerer. He likes to build radio kits, and is active on various ham radio modes including DStar, AREDN, and CW. He's also a bit of a …


April 7th, 2021


An update about Jerry KG6HQD. Please give it a listen to know more about what Jerry is going through.


Meal Train to help show support for Jerry & family:

KH2SR Jim of Quirky QRP

March 31st, 2021


I'm joined by Jim, KH2SR, in Ripon California. Jim likes to invent things for ham radio, and makes them available to the public. Some of his notable early creations include a CW transmitter keychain, and a slinky-like …

K6ABJ Aaron, CERT Comms Lead

March 24th, 2021


In episode 37, I talk with K6ABJ Aaron, an active ham who is a comms lead for his local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). In all the episodes so far, I have not really focused with someone who is a leader for …

21st Century Life

March 17th, 2021


In today's brief episode I share a past prediction of our 21st century life by Walter Kronkite, mention some cool new ham radio producers in the …

Can't Find a Radio Club?

March 10th, 2021


In this episode, I talk a little bit about surrounding yourself interactively with other hams, and finding good clubs-- probably virtual ones are the best. I also drop in on a few friends by phone, and give them a ring …

APDZ and the Battmen

March 3rd, 2021


Let's hear about the best portable power for ham radio! I piggyback on the 2/28 All Portable Discussion Zone (APDZ) YouTube livestream with Charlie NJ7V, Dan KC7MSU, Brian W7JET, and Mike K8MRD with extended pre- and …

KC7MSU Dan - Portable Ham

February 24th, 2021


Episode 33: KC7MSU Dan likes Summits on the Air, and just as well because there are a lot of great peaks in Arizona. He's the co-host of the YouTube series All Portable Discussion Zone, and has been a previous guest on …

Paying It Forward in Ham Radio

February 17th, 2021


Thoughts on generosity and how it is sometimes at odds with self-reliance and independence in our ham radio preparedness mindset. I refer to the Radical Generosity video by Amalya (Ami) Campbell, and discuss happiness, …

T.O. Crossover with KM9G Steve

February 10th, 2021


We're doing it live! I guest on the YouTube channel Temporarily Offline - Ham Nuggets where I get to talk to and get grilled by KM9G Steve in Wisconsin. Steve runs a very active YouTube channel about vintage electronics …

Active Contester AA0Z Kyle

February 3rd, 2021


We talk with a very cool ham radio operator: AA0Z Kyle. Kyle is a chairperson for his local St. Louis ham club and has a comprehensive YouTube …

TangoOscarMike N3WS

January 27th, 2021


In today's episode #29, we talk with N3WS Tom. Tom hails from the East Coast and does QRP portable operation out in some seemingly extreme weather these days. He has a YouTube channel called Tango Oscar Mike N3WS, where …

Round Robin Part II

January 20th, 2021


Hamdom Thoughts goes group round-robin again where we answer some hypothetical radio- and prep-related personal questions, including power outage panic, what we'd design as a dream radio, and something we'd like to do …

KT1RUN The Tech Prepper

January 13th, 2021


In today's episode, we get to talk to Gaston, callsign KT1RUN. Gaston is known as The Tech Prepper on YouTube, where he not only talks about ham radio, but all topics related to preparedness. My kinda ham. We get into …

What are Your Ham Radio Goals?

January 6th, 2021


This episode is just me, AD6DM Dennis, talking about my 2020 goals checklist and how they turned out, as well as some thing I want to do in 2021. What do you want to do in 2021 with amateur radio? What rigs do you want …

Get the Scoop from Ham Radio 2.0

December 30th, 2020


Today we get to talk to one of the longest running YouTube hams that I know of, KC5HWB Jason, more popularly known as Ham Radio 2.0. Jason talks …

Meet TheSmokinApe

December 23rd, 2020


Meet TheSmokinApe, a YouTuber who releases many helpful videos about many different aspects of ham radio and building, prepping, and EDC. The Smokin …

The Round-Robin Episode

December 16th, 2020


Hamdom Thoughts is joined with K5ATA Steve, AA6XA Jeff, and AI6XG Dan where answer some hypothetical radio-related personal questions, including what …

How We Stayed Connected in the 1900's

December 9th, 2020


Radio was the lifeline of many in the early- to mid-1900's. In this short episode we hear some examples of radio and possibly feel the impact of what it was like to be glued to a speaker during huge world events.


Warning: It's K6UDA Bob 😁

December 2nd, 2020


K6UDA Bob is a not-too-serious but funny and fun to watch personality on YouTube. His channel is K6UDA Radio - The Ham Radio Show Your Mother Warned …

W5KV Johnny - Signal Search

November 25th, 2020


Johnny is a down-to-earth radio operator and creator of the YouTube channel Signal Search, one of my favorites. I knew him from his various gear reviews in the past, but more recently he's taken us on his journey toward …

AA6XA Jeff the SOTA Scribe

November 18th, 2020


Jeff, callsign AA6XA is an EE hailing from the SF Bay Area. He likes getting out there with a radio and writing about it. As one of the more active Summits on the Air hams in the area, if you look up peaks in the …

OH8STN Julian - Survival Tech Nord

November 11th, 2020


Julian OH8STN is an expat who is very familiar with outdoor operation, and is well known for his deeply researched and well documented offgrid …

WG0AT Steve and his Pack Goats

November 4th, 2020


Steve WGØAT takes the idea of SOTA mountain goat to a whole new level, especially since his hikes often involve actual goats. Steve was an active …

K8MRD Mike: Conjurer of Pileups

October 28th, 2020


Mike was one of the first YouTubers I found online doing videos about ham radio. He's got a sweet radio voice, and can run a pileup like nobody's business. Since he's started, he's been finding creative ways to pay it …

KI6NAZ Josh and Ham Radio Crash Course

October 21st, 2020


KI6NAZ, Josh Nass, also known as Hoshnasi, is one of the most prolific ham radio online personalities, producing weekly livestreams, countless other …

Youth Ambassador N0SSC Sterling

October 14th, 2020


Sterling N0SSC is a force in helping the younger generation build skills and foster friendships in ham radio. He wants to make ham radio a fun and worthwhile experience for young people worldwide. By day he works in RF …

CWOps Instructor NN7M Ryan

October 7th, 2020


Forget perfection and just operate! Ryan NN7M indirectly challenged me with his aptitude for CW in our shared CW Academy Level 2 class back in 2018. …

Banished from a Peak with AI6XG Dan

September 30th, 2020


Dan AI6XG used to examine electronics at the sub-micron level. He's big into the DIY and Maker realm, and designs a lot of his own ham shack gear. We talk about his beginnings, how he feels about trespassing for SOTA, …

World Ham Shack: KB1HQS Stuart

September 23rd, 2020


Stuart KB1HQS treks the mountains of Maine in his quest for SOTA Mountain Goat. He is the author of the book Portable Operating for Amateur Radio, published by the ARRL. In this episode, he talks about his beginnings, …

Next Gen of Hams with K5ATA Steve

September 16th, 2020


Steve K5ATA is an inspiration to us for getting youth into ham radio. He is a teacher for STEM and CS, a bee whisperer, and a Parks on the Air enthusiast (or perhaps just a POTA logger for his daughter who is an active …

Dishing out Pi with KM4ACK Jason

September 9th, 2020


Jason KM4ACK is a self-made linux hacker. He likes sharing his learnings on YouTube and has helped countless hams operate in the field with one of the smallest cheapest computers available: The Raspberry Pi. He's favors …

K6ARK Adam's Ever-Smaller Inventions

September 2nd, 2020


Adam K6ARK creates amazing things. His design engineering background led to some serious coveted antennas and complete tiny transceivers, many of which can fit in your pocket and only weigh several grams. A veteran …

Power Sloth Chaser K0EAP Eric

August 27th, 2020


Eric K0EAP takes on ham radio operation like he does running a marathon. Consistent operation and breaking pile-ups with QRP, Eric shares his experiences on the chasing side of SOTA, POTA, DX, and general CQ. You'll …

W6RIP Kicks SOTA Butt and Saves Lives

August 21st, 2020


Kevin W6RIP talks about how his YouTube channel came to be, the difficult and often untouched peaks of the SOTA W6 Southern Sierra Region, and his …

Rock, Radio Videos, Chilis & Cheladas: KG5OCW Greg

August 18th, 2020


The TechGearJunkie joins Hamdom Thoughts Podcast to talk about his many (Squirrel!) endeavors, post-operation food & beverage of choice, and how he's become a YouTuber. We take a brief departure from ham radio to …

Satellites, JerryNet, & BBS's with KK4QAM Don

August 17th, 2020


Don KK4QAM is building an automated satellite tracking system, from microcontroller boards and 3D printed parts, to the antennas used to transmit and …

KE6MT Rex, SOTA W6 Association Mgr

August 14th, 2020


Managing a whole state's peaks for Summits on the Air, and hacking code: Rex KE6MT talks about some of his mountain-topping hikes, his tools, …

NJ7V Charlie, SOTA Double Mtn Goat

August 11th, 2020


A talk with Charlie NJ7V, a Summits on the Air (SOTA) 2x Mountain Goat award winner and profuse YouTuber (creator of Red Summit RF videos). Learn …

Digital Modes and Mystery (Number) Stations

August 8th, 2020


Tuning around on the shortwave radio bands,  you can discover some cool unknown encoded sounds. Some of these sounds can be identified by sound …

Hamdom Thoughts Introduction

July 26th, 2020


Here I just ramble a bit about starting this ham radio related podcast. Hopefully more to come soon!

For an intro on what is ham radio, please check …

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