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Ham Radio Now

The audio version of 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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Jan 30, 2017

One more to use up that storage space that expires tomorrow. Another conversation with Jeff AC4ZO, loosely around more ham media.

Jeff, BTW, is still around. He's almost never on the air anymore (even on that Friday night commute to dinner that he'll talk about in this episode. He got a new car, and didn't install a radio). So that's why his appearance on the show has become so infrequent. But he'll be at Dayton, probably in the VE Testing area helping out, if you want to say hi.

We show some of the videos we're talking about, but otherwise it's another talker, so Radio Rating is B+ again.

Jan 30, 2017

Here we are at the end of January with a few MB of space left to use up before it turns to dust on Libsyn. I picked this episode because it's just a fun chat between me and Jeff AC4ZO, mostly about that Thanksgiving 2013 episode of Last Man Standing that was among the topics I covered with John Amodeo NN6JA in HRN 288. 

It's a good radio show with a Radio Rating of B+, but if you want to watch, here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfzS-SjS_k8&t=2097s

- Gary KN4AQ

Jan 21, 2017

Do we really need to add in Depth to the title? After all, this is HamRadioNow. 

Be that as it may, David and Gary talk at length with Jim Piper N6MED. Jim is the Liaison to Amateur Radio with the Volunteer Disaster Health Services of the American Red Cross, Gold Country Division (that's the territory roughly around Sacramento, CA). They learn what the Red Cross' mission is, and how Amateur Radio can help.

It's a talk-fest episode, with just a few web graphics thrown in, but you won't miss'em (much). So another Radio Rating of A.

All of the Emcomm related episodes are gathered together on a Playlist on the HamRadioNow YouTube Channel.

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Jan 19, 2017

John Ronan EI7IG travels from Ireland to present a talk on using APRS to track vehicles and bikes on a big bike race.

John has several pictures, maps and charts, so another Radio Rating of C.

John gave a talk at the 2014 DCC in Seattle on using D-STAR's 1200 MHz 'high-speed' data for public service in HamRadioNow Episode 121.

Jan 19, 2017

The dream: (Gary's dream, anyway) – a VHF/UHF digital voice radio that handles all the DV modes. 

The bridge: Servers and reflectors that transcode from one mode to the other, so D-STAR users can talk to Fusion users can talk to DMR users....

Wireless Holding's Uli Altvater AGØX is building both the radio (the DV4mobile) and the bridge.

Lots of graphics and diagrams will make this hard to follow on audio, so Radio Rating of C-.

Uli appeared in HamRadioNow Episode 263, Learn More about DV4

Jan 19, 2017

The dream: (Gary's dream, anyway) – a VHF/UHF digital voice radio that handles all the DV modes. 

The bridge: Servers and reflectors that transcode from one mode to the other, so D-STAR users can talk to Fusion users can talk to DMR users....

Wireless Holding's Uli Altvater AGØX is building both the radio (the DV4mobile) and the bridge.

Lots of graphics and diagrams will make this hard to follow on audio, so Radio Rating of C-.

Uli appeared in HamRadioNow Episode 263, Learn More about DV4

Jan 15, 2017

Sterling Coffey N0SSC and Marty Sullaway KC1CWF from the Phasing Line Podcast join HamRadioNow's David Goldenberg W0DHG and Gary Pearce KN4AQ for an Epic Episode Mashup.

Do they talk about anything significant? Solve all of Ham Radio's problems? Advance the Radio Art? Or just goof around for nearly two hours?

What do you think?

Whatever it is, it's for sure 98% Talking Heads, and that means a Radio Rating of A+++ (and yes, that's the kind of show it is).

Those knuckleheads are on http://PhasingLinePodcast.com

 

Jan 15, 2017

Mark Griffith KDØQYN's goal for this project was to design and build a super-simple, ultra-portable system for using Amateur Radio to send and receive email in disaster situations when all else fails... without carrying in a wheelbarrow full of equipment and wires and taking a "two days" to set it all up.

The result: PiGate, a tiny Raspberry Pi-based Winlink gateway.

Most of Mark's slides are text or simple charts, so the Radio Rating comes in at a B - you'll get it from the audio.

Jan 14, 2017

Brian Hoyer K7UDR from NWDigitalRadio reviews a method of authenticated remote control using APRS Messaging... and more... from the 2016 ARRL/TAPR DCC.

As usual, lots of slides, though many are text. Radio Rating C.

Jan 10, 2017

IPv6 is the brand new addressing scheme for the Internet that will solve all the problems of running out of addresses that IPv4 will run into... um... yesterday. It will provide enough unique addresses to assign one to approximately every molecule of matter on the planet, or at least all the Internet of Things things that Scotty Cowling listed in HRN 289. And by brand new of course we mean 20 years old. And in Internet years, that's old.

We learn all this from Bryan Fields W9CR at the 2016 ARRL & TAPR DCC in St. Petersburg FL. Bryan was a local host for this DCC. He's made presentations the 2015 and 2016 Hamvention® TAPR forums.

And as Bryan explains, this topic affects Amateur Radio in a couple of ways. One is the HamWAN project, a wide-coverage, high-speed data network on 5 GHz. Bryan runs the system in Tampa, and it uses IPv6 addressing. The other is that ham radio has one of the few remaining large blocks of unused IPv4 addresses. And they're worth some money (real money).

Bryan's talk has a lot of slides, of course, but most of them are text 'headlines' for the topics he's discussing. This earns a Radio Rating of B, but as always, you decide if you need to go to the videotape.

Links:

2015 TAPR Forum (HRN 207) https://youtu.be/eAzkSP2nt0M
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016 TAPR Forum (HRN 254) https://youtu.be/IFcESjoWSP8
2013 DCC HamWAN Seattle (HRN 128) https://youtu.be/Vhj9bS8n9jM

 

Jan 10, 2017

The always entertaining Scotty Cowling WA2DFI has been working on a tiny corner of the Internet of Things, so he goes into that corner in detail at the 2016 ARRL & TAPR DCC. His little corner expands to fill the available space.

Scotty does have a lot of slides, graphs and charts. See what you can glean from the audio, as he describes them pretty well. Up front, Gary does a little video wizardry to get rid of the Christmas decorations (you'll hear the finger snap, and you'll imagine something far more impressive than what you'll see in the actual video.

Still, the best we can do is a Radio Rating of C+.

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