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.
Richard Bateman KD7BBC
Richard Bateman, KD7BBC, smitten by computers and programming from an early age, used this talent to solve problems. Combined with an interest in amateur radio, driven by his family, Richard developed Exam Tools amateur radio testing software now used by the majority of volunteer examiners today. The Covid Pandemic accelerated the evolution of Exam Tools for remote testing. KD7BBC tells the story in this QSO Today.
Eric Anderson AF7YQ
Eric Anderson, AF7YQ's ham radio interest led him to advanced degrees from MIT and to become Chief Architect and Camera software manager at Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, creators of the first LCD based cameras, Chief Technology Officer at FlashPoint, and owner of more than 140 patents. Now retired, Eric creates unique ham radio CW transceivers for his new company, Preppcomm. AF7YQ is my QSO Today.
Dave Mackey K1KA
Dave Mackey, K1KA, like many amateurs of his generation, was influenced by broadcast radio, broadcast hosts like Jean Shephard, and the magic of radio in the late 50’s and 60’s. Dave went on to work with companies like Multitone, Microwave Associates, and Cushcraft before spending a generation in his own manufacturing company. Amateur radio played a serious role in Dave’s career choices and personal successes. K1KA tells his story in this QSO Today.
Frank Roman KC8VKA
Frank Roman, KC8VKA, was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, enlisted in the Navy, and served in Vietnam. Frank is a successful business entrepreneur, now retired, who has continued to leverage his education and experience both professionally and in his pursuit of amateur radio. KC8VKA enjoys mentoring hams in Cleveland, Puerto Rico, and in Panama City, Florida in conjunction with the Panama City Amateur Radio Club. Frank is my QSO Today.
Will Ravenel AI4VE
Will Ravenel, AI4VE, like many of us, returned to amateur radio after raising a family. Will is active in the QRP-ARCI, as its treasurer, and takes leadership positions in his ham clubs. Will loves to operate ham radio’s first digital mode, CW, using either hand, at low power. AI4VE shares his operating expertise, running low power, in the field and on the beach, in this QSO Today.
Arun Kumar W8ARU
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 engineering has put Arun on the cutting edge of solar and battery technologies used in big equipment as the World is going green. Arun was also Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE’s original mentor, one of his many major contributions to our hobby. W8ARU is my QSO Today.
I’m always fascinated by the guests. I see elements of my life story interwoven in nearly every episode. Ham radio is not an addiction. It’s the only rational course of action for those of a certain “bent”. Eric does a great job reliving all of our childhoods when he digs into the guests’ beginnings. Like Branches in a tree, the stories diverge immensely, but the foundational elements are all virtually alike. While the ham radio podcast selections are rich, no other podcast captures the hobby in quite the same way.
Great show with a great goal.
Sadly a lot of our Hams are getting older and when they are gone the knowledge, and interesting lives lived around this hobby are gone with them. Eric is preserving and letting us into the lives of some very smart and interesting people we otherwise may never have gotten to know or share in their passion. Thanks Eric for a fun and interesting show that will hopefully preserve some of that knowledge and fuel the passion of a future generation of hams.
I Wish I Could Do What Eric Does....
This guy...wow....Eric has taken the time and put in so much effort to reach out to interesting amateur radio operators, many of whom have made noteworthy contributions to this hobby/public service/passion/affliction. It comes off so well. I find myself looking forward to the answers to the questions I know he asks (I like the somewhat structured format), to see what his guest has to say and how that compares to the views and opinions I’ve heard previously. The show notes and research are unlike most podcasts- very substantive.
So I’ve listened to them all- and I’m glad they’re all still available. Keep this up as long as you can, 4Z1UG- fine business...