Thank You Very Much for listening to the Ham Radio 360 Podcast.
In this real quick, last episode, I take the opportunity to 'say' good-bye.
I appreciate the opportunity to have served you and the Amateur Radio Community over these last few years.
In 2011 I achieved a nearly lifelong goal; I became an Amateur Radio Operator.
In 2014 I began, as a means to scratch an itch, an Amateur Radio Podcast.
The podcast, then named ‘Fo Time’ was never supposed to succeed. I had no intention of releasing any more than 5 to 10 programs. Almost 4 years later, 90+ shows, and over a 3/4 million downloads, I’m still wondering how I got here.
Through that time, I was a small part of promoting the Amateur Radio Hobby via the medium of podcasting. What began as an experiment soon became a platform for a New Ham Operator to learn the ropes. Along the journey I was blessed with the opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the most brilliant and entertaining people on the planet.
I have been continually astounded by my listening audience and their contribution to the efforts of what became the Ham Radio 360 Podcast and brand. Not only was I afforded the opportunity to learn from the best, I was able to share in those experiences with many others as the brand’s influence grew. Additionally the platform allowed other programs to be birthed for the good of the hobby that will continue to educate and entertain the masses.
However, I began to realize just how much of me it took to produce quality content and maintain the brand. In October of 2017 I took a break from my regular show production with a promise to return in 2018. I upheld that promise but soon realized that the continued pressure to perform and create was more than I was willing to maintain anymore.
With that understanding I have decided to discontinue, in it’s entirety, the Ham Radio 360 Podcast. I plan to maintain the HamRadio360.com Website and Podcast Feed of past shows and content as a contribution to the Amateur Radio Hobby.
I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have served you and the wonderful Amateur Radio Hobby.
The Salmi Brothers are back (don't miss their initial interview) to teach us about their Educational Development Radio Company-Faraday RF and some of their Outer-Space Creations!
In this Nuts and Volts episode we get into the minds of Brent (KB1LQD) and Bryce (KB1LQC) as they break down the ins and outs of their Ham Radio venture. More than just building a SDR; Faraday RF looks to expand the hobby for tomorrows operators.
Join us as we pull back the veil and get a glimpse of the future..."Challenging the notion of making a contact"
Show Links and Mentions
Faraday RF Blog Posts:
More Than Radio - AMSAT MPPT
Faraday RF Telemetry
Faraday goes UP! (HAB)
Delayed Tolerant Networks
What is MPPT? Maximum Power Point Tracking
Previous Podcast Episodes regarding AMSAT
Connect with the brothers:
Faraday RF on Facebook
As you might imagine Twin Brothers Bryce and Brent have a great deal in common. Both are Millennial Ham Radio Ops, Developers and Rocket Scientists just to name a few shared interest!
The Brothers Salmi drop in for a conversation about their vision for the future of the Ham Radio hobby. Raised as inventors and tinkerers these guys are poised to take that to an entirely different level with their educational development company, Faraday RF. But before we get into the 'what' we get into the 'why' as we look back to a childhood filled with promise, learning and dreaming to a present full of building, making, and doing!
If you're searching for proof that your beloved hobby will outlast your days-give this show a listen to be challenged and encouraged for tomorrow!
Show Notes and Mentions
Faraday RF- Master Plan (Start Here!)
Blog Post: Millennials are Reinventing Ham Radio
N0SSC - Blog Post: Millennials Are Killing Ham Radio
KC5ESS.us Resistor Value Color Codes
K2GXT - RIT Radio Club
RARA - Rochester Ham Radio Assn.
Connect with the brothers:
thanks for listening, supporting and sharing the Ham Radio 360 Podcast!
Happy New Year!
Once again, here we are....
I've been to the future and now I'm back behind the mic, in the shack, to bring you another episode of Ham Radio 360 Podcast. Thanks for tuning in to my return. The break was a great refresher and in this 'different' show I break down what I learned and where I'm going!
Show Notes and Mentions
Bruce Arians Retirement Presser
Ham Radio 360 Forum *Now Closed*
Field Radio Podcast - GoFundMe Hamvention Help
IC-7100 Portable Station from KJ6VU
IC-7100 from MTC
RT Systems Software *Amazing*
**please excuse the voice-this dry winter weather has taken a toll on the VOX
George, Jeremy and John pulled me up to the barn just in time to get a shopping show together for your Holiday Listening pleasure! Actually, we'd planned this all along-knowing that so many of you enjoy the insight and conversation between friends.
This is our 4th Shopping Show and it's always the highlight of our yearly podcasting adventures. While we have a load of fun doing these shows; it's our hope we can help you make informed choices regarding big and small purchases this Christmas Shopping Season!
Handi-talkies, Mobiles, Portables and Packables all get time in this episode along with some insight on budget and starter gear. There's room for everyone, even if you're still stuffed full of turkey!
So, take us along as you brave the crowds for overnight shopping! Plug us in one ear while you're forced to sit through another lame 3-hour Commercial..I mean Thanksgiving Parade. Share us with the in-laws, you know they love hearing about your 'weird' radio hobby! Whatever-just don't miss out on this episode!
We're all Thankful for the time you spend with us and truly hope you and your family enjoy the brightest of Seasons!
Cale, George, Jeremy and John
Show Notes and Links in order mentioned-
Handi-Talkies: 4: 39
ICOM IC-92AD - (discontinued)
Wouxun HT (UV1D-UV6D)
Kenwood TH-6Fa - (discontinued)
Kenwood TH-d72 - (discontinued)
W7DBO HT Go-Bag
EMCOMM & HT Go-Bag Show (fo time rewind)
VHF/UHF Mobile Rigs: 23:00
Yaesu FT-8800 (discontinued)
Kenwood TM-v71a (*still our pick for best all-around dual-band!*)
Tytera TH-8600 (Low Power Small Mobile "fun radio for 100 bucks")
ICOM ID-880H (discontinued)
Yaesu FTM-3200 (system fusion)
Yaesu FTM-3100 (analog)
Portable 10' Tripod for field expedient VHF/UHF Antenna Deployment -
Mobile HF Radio: 48:41
ICOM IC 7300
ICOM IC 7200
ICOM IC-706MkIIg (discontinued)
ICOM IC 7100
Little TarHill II Antenna
K4CDN TS850 *For Sale*
KJ6VU 7100 Portable
Portable/Field Radio Gear: 1:12:30
Yaesu FT 817nd
Yaesu FT 991A
Yaesu FT 450
Elecraft KXPA (100w amp)
Elecraft PX3 (panadapter)
Yaesu FT 891
OH8STN (Julian: Survival-Tech-Nord)
KB1HQS (Stuart: NPOTA Supreme Champion)
Good Finds: 1:35:20
West Mountain Radio Battery Analyzer
Wago Wirenut/Connector (big combo pack/best deal)
Wago Wirenut/Connector (little combo pack/good deal)
Shark RF Open Spot
Diamond Discone D220R
Gigaparts: Hytera DMR Radios (682 and 382)
Kantronics KPC3 TNC
Kenwood TM-231 (discontinued)
Kenneth Finnegan @KWF
Budget Buys: 1:51:15
Swap.QTH.com (caveat emptor)
Stocking Stuffers: 1:56:10
TYT MD 380
N9TAX Roll-Up J-pole
Browning BR1035 (NMO mag antenna)
Browning BR180 (NMO Dual-band antenna)
Signal-Stuff HT antenna (25% off till Cyber Monday)
Goal Zero Light a life mini
Goal Zero Luna
Heil HTH Headset
Merry Christmas Y'all!
It's doubtful that you haven't been affected by the recent hurricanes, no matter where you reside. Here in the Upstate of South Carolina-we were indeed touched by Irma and in this episode of the Ham Radio 360 Podcast, I share some of my lessons learned.
Following that, I break the news that as of this episode, #87, I will be taking a much needed vacation from the Podcast grind. The Workbench and Field Radio Podcast will stay on schedule-but HR360 is hanging up the vacation sign and going away for a bit. 3+ years of creating content and full-on engagement has taken a toll on my balance of life so I've decided to step away, with a potential return in January 2018. A big thanks to all who helped take a 'joke' and turn into 'something'!
The recent storms seemed to reignite the ever-smoldering embers of Ham Radio's place in EMCOMM. No surprise to see the many hams out in force debating the relevance of Amateur Radio in an Emergency. Since we've never settled the no-code or Chi-com debates....what's another to continue to divide the community--I guess we really are a reflection of society after all!
Just a few days after Irma brought strong winds and heavy rain to the farm, I took my seat at the front of the room for the local ARES meeting. I believe that communications is King (especially in today's tech-centric world)! I also believe that Amateur Radio should have a place in the local communications response to emergent situations or times of duress. Finally, I believe that Ham Radio will NOT save the world; but it is a great tool to have if and when something goes wrong. period. A few months ago the local ARES-EC asked me to help get the ball rolling here in Spartanburg County, SC. We'll see what happens, right now it's trending positive. The upcoming GridEX Exercise will be a stretch for our group-but I think we'll weather it well.
The last 86+ episodes have offered many solutions to EMCOMM issues as well as introducing many aspects of the Hobby that some of us have never heard mentioned on the local 2m repeater. If you are a new listener, I invite you to page back through our catalog of shows, pick something you're interested in and give it a spin. If you've been here a while, thanks for sticking around!
Thanks again for listening!
Show Mentions and Links
GridEX IV-November 15th 2017 (PDF)
Spaghetti Models- Mikes Weather Page
Field Radio Podcast- You Need the Feed!
I was introduced to Kevin, KB9RLW, by my friend Julian OH8STN and his postings on Instagram/Twitter. A few months back FSQ was a 'new' mode and some were excitedly giving it a go. Julian had posted a link to a video on FSQ and it I knew this was a mode I was very interested in learning about! Enter the 'Old Tech Guy' on Youtube and here we are!
Kevin and I set about determining the compatibility of schedules and just last week we were able to connect via a wonky Skype call and get this information together for you. While we do spend some time discussing the FSQ mode, I also discovered Kevin is a die-hard Linux user. Kevin fills us in on his Linux use for Ham Radio and his YouTube Channel creations.
*I've noted on the socials a few times last week that I did indeed mispronounce the insanely popular digital mode FT8; for whatever reason I referred to it as JT8 four different times in this show.
**Additionally, I have utilized the FSQ mode since recording this conversation with what I'd consider Success! I can foresee this mode becoming a go-to for my friends and I locally on HF and VHF.
Notes and Mentions:
Kevin KB9RLW Youtube Channel
Linux in the Hamshack Podcast
Everything Ham Radio
thanks for listening Y'all,
Ed Bradshaw (W4EDF) recently upgraded his Ham Radio ticket to Extra Class and he wants you to know-You Can Too!
Former show guest and current Kenwood TS480 owner, Ed decided he wanted a bigger slice of the pie and set his sights on passing the Extra Class Exam. Having put a great deal of effort into his studies and methods, Ed offered to come on the show to share what worked for him in hopes that you (and I) would get ourselves motivated to study-and Pass!
Question pool: ARRL Link
ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 11th edition
Gordon West, WB6NOA, 2016-2020 Extra Class FCC Element 4
Ham Extra by James Thomas
Ham Study (Signal Stuff)
QRZ Practice Tests
ARRL Find an exam
ARRL What to bring
Dave Casler YouTube
Extra playlist - Here
Alan Wolke, W2AEW YouTube
Must watch: Here
W4EDF: Previous Show Appearance #37
Others Recommend these Books/Aides:
K4IA Pass, the Easy Way
KB6NU No Non Sense Guide
Extra Flash Cards
Thanks for listen!!! 73 Y'all, Cale
Don Keith is a long time Ham Radio Operator who combined his love of RF and conversation into a writing career that spans nearly 40 titles. He joins me on this episode of the Ham Radio 360 podcast to talk about his latest novel- Dial Dancing, some his other titles, copying 35 wpm CW, and more!
Don went all the way, in an effort to encapsulate the entire spectrum of ham radio magics with the sub-title of his latest work!
Link to Don's Books on Amazon
It's always fun to chat with another 'radio' guy, especially those who can stay one step ahead! I hope you enjoy our conversation! 73 Y'all!
Larry Jacobs, WA7ZBO, is my guest this time on the Ham Radio 360 Podcast. Larry is a long time Transmitter Hunter who offered to help me understand what is involved in Fox Hunting aka Bunny Hunting.
From the premise of the hunt to the gear involved- the in's and out's and best practices, Larry shares his experiences of almost 50 years!
in a show 'first' Larry produced this Bonus Video to help further describe the equipment and theory of use mentioned in this episode! (links and further mentions listed below)
Book: Worlds Best Hobby-Dave Bell
SoCal Transmitter Hunting
ARDF Homing In.com
PiCon from Byonics
Book: Transmitter Hunting- J.D. Moell
Tape Measure Yagi-
Arrow 4 MHz. Offset Fox Hunt Attenuator
VK3YNG Sniffer 4
TMR Scouting Special Event:
Will be operating an anniversary celebration station, W2T, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Ten Mile River Scout Reservation (known as TMR in the Scouting world) in Narrowsburg NY, August 4th through 6th from the camp. More info can be found at tenmileriver.org and their QRZ page
HR360 Mention on RTL-SDR Blog
Thank you for listening to and supporting Ham Radio 360!
New Podcast Alert!
This week on the Ham Radio 360 Show we discuss his upcoming Field Radio Podcast launch with John Jacobs (W7BDO)! The Field Radio Podcast is set to premiere this Thursday (July 13 2017) on your favorite podcast player!
The Field Radio Podcast is dedicated to exploring the amateur radio hobby through the lens of getting you and your gear outdoors.
Your host, John W7DBO, will explore what gear works best, how to deploy in the field, and most importantly how to have fun!
The podcast will also explore what you can do with your gear once deployed; Including emergency communications, contesting, event support, and of course Field Day.
Subscribe On Android
Find In iTunes
@fieldradiopod on Twitter
fieldradiopodcast on Facebook
Field Radio Podcast RSS Feed ***
Field Radio Podcast on Youtube
John's email contact here
Field Radio Podcast Show Discussion in the HR360 Forums
Getting Scouts On the Air!
Following the new show announcement I'm joined by Jim Wilson K5ND to discuss Ham Radio and it's long history with Scouting around the World! The Scouts 60th Annual Jamboree on the Air is coming up in October (20-22)!
What a Great Way to share the Magic of Ham Radio-
Jamboree on the Air Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators
Jamboree on the Air Event Tips
ScoutLink info for Jamboree on the Internet
Upcoming Jamboree Info July 15-28 2017
You can also find lots more information on www.k2bsa.net for Radio Merit Badge, etc...
Thank you for listening to and sharing the show!
73 Y'all K4CDN!
A few weeks back in our Facebook Group, Curtis Williamson (W4HCW) mentioned he'd like to hear me do a show about the 13 Colonies Special Event. I connected with Bob, ND7J, the webmaster for the event as well as an event operator from the state of North Carolina. I feature our conversation in this episode of HamRadio 360.
The 13 Colonies Special Event is held during Independence Weekend each July and began in 2009, as a 'One Time' event. After logging over 12,000 contacts with just 13 operators, it's founder Ken, KU2US, discovered he was onto something. Since it's inception the event has grown exponentially with many more state operators and a network of help that spans the globe.
This is one of my favorite contests to participate in each year! Thanks to Bob for coming on to help us learn more, and I hope you all get a chance to participate and get a clean sweep! To learn more about the Event, Logging, Certificates and more visit the 13 Colonies Special Event page at www.13colonies.net
Recently, my friend and fellow podcaster Glenn Hebert, asked if I'd join him on his Live, Daily Podcast: Horses in the Morning. Every once in a while Glenn produces a Non-Horsey show, and I was pleased to be invited. Segment 3 of this episode features that quick conversation as I try to explain Ham Radio in less than 7 minutes :)
Hap Holly, KC9RP, has been producing The Rain Report since the 1980's.
“From his home studio/ham shack in suburban Chicago, Hap Holly, KC9RP, produces this 10 to 15- minute weekly amateur radio program service, featuring timely interviews, occasional thought-provoking commentaries from other hams, excerpts from Hamvention Forums and other items of general interest to the ham radio community at large."
The Rain Report can be heard on some local repeaters around the US as well as on-line and in your podcast player. Hap and I caught up via Skype back before Hamvention, and he's recently released our conversation that I share here in segment 4. I appreciate the continued effort of Hap and his dedicated support staff as they work to bring us The Rain Report. You can find The Rain Report at the www.therainreport.com
Show Notes and Mentions
The Devil of a Whipping- A favorite novel of mine
Randy KB3IHF QSL Cards & more
DX Summit: Cluster
Horses in the Morning
The Rain Report
**Bonus Show Content: Roswell Crash Special Event Info PVARC
Y'all have a Great Week!
In this episode of the Ham Radio 360 Podcast, I'm joined by Nick, KK6LHR to discuss ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast). Known around here as "Tracking Airplanes with a SDR"...there's a lot more to it than that, and Nick helps me understand the ins and outs plus getting started in ADS-B.
Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS–B) is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for secondary radar. It can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self separation. *wikipedia
Nick is more that just a nosy guy wanting to see what's flying overhead, he was determined to get the best signal down the line into his shack. From Homebrewing LNA'a to Amazon he's compiled the gear and knowledge to help us make the most of our efforts!
Thanks for coming on Nick, I really appreciate your time, helping this all make sense!
Find all of your ADSB gear in this Kit!
Show Notes & Links
QUCS: Quite Universal Circuit Simulator - Official Site
AIRSPY.US SDR receivers and antennas
Workbench Antenna Analyzer Boards
FAA NextGen initiative
ADS-B Wikipedia article
Virtual Radar Server
ADS-B Receiver project
Pair of RTL dongles and indoor antennas (low power consumption)
RTL-SDR blog dongle
Set of indoor antennas
Dual-band antenna (no longer produced :( )
1090MHz bandpass + bias-T
Ham Radio 360 ADS-B KIT
Post Show Mention on the RTL-SDR Blog
Thank you, again for listening and your support!
We've talked a great deal about Hamvention over the last few weeks, and we're gonna wrap it up here today!
Chris Purdy and I have been friends for years and he surprised me a few months ago when he volunteered to tag along on the drive to Xenia. Chris is a Shiny New Ham Radio Operator, and he'd never been to a hamfest before...so why not Hamvention!
Maybe a little overwhelmed at the onset, he quickly came around and is now making plans to go back next year! Give the show a listen for a "New Guys" perspective on the event. From initial impressions, things learned and friends made, Chris and I break it all down for you including some insider info from behind the scenes of the Ham Radio 360 Hamvention Team.
I finish up with some final thoughts on the event, the location, new sponsors, and next years plans.
Icom: Hams to Japan
4Z1UG-Eric Guth, QSO Today Podcast
Linux in the Hamshack = Cale Crashes Live Recording!
Bob and Gordo on Ham Nation
Katie Allen WY7YL
Neil Rapp Ham Talk Live
Don Wilbanks AE5DW
SignalStuff HT Whip antennas (hr360) to support Hamstudy.org
Bruce, W1GQ DX and Contesting
Ham Radio Media Creators
PodcasterPro from K5ACC on Kickstarter (I'm #80 in line)
We hope you enjoy this final shot and appreciate you spending your time with us!
73 Y'all! K4CDN
Day 2 was another Great Day at Hamvention and we're going to bring it to you right here!
Linux In the Ham Shack Podcast
Signal Stuff (HR360 coupon code)
George Built it
Radio-Relay Int'l Messaging
Thanks for listening! 73 y'all
Day one is officially in the books for Hamvention 2017. A new look with a familiar feel in an all new Venue...and it was really a good day!
Vendors were swamped and so were we. The Workbench Project Boards are a Hit, and our booth was very busy all day long! We hope you enjoy the interviews we snagged today during the show!
We love the opportunity to see our listeners and friends face to face and today was AWESOME! Thanks for making today the best first day of Hamvention for the HR360 Team!
A Special Thanks to all who participated with us, please give their links a peek!
Total Mast Solutions
Comms To Go
NorthWest Digital Radio
thank y'all for listening and sharing! See Y'all tomorrow!
Yes, this week is #Hamvention; and Yes, it really is that big of a deal! It's the Largest Ham Radio Event-Worldwide and we're gonna be there! Unless you've been living under a rock, you are well aware of the yearly event in Ohio hosted by DARA and it's new venue! The upcoming 2017 Hamvention will be held in Xenia Ohio this year at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
*Special Announcement: Hamvention Parking Hacks!!!!
Talk-in and Info Bulletin
The fellas and I catch up (during a deluge in SC) on the ins and outs of our plans for Hamvention 2017. What will the guys buy this year? Who will we talk to and what does the future hold for HamRadio 360?
And before you ask: yes we plan to release a daily re-cap podcast just like last year!
Booth 6501-6502 (in the big tent)
Hamvention 2017 Program (Food on pg. 19)
Stuart (KB1HQS) Review of Packtenna
Our Past Shows on Hamvention!
Subscribe to the show Here
We'll See Y'all There!
Julian, OH8STN, is just like most of us; he loved radios and electronic toys when he was a kid! (Are you seeing a pattern here?) While Julian isn't a kid anymore, he spends all of his free time 'playing radio' out in the Frigid North of Finland!
Wanting to share his experiences and ideas for portable/emergency comms he set off to create content for the Amateur Radio Community. Known around the globe as the Survival Tech Nord, Julian takes his viewers on all sorts of excursions where they can learn along with him.
Licensed since 1999, SurvivalTech Nord (OH8STN) focuses on emergency Voice and Data field communications, sharing knowledge & ideas relevant to the modern survival minded comms communities.
In addition to Youtube videos, Julian also Blogs about his success and failure in the differing situations he places himself in. An devoted Android user; he is serving the Amateur Community in a real and transparent way.
Wolphilink Digital Interface
RaDAR Google+ Group
ZS6BNE RaDAR Blogger
Last week we crossed 500k Total Downloads! Thank YOU!
Thank you for listening and supporting all things HamRadio 360!
KB1HQS in Print! Click for more info
It usually begins like this "Cale, when are you going to do a show on....?" This time, it was Wayne (K4SPA) and he was again, asking me about doing a show on Winlink.
I've too been wanting to learn more about Winlink since first trying my hand in it back in the Fall. While I've had limited (NVIS) success, I'm far from a 'user' or even half-way proficient in the mode. So I did what I do best; I found someone to help me further understand it, and I bring you along to learn with me!
Brett Smith (KE0EWY) is a Friend, Listener and Long-time Supporter of HR360. He's also quite fond of Winlink and someone I consider an Elmer for me in that field. I invited Brett to visit with us here to help you and I both learn more about Winlink, Winmor and RMS Express.
This isn't a deep-dive into all things Winlink, but more of an Introduction to give us an idea of what it is, and what is necessary to get started with this really cool mode of communicating with our radios and computers.
Book of Knowledge
Winlink on iOS? we're talking about that in the Facebook Group!
What is Winlink
RMS Express 101
RMS Peer to Peer (P2P)
RMS Express Packet
There are tons of Winlink/Winmor/RMS Express videos avail on Youtube--better get some Popcorn!
Survival Tech Nord (OH8STN)
Thank You for listening!
73 Y'all! K4CDN/Cale
In this, the 75th installment of Ham Radio 360 Podcast we talk Community.
You hear me harp on community almost daily. It's real to me, and I hope this program helps it continue to grow. While there are tons of negatives in our hobby, I always stretch to find the high points. One of those highs came to me a few months back. A gracious listener charged me with finding a New Ham that needed some help getting started with quality equipment. I assumed this would be an easy task with so many new hams flooding in...it was a little tougher than I had imagined!
It seems that most new hams are hitting the ground running and purchasing big items straight out of the gate. That was until I met Josh Hunley, KD9GOT. I won't spoil the story because I want you to listen to him tell it! We surprise Josh with some really cool gear purchased by our Gracious Listener and supplied by MTCRadio.com!
We carry on to the #KX2forCale! Yes, I have an KX2 in the shack-sent over from Elecraft to demo this Spring as I begin to explore QRP/Adventure Radio (gonna be fun y'all!)
Finally, i discuss the loss of my first friend/elmer to go SK. Harold Kinley (WA4GIB) passed last week. In my short time in the hobby this was the first 'Elmer' I've lost. Harold was a great man, and the very epitome of the Community I hope to encourage in the Amateur Radio Hobby/Service.
Harold's books on Amazon.com
Modern Christian Men Podcast