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Ham Radio Now

The audio version of our TV programs for and about Amateur Radio (Ham Radio). The video version is hosted at www.HamRadioNow.tv (and, to be totally honest, on YouTube). Our shows come in three flavors: Talk Shows, Seminars/Forums, and mini-documentaries. Sorry for the mash-up, but any episode may be in one (or more) of those categories.
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Sep 19, 2018

Mike Ritz W7VO joins David to talk about his race to become the  division director in the Northwestern Division. 

Sep 3, 2018

David visits with Ria Jairam to discuss her run for Hudson Division Director.

Sep 3, 2018

Live video shot in the San Fernando Valley. David joined Paul Strauss WD6EBY and Orv Beach W6BI (and a few others) for a trip to the DARN Verdugo Peak repeater site and another location above Simi Valley.  This trip was to help increase bandwidth and coverage of AREDN Mesh.

Aug 15, 2018

Randy Smith WU2S joins David and Darren AJ6BL to talk about Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network.

Links from this episode: 

AREDN:  https://www.arednmesh.org/

AREDN Baker to Vegas: https://www.arednmesh.org/content/baker-vegas-2018-broadband-mesh-support

Trevor’s Bench” http://www.trevorsbench.com/meshchat-messaging-for-mesh-networks/

Aug 13, 2018

Gary and David review Gary's favorite shows. 

Aug 4, 2018

Darren and David setup a ZumSpot. We also made some changes in the studio in order to bring you better audio. This is the first episode to use the Wirecast Rendezvous feature, and it worked great!

Jul 4, 2018

David and Guest Darren La Groe talk about getting up and running on DMR. Darren get's David up to speed on the nomenclature of DMR. We get my MD-380 working.

Jul 1, 2018

Gwen and David talk about their 2018 Field Day from San Vicente Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. We had a great time at Field Day, and hope that you did too. Please let us know in the comments what you did for Field Day!

Jun 19, 2018

Ria Jairam N2RJ joins Gary and myself to discuss her announced plans to run for Hudson Division Director.  The first few minutes contains some ECHO, but it goes away after about 15 minutes. 

Jun 16, 2018

I'm back, May was busy, but I have a new show and more coming next week. In 398 I introduce a new sidekick (you asked for one) and I talk about how I got started in Ham Radio. 

May 3, 2018

This weeks guest Richard Bateman KD7BBC owner of HamStudy.org talks about the  HamStudy product, a newly released set of mobile applications, and signalstuff.com if you are interested Richard gave me a discount code for the products from signalstuff.com: hamradionow   (all lower case - good until 5/31/2018)

Apr 15, 2018

John Jacobs W7DBO from the Field Radio Podcast is my guest. We talk about his podcast, podcasting and how he got involved with HamRadio360. John builds awesome custom go boxes (http://www.commstogo.com/).  John and I discuss our experiences producing content for the internet about Ham Radio and Field Day! 

Apr 15, 2018

A combination show: On the road to the race, an interview with John Rosica KA2FND of NVIS Communications, and raw video from the race at Stage #9. It's a little rough copy, but you are hams, hopefully you can pull the good stuff out of the noise. Doing sound in the field is apparently hard... I am getting some equipment to make it better in the future. 

Mar 18, 2018

David W0DHG talks to Jim Wades WB8SWI and Joe Ames W3JY of Radio Relay International about the organization, it's beginnings, how it works, and why. Radio Relay International can be found at http://radio-relay.org/

Mar 5, 2018

Dan KB6NU, Marty N6VI(in studio guest!), and Gary KN4AQ join David W0DHG for the first show recorded from the West Coast Studio.

We talk about the new ARRL proposal to the FCC to add HF privileges for Tech class licenses. We also talk about the Hudson Division Town Hall and MyARRLvoice....

Gary plays several clips lifted from the Hudson Division Town Hall webinar (February 2018) in which Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB makes some strong (and unsupported) statements about the censure of fellow Director Dick Norton N6AA, at one point accusing Norton of creating a "toxic environment" at the Board. You can hear a full, unedited recording of that Town Hall (with noise reduction to eliminate a loud hum on Lisenco's audio) at the HamRadioNow web site for Episode 393: 

https://www.hamradionow.tv/episodes/2018/3/5/hrn-393-tech-enhanced-lisenco-on-the-hudson-whats-next

Feb 24, 2018

Curmudgeon hams will rant about how professional Emcomm agencies see no value in ham radio. And in some areas that's true.

The ARES forum from the Yuma AZ Hamfest - Roozy Moabery W1EH, ARRL DEC for part of the sprawling Los Angeles area, talks about how hams there have created a great working relationship with their served agencies.

This is a slide-show talk, but the slides are all text headlines for the topics Roozy covers, so the RADIO RATING is still A.

Feb 22, 2018

Dick Norton N6AA, the ARRL SW Division Director, is at the center of the dust-up (Firestorm?) at the ARRL Board of Directors. He's the director who was censured in a special Board Meeting last fall for what the Board said were inappropriate comments at the Visalia DX convention the previous spring. He's also the Director that Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB said was partly responsible for a 'toxic environment' at the League. Lisenco's comments came during a Hudson Division web Town Hall in early 2018, with a link from this QRZ.com discussion. (Note that the audio recording of that webinar is pretty bad, but it's also pretty interesting if you can tough it out.)

In this episode, Dick Norton discussed his censure and the ARRL Board Code of Conduct at the ARRL Forum at the Yuma AZ Hamfest in February. HamRadioNow's host David Goldenberg W0DHG recorded the session.

Radio Rating: A

Feb 12, 2018

Mark Brown N4BCD is the new chairman of the Huntsville Hamfest. A little birdie (named Michael Kalter) told him to cross the street and talk to that Gary guy for some free publicity, so we caught up on the latest from what's probably the #3 fest in the US after Dayton and Orlando.

Mark takes over after the passing of Charlie Emerson N4OKL, who we described as "the benevolent dictator of the Huntsville Hamfest" back in HamRadioNow Episode 29

RADIO RATING: A

Feb 12, 2018

Sunday morning was the 'drop-by' time for HamRadioNow, apparently. Gary looked up from the laptop where he was working on the HRN website to see QRZ.com founder Fred Lloyd AA7BQ standing there. So of course, let's do a show!

We just got started when the Dayton Hamvention's media guy Michael Kalter W8CI waked by. Both Michael and Fred were time-limited (so, OK, wrong show, guys), but they generously gave us what they could, and probably a little more. Thanks!

RADIO RATING: A.

Feb 11, 2018

The full title is Florida Amateur Spectrum Management Assn., or FASM.

Last year, Bryan Fields W9CR led a coalition of dissatisfied repeater owners and members of the Florida Repeater Council in a successful effort to take control of that organization. There was some conflict, but eventually Bryan's group prevailed. The changed the name and re-incorporated. Now they have to make good on their pledge to provide better coordination service. Bryan explains how.

Radio Rating: A.

Feb 11, 2018

The call signs are: WA4YL, AC4YL and AG4YL. So what do you think this show might be about? Dawn, Cathrine and Melanie had just given the YL Forum at Orlando, and Gary invited them to keep going on the show.

RADIO RATING: A. 

Feb 11, 2018

Bruce Perens K6BP. Pretty sure we don't need to say any more.

RADIO RATING: A

Feb 11, 2018

Gary takes you on a video tour of the Orlando HamCation, and... what? This is just audio? Yeah, you're gonna miss something. But it's more or less narrated, and we're giving it a RADIO RATING of B.

Then we get a surprise guest. Fan of the show N1LGQ stopped by to chat, and we put him on the air.

Feb 10, 2018

New AMSAT President Joe Spier K6WAO joins Gary for a wide-ranging discussion of all things AMSAT.

RADIO RATING: A. Nothing to see here. Move along (and play the audio).

Feb 10, 2018

HRN Host Gary KN4AQ scrambled to set up a new SIB* for the Orlando HamCation. He thought it was all working before he took it apart and hauled it to the 'fest. 

He didn't.

But the show must go on. Of after swatting bugs (the system kind, not the Florida kind... the HamCation isn't infested...) Thursday night and early Friday morning, Gary pushed the LIVE button, and Jason Johnston KC4HWB from HamRadio2.0 helped him launch this hamfest's series of shows.

Most of the problems were video related, and while you'll hear about them, you won't see them. You also won't see that the whole show is out of sync.

The subsequent shows worked better, after Gary beat on the system a little more. OK, a lot more.

RADIO RATING: A. All these Orlando shows are Talking Heads in the SIB, so you don't need no stinking (out of sync) video.

*Studio In a Booth

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