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