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QSO Today Podcast - Interviews with the leaders in amateur radio

408 EpisodesProduced by Eric Guth, 4Z1UGWebsite

A "QSO" is a conversation between amateur radio operators, or "Hams". Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, interviews a new guest every week on the subject of amateur radio, their history, and the specific areas of technical and operating interest in amateur radio or ham radio. These interviews also serve as an oral … read more

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Episode 407 Arun Kumar W8ARU

July 1st, 2022


Arun Kumar, W8ARU, builds most of the gear that he uses on the air, based on a skillset that he learned from becoming an amateur radio operator in India in the 1960s.  This skill set combined with advanced degrees in …

Episode 406 Jerry Arnold K9AF

June 25th, 2022


Jerry Arnold, K9AF, is a long time commercial broadcaster and amateur radio operator, originally from Southern California, and now living in Terre …

Episode 405 Herb Goodluck N7HG

June 17th, 2022


Herb Goodluck, N7HG, is a member of the Navajo Nation and son of one of the famous World War 2 heros called the Navajo Code Talkers.  Herb keeps the Code Talkers memory alive with an annual special event at Window Rock, …

Episode 404 Desiree Baccus N3DEZ

June 11th, 2022


Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ, while a relatively new ham, has an infectious excitement and enthusiasm for amateur radio that cannot be underestimated.  She is already a mover and shaker for advancing amateur radio and a key …

Episode 403 Tracy McKim VE3TWM

June 4th, 2022


Tracy McKim, VE3TWM, believes in the effectiveness of low power communications to communicate across town or around the World.  Tracy uses his YouTube Channel, Outdoors On The Air, to first demonstrate the use of …

Episode 402 Geoffrey Mark KM6TVJ

May 27th, 2022


Geoffrey Mark, KM6TVJ, is one of the new kids on the block, a recent new amateur radio licensee.  Geoffrey has some fresh ideas and our QSO around his career in the entertainment industry, a pilot, and “maker” caused me …

Episode 401 Bruce Prior N7RR

May 21st, 2022


Bruce Prior, N7RR, loves to operate SOTA in Washington State’s great outdoors where he has cataloged for SOTA all of the available mountain peaks in the state.  I had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon last …

Episode 400 - Eric Guth 4Z1UG with Jim Wilson K5ND

May 14th, 2022


Jim Wilson, K5ND, returns to interview QSO Today Podcast host Eric Guth, as Eric reaches the 400th episode milestone of QSO Today.  Jim and Eric …

Episode 399 John Raydo K0IZ

May 7th, 2022


John Raydo, K0IZ, had a great mentor at the beginning of his ham radio story that laid the foundation for John’s approach to operating amateur radio and building radio equipment from scratch. John shares this story and …

Episode 398 John Fallows VE6EY

April 29th, 2022


John Fallows, VE6EY, when faced with an urban HF noise problem, applied this knowledge, expertise, and background from his years of experience in …

Episode 397 Ed Wilson N2XDD

April 20th, 2022


Ed Wilson, N2XDD, discovered radio as a kid with a gifted four channel public safety scanner.  This led to an interest in radio, a career in law enforcement,  and exposure to amateur radio.  Now an active ham, Ed has …

Episode 396 Jordan Makower WA2BRV

April 15th, 2022


Jordan Makower, WA2BRV, spent his career influencing kids in the sciences as well as supporting their amateur radio interests.  Now retired, Jordan is a frequent contributor to the K9YA Telegraph magazine.  WA2BRV is my …

Episode 395 Dave Slotter W3DJS

April 6th, 2022


Dave Slotter, W3DJS, like many hams who had an early interest in radio, but postponed joining our fraternity, is here now.  Dave takes the skills that he developed over the years in software development and design to …

Episode 394 Robin Critchell WA6CDR

April 1st, 2022


Robin Critchell, WA6CDR, had a profound influence on many young hams operating in the VHF and UHF bands in Southern California in the 70s’ and 80s. He and Alan Burgstahler, WA6AWD, at the time and now a silent key, …

Episode 393 Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV

March 25th, 2022


Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, has been a mover and shaker in South Africa amateur radio for as long as he has been licensed, almost 65 years.  In that time he has taken leadership positions in the South African Radio …

Episode 392 Dave Bottom WI6R

March 19th, 2022


Dave Bottom, WI6R, a second generation amateur radio operator, credits this early exposure to radio and spending his teenage years in Palo Alto, to a stint in the famous Hewlett Packard labs and a lifetime electronics …

Episode 391 Rod Fritz WB9KMO

March 4th, 2022


Rod Fritz, WB9KMO, is a fixer and builder, who is a pioneer in amateur television, amateur television repeaters in the UHF and microwave bands, and now the Amateur Television Network, a combination of amateur analog and …

Episode 390 Michael Burnette, AF7KB, and Kerry Burnette, KC7YL

February 25th, 2022


Michael Burnette, AF7KB, and his wife, Kerry Burnette, KC7YL, are both active in amateur radio, a board member and president, respectively of their local amateur radio club, and the creators of the Fast Track series of …

Episode 389 Arnie Shatz N6HC

February 19th, 2022


Arnie Shatz, N6HC, began his amateur radio journey over 64 years ago, loves to work DX, on CW, and has participated in 14 major DXpeditions, including the ill fated 3Y0Z to  Bouvet Island a few years ago.  N6HC believes …

Episode 388 Corey Ruth KD3CR

February 11th, 2022


Corey Ruth, KD3CR, was a speaker in last August’s QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo,  with a presentation titled, HF in an HOA: The BBTD Attic Antenna.  His presentation captured my attention because Corey is a relatively new …

Episode 387 Callum McCormick M0MCX

February 5th, 2022


Callum McCormick, M0MCX, is YouTube's DX Commander and maker of a line of antennas of the same name.  Callum says that he has the best business in the world,  is an active ham, on the air, always testing and fine tuning …

Episode 386 Dave Jensen W7DGJ

January 29th, 2022


Dave Jensen, W7DGJ, found his way into amateur radio from volunteering to help disabled Korean War veterans, who were active amateurs,  in a …

Episode 385 Chip Lohman NN4U

January 22nd, 2022


Chip Lohman, NN4U, was introduced to amateur radio during an early stint as a US Marine stationed next to an Army MARS station.  Fascinated by the …

Episode 384 Geoffrey Mendenhall W8GNM

January 15th, 2022


Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNMs,  early interest in electronics, germanium transistors, and later high power triodes led him to a career, as an engineer,  designing, building, and managing broadcast transmitters projects …

Episode 383 Vince d'Eon VE6LK

January 8th, 2022


Vince d'Eon, VE6LK, has taken hold of the many amateur radio opportunities on HF SSB, VHF/UHF mobile operation, repeater building and maintenance, …

Episode 382 Charlie Brown NJ7V

January 1st, 2022


Charlie Brown, NJ7V, is three times a mountain goat, a title that comes from over 3000  SOTA activation points.  Of course this means achievement and expertise operating portable from mountain tops across Arizona and …

Episode 381 Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

December 25th, 2021


Kirk Kleinshmidt, NT0Z, has spent most of his professional life working in amateur radio as an editor, author, and contributor to the amateur radio magazines that we have grown to love including QST, ARRL Handbook, …

Episode 380 Jack Purdum W8TEE

December 18th, 2021


Dr. Jack Purdum, W8TEE, licensed since 1954, is a prolific author of at least 17 books on computer programming languages and microprocessor projects …

Episode 379 Julian White OH8STN

December 11th, 2021


Julian White, OH8STN, operates outdoors in Finland's Arctic Circle and records, on his popular YouTube Channel,  his expeditions with his compact but …

Episode 378 Pablo Lewin WA6RSV

December 4th, 2021


Pablo Lewin, WA6RSV, has an interest in radio astronomy and scans the heavens with his hydrogen line radio telescope using an SDR or software defined radio.  Pablo had an interesting aviation career where amateur radio …

Episode 377 Stephen Houser N1SH

November 27th, 2021


Stephen Houser, N1SH, was essential to helping Rex Harper, W1REX, present his Build-A-Thons at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expos with multi-camera …

Episode 376 Michael Johnson WO9B

November 20th, 2021


Michael Johnson, WO9B's ham radio career has evolved through a number of phases over the last 50 years that now include CW and QRP operation, with …

Episode 375 Nelson Farrier NF7Z

November 12th, 2021


Nelson Farrier, NF7Z, is a relatively recent new ham, a retired middle school teacher of STEM learning to children, and a graduate of the ARRL …

Episode 374 Courtney Duncan N5BF

November 6th, 2021


Courtney Duncan, N5BF, has humble amateur radio beginnings in Texas where he earned a degree in musical piano performance.  Destiny intervened, allowing Courtney to get a degree as an  electronic engineer and a career …

Episode 373 Paul Mower VA6MPM

October 30th, 2021


Paul Mower, VA6MPM, treks across the Canadian Rockies, often for days at a time.  Amateur radio connects Paul to the outside world when he is far …

Episode 372 Andy Mitchell VA3CW

October 23rd, 2021


Andy Mitchell, VA3CW, as an eleven year old Boy Scout, participated with his small troop in Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air, in 1974. This exposure …

Episode 371 Brian Callahan AD2BA

October 15th, 2021


Dr. Brian Callahan, AD2BA, has a background in music, anthropology, Japanese video arcade games and open source software leading him to amateur radio …

Episode 370 Robert Nash G4GEE

October 8th, 2021


Dr. Robert Nash, G4GEE, discovered early on that amateur radio is a social hobby that makes him a citizen of the World with friendships on every continent.  Working DX and dedicating time to his local club, the Coventry …

Episode 369 Alan Thompson W6WN

October 2nd, 2021


Alan Thompson, W6WN, was a volunteer rescuer to the Camp Fire in Northern California a few years ago.  This experience made Alan an evangelist for …

Episode 368 Mark Beckwith N5OT

September 18th, 2021


Mark Beckwith, N5OT,  grew up in Southern California, with amateur radio’s most famous television producer, Dave Bell, W6AQ, who was his amateur radio mentor in the 1970s.  Dave opened a lot of doors to Mark, allowing …

Episode 367 Augie "Gus" Hansen KB0YH

September 10th, 2021


Augie, “Gus” Hansen, KB0YH,  always had an interest in radio, but did not get his first ticket until he was in his mid-thirties.  Gus enjoys operating the 80 meter nets and building antennas, now especially STL or Small …

Episode 366 James Condon AD4YM

September 4th, 2021


Jim Condon, AD4YM, listens for the most rare DX, signals from outer space as a radio astronomer, and keeps his fingers in the gear by collecting and …

Episode 365 Tony DePrato WA4JQS

August 27th, 2021


Tony DePrato WA4JQS had an early love of radio and a junior high school mentor who helped him get on the air in the early 1960s.  An 80 meter DX …

Episode 364 Rene Lutz HB9NBG

August 20th, 2021


SOTA Operator Rene Lutz, HB9NBG, has the European Alps as his challenge to conquer every summit with his partner Carine, HB9FZC.  Together they …

Episode 363 George Dominick W4UW

August 6th, 2021


George Dominick, W4UW, focuses on the fundamentals of amateur radio including antenna design, building HF power amplifiers, and the simple fun of getting on the air.  Amateur radio still fascinates George after almost …

Episode 362 James Anderson K8OS

July 30th, 2021


James, “JB”, Anderson, K8OS, will be presenting in the next QSO Today Virtual ham Expo, on August 14th and 15th  on the topic of Vertical Yagi-Uda Array using Wire Elements - Stealth HF Gain on a Budget.  I thought that …

Episode 361 Antoine De Ramon NYeurt 3D2AG

July 23rd, 2021


Antoine De Ramon NYeurt, 3D2AG, is one of three hams in paradise, who holds up the CW representation from Fiji, the largest Island in the South …

Episode 360 Chip Angle N6CA

July 17th, 2021


Chip Angle, N6CA, harnessed an early interest in the bands, VHF to microwave, as a passion that continues to this day.  While he is active on every band, Chip pays special attention to low noise receiver performance on …

Episode 359 Andreas Spiess HB9BLA

July 9th, 2021


Andreas Spiess, HB9BLA, is a well known YouTube personality from Switzerland with over 330 thousand subscribers, over 30 million views, and focused …

Episode 358 - Tom Perera - W1TP

July 2nd, 2021


Tom Perera, W1TP, has a collection of over 3000 Morse code keys and bugs going back to pre-American Civil War, perhaps the largest collection in the …

Episode 357 Greg Algieri WA1JXR

June 26th, 2021


Greg Algieri, WA1JXR, began his ham radio journey by asking his dad for a Gillette Blue Razor Blade to make this first receiver, leading to amateur radio licenses, higher electronics education, and an entire career with …

Episode 356 Ted Holland WB3AVD

June 19th, 2021


Ted Holland, WB3AVD, describes himself as a cultural anthropologist who creates artistic telegraph or CW keys based on themes that move him, …

Episode 355 Frank Kollins WA9CWX

June 11th, 2021


Frank Kollins, WA9CWX, loves to operate CW from multiple operating positions, from restored vintage to the most modern rigs. Frank is a student and …

Episode 354 Marty Woll N6VI

June 5th, 2021


Marty Woll, N6VI, found his way into amateur radio, along with other high school teens in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley in the late …

QSO Today Episode 353 Peter ODell WB2D

May 28th, 2021


For Peter ODell, WB2D, amateur radio morphed into a professional life at the ARRL during the time of Spaceshuttle STS-9 and the introduction of the first amateur radio broadcast from the Shuttle.  Peter describes his …

Episode 352 Tom Tate WA7NPX

May 21st, 2021


Thomas, Tom, Tate, WA7NPX, began his ham radio journey with his best friend in middle school.  The amateur radio hobby can make lifelong buddies as …

Episode 351 Henry Seidner WA2ROA

May 14th, 2021


Henry Seidner, WA2ROA,  like many of his contemporaries in the 60s, discovered amateur radio from Shortwave listening and was licensed in high …

Episode 350 Larry Tyree N6TR

May 7th, 2021


Larry Tyree, or Tree, as he is known in amateur radio circles, loves to operate contests, work DX on 160 meters, from his 28 hilltop acres in the Oregon forest, near Portland.  Tree is a serious CW operator, where good …

Episode 349 Roland Smith K7OJL

May 1st, 2021


Roland Smith, K7OJL,  entered ham radio almost 60 years ago after the launch of the Sputnik satellite.  His ham radio activity paused for many years …

Episode 348 Peter Shilton VE7PS

April 23rd, 2021


Peter Shilton, VE7PS, became a lifelong chaser of meteor scatter and EME contacts because of a very early acquisition of a Drake receiver and a transverter, at the beginning of his ham radio career.  VE7PS tells this …

Episode 347 Patrick Brown AK5TX

April 16th, 2021


Patrick (Pat) Brown, AK5TX, has always had a love for radio leading to opportunities from Chicago to Alaska to Texas! Amateur radio was the game-changer for Pat when he suddenly lost his eyesight, almost 20 years ago. …

Episode 346 - Dan Marler - K7REX

April 9th, 2021


Dan Marler, K7REX, owes much of his professional opportunities and success to his amateur radio background.  A people person, K7REX, likes to give back to the amateur radio community as an ARRL Section Manager and …

Episode 345 Tom Robinson G0SBW

April 2nd, 2021


Tom Robinson, G0SBW, made a very interesting presentation at the Expo called, “Amateurs Research Poor Radio Communications at the Battle of Arnhem, in 1944”, where the British lost this WW2 battle because of poor …

Episode 344 Robert Zavrel W7SX

March 23rd, 2021


When it comes to understanding how antennas really work, then the “go to” ham is Bob Zavrel, W7SX, author of the ARRL book, Antenna Physics - An Introduction.  Through this book, Bob bridges the gap between “how to” …

Episode 343 Steve Hicks N5AC

March 6th, 2021


FlexRadio is the Platinum Sponsor at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. I wanted to bring back an interview that I had with Steve Hicks, N5AC, VP of Engineering at FlexRadio. Steve will be a speaker at the Expo. Steve …

Episode 342 John Ackerman N8UR

February 27th, 2021


John Ackermann, N8UR,  was my guest almost 200 episodes ago and is a speaker in the upcoming QSO Today Virtual ham Expo.  John spends much of his time as a proponent of open source, freely sharing both hardware and …

Episode 341 Gerald Youngblood K5SDR

February 20th, 2021


Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, is the founder and CEO of FlexRadio that is now on the cutting edge of building advanced software defined radio (SDR) platforms for amateur radio, as well as for government, business, and the …

Episode 340 Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK

February 13th, 2021


Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, is best known for his satelite QSOs using portable gear from grid squares all over the World.  He documents and captures many of his contacts and the equipment that he uses on his website and …

Episode 339 - Bob Allphin - K4UEE

February 5th, 2021


Bob Allphin, K4UEE, was my guest in Episode 79 over 5 years ago.  As he is one of the speakers in the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, his ham radio …

Episode 338 - Jerry Weisskohl - AC4BT

January 30th, 2021


Jerry Weisskohl, AC4BT, always had a love of radio and short wave listening.  He got a late start in amateur radio but thinks that the art and practice of CW, or Morse code, is exactly what quiets and relaxes the mind …

Episode 337 - Peter Butler - W1UU

January 23rd, 2021


Peter Butler, W1UU’s ham radio journey began with the purchase of a J38 code key and a trip to the library.  Sputnik inspired Peter to a career in microwave engineering reinforced by this ham radio interest.  Peter is …

Episode 336 Mel Swanberg WA6JBD

January 16th, 2021


Mel Swanberg, WA6JBD, has a love of radio that goes back to his childhood.  Growing up in Southern California, Mel found his Elmers and Mentors that led him into a career in the land mobile business  and public safety …

Episode 335 Clint Turner KA7OEI

January 9th, 2021


Clint Turner, KA7OEI, is an experimenter, builder, and operator on all bands and modes.  He shares his background in microwave communications, EME or …

Episode 334 Tim Deagan KJ8U

January 2nd, 2021


Tim Deagan, KJ8U, loves to build just about anything to try out a new tool, and he has an amazing assortment of tools to support his construction of …

Episode 333 Joe Reisert W1JR

December 26th, 2020


Joe Reisert, W1JR, continues to pay forward, the kindness of his early ham radio mentors, with his contributions to our amazing hobby. Amateur Radio …

Episode 332 Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ

December 19th, 2020


Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, has been an active ham since the 1970s, growing up in Los Angeles.  Wayne is a home brewer, especially microwave equipment on 10 GHz, and has taken our amateur radio hobby to the Maker Faire in the …

Episode 331 Michelle Thompson W5NYV

December 12th, 2020


Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, is a third generation amateur, beginning her ham radio journey in elementary school.  Her interest in microwave circuit …

Episode 330 Rob Suggs NN4NT

December 5th, 2020


Rob Suggs, NN4NT, is a space scientist at NASA, specializing in outer space environments that protect our astronauts from the hazards of space …

Episode 329 Rick Miller N1RM

November 28th, 2020


Rick Miller, N1RM’s ham radio story began at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and weaves its way through Russian submarine hunting to operate APRS on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, on a grand tour of the United …

Episode 328 Ralph Haller N4RH

November 21st, 2020


Ralph Haller, N4RH, started his ham radio journey as a nine year old with a knack for electronics leading to his first amateur license at age 9.  …

Episode 327 Stan Johnson W0SJ

November 14th, 2020


Stan Johnson, W0SJ, started his amateur radio career in high school.  A scavenger of junk, and a kid with the knack,  led Stan to electronic project …

Episode 326 Bob Weed W7SCY

November 7th, 2020


Bob Weed, W7SCY, was born and raised in the Oregon Cascade Mountains over eighty years ago.  In this retirement, Bob has returned home to an area that has always been subject to fire, mudslides, earthquakes, and active …

Episode 325 Ria Jairam N2RJ

October 30th, 2020


Ria Jairam, N2RJ, discovered amateur radio on her native Caribbean Island of Trinidad back in the 90s.  As an immigrant to the United States, Ria pursued a degree in Electronic Engineering and learned from great ham …

Episode 324 Keith Schlottman KR7RK

October 23rd, 2020


Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, is not only a mountain goat, he is also a super sloth.  Terms like this are not endearing, however if you are a SOTA activator or chaser, then you know how important these terms are to SOTA …

Episode 323 Jim Moss N9JIM

October 16th, 2020


Jim Moss, N9JIM, portable 6, spends his ham radio life above 50 Mhz.  He has made contacts on every band above 50 MHz and is now working in the 122 Ghz band.  If you are considering a new and different frontier, N9JIM …

Episode 322 Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R

October 10th, 2020


Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, discovered amateur radio as a kid, like many of the QSO Today guests.  One of his desires was to work at the ARRL, where he started his career and has been for 29 years.  Bob shares his ham radio …

Episode 321 Steve Masticola WX2S

October 2nd, 2020


Steve Masticola, WX2S,  took a 30 year vacation from amateur radio to pursue his life.  Now he is back.  WX2S loves to operate in the field, …

Episode 320 Jim Heath W6LG

September 25th, 2020


Jim Heath, W6LG, has been a ham for over 56 years.  Jim is an Elmer’s Elmer with an amazing You-Tube channel, with over 30,000 subscribers. Jim not only reviews the basics of amateur radio, and he makes that content up …

Episode 319 Bill Salyers AJ8B

September 19th, 2020


Bill Salyers, AJ8B, had a great ham radio start as a kid in the Seventies.  Bill loves to work CW to pursue DXCC and just to ragchew and communicate.  He hones his skills with the help of CWOPS and is open to the …

Episode 318 Eric Silverthorn NM5M

September 12th, 2020


Eric Silverthorn, NM5M, has a great ham radio story, especially at the beginning with the support of his family for this ham radio interest.  Eric was a speaker at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo and gave a fine talk on …

Episode 317 Marcel Stieber AI6MS

September 5th, 2020


Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, contributed three talks to the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo earlier this month, on topics that included remote administration of amateur radio exams, wireless networks for emergency communications, …

Episode 316 Michael Walker VA3MW

August 29th, 2020


Michael Walker, VA3MW, joins me from the Canadian State of Ontario where he started his ham radio journey. Getting into ham radio as a kid, Michael’s …

Episode 315 Mark Smith KR6ZY

August 22nd, 2020


Mark Smith, KR6ZY, has been a ham since the mid-nineties and finds problem solving and building electronic equipment  his special  area of our ham …

Episode 314 Dr. Scott Wright K0MD

August 15th, 2020


Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, was my guest on this podcast in October of 2016, in Episode 116, almost 200 episodes ago.  I asked Scott to be the keynote speaker at the first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Even as busy as he is, …

Episode 313 Carole Perry WB2MGP_a reprise

August 1st, 2020


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 …

Episode 312 Don Minkoff NK6A

July 25th, 2020


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 …

Episode 311 Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH

July 17th, 2020


Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, started his ham radio career in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1960, proceeded through law school to a career at the …

Episode 310 Al Brogdon W1AB

July 11th, 2020


Al Brogdon, W1AB, was licensed almost 70 years ago, has made significant contributions to our hobby through his writing for QST magazine over the …

Episode 309 Carl Lutzelschwab K9LA_reprise

July 4th, 2020


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 …

Episode 308 Doug Millar K6JEY

June 26th, 2020


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 …

Episode 307 Curt Kinghorn W6OEA interview

June 20th, 2020


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 …

Episode 306 Julius Jones W2IHY

June 13th, 2020


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 …

Episode 305 Anthony Luscre K8ZT

June 6th, 2020


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, …

Episode 304 Tim Carter W3ATB

May 30th, 2020


Tim Carter, W3ATB, was the first home remodeling media personality, even before it was popular.  Tim’s ham radio journey was enhanced by his …

Episode 303 Bob Fontana AK3Y

May 22nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 302 Jim Andrews KH6HTV

May 15th, 2020


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 …

Episode 301 Rick Dubbs WW9JD

May 9th, 2020


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 …

Episode 300 The Panel Discussion

May 1st, 2020


This week I celebrate 300 episodes of the QSO Today Podcast with George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, Bill Meara, N2CQR, Pete Juliano, N6QW, Ashhar Farhan, …

Episode 299 Don Banta K5DB

April 24th, 2020


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 …

Episode 298 Paul Taylor VK3HN

April 17th, 2020


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 …

Episode 297 Sam Birnbaum W2JDB Stereo

April 10th, 2020


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 …

Episode 296 Charlie Morris ZL2CTM

April 3rd, 2020


Charlie Morris, ZL2CTM, builds his QRP rigs, the old fashioned way, starting with a paper and pencil, combining basic components to make each stage …

Episode 295 Bry Carling AF4K

March 27th, 2020


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 …

Episode 294 Bob Nagy AB5N

March 21st, 2020


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, …

Episode 293 Michael Rainey AA1TJ

March 14th, 2020


Michael Rainey, AA1TJ, is a master of building simple HF transmitters from the materials that he has on hand, including the parts from a compact …

Episode 292 Dale Parfitt W4OP

March 6th, 2020


Dale Parfitt, W4OP, developed a love for operating  VHF and above, including moonbounce operation, from an early exposure to a 6 meter Gonset Communicator, or Gooney Box. His love for electronics grew into a career as …

Episode 291 Glen Jenkins WB4KTF

February 28th, 2020


Glen Jenkins, WB4KTF, grew up on US Marine bases in the 50’s and 60’s, and was no stranger to starting over in new places.  Glen tells his ham radio story that includes a professional start in Israel, a stint in Moscow, …

Episode 290 Janis Carson AB2RA

February 21st, 2020


Janis Carson, AB2RA, first licensed in 1959,has been an active ham since childhood, has an interest in the restoration and repair of older tube type …

Episode 289 Michael Ritz W7VO

February 14th, 2020


Michael, Mike, Ritz, W7VO, left the big city for rural Oregon to build his dream contest station. Mike uses his station to help new and local hams to learn the skills necessary to become lifetime contestors and HF …

Episode 288 Guy Lemieux VE2BWL

February 8th, 2020


Guy Lemieux, VE2BWL, built his dream contest station, including a one-hundred ten foot self supporting tower, from metal stock delivered to his bard, in a rural area of Southern Quebec.  while attempting to relax in the …

Episode 287 Fred Schramm K2HA

January 31st, 2020


Fred Schramm, K2HA, visited Israel a few weeks ago and contacted me to meet with him in Jerusalem.  Howard, 4X1ZZ, and I visited Fred at his hotel and recorded this interview with him. Fred tells his ham radio story, …

Episode 286 Mike Foerster W0IH

January 25th, 2020


Michael, Mike, Foerster, W0IH, loves to ragchew with his friends on 80 meters in the evening.  Mike is a frequent contributor to QST magazine …

Episode 285 George Byrkit K9TRV

January 18th, 2020


George Byrkit, K9TRV, was first licensed in 1966, in Madison, Wisconsin.  He returned to amateur radio as a licensee many years after letting that Novice license expire.  George has since jumped back into amateur radio …

Episode 284 Michael Murphy WU2D

January 10th, 2020


Michael, Mike, Murphy, WU2D, separates his professional and his personal radio and electronics life by building, using, and working with vintage …

Episode 283 Ward Silver N0AX

January 2nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 282 Andras Bato HA6NN

December 27th, 2019


Andrash Bato, HA6NN, or “Andy” is coming up on his 50th anniversery as an amateur radio operator in Hungary, growing up in what is now the Former Soviet Union, or “FSU”. Andy is active at every level of amateur radio …

Episode 281 Yoram Rotbach 4Z1YR

December 21st, 2019


If you want to get stuff done, you give it to a busy person. Yoram Rotbach, 4Z1YR, is the busy ham who has become the repeater tzar for Israel …

Episode 280 Fred Kemmerer AB1OC

December 14th, 2019


Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, had a love for radio and electronics as a boy growing up leading to a career as an electronic engineer for ATT. It was not until much later in Fred·s life that he officially joined the amateur …

Episode 279 Bob Dixon W8ERD

December 7th, 2019


Bob Dixon, W8ERD, retired after 49 years as an Ohio State University radio astronomer working on SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and supporting the electronic and communication needs of the …

Episode 278 Denny Johnson K5DCC

November 30th, 2019


This week I joined Denny Johnson, K5DCC, in his Digicomm Cafe, the name of his amateur radio podcast, where he has a ham radio guest almost every night to discuss our hobby.  Denny invited me to a conversation over …

Episode 277 Clark Stewart W8TN

November 23rd, 2019


Clark Stewart, W8TN, started in amateur radio over 55 years ago, has worked every country but North Korea. He began working EME or moon bounce on two and six meters years ago making CW contacts.  Clark is the consummate …

Episode 276 Kate Hutton K6HTN

November 16th, 2019


Kate Hutton, K6HTN, a retired Seismologist at CalTech in Pasadena, California, discovered CW, CWOPS, and passing traffic through the National Traffic …

Episode 275 Bob Logan NZ5A

November 10th, 2019


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 …

Episode 274 Andrew Barron ZL3DW

November 2nd, 2019


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.  …

Episode 273 Steve Adler VK5SFA

October 25th, 2019


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 …

Episode 271 Richard Factor WA2IKL

October 11th, 2019


Richard Factor, WA2IKL, joined the amateur radio ranks 60 years ago, and was inspired by the technology dreams of the popular science fiction writers …

Episode 270 Frank Howell K4FMH

October 4th, 2019


Frank Howell, K4FMH, has a love for radio and electronics that goes back over 60 years, but is only a recent licensee.  Frank serves as the ARRL Assistant Director of the Delta Division, and avid ham radio journalist, …

Episode 269 Dennis Kidder W6DQ

September 26th, 2019


Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, is an amateur radio renaissance man, a collector of the game changing radios from pre-World War 2  to the present. He enjoys 80 …

Episode 268 Paul Andrews W2HRO

September 21st, 2019


Paul Andrews, W2HRO, re-entered amateur radio, after a 35 year break,  by working FM satellites with a Yaesu portable and a dual band antenna.  …

Episode 267 Burt Fisher K1OIK

September 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 266 Ralph Fedor K0IR

September 6th, 2019


Ralph Fedor, K0IR, has participated in at least 15 DXpeditions to the most remote parts of the World. Ralph shares his amateur radio story leading up to his DXpedidions, the opportunities, the lessons learned, and the …

Episode 265 Eric Sears ZL2BMI

August 30th, 2019


Eric Sears, ZL2BMI, who joins me from New Zealand,  is famous for this 80 meter QRP double sideband rig that he designed and documented in the 1980s for his personal use when “tramping”  in the forests and mountains of …

Episode 264 Gordon West WB6NOA

August 23rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 263 John Nowacki W3NA

August 16th, 2019


John Nowacki, W3NA, was a teenager in the early sixties when we won a contest to name a popular amateur radio line of antennas that are still sold …

Episode 262 Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF

August 9th, 2019


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 …

Episode 260 Jean Socrates VE0JS

July 26th, 2019


Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS, who, once her current voyage ends hopefully at the end of August,  will have the distinction of being the oldest person to …

Episode 259 Phil Erickson W1PJE

July 19th, 2019


Phil Erickson, W1PJE, sits on a million watt UHF transmitter at the MIT Haystack Observatory, where he studies the atmosphere and radio propagation.  Phil is a long time radio guy but a newcomer to amateur radio. As you …

Episode 258 Dino Papas KL0S

July 12th, 2019


Dino Papas, KL0S, leads the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club in Williamsburg, Virginia, using the leadership skills that he acquired after 26 years in the US Army.  Dino is a frequent contributor to amateur radio …

Episode 257 Ray Heffer G4NSJ

July 5th, 2019


Ray Heffer, G4NSJ, commandeered the family shortwave radio, as a kid,  to further his interest in shortwave listening and ultimately amateur radio. …

Episode 256 Steven Bible N7HPR

June 29th, 2019


Steven Bible, N7HPR, made a career in the US Navy, spending almost two years under water on the Trident submarine.  Steve is a long time contributor to TAPR, the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio Corporation, perhaps amateur …

Episode 255 Rod Moag W5NDS

June 21st, 2019


Rod Moag, W5NDS, interests in radio and electronics paralleled an interest in American Folk and country music leading to advanced degrees in …

Episode 254 Rich Zwirko K1HTV

June 14th, 2019


Rich Zwirko, K1HTV, was quickly bitten by the DX bug in the late fifties and has gone on to log just about every DX entity on every band. Rich made a career of radio serving as a teenage broadcast engineer in his …

Episode 253 Glenn Johnson W0GJ

June 7th, 2019


Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, began his ham radio journey as a teenager and from his love for chasing DX, has since been to many DX entities around the world including Heard Island, an attempt last year to land on Bouvet Island, …

Episode 252 David Reed W5SV

June 1st, 2019


David Reed, W5SV, began his ham radio story in Mexico at the age of 6, and was undoubtedly one of Mexico’s youngest hams at age 7.  W5SV has a rich …

Episode 251 Mark Ziegler WA2ILB

May 25th, 2019


Mark Ziegler’s ham radio story began as a  youngster that moved him into a career as an electronics engineer with the famous Bell Laboratories.  Now retired, Mark enjoys operating from an RF quiet QTH in rural New …

Episode 250 Bill Brown WB8ELK

May 18th, 2019


Exploration of the edge of space, first by astronaut Jordan Kittinger in Project Man-High, began Bill Brown’s, WB8ELK’s, fascination with, adaptation of amateur radio to high altitude weather balloons and later to …

Episode 249 Vi Barrett W6CBA

May 11th, 2019


Vi Barrett, W6CBA, celebrates 70 years as a radio amateur.  Vi’s love for radio began with an uncle getting back on their air after the Second World War.  Growing up in Southern California, W6CBA became the first female …

Episode 248 Jerry Lewine K6QU

May 3rd, 2019


Jerry Lewine, K6QU, began his career in radio as a young ham in 1959, that led to a career as a broadcast engineer, first as a teenager in his native Pennsylvania, through the Air Force, and later to markets in Hawaii …

Episode 247 George Misic KE8RN

April 25th, 2019


George Misic, KE8RN, is an RF and analog engineer by training, a collector of vintage American amateur radio equipment, and an early pioneer in the …

Episode 246 Jack Worth WA0QZK

April 19th, 2019


Jack Worth, WA0QZK, is a retired pastor with over 50 years of amateur radio operating experience who likes to QSO on CW from the Warsaw Telegraph …

Episode 245 Joe Everhart N2CX

April 13th, 2019


Joe Everhart, N2CX, is well known is QRP circles for his technical contributions and articles in the ham radio magazines.  Along with George Heron, N2APB, my guest in Episode 151, of the QSO Today podcast, they produce …

QSO Today Episode 244 Howard Bernstein WB2UZE

April 5th, 2019


Howard Bernstein is the co-founder of the Long Island CW Club along with Rich Collins K2UPS,  where they train amateurs of every age to be CW …

Episode 243 Bob Sumption W9RAS

March 30th, 2019


Bob Sumption, W9RAS, was raised on Popular Electronics and Popular Mechanics magazines, learned how to fix anything from his father, and became a ham …

Episode 242 Neil King VA7DX

March 23rd, 2019


Neil King, VA7DX, shares his ham radio story that began as a kid when is father introduced him to the Morse code.  Now after almost 40 years, Neil has over 16 DXpeditions under his belt and continues to enjoy traveling …

Episode 241 Joe Lynch N6CL

March 16th, 2019


Joe Lynch, N6CL, began his ham radio story over 50 years ago in Bonita, California. After a stint in Vietnam,  an amateur radio journalist for CQ Magazine focused on VHF and above, and a career as minister, Joe, is now …

Episode 240 George Allison K1IG

March 9th, 2019


Sputnik and an uncle inspired George Allison, K1IG, to become a radio amateur. George had a long and successful US Navy career where radio was always …

Episode 239 Jay Slough K4ZLE

March 1st, 2019


Jay Slough, K4ZLE, has over 60 years in the amateur radio hobby and still enjoys CW as his primary operating mode. An accomplished DXpeditioner, having operated in over 40 DX entities including South Sandwich Island. …

Episode 238 Andre Hansen K6AH

February 23rd, 2019


Andre Hansen, K6AH, and his team of open source developers have taken amateur radio mesh networking to a new level with AREDN, that allows commercial low cost WIFI routers and access points to be used to build out local …

Episode 237 Kristen McIntyre K6WX

February 15th, 2019


Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, is the president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley,  and an ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director. Trained as an MIT electronic engineer, she was an …

Episode 236 Richard Dillman W6AWO

February 9th, 2019


Richard Dillman, W6AWO, is the founding member of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, where they preserve the skills, traditions, and folklore of …

Episode 235 Dan Gravereaux N1ZZ

February 2nd, 2019


Dan Gravereaux, N1ZZ, began his ham radio story as a kid leading to a career in electronics, a stint at the CBS Labs working on quadraphonic sound, and later founding West Mountain Radio creators of the Rigblaster …

Episode 234 Fred Lloyd AA7BQ

January 26th, 2019


Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, is the creator of perhaps the Internet’s oldest ham radio resource, With over 700 thousand subscribers, is the …

Episode 233 Ray Waldemar WA6NVL

January 18th, 2019


Ray Waldemar, WA6NVL, was an early adopter of electronic technology that found its way into amateur radio including the first Apple 1 computer, first …

Episode 232 George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU

January 12th, 2019


George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, is the the co-host of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast, one of the more popular ham radio podcasts.  George has a long and …

Episode 231 John Raifsnider W8JER

January 5th, 2019


John Raifsnider, W8JER, shares his ham shack with this wife, Micky, KE8ASK, and likes to rag-chew on DX. His signal is boosted by a new 70 ft tower and Mosley beam antenna, allowing him to extend his amateur radio …

Episode 230 Jonathan Naylor G4KLX

December 29th, 2018


Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX, pioneered the opening, to amateur radio operators, of D-Star and later other digital repeater modes including DMR and Yaesu …

Episode 229 Keith Baker KB1SF

December 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 228 Joel Wilhite KD6W

December 15th, 2018


Joel Wilhite, KD6W, who has a long history in amateur radio, telephony, and amateur radio TV.  As you can imagine, amateur radio TV has advanced from the slow scan memories of the early 1970s to high quality digital …

Episode 227 Riki Kline K7NJ

December 7th, 2018


Riki Kline, K7NJ, has a long and interesting ham radio career, from humble beginnings in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a teenage ham,  to his current QTH on over 40 rural acres in Utah. Riki also lives in Israel, part time, in …

Episode 226 Paul Gacek W6PNG

December 1st, 2018


Along with a successful career in California high-tech, Paul Gacek, W6PNG, became an amateur radio operator.  Finding that it challenged his mind and …

Episode 225 David Malin AA6RV

November 24th, 2018


David Malin, AA6RV, spent over 20 years working for the City of Los Angeles as its Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Administrator for the Port of Los Angeles.  Now retired, David a lot to say about emergency …

Episode 224 Phil Sittner KD6RM

November 17th, 2018


Phil Sittner, KD6RM, has a ham radio story that goes back over 50 years, from childhood. Still living in Northern California, Phil builds his own radios and test equipment, operates CW on 80 and 40 meters, using …

Episode 223 Denny Berg WB9MSM

November 10th, 2018


Denny Berg, WB9MSM, has a fascination for old rigs, including the Swan 500 HF transceiver, ham shack software that enhances his on the air user …

Episode 222 Greg Latta AA8V Revisited

November 2nd, 2018


In episode 33 of the QSO Today podcast, Dr. Greg Latta, AA8V, was described as a renaissance man, a master home-brewer who designs and builds the old …

Episode 221 Arnold Ziegel W2HDI

October 27th, 2018


After running maritime mobile from his 40 foot sailboat for many years, Arnold Ziegel, W2HDI, switched to power boats and all of the challenges to …

Episode 220 Mark Rosenberg 4X1KS

October 20th, 2018


While exposed to amateur radio at an early age, it was not until Mark Rosenberg, 4X1KS, got his first license and upgraded quickly within a few short months, in Memphis, Tennessee.  In Memphis, Robert Barbee, W4AMI, …

Episode 219 Ken Oelke VE6AFO

October 13th, 2018


Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, stepped up to the plate for his local amateur radio club and ended up making leadership in local and national Canadian amateur radio organizations the major focus of his ham radio activity.  Ken is …

Episode 218 Stephen Hicks N5AC

October 6th, 2018


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 …

Episode 217 Tom Wright NN2X

September 28th, 2018


Tom Wright, NN2X, grew up in the sixties in the foster care system.  Amateur radio provided a way out of the system and into the US Army and a career in satellite communications.  Tom loves his family, the digital …

Episode 216 Ray Poularas VK2GRP

September 22nd, 2018


In addition to his may hobbies and interests, Ray Poularas, VK2GRP, restores vintage military surplus radios back to new condition by carefully …

Episode 215 Mike Bryce WB8VGE

September 15th, 2018


Mike Bryce, WB8VGE, collects and restores the old Heathkit and Drake rigs that we remember from the 60s and 70s, works QRP on his favorite Ten-Tec …

Episode 214 Bernie McClenny W3UR

September 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 213 Kevin Parmenter KG5Q

August 31st, 2018


Kevin Parmenter, KG5Q, caught my attention from an article that he published in QST Magazine, August 2017 about the Flightaware system.  I was intrigued with the article that leverages our technical ability against a …

Episode 212 Frank Brickle AB2KT

August 25th, 2018


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 …

Episode 211 Justin Johnson G0KSC

August 17th, 2018


Justin Johnson, G0KSC, tells his ham radio story and how it led to the founding of his company,  Innovantenna, and his approach to antenna designs, that maximize signal to noise rather than gain to produce amazing …

Episode 210 Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI

August 10th, 2018


Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, who, from his interest in satellite communications, became an important backup communications link in South Australia for the NASA space shuttle missions, the Mir Space Station, and the …

Episode 209 Jim Forkin WA3TFS

August 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 208 Ulrich Rohde N1UL

July 27th, 2018


Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is a pioneer in RF oscillator and receiver design. Over the last 40 years N1UL has authored over 60 articles for QST and QEX magazines, in addition to books, academic papers, and articles. Dr. …

Episode 207 Mike Mussler AI8Z

July 20th, 2018


Mike Mussler, AI8Z, is one of the early pioneers in the 630 meter band experimental trials in 2007 that resulted in the band being opened for amateur …

Episode 206 David Finell N7LRY

July 13th, 2018


David Finell, N7LRY described himself to his future wife as a mad scientist, coming from a ham radio family that encouraged deep learning of the subjects that interested him. David shares his ham radio journey, his deep …

Episode 205 Rick Tavan N6XI

July 6th, 2018


Rick Tavan, N6XI, is a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran who loves to contest from his two Northern California contest stations, one in the “valley” and the other in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe. Rick …

Episode 204 Kai Siwiak KE4PT

June 29th, 2018


One of the best kept secrets of amateur radio is the amazing QEX Magazine published by the ARRL and edited by my guest today, Kai Shiwiak, KE4PT.  If you are a home brewer and want a more indepth amateur radio …

Episode 203 Mike Marsh G1IAR

June 23rd, 2018


Mike Marsh, G1IAR, is in love with mastering sound and owes his interest in ham radio to enhancing his professional career in the recording industry. Mike is also the co-host of the TX-Factor video podcast, one of my …

Episode 202 Raul Midon AE3RM

June 15th, 2018


Bad ass and blind is how my guest on QSO Today describes himself on his website and the release of his new jazz music album of the same name.  Raul …

Episode 201 John Stanley K4ERO

June 8th, 2018


My QSO Today is with John Stanley, K4ERO, a frequent contributor of articles about antenna design and performance to QST, QEX, the ARRL Antenna Book, and the ARRL Handbook.  An MIT graduate, John and his wife Ruth, …

Episode 200 Eric Guth 4Z1UG

June 2nd, 2018


In this, the 200th edition of the QSO Today podcast, the QSO Today is with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, creator of the QSO Today Podcast as the guest and  is hosted by Jim Wilson, K5ND. In this interview, Eric tells his ham radio …

Episode 199 Adam Farson VA7OJ

May 25th, 2018


Adam Farson, VA7OJ and AB4OJ, began his ham radio journey over 60 years ago as a youngster inspired by electronics and eventually ham radio in his native South Africa.  Pursuing a career in the broad science that …

Episode 198 Jack Mandelman K1VT

May 18th, 2018


Dr. Jack Mandelman is on the short list for holding the most patents, over 700 Worldwide, in the area of semiconductor physics, while at the same …

Episode 197 Alex Grimberg PY1AHD

May 11th, 2018


From his QTH in Rio De Janeiro, Alex Grimberg, PY1AHD, has mastered the art of the portable magnetic loop antennas for QRP use in the field. This interest, generated from his need for a light and portable antenna, has …

Episode 196 Jim Millner WB2REM

May 5th, 2018


Jim Millner, WB2REM, has traveled and operated amateur radio in 72 countries including Cuba and Guantanamo Bay.  He also operates his station by …

Episode 195 Roberto Ramirez CE3CT

April 28th, 2018


Roberto Ramirez, CE3CT, from Chile, is a well known South American DXer and Contester who began his ham radio story as a short wave listener.  Now an electronic engineer responsible for the local cell phone company …

Episode 194 Ryhor Greg Harbacheuski W3NW

April 21st, 2018


Dr. Ryhor “Greg” Harbacheuski, W3NW, began his ham radio story in Belarus, a republic of the former Soviet Union.  After immigrating to the United …

Episode 193 Vjollca Belegu Z61VB

April 14th, 2018


Out of the ashes of ten years of ethnic repression and the Kosovo War in 1998, the amateur radio service in Kosovo was reborn in 2012.  Vjollca …

Episode 192 Fred Cady KE7X

April 7th, 2018


Fred Cady, KE7X, took his love of radio and electronics as far as he could go - that was to a PHD in Electronic Engineering where he settled into …

Episode 191 Mike Bohn KG7TR

March 31st, 2018


Mike Bohn, KG7TR, has been building his own amateur radio equipment since he first entered the ham radio hobby over 50 years ago. Mike builds around …

Episode 190 DuWayne Schmidlkofer KV4QB

March 24th, 2018


DuWayne Schmidlkofer, KV4QB, is one of the amazing creators of homebrew projects from conception to the finished package.  He uses microcontrollers …

Episode 189 Glen Popiel KW5GP Returns

March 17th, 2018


Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of  two popular books on Arduino for amateur radio and a book on mesh networking for amateur radio joins QSO Today once …

Episode 188 Richard Newstead G3CWI

March 9th, 2018


Richard Newstead, G3CWI, as an avid outdoor radio enthusiast, co-founded SOTA or the Summits on the Air program. When he needed the right gear to take to the mountaintop, Richard had to create and import his own …

Episode 187 Rick Karlquist N6RK

March 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 186 Bernie van der Walt ZS4TX

February 23rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 185 Mitch Gill NA7US

February 17th, 2018


Mitch Gill, NA7US is the New editor of QRP Quarterly Magazine, the official journal of the QRP Amateur Radio Club International  and a former …

Episode 184 Tomas Hood NW7US

February 9th, 2018


Tomas Hood, NW7US is the propagation editor of a number of shortwave and amateur radio magazines, and has a wide variety of websites,  that grew out of his love for all things radio, and  for listening on the bands to …

Episode 183 Geoff Howard W0CG_PJ2DX

February 3rd, 2018


My guest this week is Geoff Howard, W0CG / PJ2DX, who operates along with his ham friends the P2JT contest station in a villa on a cliff overlooking the sea in Curacao. Geoff shares his ham radio story and the history …

Episode 182 Keith Hibbert WB2VUO

January 26th, 2018


Keith Hibbert, WB2VUO, is the ARRL Technical Coordinator for Western NY State.  In that capacity Keith serves as a resource and goto guy for technical questions by amateur radio operators. Keith and I had a great QSO on …

Episode 181 Shelby Ennis W8WN

January 19th, 2018


One of the most unusual ham radio operating modes is meteor scatter or bouncing signals off the ionized trails left by space dust the the earth’s atmosphere.  Shelby Ennis, W8WN has operated this mode for over 50 years, …

Episode 180 Brian Machesney K1LI

January 13th, 2018


Natural disasters, especially the most recent hurricanes, present us with opportunities to make a real difference if we step up to the plate.  As part of this amateur radio story, Brian Machesney, K1LI, was presented …

Episode 179 Steve Murphy N8NM

January 6th, 2018


Steve Murphy, N8NM, builds most of his modern equipment using the Manhattan and “ugly” construction method, or he refurbishes old tube transmitters, …

Episode 178 Brian Short KC0BS

December 30th, 2017


Brain Short, KC0BS, is a busy amateur radio operator in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is actively involved in teaching ham radio and getting new hams …

Episode 177 Jeff Damm WA7MLH

December 23rd, 2017


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. …

Episode 176 Hal Turley W8HC

December 15th, 2017


Hal Turley, W8HC, is a veteran DXpeditioner who is headed for  Bouvet Island, perhaps the World’s most remote Island and DX entity, in a few weeks.  Hal tells his ham radio story, his discovery and the satisfaction that …

Episode 175 Bob Rosier K4OCE

December 8th, 2017


Bob Rosier, K4OCE, started his ham radio journey in the fifties, inspired by his father who built their first family television using a surplus radar screen and a broadcast receiver.  Bob discovered QRP almost by …

Episode 174 Robert Norman VK5SW

December 2nd, 2017


Heading South to Australia, our QSO Today is with Rob Norman, VK5SW, who wanted to get away from the electronic noise of the his home city of …

Episode 173 Preston Douglas WJ2V

November 24th, 2017


Preston Douglas, WJ2V, discovered the joys of QRP and home-brewing whole transceivers almost by accident. The result is a rewarding ham radio …

Episode 172 Dave Sumner K1ZZ

November 17th, 2017


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 …

Episode 171 Fred Regennitter K4IU

November 11th, 2017


My QSO this week is with Fred Regennitter, K4IU, has a rich ham radio history spanning over 50 years, from the first crystal radio receiver to his modern FlexRadio software defined transceiver. DX and contests are …

Episode 170 Larry Staples W0AIB

November 4th, 2017


Larry Staples, W0AIB, is the publisher of Larry’s List, a regular email message center that updates Kansas City amateur radio operators with the …

Episode 169 Ron Gang 4X1MK

October 28th, 2017


Ron Gang, 4X1MK, had his early amateur radio beginnings in Canada, and later immigrated, as part of a group, to Israel in the 1970s where his amateur radio license, skills, and equipment were highly appreciated.  Always …

Episode 168 Dennis Vernacchia N6KI

October 21st, 2017


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 …

Episode 167 Jim Garland W8ZR

October 13th, 2017


Inspired by one of his home brew elmers, Jim Garland, W8ZR, uses his electronics and metal fabrication workbench to create beautiful ham radio …

Episode 166 Dov Gavish 4Z4DX

October 6th, 2017


Israel’s most notable amateur radio operator might just be Dov Gavish, 4Z4DX.  First licensed in Israel with his dad over fifty years ago, Dov has made a career of operating from wherever he happens to be in the World, …

Episode 165 David Casler KE0OG

September 29th, 2017


Dave Casler, KE0OG, creates ham radio Youtube videos from the Western Slope of Colorado to educate and inform his ham radio audience.  Beginning with …

Episode 164 Burt Weiner K6OQK

September 23rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 163 Steve Herman W7VOA

September 16th, 2017


Steve Herman, W7VOA’s, love of amateur radio and media led him into a career as a news correspondent for the Associated Press, freelance overseas …

Episode 162 Tom Robinson G0SBW

September 8th, 2017


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 …

Episode 161 Lauren Libby W0LD

September 1st, 2017


From an early age, the love of radio broadcasting brought Lauren Libby, W0LD, to amateur radio and DXing by meteor scatter and moon bounce.  Lauren has made a career of radio broadcasting and is the CEO of the World’s …

Episode 160 Bill Kennamer K5FUV

August 25th, 2017


Have you ever wondered what effort it takes for the ARRL to process up to ten thousand DXCC applications per year, not to mention the all of the other contests and awards that once required QSL cards from each side of a …

Episode 159 Rick Dougherty NQ4I

August 14th, 2017


When Rick Dougherty NQ4I isn’t operating single sideband at 51 thousand feet in a Gulfstream jet, he may be preparing for the next big contest at …

Episode 158 Don Minkoff NK6A

August 11th, 2017


Amateur radio is a big tent with an appeal for every amateur’s special interest.  Once a QRO DX operator, the new magic of ham radio  for Don Minkoff NK6A, came from turning down the power to QRP levels and getting out …

Episode 157 Dave Prestel W8AJR

August 4th, 2017


Someone said some place, that if you want to get stuff done, give it to a busy person.  My guest this week is Dave Prestel, W8AJR.  Dave is a busy …

Episode 156 David Rowe VK5DGR

July 28th, 2017


David Rowe, VK5DGR, has been a guest target since QSO Today episode 16 with Bruce Perens, K6BP because of David’s seminal work with audio codecs for digital audio on HF.  David has a strong background in digital voice, …

Episode 155 Rob Brownstein K6RB

July 21st, 2017


Sputnik was the catalyst that spurred many to enter electronics, engineering, and amateur radio.  Rob Brownstein, K6RB, was inspired to find a ham across the street to build his first crystal set for a science fair …

Episode 154 Dave Le Duc N1IX

July 14th, 2017


Dave LeDuc, N1IX, like many of my guests got his ham radio start as a teenager in the sixties.  His love for CW and chasing DX has not diminished over the years.  His new passion is running QRP and winning contests. …

Episode 153 Jim Talens N3JT

July 7th, 2017


My QSO Today is with Jim Talens, N3JT, who combines DX and contesting, operating CW, and going on DXpeditions into his amateur radio hobby.  A ham since 1960, Jim is one of the founders of CWOPS and an advocate of CW or …

Episode 152 Chris Burger ZS6EZ

June 30th, 2017


Chris Burger, ZS6EZ, believes that if we have lofty goals, like winning DX contests, and measure our results against other contesters, then even …

Episode 151 George Heron N2APB

June 23rd, 2017


For George Heron, N2APB, the love of amateur radio comes from the design, collaboration, and building electronic devices for amateur radio, along …

Episode 150 Bob Garrett K3UL

June 16th, 2017


One of the major players in the “top band” , or 160 meters is Bob Garrett, K3UL, who as a blind ham has never let his visual impairment get in the way of his ham radio hobby.  I first learned about Bob from an article …


June 10th, 2017


On my recent trip from Israel to the USA, to attend the Dayton Hamvention,  I stopped in the Bay Area to visit with Wayne Burdick, N6KR, a long time and childhood friend, and co-founder of Elecraft, to catch up, discuss …

Episode 148 Richard Fisher KI6SN

June 2nd, 2017


Richard Fisher, KI6SN, after a 40 year career in newspaper journalism, is now an editor and contributor to many of the most widely read amateur radio …

Episode 147 Rich Moseson W2VU

May 26th, 2017


Rich Moseson, W2VU,  is the current editor of CQ Magazine.  From his vantage point as the editor of one of the oldest and prestigious amateur radio …

Episode 146 Joe Carcia NJ1Q

May 8th, 2017


Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, grew up down the street from the ARRL headquarters in Newington, Connecticut and is not the Station manager and trustee of the W1AW Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station that sits on the grass in front of …

Episode 145 Glen Zook K9STH

May 8th, 2017


Glen Zook, K9STH, began his elmering and mentoring by writing his first article for 73 Magazine in 1961 at the tender age of 17.  Glen has gone on to write many practical ham radio articles from modifying a Heathkit …

Episode 144 John Ackermann N8UR

May 5th, 2017


John Ackermann, N8UR, is a proponent of open source, that is freely sharing both hardware and software designs in communities that work together to make it all better.  The TAPR community is where John spends much of …

Episode 143 Roy Lewallen W7EL

April 28th, 2017


Roy Lewallen, W7EL, approaches ham radio from an engineering and even scientific point of view.  Roy is the creator of EZNEC, the popular antenna …

Episode 142 George Fremin K5TR

April 22nd, 2017


George Fremin, K5TR, is a seasoned SO2R contester and DXer.  He has many years of experience building and maintaining multi operator contest stations …

Episode 141 Paul Stroud AA4XX

April 15th, 2017


Paul Stroud, AA4XX,  went from being a QRO, high power operator, to a QRP operator, testing the bottom limits of power output to distance.  Paul …

Episode 140 Richard Gillette W9PE

April 7th, 2017


Richard Gillette, W9PE, is the consummate ham radio operator and mentor, IEEE speaker, and frequent contributor to our amateur radio hobby from his many articles in the ham radio magazines.  His own website,, is …

Episode 139 Don Beattie G3BJ

March 30th, 2017


Don Beattie, G3BJ, is a former president of the Radio Society of Great Britain, past chairman of BARTG,  or the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group, past president of the CDXC, the British DX foundation, board member …

Episode 138 Tony Fishpool G4WIF

March 24th, 2017


When is comes to homebrewing QRP HF radios with simple parts and test equipment, then one of the go-to  guys is Tony Fishpool, G4WIF, current …

Episode 137 Randy Hall K7AGE

March 18th, 2017


Randy Hall, K7AGE, has been a ham for almost 50 years and is well known for his You-Tube channel with his hundreds of ham radio videos.  Randy is …

Episode 136 Bob Eshleman W4DR

March 10th, 2017


In 1954, at 19 years of age, Bob Eshleman, W4DR, and two buddies decided to put Navassa Island back on the ARRL DXCC list, the first activation of Navassa since the end of World War II.  Prepared with a National …

Episode 135 Bob Wilson N6TV

March 2nd, 2017


Bob Wilson, N6TV, is a bay area contester and CW operator.  Having developed his CW craft on the National Traffic System as a teenage kid, he now enjoys the North American Sprint, a four hour contest and using the …

Episode 134 Jeff Briggs K1ZM

February 25th, 2017


Jeff Briggs, K1ZM, is the author of DXing on the Edge- The Thrill of 160 meters and he operates an amazing DX station on Canada's Atlantic shore. Eric, 4Z1UG, and Jeff discuss 160 meters, DXing, building a super station …

Episode 133 Paul Topolski W1SEX

February 17th, 2017


Paul Topolski, W1SEX, was just meters from ground zero working the communications center, when terrorists struck the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing …

Episode 132 Gary Hoffman KB0H

February 10th, 2017


Beginning as a scanner listener, Gary Hoffman, KB0H, discovered amateur radio shares his love of it with his wife, Nancy, N0NJ.  Gary is focused on emergency communications where he is the assistant emergency …

Episode 131 Brian Clarke VK2GCE

February 3rd, 2017


My guest today, Brian Clarke, VK2GCE, has been a ham since his childhood in New Zealand, went on to get advanced degrees, built a recording studio in London for Pink Floyd, and now resides in Australia.  Brian is a …

Episode 130 Mike Myers VA3MPM

January 27th, 2017


My QSO Today with Mike Myers, VA3MPM, a very active ham in Ottawa, Canada, and enjoys ham radio through rag chewing on 80 meters, collecting old …

Episode 129 David White WN5Y

January 21st, 2017


David White, WN5Y, is a home-brewer from the beginning of his ham radio story, and loves to build receivers for ham radio.  Originally inspired by the designs of the late Lew McCoy, W1ICP, and later Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, …

Episode 128 Ian Keyser G3ROO

January 11th, 2017


In this QSO Today, Ian Keyser, G3ROO, discusses with Eric, 4Z1UG, his amazing “maker space”, collecting and refurbishing World War 2 vintage spy …

Episode 127 Brooke Allen N2BA

January 7th, 2017


Brooke Allen, N2BA, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on episode 127 of the QSO Today Podcast to discuss “gamifying” amateur radio to make it attractive to young people, both men and women,  while at the same time understanding what …

Episode 126 Rob Sherwood NC0B

December 30th, 2016


Since the mid-1970s, Rob Sherwood, NC0B, founded Sherwood Engineering, in Colorado, to build Drake receiver upgrades and to test the performance of …

Episode 125 Hans Summers G0UPL

December 23rd, 2016


As a 2009 QRP ARCI Hall of Fame inductee - Hans Summers, G0UPL,  is an electronic experimenter and amateur radio innovator extraordinaire.  Hans pays …

Episode 124 Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE eyeball

December 17th, 2016


Eric, 4Z1UG, host of the QSO Today Podcast, has an "eyeball" or in-person contact with Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, creator of RaDAR, or Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, in Johannesburg, South Africa during Eric's recent …

Episode 123 Jim Veatch WA2EUJ

December 10th, 2016


Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ, is a three time winner of the ARRL Homebrew Challenge contest where his winning entries pushed the limits of homebrew design and implementation within the financial constraints of the contest. Jim …

Episode 122 Frank Donovan W3LPL

December 3rd, 2016


Contest Super Station owner, Frank Donovan, W3LPL, will tell you that his ham radio story began in 1923 when his grandfather collected parts and …

Episode 121 Dale Green VE7SV

November 26th, 2016


Dale Green, VE7SV, is a  2013 CQ Contest Hall of Fame winner who chases the endless Summer by dividing his time between his homes in Renaca Beach, …

Episode 120 Jim Stafford W4QO

November 19th, 2016


Jim Stafford, W4QO, was recognized at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention for over 50 years of ham radio achievements that include mentoring and elmering, QRP …

Episode 119 Dino Besomi CE3PG

November 12th, 2016


IIn a country, like Chile, that gets 70% of the earthquakes recorded around the World, hams like Dr. Dino Besomi, CE3PG, have to be ready at a minute’s notice to provide emergency communications when  traditional …

Episode 118 Bill Murray W9VC

November 5th, 2016


Bill Murray, W9VC, likes to spend his ham radio time building tube type transmitters of his own design from old equipment purchased at hamfests. In …

Episode 117 Gerry Jurrens N2GJ

October 29th, 2016


From time to time, one of the listeners to the QSO Today podcast reaches out to me to dialog about something in ham radio often related to a previous episode.  I began a conversation with Gerry Jurrens, N2GJ, that …

Episode 116 Scott Wright K0MD

October 22nd, 2016


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 …

Episode 115 Bob Witte K0NR

October 13th, 2016


Bob Witte, K0NR, is an amateur radio blogger with a long history of ham radio homebrewing, repeater building, and operation using many bands and …

Episode 114 Laurie Margolis G3UML

October 8th, 2016


Sometimes, amateur radio can play an important role in shaping the news around World Events.  For BBC correspondent and amateur radio operator, …

Episode 113 Bill Kelsey N8ET

October 1st, 2016


Bill Kelsey, N8ET, has a long and interesting amateur radio career beginning in 1962. From his interest in QRP and QRP kits, Bill founded the Kanga Kit Company, creating radio and test equipment kits for the ham …

Episode 112 Keith Ranger G0KJK

September 23rd, 2016


Keith Ranger, G0KJK, now retired from the Church of England, has had a lifelong love of electronics and radio who has never owned a commercially manufactured amateur radio.  Instead Keith builds his own receivers and …

Episode 111 Tom Vinson NY0V

September 16th, 2016


Imagine that you get your dream job out of college, and later as part of that job, your employer wants you to solve a riddle that will take years or …

Episode 110 Tom Witherspoon K4SWL

September 10th, 2016


Many of us entered the ham radio hobby from building a crystal set or using a short wave receiver growing up.  Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL, established his credentials in short wave radio before joining the ham radio ranks. …

Episode 109 Susan Meckley W7KFI

September 2nd, 2016


There is no time like the present to sail the South Pacific, solo, with amateur radio.  This is exactly what my guest today, Susan Meckley, W7KFI, …

Episode 108 Tony Brock-Fisher K1KP

August 26th, 2016


Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP, is a frequent contributor to both QST and CQ Magazine, and he enjoys a well rounded amateur radio operation.  Tony always take a deep dive approach to any of his ham radio projects including …

Episode 107 Bill Sexton N1IN

August 19th, 2016


Since 2001, Bill Sexton, N1IN has been the public relations officer of US Army MARS, one of the oldest collaborations between the Amateur Radio …

Episode 106 Bob Leo W7LR

August 11th, 2016


Bob Leo, W7LR, began his ham radio journey in the 1930s as a kid growing up in California. He went on to become a member of the first commercial DXpedition to Africa and later a co-founder of the Amateur radio club of …

Episode 105 Robert Zavrel W7SX

August 6th, 2016


When it comes to understanding how antennas really work, then the “go to” ham is Bob Zavrel, W7SX, author of the ARRL book, Antenna Physics - An Introduction.  Through this book, Bob bridges the gap between “how to” …

Episode 104 Dick Stroud W9SR

July 29th, 2016


Dick Stroud, W9SR, took his first ham radio test in 1938 that began a ham radio and professional journey as an electronic engineer.  This journey, over 75 years, included witnessing the hydrogen bomb tests in the 1950, …

Episode 103 Rich Holoch KY6R

July 23rd, 2016


Rich Holoch, KY6R, is an avid DXer and needs only two more entities to get to the top of the DX Honor Roll.  As the Sunspot cycle fades into memory, …

Episode 102 Rex Harper W1REX

July 16th, 2016


Rex Harper, W1REX, became an amateur radio operator from his early memories of radio as a kid and his desire to do electronics as a hobby.  His love for QRP and later QRP kit building came from wanting to build …

Episode 101 Graham Firth G3MFJ

July 8th, 2016


Graham Firth, G3MFJ, joined our amateur radio hobby almost sixty years ago as a kid growing up in Yorkshire, England.  Electronics and electronics building was the driver and is still Graham's first love in the hobby. …

Episode 100 Ned Stearns AA7A

July 1st, 2016


After over 50 years in amateur radio, the hobby still gives Ned Stearns, AA7A, a new challenge every day.  Ned has operated every mode on every band during his ham radio career, and currently operates EME or moon bounce …

Episode 099 Jeff Murray K1NSS

June 25th, 2016


Jeff Murray, K1NSS is a cartoonist and story teller who specializes in being a keen observer of ham radio and ham radio operators.  He uses his website,, to share his cartoons and stories with all of us. …

Episode 098 Randy Thompson K5ZD

June 18th, 2016


It's not often that we think of amateur radio contesting as a sport.  It is according to my guest today a radio sport, one that has international competitors who have the experience and training of Olympic athletes in …

Episode 097 Art Towslee WA8RMC

June 11th, 2016


One of the pioneers in ATV or amateur radio television is Art Towslee, WA8RMC.  Originally,an  ATV signal, over the ham bands,  was similar to the commercial television broadcast standard.  However, Art and the …

Episode 096 Bill Dean W0OR

June 4th, 2016


Bill Dean, W0OR, is a long time ham and contestor from Minnesota, where he has lived much of his life, even serving four terms in Minnesota’s legislature. Now a snowbird, who in his mid-seventies learns Spanish,  does …

Episode 095 Pete Friedrichs AC7ZL

May 28th, 2016


From his first long nose pliers, at the age of six, to his private use of the chemistry lab at his junior high-school, Pete Friedrichs, AC7ZL, has …

Episode 094 Ellen White W1YL

May 21st, 2016


If we could apply the term “grand dame” to amateur radio, then the grand dame of amateur radio must be Ellen White, W1YL.  Ellen began her amateur …

Episode 093 Joe Eisenberg K0NEB

May 14th, 2016


One of the best ways to get some real hands on experience in electronics, especially as a beginner, is to build electronic kits.  Even the seasoned veteran ham can enjoy even the more complex kits.  In amateur radio …

Episode 092 Bob Epstein K8IA

May 7th, 2016


With almost sixty years in our amazing hobby, Bob Epstein, K8IA, and his wife Sandy, N7RQ, pursue their love of the contest through their Arizona …

Episode 091 Jack Falker W8KR

April 30th, 2016


Jack Falker, W8KR, has been a ham for over 60 years.  He now divides his time between ham radio, rose gardening, and writing an international blog on rose gardening. Now that his tower and beam are retired, Jack uses …

Episode 90 Gregory Andracke W2BEE

April 23rd, 2016


Gregory Andracke, W2BEE, is an accomplished news cameraman and documentary cinematographer, with Academy and Emmy awards to his credit.  He is also an accomplished amateur radio operator, with over fifty years in the …

Episode 089 Jim George N3BB

April 16th, 2016


Jim George, N3BB is an active contestor, DXer, and rag chewer.  Jim has many contest awards and was a team member in the 2000 World Radiosport Team Championship, or WRTC,  in Slovenia.  Now retired, Jim divides his time …

Episode 88 Tom Gallagher NY2RF

April 9th, 2016


After a successful career in finance, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, embarks on a new career as the ARRL’s new executive director succeeding the retiring …

Episode 087 - Ashhar Farhan - VU2ESE

April 2nd, 2016


When it comes to home brew single side-band transceivers and test equipment,  Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, is the master of building amateur radio equipment on a budget, with common parts. Ashhar is the designer of the BITX …

Episode 086 Grayson Evans TA2ZGE

March 26th, 2016


If you wanted to homebrew QRP radios with vacuum tubes, or thermatrons, then the goto guy would be Grayson Evans, TA2ZGE, author of the book, Hollow …

Episode 085 Art Bell W6OBB

March 19th, 2016


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 …

Episode 084 Peter Parker VK3YE

March 12th, 2016


The local city dump was the source of parts for Peter Parker, VK3YE's first ham radio projects. This humble beginning made Peter one of the most …

Episode 083 Jim Kutsch KY2D

March 5th, 2016


Jim Kutsch, KY2D, has enjoyed almost fifty years of amateur radio because a local ham club reached out to him as a teenager after a life altering accident. It was through this act of kindness and mentoring from the ham …

Episode 082 Keith Kaiser WA0TJT

February 27th, 2016


Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, works every single day to bring kids into the Boy Scouts and amateur radio and has been doing it since 1988. He shares his love of digital modes, ham radio operations, high altitude ballooning, the …

Episode 081 Tad Cook K7RA

February 21st, 2016


Propagation, especially in the HF bands still remains a mystery for many amateur radio operators. Eric is joined in this QSO Today by Tad Cook, K7RA, …

Episode 080 Mike Rainey AA1TJ

February 13th, 2016


If you were stranded on a desert island with Mike Rainey, AA1TJ, and a compact fluorescent light bulb, the chance is good that Mike could build you a …

Episode 079 Bob Allphin K4UEE

February 6th, 2016


Bob Allphin, K4UEE, has traveled to 126 countries and has gone on forty DXpeditions to the far corners of the Earth to active exotic and remote locations. Bob discusses his early amateur radio beginnings, his love of …

Episode 078 Bob Hopkins WB2UDC

January 29th, 2016


Bob Hopkins, WB2UDC, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today about the importance of ham radio Elmers, especially in the lives of kids, and how to pay it forward to future generations of hams. Bob is an active elmer with …

Episode 077 David Cripe NM0S

January 23rd, 2016


Radio kit design for the Four State QRP Group is one of the passions of Dave Cripe, NM0S.  As a amateur  radio generalist, with a strong discipline and technical background, Dave enjoys a wide range of operating modes …

Episode 076 Doug Crompton WA3DSP

January 16th, 2016


Doug Crompton, WA3DSP’s, interest in ham radio began as a kid in Pennsylvania in the ‘60s. Doug’s careful attention to detail and documentation of …

Episode 075 Paul Wade W1GHZ

January 9th, 2016


What is a DX contact on 10 Ghz?  Paul Wade, W1GHZ, tells his ham radio story, about his ham radio operations in the amateur radio frequencies above 1 …

Episode 074 Don Greenbaum N1DG

January 2nd, 2016


Don Greenbaum, N1DG, comes from a ham radio family and started in the hobby as an eleven year old Novice, over fifty years ago. A veteran of the some …

Episode 073 Alan Wolke W2AEW

December 26th, 2015


Alan Wolke, W2AEW, is a master mentor and elmer who uses YouTube to produce and share his electronic and ham radio educational videos. This is in …

Episode 072 Bob Heil K9EID

December 19th, 2015


Bob Heil, K9EID, is no stranger to ham radio, as a pioneer in audio systems, not only for the rock and roll stars in the 60’s and 70’s, but for ham …

Episode 071 Murray Greenman ZL1BPU

December 12th, 2015


HF digital modes are synonymous with Murray Greenman, ZL1BPU, creator of MFSK, WSQ, DominoEX, MFSK16, FSK-Hell and S/MT-Hell, and most recently FSQ.  Murray is a ham’s ham, who creates, contributes, and shares in …

Episode 070 Bill Tippett W4ZV

December 5th, 2015


Bill Tippett, W4ZV’s ham radio journey is a series of firsts. He was the first USA Novice licensee to achieve DXCC, first teenager to achieve DXCC …

Episode 069 Howard Sherer AE3T

November 28th, 2015


If you wanted to operate two meter EME or “moon bounce”, then you're Elmer should be Howard Sherer, AE3T, who has made over 700 contacts with a …

Episode 068 Don Huff W6JL

November 21st, 2015


When it comes to hams making their own kind of music, one has to think of Don Huff, W6JL, who notes on his QRZ page that people who make things are …

Episode 067 Nick Kennedy WA5BDU

November 14th, 2015


According to Nick Kennedy, WA5BDU, we live in the “golden age” of home brewing in amateur radio. Nick explains how this golden age is possible, what …

Episode 066 John Thompson K3MD

November 7th, 2015


If you want to meet a ham that works every contest and operates every mode, from 160 meters to 1296 Mhz, then John Thompson, K3MD, would come to …

Episode 065 Kirk Pickering K4RO

October 31st, 2015


From the hills of Tennessee, Kirk Pickering, K4RO, operates a SO2R, single operator 2 radio, contest station and makes over ten-thousand contacts a year. Using Beverage antennas, Kirk is able to operate 160 meters, the …

Episode 064 Jim Wilson K5ND

October 24th, 2015


Amateur Radio and The Boy Scouts of America merged in a new and strong partnership under the leadership of Jim Wilson, K5ND, through his promotion of the annual Jamboree on the Air, the largest single scouting event in …

Episode 063 Craig Thompson K9CT

October 17th, 2015


When Craig Thompson, K9CT, wanted a place to spend a contest weekend with his amateur radio friends he built a multi operator contest station on a …

Episode 062 Larry Makoski W2LJ

October 10th, 2015


Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a QRP CW operator, founder of the “Skeeder Hunt”, an outdoor QRP contest, and a blogger with many stories to tell and observations to make about amateur radio.  Larry joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this …

Episode 061 Phil Anderson W0XI

October 3rd, 2015


Phil Anderson, WOXI, founded Kantronics in 1971 to build wiring harnesses for automobiles. The company morphed over time to become one of the premier …

Episode 060 Pete Juliano N6QW

September 26th, 2015


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 …

Episode 059 Lance Collister W7GJ

September 19th, 2015



Lance Collister, W7GJ, has had a fascination with VHF,  six and two meters,  for over fifty years, when he had a Heathkit Twoer and a three element …

Episode 058 Chuck Adams K7QO

September 12th, 2015



Chuck Adams, K7QO, is working the world with his single channel 20 meter transceiver just to show that he can. CW is Chuck’s mode of choice because of its efficiency and as a gateway to making ham radio affordable to …

Episode 057 Gerald Youngblood K5SDR

September 5th, 2015



Who could imagine that an offer to build fifty experimental SDR radios called the SDR1000 would turn into an order for five-hundred units in the …

Episode 056 Glenn Elmore N6GN

August 29th, 2015



The book,  SOS at Midnight, by Walker Thompson, inspired Glenn Elmore, N6GN, to become an amateur radio operator. Son of a Caltech physicist, Glenn …

Episode 055 Joe Shupienis W3BC

August 22nd, 2015



According to Joe Shupienis, W3BC, a “real ham” is an active ham, who takes part in any aspect of the hobby. Joe is the founder of the Quad Counties Amateur Radio Club, over 40 years ago, and he continues to lead the …

Episode 054 Pat Barkey N9RV

August 15th, 2015


Becoming a top contester in the World of amateur radio is about skill, practice, experience, and a great station according to Pat Barkey, N9RV. Pat combines all of these attributes, including his SO2R, single operator …

Episode 053 Wayne Mills N7NG

August 8th, 2015



For some hams, amateur radio provides an opportunity to not only work DX, but to travel the world on DXpeditions of all kinds.  My guest on QSO Today,  has visited over 60 countries during his ham radio career.  Wayne …

Episode 052 Doug Grant K1DG

August 1st, 2015



Like many of us who got interested in radio as kids, Doug Grant, K1DG, got his start with a crystal radio kit from an ad in the back of Boy’s Life magazine.  Receiving  signals on a wire strung across the back yard …

Episode 051 Carole Perry WB2MGP

July 25th, 2015



When it comes to introducing amateur radio to kids, there is no better elmer than Carole Perry, WB2MGP.  Carole captured the imagination of almost …

Episode 050 Bill Meara N2CQR

July 13th, 2015



Bill Meara, N2CQR, rediscovered his love of homebrewing while on professional assignment for the American Foreign Service, in the Azores. He has since traveled the World with his family and ham radio while at the same …

Episode 049 Glen Popiel KW5GP

July 11th, 2015



When it comes to building ham radio projects using the Arduino microcontroller, the best person to call is Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of Arduino …

Episode 048 Budd Drummond W3FF

July 3rd, 2015


When the need to operate portable arose on a family vacation, Budd Drummond, W3FF, fashioned a temporary antenna mast from a painters extension pole …

Episode 047 Bob Sterner KB0BS

June 27th, 2015


Volunteering to ham radio organizations and interesting kids in amateur radio is the center of Bob Sterner’s, KB0BS, ham radio activity on the Front …

Episode 046 Tony Parks KB9YIG

June 18th, 2015



After a career in electronics engineering, Tony Parks, KB9YIG, returned to ham radio, after thirty years, to find it very different than when he first started in the 1950s.  Upon returning in 2000, Tony discovered …

Episode 045 Steve Galchutt WG0AT

June 13th, 2015



When attempting to activate a new mountain peak, in Colorado,  for SOTA, Summits on the Air, Steve Galchutt, WG0AT, uses goats to act as his …

Episode 044 David Freese W1HKJ

June 1st, 2015



Combining the software development skills from his thirty-five year career in the US Coast Guard and his hearing loss drove David Freese, W1HKJ, into the early HF digital modes and eventually to support GMFSK …

Episode 043 Paul Ewing N6PSE

May 29th, 2015



Paul Ewing, N6PSE, is the founder of the Intrepid DX Group, who has organized and participated in eight DXpeditions to very rare DX and exotic …

Episode 042 Carol Milazzo KP4MD

May 22nd, 2015



From the very beginning of her ham radio journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific method to her study and …

Episode 041 John Langridge KB5NJD

May 9th, 2015



For John Langridge, KB5NJD, amateur radio is a way of life, like the martial arts. He demonstrates that our amateur radio license privileges give us the real world opportunities to explore the science of radio.  He …

Episode 040 Joe Moells K0OV

May 1st, 2015


Joe Moell, K0OV, discovered his love for amateur radio transmitter hunting as an 11 year old Novice in the 1950s. This passion for the hunt has led …

Episode 039 Don Keith N4KC

April 25th, 2015



The launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, by the Russians, in October of 1957, inspired Don Keith, N4KC, to become a ham radio operator as a kid. …

Episode 038 Tim Duffy K3LR

April 18th, 2015


Tim Duffy, K3LR operates one of the most prestigious amateur radio contest stations in the United States with twelve operating positions, two for each band.  Tim shares his ham radio journey, from his early entry into …

Episode 037 Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA

April 8th, 2015



Amateur radio was the key driver that led Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, to a MSEE in Electrical Engineering and then a career as an RF design engineer …

Episode 036 Frank Fahrlander N7FF

March 28th, 2015


Sixty years in the hobby hasn’t diminished Frank Fahrlander’s, N7FF, enthusiasm for amateur radio and the exploration of new technologies and …

Episode 035 Tracy Lenocker WA6ERA

March 27th, 2015


In California, San Bernardino County Fire has a unique program that includes over 200 amateur radio volunteers to provide auxiliary communications to …

Episode 034 Jerry Buxton N0JY

March 20th, 2015



After spending a career working on the railroad, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, is sending satellites into space with AMSAT, as their new VP of Engineering on the FOX-1 cube satellite project.  Amateur radio opens doors to new …

Episode 033 Greg Latta AA8V

March 14th, 2015


Amateur radio has its renaissance men that include Greg Latta, AA8V. By day, Greg is a university physics professor and lecturer, an avid homebrewer of vacuum tube transmitters and receivers, and metal fabricator. By …

Episode 032 Ron Milliman K8HSY

March 7th, 2015


Ron Milliman, K8HSY, has spent over 60 years in ham radio only to still find satisfaction, connections, and opportunity from the hobby he has loved all this time.  As a boy who lost is sight, Ron was fortunate to have a …

Episode 031 Kevin Custer W3KKC

February 21st, 2015


Beginning at the age of five, when his father could get him inside a Gates broadcast transmitter to change out the bypass capacitors in the final …

Episode 030 Greg Lane N4KGL

February 20th, 2015


Greg Lane, N4KGL, tells us how amateur radio adds to his enjoyment of his other outdoor hobbies that include Rocketry and model airplanes.  As one of the key US proponents of RaDAR, or rapid deployment amateur radio, …

Episode 029 Ward Silver NOAX

February 12th, 2015


 Ward Silver, N0AX, author of the QST magazine column, “Hands-On Radio”, editor of ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications, and author of many books …

Episode 028 Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE

February 7th, 2015


When Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, created “shack in a sack” as a working concept for portable operation, in South Africa's great outdoors,  for ham radio …

Episode 027 David Larsen KK4WW

January 30th, 2015



Amateur Radio opened many doors for David Larsen, KK4WW, that began in high school, with the US Navy, a front row seat to the burgeoning computer …

Episode 026 Scott Andersen NE1RD

January 24th, 2015


Scott Andersen, NE1RD, has evolved a system,  over the years, that combine a family vacation and a serious DXpedition, especially during contests …

Episode 025 Dan Romanchik KB6NU

January 17th, 2015


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 …

Episode 024 Dan Walker WG5G

January 9th, 2015



Dan Walker, WG5G, works DX and has worked almost every country in the World, except four, with a simple Kenwood TS-130V and five watts of power.  All QRP.  Dan joins Eric, 4Z1UG,  in his QSO Today to discuss his ham …

Episode 023 Dennis Blanchard K1YPP

January 3rd, 2015


Dennis Blanchard, K1YPP,  started his ham radio journey in 1962 at the age of twelve, after discovering an old Hallicrafters receiver in the attic of …

Episode 022 April Moell WA6OPS

December 26th, 2014



In 1980, when the hospital where she worked had a phone system failure, April Moell, WA6OPS, gave a call to local hams to come provide support. She discovered that hospitals in every community frequently have …

Episode 021 Eric Manning, VA7DZ

December 19th, 2014


Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Eric Manning, VA7DZ.  Eric and Eric discuss the Reverse Beacon Network and the use of the CW Skimmer software …

Episode 020 Martin Huyett K0BXB

December 12th, 2014



After 60 years in the hobby, Martin Huyett, K0BXB, loves ham radio as much as he did when he first started. After a career in electronic engineering, inspired by ham radio, and an operating career that included …

Episode 019 Dean Mertz K0MKT

December 5th, 2014


Join Eric, 4Z1UG in his QSO Today with Dean Mertz, K0MKT.  Dean and Eric have been friends for almost 40 years after meeting at the local ham radio club, in Southern California.  While their lives have taken them around …

Episode 018 Jim Kinter K5KTF

November 22nd, 2014


Is is possible for ham radio operators to have a broadband wireless network for the transmission of voice, video, and data as a backup, to the Internet and the commercial infrastructures, that we depend upon? Jim …

Episode 017 Bob Wolbert K6XX

November 20th, 2014


Bob Wolbert, K6XX, owns and operates a multiple position contest station in the coastal hills of Northern California.  According to Bob, you need …

Episode 016 Scott Zimmerman N3XCC

November 13th, 2014


Scott Zimmerman, N3XCC, founder of the W3WAN repeater network in Pennsylvania, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on the QSO Today podcast, to discuss the FM world of repeaters above 50 Mhz.  Coming to amateur radio from a commercial …

Episode 015 - Bruce Perens - K6BP

November 4th, 2014



Bruce Perens, K6BP, is a self described evangelist for amatuer radio. As the creator of the Open Source Definition used for the free exchange of software code, Bruce has appled this to amateur radio towards the …

Episode 014 - Steve Johnston - WD8DAS

October 25th, 2014


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 …

Episode 013 - Hap Holly - KC9RP

October 22nd, 2014



The right elementary school teachers who challenged their students with the Morse Code was just the beginning of Hap Holly’s, KC9RP’s, ham radio …

Episode 012 - Wayne and Sharon Spring, W6IRD & K6IRD

October 16th, 2014



The team of Sharon and Wayne Spring, K6IRD and W6IRD, make a powerful combination, not only in amateur radio, but as a lesson in commitment, hard …

QSO Today Episode 011 Wayne Burdick N6KR

October 7th, 2014



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 …

Episode 010 - Stan Lewandowski - WB2LQF

October 1st, 2014



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 …

Episode 009 - John Portune - W6NBC

September 24th, 2014



John Portune, W6NBC, may have more hams to his credit due to his teaching methods and one day amateur radio licensing courses than any of his peers.  John joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on the QSO Today Podcast to discuss this …

Episode 008 - Amnon Bar Giora - 4X1DF

September 17th, 2014


One of the original founders of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a conversation about his early beginnings as a radio operator for the pre-Israel Haganah, his training …

Episode 007 - Yehuda Cern - 4X1TQ

September 8th, 2014



Yehuda, 4X1TQ, survived the electic shock of his life at the tender age of 13, while working on the high voltage power supply for his homebrew …

Episode 006 - Eric Nichols - KL7AJ

September 2nd, 2014



Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, has Plasma dreams and chanrges up the ionosphere using high power transmitters based upon his years of experience in ham and …

Episode 005 - Ron Weaver - W6OM

August 19th, 2014


Ron, W6OM, carries on the tradition of “paying it forward” by “Elmering” neighborhood teenagers, Donnie and David to their Extra Class ham radio licenses.  Beginning in the Summer of 1957, at 10 years of age, Ron …

Episode 004 - Rich Fusinski - K8NDS

August 12th, 2014


Rich's ham radio journey began, in the suburbs of Detroit, on a bicycle, when he was sixteen years old, in search of the source of ham radio …

Episode 003 - Angel Santana - WP3GW

August 5th, 2014



Angel Santana, WP3GW travels around the World, from his home on the island of Puerto Rico, not by ship or airplane, but on the wings of ham radio. Angel says, “the magic for me is speaking to people in other …

Episode 002 - Bob Greenberg W2CYK

July 24th, 2014


Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, is a third generation ham radio operator, whose "Elmer", was his grandfather, Art Greenberg, the original W2CYK.  Follow Bob's …

Episode 001- Arie Kleingold PA3A

July 14th, 2014


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 …

Episode 000 - Eric Guth 4Z1UG

July 12th, 2014


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 …

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