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.
Paul Barnes W4YRL
Paul Barnes, W4YRL, now a ham for over 65 years, enjoys FT8, CW, and getting on the air with modest wire antennas. Paul has traveled to over 50 countries and enjoyed operating from abroad. He credits the hobby for a happy career in electronics focused on simulators for space, military, and nuclear power plants, and for the life long friends that he has made along the way. W4YRL is my QSO Today.
HRWB Podcast 201 with Guest Eric Guth 4Z1UG
Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, was a guest at the celebration of the 200th Ham Radio Workbench Podcast. Eric joined George, KJ6VU, Vince, VE6LK, and Mark, N6MTS in a special episode of their podcast that became HRWB episode 201. This recording of that HRWB episode is added to the QSO Today "official record" for posterity.
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.
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.
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.
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
4X4BB-excellent and thank you
Though perhaps not a lot of ham radio specific, this interview was appropriate, timely, and necessary…. I hope every radio amateur hears this. In the USA and much of the world is never facet with such challenges… at least not yet…perhaps we should consider such circumstances. Best wishes nor better times. Excellent QSO. 73, Bill AH6FC, Kamuela,HI
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.