Monday, July 31, 2006

Conversation with Morse

Diana Morse, KB3NNP just got her Technician license, and we talk about how she got into the hobby, including all the support from her local club. She loves Morse code because it's fun, and not just because she is related to Samuel Morse, for whom Morse code is named.

Show notes

Morse code practice at
Polar Bears at

Sunday, July 30, 2006

This is wild. And we track it.

I talked with JoeMoell, K0OV (Kilo Zero Oscar Victor, sorry about the font here) about using direction finding techniques for following the migratory patterns of birds. It's amazing how (ham) radio technology can make our other hobbies even more fun. But there is more. Not only is this something that my XYL approves of, but...

At the very end of this podcast you will hear a bird chirping. I swear that this was the way it happened in real time. For clarity, I boosted the audio (6 dB), but this bird chirped just after Joe and I finished talking. Sounds to me like the bird world approved of this interview. I hope you approve of it also.

Show notes

Joe's home page is at

A great place to start, lots of links there!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

On Target

This was fun (I always say that). I talked via telephone bridge, with John Blackham, N7TEK, Doug Brewer, and Kip Buckner, KC7OXX, about a project called On Target. This program is affiliated with the Boy Scouts. Among other things, they get the Scouts to climb mountains and signal each other using extremely high frequency signals in the area of 500 nM wavelength.

OK, they use reflected sunlight, with signal mirrors. But, they use ham radio as an integral part of on-site coordination, in order to make sure that people are looking the right diretion for the flashes of light. Many hams are involved in this, and they could use some more of us (hint, hint).

Question for you: how far do you think it's possible to send a message using a signal mirror? One mile? Five miles? Fifty? The answer is in this podcast.

Show notes

On Target main page is and has plenty of great links

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A US ham in Iraq

Talk about a DXpedition! How about operating HF while on active duty in Iraq? Korey Chandler, KA5VCQ, talks to us about using ham radio while stationed in Iraq.

Disclaimer: Korey's opinions and statements are his alone and are not officially endorsed by the Department of the Army.

Show Notes

Baghdad Amateur Radio Society
American Hams in Iraq

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ham Radio Magazines part II

First we looked at some ham magazines from a reader's point of view, and today we listen to Nancy Kott, WZ8C, from an Editor's point of view. Nancy is the editor of WorldRadio magazine, and a very active ham. She talks a little about her upcoming DXpedition as well, which we will cover in more detail when she gets back.

Show notes

WorldRadio is at

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ham Radio Magazines

This issue is about ham radio magazines (the hard copy kind) that you can get. Why would you want one instead of the other? Would you want more than one? Do you need to read all of them?

This podcast won't answer all of those questions, but will give you an idea of what is out there, and how to sample them for yourself. Part one of two. Part two is more fun, because I get to talk to someone about making a magazine! Stay tuned.

Show notes

ARRL magazines (QST, QEX, NCJ) at
DX magazine at
CQ at
WorldRadio at
K9YA Telegraph
More Ham Radio Newsletters at

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Boy Scouts and Ham Radio

This evening I talked with Gary Wilson, K2GW, about how ham radio has enriched the Boy Scout experience. Or is it the other way around?

Ever heard of a Jamboree On The Air? How about a radio merit badge? Listen to what tomorrow's leaders are doing today!

Show notes

Scout Radio:
World Scout Bureau: