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Charlie Emerson N4OKL with the Huntsville Hamfest talks with us on QSO and gets us up to speed on the Huntsville Hamfest. Charlie tells the story of how he got involved with the Huntsville Hamfest and the history of the Hamfest. He talks about his beginnings in amateur radio and his current interests in ham radio. Charlie talks about all the up and coming activities of this year’s 2014 Huntsville Hamfest. Please note there are extra breaks and in this radio show as the interview is a little short for our show but we wanted to get Charlie on the air as soon as we could to promote the Huntsville Hamfest.
Henry Ruminski W8HJR the Media Chair for the Dayton Hamvention 2014. Henry and Ted talk about the Dayton Hamvention and Henry give his perspective of the Hamvention from the eyes of the media chair. They both discuss the upcoming Dayton Hamvention in detail and Henry makes suggestions to new and old vendors and tips are given on shopping the flea market The Dayton Hamvention coming up May 16th - 19th 2014.
Sean Kutzko, KX9X, ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager. Kutzko joined the ARRL as the Contest Branch Manager in October 2007. An enthusiastic operator in contests and VHF weak-signal work as well as a backpack QRPer, Kutzko holds a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield and has worked at several National Public Radio affiliates in the Midwest. “After spending the past six years promoting Radiosport to the Amateur Radio community, I’m looking forward to helping promote all of Amateur Radio and what we have to offer, both within our community and to the rest of the world,” Kutzko said. “Amateur Radio isn’t just a resource to our communities in time of need, it’s also a lot of fun.”
Dayton Hamvention 2013 Every amateur radio operator in the world probably dreams about making it to the Dayton Hamvention at least once in their lifetime. Possibly nowhere on earth can one experience first-hand the incredible diversity and worldwide reach of amateur radio as during this event. From the hundreds of exhibits featuring the latest equipment and technology, to booths sponsored by national and international organizations, the incredible variety of items brought to the extensive flea market, or just the chance to meet in person a friend first met on the air, it is truly an incredible event and offers something for everyone. This is year number 5 that QSO has broadcast the Dayton Hamvention live with interviews and coverage of the Hamvention.
James Wades WB8SIW serves as International President of the Morse Telegraph Club, an association of retired railroad and commercial telegraphers, historians, radio operators, and others with an interest in the history and traditions of the telegraph industry and American Morse Code. Mr Wades is currently employed as an Electrical Engineer specializing in the field of railroad signal and train control systems. In the past, he has been employed in the field of railroad communications and signals for CSX (the Chessie System). He has supervised signal and communications projects on numerous Class One railroads including Canadian National, BNSF, Union Pacific, and various regional and short line railroads. He has also played a key roll in the design and implementation of signal and train control systems for several recent light rail projects including the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit system in Minnesota and the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada light rail system. Mr. Wades was also employed in the field of radio and TV broadcasting for many years, primarily in the Detroit Market. He was responsible for broadcasts of Detroit Tigers Baseball, U of M football, basketball, and hockey, as well as routine technical operations at various Detroit broadcast stations. He designed and supervised the construction of a number of broadcast studio and transmitter facilities throughout the Great Lakes region. Mr. Wades also has a background in Emergency Management and has worked with the Michigan State Police and other local, State and Federal Agencies to develop homeland security, port security and emergency response plans. Mr. Wades held a Professional Emergency Manager Certification from the Michigan State Police from 1993 until 2008 when he left Michigan for employment in Southern Illinois. When not working, Mr. Wades enjoys fly fishing many of Michigan's outstanding blue ribbon trout streams. Of course, he also enjoys QRP CW and other Amateur Radio activities including NTS CW Nets.
Allen Phillips WA0YAS In the amateur radio world he is known as "Hawk" ,which he prefers, although the name on his license is Allen. Allen has been a licensed amateur operator since 2003 he is a certified A.R.R.L. volunteer examiner. Allen is of Tsalagi Cherokee Blood. other than ham radio, he likes to dance at various American Indian Gatherings aka pow-wows, ghost hunting which he has been doing since 1974. Please free to visit his websites at www.ghosthuntersinc.net his YouTube page at www.youtube.com/ghosthuntersinc. Allens station consists of the following equipment so far; his laptop is an Acer Aspire 5538 with Windows 7, Icom IC-706 M2G rig with MFJ-1278 multi-mode data controller computer interface connected to an Hustler 5-BTV 80 - 10m antenna attached to tv pole driven 1.22 meters(4 ft.) into the ground. about 0.30 meter 1 ft. off the ground) with a MFJ-969 Versa Tuner II for 2m a Diamond F23A 5/8 wave ground plane about 6 meters above the ground 20 ft which he is currently using, waiting to be erected a Cushcraft 3 element Tri-Bander 10,15, 20 meter beam, other rigs are as follows Yaesu FT-101EE, Ranger RCI-2970DX 10 12m 100 watt mobile ,Yaesu FT-1500M 2m rig connected a 1/4 wave mag mount used for digital communications fldigi at this point, 1 Alinco 2m HT 5 watt, 2 Radio Shack HTX-202 2m HT's, a Wouxon KG-UV3D 2m/70cm dual-band HT. As with all Hams Allen is always looking for more equipment for his shack. If you hear Allen on the bands,please feel free to contact him. One hf net he enjoys is the SouthCARS Net on 7.251 Mhz the 7272 RagChew Net (www.ragchewers.com) on 7.272 mhz. You can also find Allen on 40m at 7.218 12:00-14:00Z winter 11:00-13:00Z summer, on 10 meters on 28.375 mhz. Allens XYL is also into amateur radio, her call is KC0PRO. QSL direct,or log contact in his logbook above or eqsl.cc. Member of SouthCars , Ten-Ten International , Berks Amateur Radio Club Berks County ARES/RACES, Skywarn Spotter NIM-008, Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network S.A.T.E.R.N.
Gerald (Jerry) Mehrab (WA2FNQ) started his broadcast career at two well respected AM's on Long Island. WGSM and WGLI. After his first decade in broadcasting focused almost excluseivly in radio, Jerry was presented with a big decision... to take a job with WNBC-TV in New York City or stay close to home with an opening at HBO, who was about to start construction on their new earth station in Hauppauge, NY. Jerry worked his way up to Director of RF Management before retiring about 10 years ago. Jerry is a very active operator, working HF, local VHF (6 and 2 meters) as well as participating in a weekly amateur TV net. He lives with his wife Rosalie (who does a great job tolerating Jerry's hobby), their daughter Mindy and their Bull Terrier Maisy, who seems to get into all sorts of trouble in the ham shack!
Robert Greenberg W2CYK the creator of The Worldwide Repeater Directory and RFinder.
Licensed in 1976 at Pearl River High School, Pearl River, NY, as WA2JDH Moved to Colorado in 1984, changed call to N0FYS. He moved back to NY in 1986, but retained N0FYS Decided to change call in 2001, to take his grandfather's old call, W2CYK, which was the station license for his house when his Grandparents lived there. He was off the air mostly from 1995 thru 2001. The Internet had him caught in its web. 9/11 inspired me to dust off the rigs and get back on.
His Son, Jesse, just turned 11 and passed his General! W2EEO is his call.
I am a 3rd Generation ham. His family: W2LH ART ex 2AMW, W2CYK, and one other call lost in history SK in 1991 Art was his inspiration for a life of technologyW2EEO MADELINE SK 94 in 2003, Lived in San Diego with His Aunt Sylvia N6VSU SK 2005 ex W2GPK. His favorite Dad,Marty, K2ACM and of course his illustrious son, Jesse.W2EEO.
Bobs other hobby is Scuba Diving, he is a PADI Instructor and he loves diving Wreck Valley off of Long Island's South Shore. He is a Certified Document Imaging Architect/Systems Architect by trade, designing Imaging enabled workflow systems. He wrote IBM's proposal for EZ-Pass and portions of MetroCard.
Bobs callsign in the Caymans is ZF2BG. He operated from the club station 5/13/2010-5/18/2010 courtesy of ZF1EJ.
April 2012 PJ4S he went on DXpedition to Bonaire with his son W2EEO and Dad K2ACM.
July-Aug 2012 YDXA it was the Youth DX Adventure TI5/W2EEO his son Jesse, TI5/W2CYK from QTH of TI5KD 4 days then 4 days from The Arenal Volcano. Hotel San Bosco in La Fortuna they are antenna friendly!!!
John Amodeo NN6JA Originally from Long Island, John has been licensed for 40 years, starting as a "Tech Plus" in the early 1970's and upgrading to a General in the late 1970's. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980's where he became KA6MVE. He upgraded to Extra In the summer of 2011 and changed his call to NN6JA.John has worked in the entertainment industry as an editor, director and producer for the past 30 years. He is currently the producer of ABC Television's "Last Man Standing" starring Tim Allen. He has produced other familiar shows like “Sports Night”, “Titus”, “Arrested Development”, “Samantha Who?” and many more. He has written numerous articles about television & radio technology and during the 2012 Dayton Hamvention he presented his forum entitled "Ham Radio and Hollywood". "Last Man Standing" features a fictions ham radio station KA0XTT for Tim Allen’s character, Mike Baxter. Although Mike’s license is fictitious, the radio station is a real, working radio station. The show has held numerous radio events live from the “Last Man Standing” stage and hosted many ham radio special events and has had guest visit the set like, Ray Novak (from Icom), Dennis Motschenbacher (from Yaesu), ARRL Southwestern Division Director, Richard Norton and ARRL Southwestern Division Vice-Director Marty Woll. Last Man Standing airs on Friday nights at 8:00 pm on ABC. Member: ARRL, ARLHS 1852, QCWA 35965, BEARS Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society, GSBARC Great South Bay ARC, LIMARC Long Island Mobile ARC, PAPA System Los Angeles, the Win System and 10-10 76746
Also on this QSO a reroadcast of the Huntsville Hamfest 2012
Michael Kalter W8CI The official spokesperson for the Dayton Hamvention 2013 talks with Ted Randall about the upcoming 2013 Dayton Hamvention. Michael talks about the history of the Dayton Hamvention and its beginnings and its growth and evolution to what it is today. Michael also talks about his amateur radio experiances and his beginnings in the hobby. Whatever you may want to know about the Dayton Hamvention you are going to hear in this radio broadcast.
Dayton Hamvention 2012 Live Join QSO as we broadcast live from the Dayton Hamvention 2012 on international shortwave radio stations WTWW and WBCQ. Interviews with passerby's as well as all the major amateur radio equipment manufacturers. ARRL representatives and the winners of the Dayton Hamvention 2012 awards.
N6EY Jason Boyer with M-Squared Antennas talks about the many facits of amateur radio including a detailed QSO on EME and satellite communications. M2 Antenna Systems, Inc. is a blend of technical expertise and common sense approach to accommodating your needs. They have over 32 years of experience designing and building antennas and systems to satisfy the ever expending communications needs. They we don’t just build antennas, they understand radio propagation and Mother Nature’s effects on it. We also understand how to beat Mother Nature mechanically. We take time to learn our customers’ needs. We know the pitfalls, and we are dedicated to do everything they can to help you achieve the best, most reliable communication systems possible.
This is only a test. It is not very often that you can hear a new HF shortwave radio station sign on the air. WTWW a new International Shortwave Radio facility just outside of Nashville, TN is launched a new transmitter Saturday Feb 11, 2012 with a broadcast we named “This Is Only A Test”. The broadcast started at 4 pm Central Standard Time. The new transmitter launched is a 100,000 watt transmitter running into a full size rhombic antenna. This was a global radio event with radios being tuned in all over the world. The QSO radio show requested that we could conduct this broadcast as an amateur radio event to promote amateur radio along with shortwave listening. Why? The shortwave listening audience is huge. The typical shortwave radio listener is a great potential candidate for amateur radio. There are more than 1.5 billion shortwave receivers in use worldwide, in addition to that the BBC estimates that at any given moment, over 200 million sets are tuned to shortwave broadcasts. This is the second time WTWW has allowed The QSO Radio Show to conduct this kind of broadcast and be first on a powerful recently installed 100,000 watt transmitter. The purpose of this broadcast was to demonstrate HF communications and to put radio amateurs on the air to a worldwide audience to tell their story.
John Cunningham W1AI. Johns interest in Amateur Radio began around 1970, back when he was in High School (and as he says still had hair). His first call sign was a Novice call, WN4EKG. He started on his Worked All States (WAS) Award on HF CW! When he upgraded to Advanced a little while later, his call sign changed to WA4EKG. Since his call sign had changed, he had to start over again, this time using a mixture of CW and SSB. A couple of years later he was doing well over 20 words per minute and got his Extra. He couldn't resist applying for a shorter call. He got KC4J (Kiss Chickens 4 Jollies) and stared over again on his WAS. Then life's priorities interrupted — college, jobs, marriage, babies. He did the unthinkable. He let my 2x1 ticket expire! In June of 2002, He was out jogging in the park and ran across a local ham club doing Field Day. (John says he always loved Field Day — and the amazing taste of grits and eggs cooked in bacon grease after operating all night!) They let him operate their GOTA (Get On The Air) station for a couple of hours, and he was hooked — again! Three weeks later he passed all 4 exams in one session! He kept his fourth call sign, AB1BK, for only a few weeks before getting his fifth and final call sign — W1AI. He says - I won't let this one expire! John is the publisher and author of Ham Test OnLine.
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Shortwave Radio Pioneer And Legend Alan Wiener Have you seen the motion picture pirate radio? If you have you will love our guest Alan Wiener who has done it all. His beginnings began with bootleg broadcasting on the AM and FM broadcast band in all places but New York City. Born with radio broadcasting in his blood Alan has traveled an incredible road to where he is now. Pirate ships on the high Atlantic seas equipped with high power transmitter that were located out of the US territorial waters. The goal was to produce a broadcast facility that was free from all forms of control for the radio listener. Even though one of his ships was clearly outside of the US legal jurisdicion the ship was wrongfully raided by the United States Government and all of the staff arrested and all of their equipment along with the ship confiscated. Today Alan runs powerful International Shortwave Radio Station WBCQ in Monticello Maine. WBCQ provides the most variety in creative programming of any Shortwave facility to date. You will sit spell bound as you hear this true radio legend tell his life story.
Dayton Hamvention 2011 Part 1,2 & 3 The QSO radio show broadcasts live from the Dayton Hamvention 2011. From the QSO Radio Show broadcst booth at the Dayton Hamvention floor QSO talks to radio amateurs from all over the world including amateur radio manufacturers. This was a live broadcast airing over International Shortwave on WBCQ Monticello Maine and streamed live from the QSO radio show website.
Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R is Sales and Marketing Manager of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. He is responsible for ARRL membership and publication marketing. Inderbitzen regularly attends ARRL’s national conventions and Dayton Hamvention as part of the team that organizes and operates ARRL exhibits. He enjoys speaking with volunteers about ARRL membership recruitment, benefits and services. Bob earned his first ham radio license in 1981 as KA2PZD. He was in the sixth grade. He became NQ1R when he upgraded to Amateur Extra in 1989. His interests in ham radio include casual HF operating, portable operating and contesting. He is an ARRL Life Member. Bob joined the ARRL staff in 1991, serving the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Department as Assistant to the Manager. In 1993, he became Assistant to the Manager in the Educational Activities Department. There, he helped maintain the large array of services offered to Amateur Radio newcomers, instructors, schoolteachers and recruiters. He is a member of ARRL’s “10-Year Club” for employees with at least 10 years of service. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, and holds a B.S. degree in Management and Organization from Central Connecticut State University. Bob lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut with his husband Michael Bower and daughter Victoria. He and his family are active in church affairs and enjoy vacations to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Scott Myers AC8DE is the exhibit chair person for the Dayton Hamvention 2010.
Scott talks about the Hamventions coming up and Hamventions of the past.
Scott was first Licensed in 2004, Upgraded to Extra in 2009 Built first HF shack just recently at end of 2009. Scott enjoyw AM, SSB and most digital modes
Scott says he is a Christian and is married to a wonderful wife, he works in the hydraulics industry, he has 2 young children and has 3 older grown children.
If you are headed to Dayton this year be sure and look up Scott and say hello!
John Hays K7VE helped start the Oquirrh Lake Radio Club www.k7olr.org.
He was also a founder of the New England Packet Radio Association, Northwest Amateur Packet Radio Association, and Utah Packet Radio Association.
He has served as an officer of several amateur societies, including: Amateur Television of North America, Utah Amateur Radio Club, Sky Valley Amateur Radio Club, Kootenai Amateur Radio Club, and others.
Currently, John spends most of his amateur radio time in pursuits related to D-STAR and you will find many of my thoughts on the subject in various Internet forums as well as my personal blog at www.k7ve.org
John is also interested in VOIP Telephony among other hobbies and interests.
John was first licensed in 1973 as WN7WHV alt. WN7AJD, later as WB7VJK and KD7UW before receiving the K7VE callsign (he is an ARRL VE) after having obtained his Extra class. (Also was a VK3 for a bit -- having been there on business).
John formerly was the operator of AF MARS station AFB1GP and even earlier was in Navy MARS.
Mrs John Hays is KC7PAA. John's sons are KC7GPT, KC7OSO, KD7PRM, and KD7PRNJohns daughter in law is KE6MPP!
Jeff Murray K1NSS In the sixties Jeff became WN2EXW in Whitesboro, NY. Upgrading to General, he joined the Utica Amateur Radio Club and worked 20 & 40 CW DX as WB2EXW until saying good-bye to all that in 1966.
Forty-something years later he returned to the Empire State as K1NSS -- his sentimental vanity suffix references the Navy station that he says patiently taught him V, D, E, N and S, his first five letters of Morse, received on his first shortwave set, an Ocean Hopper.
Amateur radio not quite aside, I also draw a web cartoon feature called “Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham.” In the 1980s, I drew comics for alternative media like the New York Press, Baltimore/DC City Papers and San Diego Reader, plus editorial cartoons for a chain of suburban Boston weeklies.
Mike Thompson WB8ERJ hails from Mansfield Ohio and is a radio broadcast engineer. Satellites are fun and easy to work. Mike says "Here I am on Lake Erie working the A0-27 satellite running just 2 watts with an HT. Hey the way I look at it, if those guys can run around the beach with a metal detector, why can't I sit there with an antenna and work AO-27?" Mike has had an interest in the MIR space station and it's transmisssion of Slow Scan TV pictures on the frequency of 145.985 Mhz. Mike talks about amateur radio on a bycycle and how it is done.
Ted tells a hilarious story about an inept radio station manager that he encountered while working for a radio group. Ted tells a great story about Ronnie Milsap WB4KCG.
William M. "Bill" Pasternak WA6ITF(born Feb. 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is a United States based independent educational/industrial film/video producer/director/writer and a career broadcast engineer currently living in the Los Angeles area. A native of Brooklyn, New York, his videos and films have won several major awards including the New York State Film Festival (1986-1987 competition) and the Chicago International Film Festival (2002-2003 competition).
He is twice a local Los Angeles area Emmy Award recipient for his contributions to a "Regularly Scheduled Television News Program" (1984 and 2005 for the KTTV 10 PM News.)
He is also a recipient of the AP sponsored Mark Twain Award for best 30 Minute TV Broadcast (2005 for the KCOP Channel 13 News).
Bill Pasternak is an amateur radio operator licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). His call letters are WA6ITF, and he credits his decision to become a radio amateur at the age of 17 as being the most important factor in determining his life-long career.
He was first licensed in 1959 in New York City, N.Y. as WA2HVK, where he was one of the first to bring weak-signal single sideband operations to the Amateur Service radio bands above 50 MHz and later helped to introduce Amateur Service FM relay communications (commonly known as repeaters) to the Metro N.Y. city region. Bill, along with Larry Levy (Amateur Radio call letters WA2INM) were the first to experiment with 15 kHz "tertiary split" narrow spaced 2 meter repeaters in 1969.
In the world of hobby radio Bill Pasternak is probably best known as the Producer/Writer of the weekly Amateur Radio Newsline (ARNewsline) bulletin service. Now a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit, public service corporation, Bill co-founded Amateur Radio Newsline, Inc. as the Westlink Radio Network in 1976 with Jim Hendershot (Amateur Radio call letters WA6VQP). Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amateur Radio Newsline, Inc. as well as producing its newscasts. (See )
In 1986, Bill Pasternak originated the "Young Ham of the Year" award program which is administered by the Amateur Radio Newsline, Inc. Bill created the award after realizing that -- other than scholarship programs -- there was no program anywhere to acknowledge the numerous accomplishments of the youth of Amateur Radio. It was then, and continues to be his belief that the real-life experience of being honored for their youthful accomplishments in Amateur Radio may lead the award winners -- and through their example - many also lead other young radio amateurs into technology based careers that will make them the scientific, telecommunications and educational leaders of the future. This award program which each year sponsors one young radio amateur to a week at the U.S. Space Camp is underwritten by Vertex-Standard Corporation (Yaesu brand Amateur Radio products) and CQ Publishing Company (CQ Magazine). (See )
In January 2004, Bill Pasternak created the "Roy Neal, K6DUE, Amateur Radio Mentoring Program." This is a post-licensing educational service initially administered by the Amateur Radio Newsline, Inc. and designed to pair new hams with veteran radio amateurs in hopes that some of the established ham operator skills can be passed down to new generations.
In 2007 the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) became a joint sponsor of this program which is named in honor of the late NBC Newsman Roy Neal and Amateur Radio operator K6DUE. (See )
Bill Pasternak has written two best-selling technical books, one instructional book, authored the "Looking West" column for 73 Magazine for 22 years and currently writes the VHF, FM and Repeater Column for Worldradio Magazine. He has also written countless articles in Amateur Radio, hobby electronics and broadcast related periodicals; co-produced and/or directed most ham radio films and video's released by ARRL or AMSAT since 1974.
Bill Pasternak is a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) and the Radio Club of America. He has received numerous awards for contributions to the betterment of the Amateur Radio Service. These include the Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award (1981), ARRL Southwestern Division Meritorious Service Award (1988), Dayton Hamvention Radio Amateur of the Year (1989), AMSAT Outstanding Contributions Award (1990) and ARRL National Certificate of Merit (1995).
Bill is a graduate of Lafayette High School in Brooklyn N.Y. and is currently serving of the planning committee of his upcoming 50th year class reunion scheduled for the spring of 2009. (See )
Bill is an under-graduate of New York City Community College of Applied Arts and Sciences having left the school in 1961 to begin his professional career with the General Electric Company in Long Island City, N.Y.
From 1967 to 1972 Bill Pasternak was a general partner in "The Mind Garden" which was a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company specializing in the design and installation of sound-automated lighting and high power sound reinforcement for disco and live theater.
Since 1971 Bill has been married to Sharon Pasternak (née Wagner). They have one married foster child and four grandchildren.
Bill's other interests include photography, water sports, travel and live theater.
A Tribute to the late Bill Decker N4VMY
Steve Mendelsohn W2ML has been a broadcast professional for 34 years. He began his career as an audio engineer at the Columbia Broadcasting System. During his 21 years with CBS, he provided pool audio distribution services for many historic events: The funeral of Vice President Humphrey in 1975; the Republican and Democrat conventions in 1976 and 1980; trips to South America and Africa by Presidents Ford and Carter; the first audio of the Americans held hostage in Iran in 1980 (From Algiers and Germany): trips by Pope John Paul to Ireland in 1981 and to 7 countries in Central America in 1983; trips in 1984 by President Reagan to the Eastern Caribbean Initiative conference in 1983 and to Central America and provided pool audio services during his 1984 trip through Central America. He also was the Audio Pool Engineer at the 1988 Republican Convention, and was the Audio Engineer in Charge of the 1989 Bush-Gorbachev summit in Malta
Steve Mendelsohn joined ABC-TV as an Audio/Video Systems Engineer and was a key member of the team responsible for the design of the Monday Night Football technologies, and for designing two generations of Mobile Production Trucks.
As a studio and systems designer, Steve was on the design team responsible for ABC's first all digital control room; the first all digital communications system, and the first remote intercom system allowing reporters from around the globe to access the plant intercom system. He helped design the first all digital, triple expanding wall, Mobile unit for ABC's Monday Night Football and golf coverage. He became Senior Systems Engineer in 1997.
Mr. Mendelsohn was the winner of an Emmy for the ABC "Millennium Around the World" show on January 1, 2000, in recognition of his design of one of the most complicated communications systems ever designed for television, which brought together intercommunications, satellite and telephone technologies. He was communications engineer in charge of the 2003 Super Bowl for ABC Sports.
In his thirty year Navy/Navy Reserve Career, he has advanced from recruit to Senior Chief Cryptologist with 2 Navy Achievement awards for creating an important national security database for personal computers.
Mr. Mendelsohn, W2ML, has served on many ARRL committees and was the First-Vice-President from 1994 to 2000. He was President of the Tri-State Amateur Repeater Committee (TSARC) from 1978 to 1983.
Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R is Sales and Marketing Manager of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. He is responsible for ARRL membership and publication marketing. Inderbitzen regularly attends ARRL’s national conventions and Dayton Hamvention® as part of the team that organizes and operates ARRL exhibits. He enjoys speaking with volunteers about ARRL membership recruitment, benefits and services. Bob earned his first ham radio license in 1981 as KA2PZD. He was in the sixth grade. He became NQ1R when he upgraded to Amateur Extra in 1989. His interests in ham radio include casual HF operating, portable operating and contesting. He is an ARRL Life Member. Bob joined the ARRL staff in 1991, serving the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Department as Assistant to the Manager. In 1993, he became Assistant to the Manager in the Educational Activities Department. There, he helped maintain the large array of services offered to Amateur Radio newcomers, instructors, schoolteachers and recruiters. He is a member of ARRL’s “10-Year Club” for employees with at least 10 years of service. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, and holds a B.S. degree in Management and Organization from Central Connecticut State University. Bob lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut with his husband Michael Bower and daughter Victoria. He and his family are active in church affairs and enjoy vacations to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Tom Hammond N0SS was first licensed in 1958 as KN0RPH. Upgraded to the Conditional license Tom was 14 yrs old and couldn't drive to the FCC examining station in KCMO at the time within the year and held K0RPH until 1976. Tom upgraded through General, Advanced and Extra Class in 1976 and applied for and received N0SS the same year.
His XYL, Jeri, has been licensed since about 1970 and has held WB0HWL, N0IJY, and currently his old call, K0RPH.
Tom enjoys contesting when time permits and and operates 99% CW, though he will switch to SSB if someone really needs a SSB QSO he also enjoys designing and building ham related 'stuff' mostly small projects he reports nothing to shout home about and some actually work!
Since the end of 1998, Tom has been a Field Tester for Elecraft, out in Aptos CA which makes the great KX1, K1, K2, and K3 HF transceiver kits, and other accessories as well. Tom continues to enjoy his relationship with Elecraft and he has enjoyed seeing them prosper in the Amateur Radio ranks.
Tom hopes everyone has found as much enjoyment in the hobby of Amateur Radio as Tom has.
Jonathon Taylor K1RFD the creator and operator of Echolink. Jonathon talks about how the idea of Echolink came about as well as his beginnings in Amateur radio.
Jonathon talks about what the future holds for Echolink and VOIP communications.
EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities. There are more than 200,000 validated users worldwide — in 162 of the world's 193 nations — with about 4,000 online at any given time.
Charlotte Ertelt K5AVX of Joshua Tx Comes to us by way of FaceBook andTells stories about her amateur radio career along wiht her husband Milton k5PAW and some stories about ham radio dx from Kenya Africa.
Some unusual stories about getting into ham radio and stories of being a missionary equiped with amateur radio.
Bobby Raymer N2BR of Cookeville TN seems to work long haul DX even in the bottom of the sunspot cycle!
Let Bobby tell you how he does it, as he tells the stories behind his DX contacts.
Jack Davis K6YC chief engineer for KTXL television Sacramento California and chairman of SBE Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 43 in Sacramento CA. Jack talks all about VHF, UHF and microwave.
Dennis Marandos - K1LGQ with the New England QRP Club. Dennis talks all about QRP and tells about a complete working ham station for about $60.00. Find out all about the excitement in QRP.
Nancy Williams NR4RR does volunteer work with American Red Cross and other agencies. She retired from work with Tri-County Community College as an English/Creative Writing instructor in May, 2005. Since then, she has tackled a new career of sorts: writing professionally. She began a HAM RADIO mystery/sci-fi novel in 2000, which she finished in 2002. She spent the next three or four years revising the story, A Matter of Destiny, according to suggestions from several wonderful mentors. She brought out the second edition of Destiny on her own at the start of 2008. Destiny involves murder, mayhem, government coverup, and as already mentioned, ham radio and is based on a true event that occurred at Brookhaven, New York in 1992. For ordering information or a preview of my novel, please visit my website at www.nlwilliamswriter.com
Steve Williams KC4AZO was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has lived in the Atlanta and North Georgia area for most of his life. Steve has always had a fascination with roads, roadmaps, roadsigns, and anything else road-related. In late 1997, I discovered that there were many folks like himself who had a fondness for roads and discovered that he, too, was a "roadgeek". His first road-related website was "The Unofficial Georgia Highways Web Page", which he supported from 1997 through 2002. In October, 2005, inspired by his brother-in-law Lib's blog, Steve decided to create his own road-related blog, thus "The Georgia Road Geek" was born. In July, 2006, He purchased additional webspace on GoDaddy.com and expanded his website to include a video series called "ROADGEEK-CAM!!!", special feature pages, and the occasional podcast.
Gary Hedden W8JPF Engineer, mastering engineer and recording engineer born in Columbus (OH, USA).
At a age of 13 he started to work at the radio and met John Hull. One year later he started to work with John Hull at the radio and then building a recording studio. He was soon doing remote recordings and mastering. He studied Electrical Engineering at Ohio Northern University (Ohio, OH, USA) and Engineering Physics at Ohio State University (Ohio, OH, USA) which he didn't finish. He started to work as chief engineer at Mus-I-Col (Ohio, OH, USA). He is co-founder and designer of Hedden West Studios (Chicago, IL, USA) and Diskwerks (Chicago, IL, USA).
He designed and built 2 remote recording trucks including his own GHL remote audio truck. He is a staff member of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, responsible for all things audio.
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Wayne Green W2NSD Ham Radio Legend and former publisher of 73 Magazine as well as CD review and Byte Magazines. Wayne has some interesting stories that he tells on this QSO. Wayne remains a publisher of various publicastions and tells us all about his story.
Bob Grove current publisher of the communications magazine Monitoring Times and the president of Grove Enterprises.
Live from the Huntsville Hamfest Saturday August 15th 2009 from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama.
Charlie Emerson N4OKL with the Huntsville Hamfest talks with us on QSO and gets us up to speed on the Huntsville Hamfest. Charlie tells the story of how he got involved with the Huntsville Hamfest and the history of the Hamfest. He talks about his beginnings in amateur radio and his current interests in ham radio. Charlie talks about all the up and coming activities of this year’s 2009 Huntsville Hamfest. Please note there are extra breaks and in this radio show as the interview is a little short for our show but we wanted to get Charlie on the air as soon as we could to promote the Huntsville Hamfest.
Hank Landsberg WB6MEU of Henry Engineering joins us for a QSO all about his early days and his Knight Kit 3 tube AM broadcaster. Hank takes us inside the days at Drake Chenault and talks about Bill Drake. Hank did the engineering and production of the milestone program The History of Rock and Roll voiced by the master himself Bill Drake. Hank shares with us his QRP operations on the beach with a kite antenna. Radio amateurs and brodcast guys alike, will love this QSO with Hank Landsberg of Henry Engineering.
Walter Cronkite KB2GSD and Joe Phillips K8QOE. A specail memorial radio show dedicated to the memory of Walter Cronkite and Joe Phillips. A special story feature on Walter Cronkite from Bill Pasternak of The Amateur Radio Newsline. Then we feature a past QSO radio show when our guest was Joe Phillips. Join with us in paying tribute to two of our finest in this spcial tribute QSO radio show.
Fred Lloyd AA7BQ. The founder and publisher of QRZ.com the pioneer and cutting edge amateur radio website. Fred talks about the beginnings of QRZ and his early days in broadcast radio as well as his beginnings in amateur radio. Fred talks about the forums on QRZ along with the datbase and other QRZ features. You will enjoy this QSO with Fred Lloyd AA7BQ.
Field Day 2009 Live. QSO did a 12 hour live broadcast from the headquarters of TransWorld Antennas in Cookeville TN. Broadcasting field day activities and took reports from clubs as well as individuals from all over the world who were participating in Field Day 2009. We were visited by phone by Allen Pitt's W1AGP, Dan Henderson N1ND who were at W1AW. Other folks calling in were Bill Morine N2COP the ARRL public relations committee chairman and Jim Davis W2JKD from Amateur Radio Newsline and the former CKLW personality known to all as "Big Jim Edwards". We heard from Field Day chefs from all over talking about their Field Day recipes. You will find this Field Day broadcast fun and an interesting listen.
Dan Henderson N1ND ARRL Field Day Director and Regulatory Information Manager talks all about ARRL Field Day 2009 and all the up coming activities. Everything you always wanted to know about ARRL Field Day. Dan also talks about Amateur Radio FCC enforcement issues and our new enforcement appointee Laura Smith.
Pi K1RV talks about the Museum Ships weekend. 78 Museum ships will be the site of Amateur Radio Stations all this weekend as we celebrate a Museum Ships weekend. Pi talks to us abou the event and all that will be going on and how to get a Museum Ships Certificate. Pi also fills us in on how you can get your ham ticket by the study program offered on Ham Test Online.
The Saturday podcast recordings of the live broadcast from The Dayton Hamvention contain compromised audio with some distortion. We had the choice of not putting these podcasts up but we felt in spite of the distortion the program material was well worth the listen. We do apologize for the distortion. As a listener we want to thank you for dealing with the distorted audio
Live from the 2009 Dayton Hamvention on Saturday. A number of guests join us at the QSO broadcast booth including Michael Kalter W8CI the public relations chairman for the Dayton 2009 Hamvention.
Live from the 2009 Dayton Hamvention with special guests Ted Alexander W8IXY along with Bill Morine N2COP the head of the ARRL PR comittee. Dr. Michael Barrett of Transworld Antennas.
Michael Kalter W8CI the public relations director for the 2009 Dayton Hamvention talks about the Dayton Hamvention. Michael tells us about all the activities of the 2009 Hamvention. He tells us about the award winners and who these special people are and the special things they have done. He talks about the forum and all of the attractions at Hamvention 2009. Glenn Hauser the author and originator of the outstanding radio program World Of Radio. Glenn shares with us the compelling story of the beginnings of World Of Radio and what sparked his interest in shortwave radio. Glenn also explains many things about shortwave radio that you will want to hear.
Tom Boza NE7X the man with the wonderful collection of amateur radio gear. You may have got an email that had a link to his site as the email has been going around. Tom has been licensed since 1964 and now holds the extra class license. Tom spent 3 years in Vietnam and was with Sony Analog for 13 years and Intel for 25 years. Tom is a member of the A.R.R.L. and the Central Arizona DX Association.
Bob Heil K9EID of Heil Sound presents the Heil Sound seminar recorded in Las Vegas. Bob Heil and Chip Margelli K7JA present this seminar hosted by the Las Vegas Amateur Radio Club Tom Petrakis, K4ULL president. This audio seminar was presented during the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas Nevada. This audio file has no audio processing on it so all audio demonstrations can be heard as presented.
Ted along with David KG4WXW and Matt KG4WXX open up the mail bag on what is to be the first QSO mailbag show. It is interesting to hear from so many folks from all over the country that are listening to QSO.
Dr. Michael Barrett N4ECW of TransWorld talks about the new stealth 8080 Adventurer antenna they are releasing at the Dayton Hamvention 2009. The 8080 Adventurere solves the problem of so many amateurs that want to work 80 meters but do not have the real estate to do so. Emmy winning science reporter Linda Moulton Howe with an update on solar activity.
Joe Roth WC4R Talkes about his battle with a neighborhood association and unreasonable restrictions as well as his victory over the association. This is good information for any Radio Amateur who wishes to install or presently has an Amateur Radio antenna. Restrictions can be imposed by neighborhood associations as well as at the city or county level. Joe Talks about FCC ruling PRB-1 and what it means to all radio Amateurs.
Jim Eller K8ELR With ARROW Communications Association for Washtenaw and Wayne Counties in Michigan. Jim talks about all the activities that ARROW is involved in including a Hands On Amateur Radio Museum. Jim talks about their AMPTeam, Field Day and all the activities ARROW is invovled in promoting Amateur Radio to their local communities. Jim keeps your attention and will raise your enthusaism about Amateur Radio.
Don Keith N4KC Don Kieth was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1962 at the age of 13 as WN4BDW...later WA4BDW. He changed his call sign to N4KC in the 1970s when he got his Extra Class license. Don says "I enjoyed a 22-year career in broadcasting and was twice named BILLBOARD magazine's "Broadcast Personality of the Year." I later worked for a company that developed software for radio, TV and adagencies, then spent 4 years with Arbitron, the company that provides audience rating information for radio broadcasters. I'm currently vice-president of advertising and communications for Virginia College (www.vc.edu), a chain of career colleges headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. I'm also an author with 15 books in print.
Tom Medlin W5KUB is the Amateur Radio helmet cam guy! You have seen him at Dayton and Huntsville. You have probably watched his live coverage of hamfests. Tom talks about streaming video and other new technology and how it is impacting Amateur Radio today.
Scott Morrison KA3DDR is the host of www.ka3ddr.blogspot.com. Scott leads us down the road of blogging as well as other new Internet technolgy being used by Amateur Radio today including Twitter. Scott talks about his early interest in Radio Sport and explains a great deal about his involvement in the hobby.
Jerry Taylor KD0BIK the host of Practical Ham Radio Podcast. Jerry talks about the role of podcasting in the Amateur Radio world. Jerry leads us down a road of new technology and talks bout how this new form of Internet communications reaches out and provides a new concept in being and Elmer by means of the Internet.
Chris Mattheiu N7ICE The founder of 73s.org and hamfeed.com. Chris talks about the new web technologies that are now available to amateur radio if we will only lay claim to them. He tells us about 73s.org an online amateur radio community. Chris is full of engergy and is truly excited about amateur radio. Bob Cumming W2BZY brings us up to date on HamVation 2009
Marie Esneault KF4FGN she passed her general class license at age 82. She is the XYL of the late Richard Esneault K4IJC Oscar 1 Satellite Pioneer and Gordon West WB4NOA of Gordon West Schools. You will enjoy this QSO broadcast.
Ronnie Milsap WB4KCG with the part two of the Ronnie Milsap QSO. This is an incredible story of an incredible radio amateur, that has won against all odds. You will be on the edge of your chair all through this QSO. Also Lee Cooper W5LHC A.R.R.L. PIO for the Texas Coastal area. Brett Shayler KE5ALK A.R.R.L. PIC for the North Texas Section. They talk about the past amateur radio activity during the hurricane.
Butch Smith N4TK with the Nashville Volunteer Examination team talks about how they got started and how you can become a VE. This is a great QSO and you will learn about one of the nations most successful VE teams.
A Special Holiday QSO Presentation Listen as amateurs from all over the USA, wish listeners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as they share their thoughts of the season and amateur radio.
Charlie Emerson N4OKL Vice President of the Huntsville Hamfest gives us a run down on the up coming Huntsville Hamfest.
Keith Miller N9DGK started in Ham Radio as a teen, first licensed first licensed as a novice in 1981. He became a general in 1982 and moved to Tennessee in 1983. He became involved with A.R.E.S. in Tennessee in 1984 and became EC in Rutherford County in 2006. Keith is the father of two and now with two granddaugthers. Keith shares with us a all about what the Rutherford County A.R.E.S. is doing and the Stones River Radio Club. A great story about a young man Aaron Chism KI4IGH celebrating his 16th birthday. Aaron wanted to have a fox hunt for his birthday and Keith and the fellows from the Stones River Amateur Radio Club were heading to his home for birthday festivities and a fox hunt!
Richard Lenoir joins us to talk about the Paris Texas Radio Group and their upcoming hamfest in October.
Dennis Kidder W6DQ is a member and PIO of THE ASSOCIATED RADIO AMATEURS OF LONG BEACH INC. ARALB has a long history and is now in its 78th year. The club station is W6RO and has operated 25 years in the Wireless Room aboard the Queen Mary in The Queesway Bay in Long Beach. ARALB has been recognized as a Special Service Club by the ARRL. Operating from the Queen Mary is like being a DX station. If you like to talk to tourists from all over the world, the Wireless Room, from which W6RO operates, is the place to be. Any licensed amateur is eligible and it is not necessary to be a member of the Associated Radio Amateurs Of Long Beach Inc., the sponsoring organization. All it takes is for you to agree to operate at least four hours a month. If you operate for one year, you will receive a very nice certificate at the end of the year. It must be great fun because many of our operators drive as much as 50 miles to operate; and some have been doing so for more than 20 years. Listen as Dennis Kidder W6DQ, Nate Brightman K6OSC and John Rodger KF6TTR talk about W6RO aboard the Queen Mary.
Andy Carstarphen of the Mesquite Amateur Radio Club in Mesquite Texas talks about Ham Radio in the Park and how they reach out to their local community with Amateur Radio.
Richard Moseson, W2VU, is the editor of CQ magazine. Moseson has been involved in numerous projects, including creation of CQ's Amateur Radio videotape series, management of CQ's 50th anniversary issue, development of the magazine's various Web sites, and the launch of CQ VHF in 1996.
An Amateur Extra class licensee, Moseson has been an amateur since 1970. He is active on a variety of modes and bands on HF, VHF, and UHF.
Richcard talks about the future of ham radio and tells all about CQ Magazine. Richard is a very interesting radio amateur and is an entertaining interview.
Joel Kleinman, N1BKE, is QST Managing Editor and Editorial Team Supervisor. In his 25 years of service to ARRL, Joel has been QST Features Editor and Assistant Managing Editor. From 1988 until being named to his present position in March 2001, he supervised the Book Team--the group of editors who write and edit ARRL books. As Managing Editor, he plans each month's issue and works with authors and editors to be sure everything comes together on schedule. The to-printer date is set a year or more in advance, and must be met if the magazine is to be printed and mailed on schedule. He decides--based on reader surveys, member feedback, available space and editorial judgment--just what balance of material will appear in each issue. N1BKE is Past President and Past Vice President of the Newington Amateur Radio League W1OKY, an ARRL Special Service Club. His favorite ham activities are Field Day and (believe it or not) attending the Dayton Hamvention.
Dr. Michael Barrett talks with us about the TW2010 antenna and a host of other ham radio subjects.
Emery McClendon, KB9IBW, received the Hamvention award for Special Achievement for his efforts starting Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD http://www.armad.net/) in 2003. He said he started ARMAD "as a way to have Amateur Radio serve as a tool for the people of our communities to be able to express 'live' support and appreciation for our troops, veterans, retired military and first responders." McClendon, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, became an Amateur Radio operator 16 years ago. His interest in organizing Military Special Events derives from his four years of service in the US Air Force and two years in the Indiana Air National Guard. Emory and Ted talk about what can be done for our military as well as propose a future A.R.M.A.D. This is good listenting and a thought provoking QSO.
Thanks to all our Field Day participants all over the world for joining our broadcast of "Field Day Live" 2008!
Bob Heil joined us on during Field Day 2008 as a guest on QSO. Bob talks about Field Day, microphones artists that he has consulted and his beginnings in Ham Radio. Bob also talks about how much he owes the hobby and what it means to him. Stories that range from audio for DX, Joe Walsh, The Heil Talk Box and the various models of Heil Microphone. John us for this compelling QSO with Bob Heil of Heil Sound.
Field Day Live 2008
From the studios at TW Antennas in Cookeville, TN
And from all over the USA and overseas Field Day Live 2008.
Allen Pitts is the national manager of public relations for the A.R.R.L. The American Radio Relay League the national association of amateur radio. Pitts came to the ARRL after a three-year stint as executive director of The Box Project Inc - a national, member-based charity that matches volunteers with families needing help. A radio amateur since 1999, he's no stranger to the ARRL Field Organization, having served as an ARES District Emergency Coordinator and later as Connecticut's Section Emergency Coordinator and an ARRL Assistant Section Manager. Pitts holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, have three grown children and six grandchildren. In this broadcast Allen talks all about Field Day! It's an interesting listen and if there is anything you have wondered about Field Day this is a broadcast you will enjoy!
Dennis Dura, K2DCD is the Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager of the A.R.R.L. Dura's major responsibilities include addressing the development and implementation of an organizational disaster response plan as well as a continuity operations plan, complete with supporting procedures and training. Dura’s responsibilities are an integral part in the management of A.R.E.S. Dura comes to the A.R.R.L with more than 26 years of experience in the emergency management field. Dennis is an interesting listen and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It you are curious about A.R.E.S. this is a broadcast for you!
Gordon West of Gordon West schools is the worlds leading ham radio licensing instructor! Gordon has a lot of insight on how to study and pass your test! Gordon is a fun guy to talk to and interview and is very entertaining to listen to.
Ronnie Milsap WB4KCG tells a spellbinding story of his beginnings in amateur radio and his early life. Ronnie tells the story of his childhood, his years at the school for the blind and his entrance into the music business. This is the most inspiring interview I have ever done. In spite of blindness Ronnie has achieved and risen above impossible adversities. Ronnie’s attitude about life is a lesson for us all. You will absolutely enjoy the time spent listening and will get to know Ronnie Milsap.
Allen Pitts is the publicity chairman and director of all things press for the American Radio Relay League. Allen talks about the many facits of amateur radio and all the new things hams are getting into today. He also talks about the first broadcast of voice over radio and Reginald Fessenden.
Joe Phillps is the Ohio section manager for the A.R.R.L. Joe talks about Riley Hollingsworth along with many of the activities he is into with the A.R.R.L. Joe talks about the dreaded "Wouf Hong" and Hiram Percy Maxim. Joe talks about the balance involved in being a section manager. Joe is an entertaining listen.
Bob Grove is the publisher of the ever so interesting magazine Monitoring Times. Bob talks about the magazine as well as everything you can find in it. Bob talks about scanning today along with recivers and antennas. Bob has something to say about everything in the RF spectrum. A very interesting interview.
Wayne Green the famous publisher of the greatly missed 73 magazine. Wayne is a wizard in our day and time with information and advice to enterain and challenge the mind. Wayne talks about ham radio, health, wealth and more. This is part one of a 4 part radio show with Wayne. This show is more fun than the law allows.
Stanton Friedman is not only a nuclear physicist but is probably the most well-known personality in regard to UFO's. This show is included due to the large interest among hams on the subject of UFO's. Stanton Friedman is a nuclear physicist and scientist and it very interesting to listen to.
A good number of broadcast engineers are also hams. Many of these hams and engineers work for companies that own large numbers of radio stations a great number publicly held. With the impact of Enron, regardless of what type of business or company you work for, it is a good thing to watch out for getting pulled into problems. Jeffry Taylor is an expert on corporate fraud and "spills the beans" on what to look out for. Mr. Taylor gives a good explanation of Sarbanes Oxley and how companies can use Sox to hide problems. This one is not about ham radio but is an interest to all hams who work as professionals in IT, broadcast or corporate america.