Ham Radio Now

The audio version of our TV programs for and about Amateur Radio (Ham Radio). The video version is hosted at (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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Now displaying: October, 2016
Oct 30, 2016

Another classic HamRadioNow clickbait title. We're really talking about the fall 2016 Ham Radio/MARS Interop test, this one titled "A Really Bad Day". Gary and David talk to Army MARS Program Manager Paul English WD8DBY and get detailed about this exercise that starts TONIGHT (if you get this in time - 11 PM Eastern on Sunday, October 30). If you're just a little late, it goes on thru Monday, ends Tuesday.

Radio Rating of A. All talking heads.

Oct 26, 2016

Gary KN4AQ and new Co-Host David Goldenberg W0DHG launch the HamRadioNow EmComm Extra with Episode 2, because Episode 1 was a rush job during the onset of Hurricane Matthew. 

This time they talk to two hams who participated directly in ARES activity as Matthew roared by. Scott Roberts KK4ECR is an Assistant EC and PIO for Clay County ARES, just outside Jacksonville FL. Linda Selleck KJ4EVV is the EC for Berkeley County ARES, next to Charleston SC. 

Before the interviews, David and Gary talk about what they'd like the EmComm Extra to be. We're not going to hold them to it, but it'll give you a clue.

This is 95% Talking Heads, minus a few maps, a little TV video, and some pictures and video Linda shot of her operation. And because it's over two hours long, it gets a Radio Rating of A.

Oct 24, 2016

FEMA Chief Technology Officer Ted Okada K4HNL addresses the 2016 ARRL & TAPR Digital Communications Conference. Unlike most DCC talks, this is not highly technical, but Ted does conclude with a challenge to develop digital tools to advance the art of preparing for and responding to disasters.

Ted does have a lot of slides, but audio listeners should be able to keep up pretty well. Radio Rating B.

Oct 20, 2016

When is an episode not an episode? When I say it isn't. And I don't give it a number.

Getting young people into our aging hobby is hardly a new or original idea, and best I can tell, we haven't come up with any one gamechanger. There probably won't be. If we are to keep our avocation alive through the next several generations... when our current demographic bubble has "moved to a higher band" as Don Wilbanks says... the key(s) will probably be a lot of smaller things, and probably more at the local level than anything generated on Mount Newington. And I think they'd agree up there.

Well, this show... not a show... seeks your ideas so I can use them in the next 20 TAPR DCC videos as one of the "Corporate Sponsor" messages. So they need to be short (30 seconds). The pitch can (must?) lead to something bigger, and hopefully something you've done yourself that worked.

In this not a show I mug the camera and point to a web page now and then, but it's mostly a monolog, so it gets a Radio Rating of A, if not an A+. 

Oct 14, 2016

We've been hearing about a Geosynchronous satellite for the Western Hemisphere for a while now, but not many details. In this episode from the DCC, project leader Bob McGwire N4HY fills in a lot of blanks. There's no launch date yet, and maybe not quite enough info to start building your ground station (a 'Five & Dime' setup - 5 GHz up, 10 GHz down), but you can start thinking about it.

There are a lot of supporting graphics, but you'll probably get a good idea of what's coming from the audio. Radio Rating of C+.

Oct 14, 2016

This... well, the second half of it, is TAPR President Steve Bible N7HPR's welcome to the hams assembled in St. Petersburg FL for the 2016 DCC. The first half is Gary talking about the video production. So nothing critical here - just an orientation to give you an idea of what the DCC is like if you attend in person.

There are some slides, but again nothing critical. Most of the upcoming DCC talks will be more graphics intensive, so head's up. This one, though, can get a Radio Rating of B. Maybe B+.

Oct 7, 2016

With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Florida, Gary conducts an Emcomm Bull Session with LA area EC David Goldenberg W0DHG (David will be a regular Emcomm Extra co-host) and Ham Media Gadfly Marty Sullaway KC1CWF (Chicken with Fries). 

This isn't your typical Emcomm discussion. It's the HamRadioNow version. And good news for audio listeners, this one's mostly talking heads, so it gets a Radio Rating of A.