QSO Today Podcast - Interviews with the leaders in amateur radio
QSO Today Podcast - Interviews with the leaders in amateur radio
Eric Guth, 4Z1UG
QSO Today is a weekly conversation, or QSO, between amateur radio operators about ham radio. Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, hosts a new guest every week to talk about their ham radio journey, their specialized expertise in ham radio, and how amateur radio has impacted their personal and professional lives. QSO Today is targeted at anyone interested in amateur radio who wants to learn more about this fascinating hobby.
Episode 489 John Rusciano NG0Z
John Rusciano, NG0Z, knew that eventually living in an HOA would meet he and his family’s needs, even if it meant not having a ham radio station and outside antennas. The state of the art and ubiquitous Internet connectivity made it possible for John to build his ultimate remotely controlled amateur radio station at his vacation home, away from the city's electronic noise and the restrictions of HOA.  NG0Z allows me to interrogate him about all of the aspects of building his remote station in this QSO Today.
Feb 17
1 hr 11 min
Episode 488 Charles Powell NK8O
Charles Powell, NK8O, would argue that an early interest in radio and communications aided him in making a transition from professional French Horn player to pediatric doctor rather than suffer the mid-life crisis.  Charles likes just about everything that ham radio offers including POTA, CW, kit building, old rigs, and operating his own DXpeditions from exotic locations around the world.  NK8O and I discuss these topics and more in this QSO Today.
Feb 10
1 hr 24 min
Episode 487 Jonathan Taylor K1RFD
Jonathan Taylor, K1RFD, has reached his 50th year has a ham radio operator, is the creator of Echolink, one of the first amateur radio Voice over Internet Service linking amateur radio stations, the receiver of technical innovation awards, and author of "VoIP: Internet Linking for Radio Amateurs", now in its second edition.  K1RFD checks all of the ham radio boxes for operating, homebrewing, software development, radio restoration, and is my QSO Today.
Feb 2
1 hr 1 min
Episode 486 Lanny Aldrich K1LEC
Lanny Aldrich, K1LEC, began his professional career as a third generation commercial dairy farmer in Vermont.  Amateur radio was his hobby that he pursued at a steady pace to pursue DX, build operating skills, and contribute to the hobby by just being involved.  Just his advice on antennas is a prize from our conversation.  K1LEC is my QSO Today
Jan 27
1 hr 16 min
Episode 485 Martin Buehring KB4MG
Martin, Marty, Buehring, KB4MG, discovered amateur radio in private high school growing up in Chicago, Illinois, and went on for a career in electronics engineering following the development of semiconductors from basic transistors to Large Scale Integrates circuits and ASICS.  Marty believes that ham radio clubs are key to ham radio success.  KB4MG is my QSO Today.
Jan 20
1 hr 5 min
Episode 484 Richard Gutknecht NZ2I
Richard Gutknecht NZ2I, is a second generation amateur radio operator, catching the bug at an early age and getting the Novice license at age 15. Answering his country’s call to duty, Rick joined the Air Force and became an active ham while stationed in Germany.  Now retired, Rick enjoys getting on the air, volunteering for his amateur radio club, and now producing and co-hosting a podcast on current events and American history.  NZ2I is my QSO Today.
Jan 13
1 hr 13 min
Episode 483 William Thomas WT0DX
William Thomas, WT0DX, was inspired by an early interest in electronics, amateur radio, building Heathkits, to spend a career as an engineer and inventor, with over 150 patents, in the electronics and  ultimately the cable television industry where he was given the Cable TV Pioneer award by the National Cable Television Association.  Bill is the co-inventor of the Interactive Program Guide still found on most cable television systems.  Now retired, WT0DX, spends his time giving back to amateur radio through mentoring, contributing, and testing, and he is my QSO Today.   
Jan 6
1 hr 17 min
Episode 482 Ram Muthukrishnan VU2JXN
Ram Muthukrishnan, VU2JXN, while growing up in India, had a difficult time finding any information about amateur radio in the libraries and magazines.  It was not until Ram attended university that he met licensed amateur radio operators and could pursue the hobby.  CW is Ram’s favorite operating mode, especially after attending CW Academy.  He modified his SSB only BitX transceiver to operate CW and to use it for CW practice. As a software engineer by trade, Ram has a keen interest in software defined radio, SDR, homebrewing radios, and CW.  VU2JXN is my QSO Today.
Dec 30, 2023
1 hr 30 min
Episode 481 Mark Wohlschlegal WC3W
Mark Wohlschlegal, WC3W, knew at age 12 that amateur radio would set the course of his life pursuing  engineering degrees leading to a career in big system and equipment sales and marketing.  An additional love of flying, boating, and motorcycle touring kept Mark and his family active outside of work.  Now retired, WC3W operates a remote HF station, in Florida,  with a partner and describes it all in this QSO today.
Dec 23, 2023
1 hr 12 min
Episode 480 Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT
Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, while inspired at a young age to ham radio, it wasn’t until after a successful career as a professional writer and journalist that she re-discovered amateur radio in 2014.  Her ham radio history was pretty thoroughly covered in a recent Ham Radio Workbench podcast a few weeks ago.  Our conversation explored her professional history leading to her reporting for Ham Radio Newsline and her love for CW.  KD2GUT is my QSO Today.
Dec 16, 2023
1 hr 33 min
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