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.
Mark Beckwith N5OT
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 Mark to build up his contesting and DX on-the-air skills.
Augie "Gus" Hansen KB0YH
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 Transmitting Loop, also known as magnetic loop antennas. And as this is the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Gus has his own story in this QSO Today.
James Condon AD4YM
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 restoring the best ham radio boat anchors, including Collins, Drake, Hallicrafters, and Hammarlund. AD4YM is my QSO Today.
Tony DePrato WA4JQS
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 contact from his native Kentucky to Australia ignited a passion for DX that resulted in Tony leading two DXpeditions to the most sought after DX entities in the World. WA4JQS tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.
Rene Lutz HB9NBG
SOTA Operator Rene Lutz, HB9NBG, has the European Alps as his challenge to conquer every summit with his partner Carine, HB9FZC. Together they operate their successful rural Swiss ham radio sales and service center that attracts ham radio tourists. Rene and Carine document their amateur radio adventures on their popular YouTube channel. HB9NBG is my QSO Today.
George Dominick W4UW
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 70 year on the air. W4UW is my QSO Today.
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...
Really enjoy Eric’s podcast
I’m thrilled to be one of Eric’s interview subjects (Episode 117). I enjoyed his style and his genuine curiosity about my life in ham radio! Some of my many friends in the hobby have been interviewed by Eric and those “QSOs” have brought me a lot of listening joy. This hobby has tremendous diversity and this really shines through in the podcast. Guests from all around the world have told their stories in the more than 200 episodes. BTW, his show notes feature is really a lot of fun to view.
Keep up the great work, Eric! 73 DE N2GJ