Monday, March 16, 2009

Jeff's Walk

Today I talked with Jeff Johnson, VK4XJJ on the phone about his cross-country walk.

He had ham radio along for the ride -- among other things.

Jeff was raising money for charity in the process of this 2,500 km "walkabout".

Show notes (many lifted from Jeff's site):

eBook now available. Five months backpacking over 2,500kms across Oz with 5W FT-817nd US$5.

Association (NSW) Inc.

Other DeafBlind Links

Walking Club Links

Institute of Australia


Saturday, March 07, 2009

D*STAR with Cal

Today I talked with Cal, WA1WOK about D*STAR. We discussed the past, present, and future of the hobby (AM, SSB, digital modes) and specifically how D*STAR fits in.

You can get in on the ground floor of this new part of amateur radio, if you want to. Listen in and you will get an idea of what to expect with this new mode, with the help of guys like Cal who can show you the ropes.

Show notes:
Promotional video at
Cal's email address is his callsign at

Sunday, March 01, 2009

My hamfest vacation - part two

I talked to quite a few people at the Orlando Hamcation 2009, covering lots of ham radio subjects, as well as some not-so-technical things. What a great time, and in the winter sun! Kick back and enjoy this one. It's a little long, nearly 25 minutes, but close your eyes and pretend that you are in Florida.....

Show notes:
Brenda's Catering

My hamfest vacation - part one

I stopped in Richmond, VA on the way to Florida, and visited the Richmond Frostfest 2009. It was a decent-sized hamfest held on the international raceway.

I talked to several very interesting people who have done some unusual things with ham radio. This was a lot of fun!

Show notes:

Dominion DX Group web site
ARRL listing for local clubs
K-9 Alert Search and Rescue Dogs, Inc
VA Dept. of Emergency Management - Terry's email addr
Zuni Maritime Foundation