HamRadioNow.tv – CQ Update, DXpedition Talks, and about 170 more shows
Hi, AmateurRadio.com subscribers!
I’m Gary Pearce KN4AQ, and I produce videos for and about Amateur Radio at www.HamRadioNow.tv. I’ve just released Episode 137, with a pair of DXpedition talks from the Charlotte Hamfest: the 2013 Wake Atoll K9W operation, and last month’s FT5ZM Amsterdam Island mega-DXpedition. Maybe you worked these guys? Check out what’s behind the signals you heard.
Episode 136 (embedded above) is a talk I had with CQ Editor Rich Moseson W2VU on what’s happening up there. If you’re a CQ subscriber, you know it isn’t good. Print editions have been late, with the December issue being the last one most of us have received (January is “in the mail”). CQ-VHF, Popular Communications and WorldRadioOnline are being discontinued, with some of their content being absorbed in an expanded ONLINE ONLY section of the main CQ magazine called CQ-Plus. CQ will still be a print magazine, but only the online version will have the CQ-Plus content. These were painful but necessary steps to keep CQ afloat financially.
HamRadioNow is a tv show with sort of an identity crisis. Sometimes we’re a talk show, with interviews either on Skype or at hamfests. Sometimes we’re a “documentary unit” with field-produced programs about almost anything in ham radio. And sometimes we shoot forums and seminars, like the two DXpedition talks in Episode 137, and all of last years TAPR Digital Communications Conference.
We’re really a shoestring operation – just me and a few friends helping out. But even shoestrings cost money, so you’ll see me begging for contributions from viewers who like the show. Watch first, and if you like it, send a few bucks. In those 137 episodes are really about 170 programs (some of the episodes have two or more full-length programs that just seemed to go together). The programs are hosted on YouTube (www.Youtube.com/HamRadioNow) and Blip.tv (www.blip.tv/HamRadioNow). Blip used to port us to iTunes, but they just stopped, so we’re looking for a new route there. Until then, downloads are only by whatever software you can jeep to lift stuff from YouTube (against their wishes, but it’s fine with me). Our official web site is:
We’ve been doing this for just over two years, so that’s more than one show a week. More to come, and we’ll try to announce each new one here on AmateurRadio.com.
73, Gary KN4AQ
HamRadioNow is a great program and Gary does an absolutely tremendous job hosting and producing it. If you’ve never been involved in a project like this, it’s hard to appreciate the huge amount of time (and money!) that goes into producing a program of this caliber. The shows are well worth your time and if you enjoy them (you will!), become a supporter for $10 a year.
Just want to thank you for a great program and work you do here producing this program. I’m a Ham living on SSI but that won’t keep me from sending in my 10.00 at my first opportunity.
Wow just watched 122 about BPSK 31. Best explanation of how the mode works and how reception could be improved. It’s been my primary mode since I got licensed and have over 30 entities and not even breaking a sweat. It’s fun to use but the fading and noise are troublesome.
I like the simple receiver DSP design postulated with diversity combining to overcome the current limitations. I hope someone comes up with a design that is simple, limited, and affordable.