The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast (PARP) is an amateur radio or ham radio podcast I created in 2008. Like many, I discovered podcasts when I purchased my first iPod and was introduced to the world of iTunes. I subscribed to many podcasts in those early days but it wasn’t until after I got my ham ticket in 2007 that I discovered amateur radio related podcasts. I decided to launch PARP as a mechanism for giving back to the hobby I love so much. The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast is a podcast about all things ham radio. While geared towards the brand new ham or someone interested in getting into the hobby, I do cover a wide range of topics which have even inspired individuals who have been in the hobby for many years, to try out and find they truly enjoy some of the newer modes.
If I remember correctly, I created this blog several months before the podcast was born. While both have suffered over the years due to my sometimes hectic work and life schedule, I’ve tried to keep both going and never allow either to duplicate each other. I really think of this blog as more of an extension of my radio hobby and the podcast more of the educational mechanism for Elmering new and prospective hams alike.
In any event, I just released my 45th episode and you can download it via iTunes (just search for the practical amateur radio podcast) or you can stream it direct from my podcast website. A site designed for smart phone users is also available. The topic for episode 45 of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast is, So you have your technician class license, now what? I encourage the newly licensed ham to join a local club in his/her area and get involved. In addition, I’m a strong supporter of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and encourage all to join and support this organization. I also share many of the exciting things a new tech class license holder can get involved with.
As it is with every episode, I encourage all listeners to share the knowledge learned through my podcast episodes with others. The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast, creating Elmers one podcast at a time.