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This is your bi-weekly deep dive on making, DIY, electronics, and technical topics of interest to the radio amateur. Join your hosts George KJ6VU and Jeremy KF7IJZ as they discuss current developments in ham radio while introducing listeners to a plethora of topics and skills such as test equipment, 3D Printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more. Ham radio is a hobby of hobbies - George and Jeremy introduce hams of all ages to experimenting and learning within ham radio, which can be one of th ...
 
DitDit.fm is a podcast celebrating morse code, the CW operating mode and amateur radio. The show is hosted by Bruce Pea, N9WKE, and features conversations with interesting CW operators, offers useful CW operating tips, and encourages amateur radio operators at all levels to get on the air, have fun and enjoy operating CW!
 
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.
 
The Phasing Line Podcast is brought to you by Marty Sullaway KC1CWF, and Sterling Coffey, N0SSC, whose combined age is still less than that of the average ham radio operator. We hope to bring some interesting conversation to the table like no other ham radio podcast on the market. We talk about everything - literally everything - in ham radio. Whether it's about a four-square array, or the D-STAR/System Fusion/DMR debate, youth, or SDR architecture, we have it all. Warning: Tangential conver ...
 
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Free SDR Training! Check out our new course, "The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Software Defined Radios: Everything you need to know to get started with SDR in an afternoon." You can enroll for free at https://courses.scannerschool.com --------------------------------------------------------------- Get started with Scanning in 2021 Our "2021 Scanner…
 
Mel Swanberg, WA6JBD, has a love of radio that goes back to his childhood. Growing up in Southern California, Mel found his Elmers and Mentors that led him into a career in the land mobile business and public safety radio. Mel is the former president of the Cactus Intertie, perhaps the largest point to point full duplex amateur radio network in the…
 
Free SDR Training! Check out our new course, "The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Software Defined Radios: Everything you need to know to get started with SDR in an afternoon." You can enroll for free at https://courses.scannerschool.com --------------------------------------------------------------- Get started with Scanning in 2021 Our "2021 Scanner…
 
Kevin KM6WUM joins to talk about building a portable satellite tracker. PERMALINK - https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast/portable-satellite-tracker Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us - http://hamradioworkbench.com/contact Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.f…
 
Clint Turner, KA7OEI, is an experimenter, builder, and operator on all bands and modes. He shares his background in microwave communications, EME or Moonbounce, and his involvement in the Northern Utah Web SDR Project, an amazing on-line resource hams who want to listen to all of the lowbands with waterfall display at the same time. KA7OEI is my QS…
 
Check out our new course, "The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Software Defined Radios: Everything you need to know to get started with SDR in an afternoon." You can enroll for free at https://courses.scannerschool.com Many of you have have been submitting their questions and today I am answering some of them. This month I answer: The first question i…
 
Tim Deagan, KJ8U, loves to build just about anything to try out a new tool, and he has an amazing assortment of tools to support his construction of amateur radio antennas as well as Burning Man like propane powered visual displays. KJ8U is a maker, and since ham radio operators were the original makers, Tim’s cross-over between the maker community…
 
Check out our new course, "The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Software Defined Radios: Everything you need to know to get started with SDR in an afternoon." You can enroll for free at https://courses.scannerschool.com Have you wondered how you can best use the search function on your scanner? In this episode, Phil walks through some tips for how to u…
 
Mke K8MRD stops by to talk about portable operation. George and Jeremy discuss their new ICOM IC-705s. Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us - http://hamradioworkbench.com/contact Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/hamradioworkbench/ BrandMeister…
 
Joe Reisert, W1JR, continues to pay forward, the kindness of his early ham radio mentors, with his contributions to our amazing hobby. Amateur Radio paved the way to a successful career and amazing encounters, Worldwide, with people and technology. W1JR tells his amateur radio story in this QSO Today.…
 
Uniden Close Call vs Whistler Spectrum Sweeper Which is better: Uniden Close Call or Whistler Spectrum Sweeper? In this episode, Phil puts them to the test in a head-to-head comparison on speed, distance, and technology. Listen in to find out who wins! What You Need To Know Close Call and Spectrum Sweeper are used to seek out nearby frequencies tha…
 
Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, has been an active ham since the 1970s, growing up in Los Angeles. Wayne is a home brewer, especially microwave equipment on 10 GHz, and has taken our amateur radio hobby to the Maker Faire in the Bay Area for live demonstrations. As a technical writer and Contributing Editor to CQ Magazine, Wayne is in one of the best places …
 
Whistler Signal Stalker & Spectrum Sweeper Do you want to know how to use Whistler’s signal stalker or spectrum sweeper functions? In this episode, Phil explains how to access and use these features, the options you have, use cases, and more. What You Need To Know The signal stalker and spectrum sweeper features are found on many RadioShack Pro ser…
 
Ben Jordan KN6GPS from Autodesk joins to discuss considerations of RF PCB Design. Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us - http://hamradioworkbench.com/contact Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/hamradioworkbench/ BrandMeister Talkgroup 31075 - ht…
 
Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, is a third generation amateur, beginning her ham radio journey in elementary school. Her interest in microwave circuit design and computers led her to a successful engineering career and now a board member of AMSAT. Michelle is an advocate for open source applied to satellite design fueling future generations of amateur sp…
 
Do you have questions about how to use Uniden’s close call function? In this episode, Phil explains the purpose of close call, shares examples of times he has used it successfully, and what the different close call settings on your scanner mean in practice. What You Need To Know Close call is an option on just about every available Uniden radio. It…
 
Rob Suggs, NN4NT, is a space scientist at NASA, specializing in outer space environments that protect our astronauts from the hazards of space including space junk and debris. We discuss NASA, Apollo space technology, and amateur radio in this QSO Today.By Eric Guth 4Z1UG: Online Amateur Radio Operator, Entrepreneur, and Blogger
 
Many of you have have been submitting their questions and today I am answering some of them. This month I answer: On the SDS100, what are the most useful items to have shown on the display screen to get the most information out of the scanner as possible? What should someone do if their SDS200 isn’t locking on to the control channel right away? Sho…
 
This week George and Smitty spend time with Derek Kozel K0ZEL talking about the GNU Radio project. PERMALINK - https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast/GNU-Radio Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us - http://hamradioworkbench.com/contact Connect with us on Facebook - htt…
 
Rick Miller, N1RM’s ham radio story began at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and weaves its way through Russian submarine hunting to operate APRS on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, on a grand tour of the United States. N1RM will fill in all of the open spaces in this QSO Today.By Eric Guth 4Z1UG: Online Amateur Radio Operator, Entrepreneur, and Blogger
 
Splitting and Sharing Antennas Do you need to split or share the signal from a single antenna to multiple scanners? In this episode, Phil explains the hardware you need to achieve this setup, how the technology works, and what to look for when purchasing the accessories you need. He also walks through his personal setup. What You Need To Know You c…
 
Ralph Haller, N4RH, started his ham radio journey as a nine year old with a knack for electronics leading to his first amateur license at age 9. Within a few years, Ralph earned broadcast engineering licenses, radio station jobs, education, and a career at the Federal Communications Commission. N4RH was the driving force behind many of the FCC init…
 
2020 Holiday Buyer's Guide Are you wondering what should be on your holiday shopping list this year? In this episode, Phil shares his 2020 holiday buyer’s guide, helping you compare radios, scanner software, and accessories. What You Need To Know This year’s buyer guide is the same as the 2019 buyer guide because no new equipment has been released.…
 
Rod, Mike, George, and Jeremy discuss gift ideas for the ham in your life as well as what 2020 has inspired them to carry into 2021. PERMALINK - https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast/2020-gift-guide Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us - http://hamradioworkbench.com/c…
 
Stan Johnson, W0SJ, started his amateur radio career in high school. A scavenger of junk, and a kid with the knack, led Stan to electronic project building with his collected parts. These skills filtered and honed through the Air Force and the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Stan would say that his involvement in amateur radio resulted in a life of cu…
 
Have you wanted to learn about how to combine multiple antennas? In this episode, Phil discusses some best practices for using multiple antennas, including how to set them up to avoid interference, how to bring the signal into your house to connect to your radios, and more. What You Need To Know LMR 400 Coax costs around $1 per foot, so running mul…
 
Bob Weed, W7SCY, was born and raised in the Oregon Cascade Mountains over eighty years ago. In this retirement, Bob has returned home to an area that has always been subject to fire, mudslides, earthquakes, and active volcanoes. W7SCY shares his seventy plus years as a radio amateur that includes his interest in traffic nets and emergency operation…
 
Ask Scanner School v26 This month I answer: What are some troubleshooting tips to improve audio quality and overall reception on a Uniden scanner? Can Unication G-series pagers support Motorola type 2 systems? What can someone do or what antenna can they buy if the scanner app on their cell phone is picking up more than their actual scanner radio? …
 
Classic Radios with Dennis Kidder W6DQ and Mike VA3MW. PERMALINK - https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast/even-more-classic-radios Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us - http://hamradioworkbench.com/contact Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/…
 
Ria Jairam, N2RJ, discovered amateur radio on her native Caribbean Island of Trinidad back in the 90s. As an immigrant to the United States, Ria pursued a degree in Electronic Engineering and learned from great ham radio mentors. Now an electronic security professional, mother, active ham radio operator and contester, Ria was recently elected ARRL …
 
Have you wondered about the impact a potential T-band giveback would have? In this episode, Phil walks you through the FCC’s plan, the opposition it faces, and what it would mean for public safety and scanner radio hobbyists alike. What You Need To Know The FCC T-band giveback is reallocating the 470-512 MHz spectrum. The T-band spectrum was part o…
 
Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, is not only a mountain goat, he is also a super sloth. Terms like this are not endearing, however if you are a SOTA activator or chaser, then you know how important these terms are to SOTA operators. KR7RK tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.By Eric Guth 4Z1UG: Online Amateur Radio Operator, Entrepreneur, and Blogger
 
Do you want to discover the radio IDs broadcasting in your area? In this episode, Phil welcomes back guest Kenneth Fowler. They discuss how Kenneth logs and verifies the radio IDs he finds, issues you may run into, and developments in the hobby coming soon. What You Need To Know Everything that transmits on a trunk system documents itself with a ra…
 
Mike, George, and Jeremy discuss the common types of wire HF antennas - Dipoles and End Feds. We talk about the physical, electrical, and performance aspects of these antenna types. PERMALINK - https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast/wire-antennas Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamworkbe…
 
Jim Moss, N9JIM, portable 6, spends his ham radio life above 50 Mhz. He has made contacts on every band above 50 MHz and is now working in the 122 Ghz band. If you are considering a new and different frontier, N9JIM tells his amateur radio story and how to make the transition to VHF and Microwave in this QSO Today.…
 
Do you want to learn more about getting your Ham radio license? In this episode, Phil welcomes back guest Chuck Gysi from Ham Radio Prep. They discuss the Ham radio licensing exams, the new extra course launching soon, and more. Sign up for Ham Radio Prep using our affiliate link: www.scannerschool.com/hamradioprep What You Need To Know Chuck runs …
 
Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, discovered amateur radio as a kid, like many of the QSO Today guests. One of his desires was to work at the ARRL, where he started his career and has been for 29 years. Bob shares his ham radio story and speaks about the ARRL and what he has learned about amateur radio in this QSO Today.…
 
Mike VA3MW and Smitty KR6ZY are back to continue answering YOUR Amateur Radio questions! PERMALINK: https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast/listener-questions-part-2 Our Website - http://www.hamradioworkbench.com/ Follow us on Twitter -https://twitter.com/hamworkbench Contact us -http://hamradioworkbench.com/contact Connect with us on Facebook - …
 
Many of you have have been submitting their questions and today I am answering some of them. This month I answer: How can he improve my current antenna setup? What scanner should I buy if I wanted to listen to my local area and also stream it to my phone? Is there a scanner that can do P25 phase 1 and 2, and NXDN at the same time? Would Phil recomm…
 
Steve Masticola, WX2S, took a 30 year vacation from amateur radio to pursue his life. Now he is back. WX2S loves to operate in the field, necessitated by living in an HOA. This has created a new passion for SOTA, Parks on the Air, and QRP Fox Hunting. All this and more in my QSO Today with WX2S.By Eric Guth 4Z1UG: Online Amateur Radio Operator, Entrepreneur, and Blogger
 
The Uniden MR8100 In this episode, Phil talks about the Uniden MR8100 and its unique features, from its design to rumors about its functionality. What You Need To Know This radio was marketed as a scanner developed for public safety. Rumors say it was created for the LAPD. This radio was analog-only, with 100 memory channels in 10 banks, with no tr…
 
Jim Heath, W6LG, has been a ham for over 56 years. Jim is an Elmer’s Elmer with an amazing You-Tube channel, with over 30,000 subscribers. Jim not only reviews the basics of amateur radio, and he makes that content up close and personal, reflecting on his years of experience as an amateur radio operator.…
 
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