PARP 10 – Your first ham shack

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Podcast Number 10 – Podcast ver. 10.1 – September 7 2008 (15.3 MB, runtime 16:44)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  In this episode we discuss your first ham shack.  Topics such as location, power, grounding, lighting are discussed.  A few links for information on station grounds and RF grounds are: http://www.hamuniverse.com/grounding.html and http://www.geocities.com/siliconvalley/2775/gndsys.html

Our Fellow Amateur this time is Ben Jackson, N1WBV.  Ben is active on AO-51 on weekend passes over the US.  He’s also active on SSB, PSK31 and SSTV on 20m.  Ben is the owner of a website called HamTwits.  The website can be found at www.hamtwits.com.  HamTwits is a directory of all amateurs who are active on the Twitter social networking website.    

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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Special – Hurricane Gustav

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Special Edition Podcast – Hurricane Gustav –  August 31 2008 (1.54 MB, runtime 1:41)
A special episode. Keeping everyone in the path of Gustav in our thoughts and prayers. Episode 10 will be available in the very near future.

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PARP 9 – Your first antenna

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Podcast Number 9 – Podcast ver. 9.1 – August 17 2008 (27.7 MB, runtime 30:16)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  In this episode we discuss your first antenna and discuss antenna setups for antenna restricted neighborhoods.      A few links of interest for stealth antennas are http://www.eham.net/articles/11473 and http://www.dxengineering.com/pdf/flagpole_antenna.pdf.  I’ve also used with much success the Buddipole antenna. We wrap the section with a brief mention about mobile antennas.  Please visit Alan K0BG website for EVERYTHING there is to know about mobile setups.  Next time on the PARP, we’ll continue our multipart discussion and the subject will be the ham shack.

During the Podcast News segment I share with you the Ready.gov National Preparedness Month information.  You can find more about this program and access the Ready Kids portion for interactive fun at www.ready.gov.

Our Fellow Amateur this time is Randy Hall, K7AGE.  Randy has produced over 40 Youtube videos ranging from ham shack chats to complete “how to” programs on working satellites and PSK-31.  Please visit and bookmark Randy’s Youtube channel page at www.youtube.com/k7age

The ham adventures segment talks about my participation in the Colorado 14’er event.  More info can be found at www.14er.org.  Including this QST article from October 2005.

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All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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PARP 8 – Your first QSO

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Podcast Number 8 – Podcast ver. 8.1 – August 4 2008 (23.1 MB, runtime 25:18)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  In this episode we discuss the first QSO and provide tips and techniques to help avoid “mic freight”.  A helpful repeater etiquette guide by David Pifer, N9YNF will help the newly licensed master working QSO’s on local repeaters.  Next time on the PARP, we’ll continue our multipart discussion and the subject will be antennas.

Welcome new listeners from Tasmania and Australia who are listening through Spectrum Tasmania.  Spectrum Tasmania is operated by Tony, VK7AX.  The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast can be heard alternating Tuesdays.  Please visit the Spectrum Tasmania website for further information.

During the new “Our Fellow Amateurs” segment, we introduce Dominic Smith, M0BLF.  Dominic is currently on DXpedition to Grimsey Island in Iceland.  You can visit Dominic’s website here.  Dominic also has a Youtube channel where he provides almost weekly blog updates.  Make sure you check his Youtube channel after he returns from DXpedition to view his daily updates documenting the experience. 

Our featured website segment is on The Resonate Frequency Podcast.  The RF Podcast is produced and hosted by Richard Bailey, KB5JBV of Balch Springs, Texas.  You can visit Richard’s podcast website here.  We love to feature new podcasts and blogs here on The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast.  If you have an amateur radio related podcast or blog you would like to have featured, please use the contact form and let us know. 

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All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK. 

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PARP 7 – Your first radio

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Podcast Number 7 – Podcast ver. 7.1 – July 20 2008 (23.3 MB, runtime 25:29)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  We continue the discussion and provide information on various types of transceivers that could be used as a newly licensed hams first rig.  I talk about the hand-held type of transceiver along with mobile and base station types as well.  Don’t forget about the vendor list I introduced last time in episode 6.  This list can be found here.  Also don’t forget to check out my YouTube videos on how to make a tigertail counterpoise for your hand-held radio. 

During our news segment I share with you a new Dateline Presents episode airing on MSNBC on Monday, 21 July.  More can be found here on the MSNBC website.

I also introduce a brand new segment to the podcast called Our Fellow Amateurs.  This new segment will showcase some of our fellow amateurs making a difference in our communities.  This weeks featured amateur is WR1TX, Warren Rowe in Temple, Texas.  Warren’s website can be found at http://www.wr1tx.net/.

Our featured website segment for episode 7 includes a little music for  your listening pleasure.  The Ham Band has granted me permission to include one of their songs from their “Seek You” CD.  The song is titled Monday Evening Greyline.  Please visit their websites http://www.hamband.com/ and http://www.oz5e.com/html/the_ham_band.html  Please also check out the YouTube video of The Ham Band performing Join Us on the Airwaves

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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