Ham Radio 360: FRP-8 Operation Stable Mercury with Paul Cowley KB7VML

Amateur Radio operators participated in a joint communication exercise with the Iowa National Guard titled “Operation Mercury Rising” Paul Cowley KB7VML is our guest on the show to give us an inside look at the operational objectives, amateur radio role, and lessons learned deploying multi band, multi mode, multi operator exercise.

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Ham Radio: Workbench 34 – Digital Mode Roundtable

This week George and Jeremy host a roundtable discussing the differences and similarities between some of the most popular digital voice communication modes available to amateurs today.

They are joined by Rod Hardman VA3ON (DMR), Rich Timpa KC6OBJ (DStar), David Ranch KI6ZHD (Yaesu System Fusion), and Randy Neals W3RWN (Allstar).

In this conversation opinions and facts are explored about the benefits and potential of each of these digital modes of communication.

KF7IJZ / KJ6VU / KR6ZY / W6KWF Eagle Board Layout Video


All Star – https://www.hamvoip.org/


DSTAR – http://www.dstarinfo.com/

Yaesu System Fusion –  http://systemfusion.yaesu.com/what-is-system-fusion/


DMR – Tytera MD380 UHF – https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0380.html

DMR – Tytera MD9600 Mobile – https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0196.html

DMR – Hytera (Commercial Quality) – https://www.gigaparts.com/hytera

DSTAR – ID-51 Plus 2 Handheld – https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/1151.html

DSTAR – ID-4100 Mobile – https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/4100.html

DSTAR – IC-7100 Mobile HF w/ DSTAR – https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/3071.html

Yaesu System Fusion HT – FT-2DR – https://wwwuniversal-radio.com/catalog/ht/6002.html

Yaesu System Fusion Mobile – FTM-100DR – https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0100.html

Digital Mode Hotspots

DVMEGA (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) – http://www.dvmega.auria.nl/

MMDVM ZUMSpot (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) – http://mmdvm.blogspot.com/

SharkRF Open Spot (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) – https://www.sharkrf.com/products/openspot/

All Star Micro Node – http://micro-node.com/

New ICOM SDR(?) IC-9700 144/440/1200 Radio – http://qrznow.com/icom-ic-9700-vhfuhf1-2ghz-prototype-transceiver-shown-at-tokyo-hamfair-2017/

DSTAR HF Coordination – http://www.dstarinfo.com/DSTARHFNet.aspx


Ham Radio 360: FRP-7 Emergency Communications With David Goldenberg W0DHG

With the recent events in the United States the need for Amateur Radio in emergency communications has been affirmed. David Goldenberg W0DHG is the Emergency Coordinator for the LAX ARES Section. David provides great insight into organizational leadership, interfacing with served agencies, training, equipment, and operating modes used for emergency communication.

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Ham Radio: Workbench- 33 Hacking the Bit-X 40

The BITX40 is a $60 Arduino controlled 7 watt QRP SSB 40 meter transceiver designed and built by Ashar Farhan VU2ESE.  They are available as a “kit” from http://www.hfsigs.com/ .  The assembly only involves soldering wires for things like speakers, power, and microphones and also finding a suitable case.  We originally spoke about the BITX40 back in Episode 26

Mark “Smitty” Smith KR6ZY is back with us again to share with us the modifications and upgrades he’s made to the original BITX40 over the summer.  In this episode, we discuss adding upper sideband capabilities, adding an IF shift, and even multibanding the radio!  Smitty shares lots of great resources and ideas in this episode of the Workbench.

Smitty KR6ZY can be found online on twitter @smittyhalibut (https://twitter.com/smittyhalibut) and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/SmittyHalibut

Cale K4CDN is taking a much deserved break for the rest of the year!

Workbench Autodesk Eagle board layout tutorial with KF7IJZ, KJ6VU, W6KWF, and KR6ZY –

OSHPark Board Manufacturer – https://oshpark.com/

ESP01 / ESP8266

QRP Labs Filter Kits

D-STAR QSO Party – https://www.icom.co.jp/world/dqp/

Silicon Dust HDHomeRun OTA TV to IP Box – https://www.silicondust.com/

Smitty’s BITX40 Intro Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ESph5JCOpw

BITX40 Mods

Groups.io – https://groups.io/g/BITX20

BitX Hacks – http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/

Raduino Software – https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/Raduino-Topics

Allard’s Software – https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/Allard%27s-Raduino-Code

Software upgrades https://github.com/amunters/bitx40/

Make it do CW http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/2017/03/nd6t-bitx-cw-update.html http://bitxhacks.blogspot.com/2017/02/putting-bitx-raduino-on-cw.html

USB and LSB (for digital) – https://groups.io/g/BITX20/wiki/USB-LSB-operation

Front panel and case – https://www.banggo


Ham Radio 360: FRP #6 – Bicycle Race Communications With N7RXE

    Kevin Reeve, N7RXE, is instrumental in Amateur Radio Operational Support of the LOTOJA Classic Bike Race. In this episode of the Field Radio Podcast Kevin gives us a look into the organization and coordination of event communications.

This event spans over 200 miles, three states, multiple public safety jurisdictions, 4 net controls, 8 repeaters including mobile repeaters, APRS iGates, Portable Digipeaters, 135 operators, and 40 vehicles beaconing APRS. This event has it all!

Kevin gives a great overview of how they successfully organize this event, and advice for organizations looking to support or improve event support.

LOTOJA Classic
Bridgerland Amateur Radio Cluib
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Ham Radio 360: Lessons from Irma and My Vacation

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!

73 Y’all,


NN4II and I in the EOC as I’m trying to get home
the SPARES radio nook in the EOC
Proof I have too many HTs!

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Ham Radio 360: Workbench -32 GPS Disciplined Oscillators and Frequency References

Curious about what the “10 MHz” connector on the back of your test equipment is?  Interested in calibrating an SDR to reduce tuning error?  Do you want an accurate frequency source for tuning radios?  How about a super accurate sense of what time it is?  This week, Dr. Frank Howell K4FMH joins Jeremy and George to talk about GPS Disciplined Oscillators and Frequency References for your workbench..





KF7IJZ’s Workbench


KJ6VU’s Workbench


K4FMH’s Workbench


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Ham Radio 360: FRP 5 – HF Radio in the Field

In this Episode of the Field Radio Podcast John and Chris discuss getting out in the field with HF radio. Evaluating radio’s, antenna’s, batteries, and solar panels. Also adding to the VHF/UHF GoBox with a second radio, and a training item on first steps in a disaster training item.

Our thoughts and prayers go to those effected across the United States in disasters and those facing hurricane Irma.

Ham Radio 360: FSQ, Linux & YouTube with Kevin, KB9RLW

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.

KB9RLW on YouTube

Notes and Mentions:

FLDigi Software

FSQCall Software

Kevin KB9RLW Youtube Channel

Linux in the Hamshack Podcast


Everything Ham Radio


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Ham Radio 360: Workbench 31 – The Field Radio Maker with John, W7DBO

This week, Jeremy is back and he’s brought along John Jacobs, W7DBO, host of the new Field Radio Podcast!  John introduces his show and talks about the skills that he uses as a maker to build field portable gear including design and 3D Printing.


Airspy Mini Software Defined Radio

MPD Digital Custom Coax Cables

Pine64 Rock 64 Single Board Computer

Times Microwave Coax Loss Calculator

Spyserver on Pi (or ODROID or Tinker Board)

HamRadio360 – ADS-B with Nick KK6LHR

NOAA Weather Satellites

John Jacobs’ Website – http://W7DBO.net


Field Radio Podcast You Tube Channel

LED Power Pole Tester

Comms to Go

Wago Connectors

DROK Power Meter

Tenergy Power Meter

Tinkercad – Free online design tool

Thingiverse – Why reinvent the wheel?

Simplify 3D – Slicing Tool

OctoPrint – Raspberry Pi Print Server

Monoprice Maker Select Plus V2 Printer

Monthly 3D Geek Box

Fox Smart – Cheaper Filament


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