Field Radio

The Field Radio Podcast is dedicated to exploring the amateur radio hobby through the lens of getting you and your gear outdoors.  Your host, John W7DBO, will explore what gear works best, how to deploy in the field, and most importantly how to have fun!  The podcast will also explore what you can do with your gear once deployed; Including emergency communications, contesting, event support, and of course Field Day.

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Field Radio: 1 Introductions

  • In this episode we catch up with Cale (K4CDN) the progenitor of all things Ham Radio 360.
  • Chris Fielding (KG7IVS) a friend and fellow field operator tells us about his field radio portable setup and an interesting DX contact he got while at scout camp.
  • Tip and Trick Segment-Spare Tape in the field
  • Training Segment-4 Keys to Successful Communications

Field Radio: 2 SSTV via the ISS

  • Many ham radio operators spent time over the July 20th weekend as the International Space Station commemorated its 20th Anniversary by transmitting 12 different images via SSTV (Slow Scan TV).
  • In this episode, we chat with 3 of them. Galen Wilson (KF5BET) and his two daughters Abbi (KF5BEW) & Kendra (KF5FYS) set out to chase the ISS over the weekend from Southwestern Louisiana. Listen in as they discuss their successful adventure!
  • Tips and Tricks-WAGO 221 Review
  • Training Segment- Reasonable Redundancy

Field Radio: 3 VHF/UHF Radio in the Field

  •  In this episode of the field Radio Podcast we’re joined by David Goldenburg (W0DHG) to discuss selecting a VHF/UHF mobile radio for field portable use and other related items for field radio operations.
  • We continue our build of the VHF/UHF Voice & Digital Go-Box.
  • Tip and Trick Segment-Weaver Throw Rope/Weight
  • Training Segment-Preparing your Equipment for Deployment

Field Radio: 4 Solar Eclipse from the Field

  • The United States recently experienced a unique total solar eclipse from coast to coast.  A little Field Day, a little science experiment, a little emergency communications, and being good will ambassador for the hobby evolved around the Eclipse.
  • Finally, we complete the VHF/UHF Go Box build and put it in the field.
  • Training Segment- EmerPrep while on Vacation

Field Radio: 5  HF Radio for 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.
  • Adding to the VHF/UHF GoBox with a second radio
  • Training item on first steps in a disaster training item.

Field Radio: 6 Bicycle Race Comms Support

  • 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!

Field Radio:  7 ARES & EMCOMM

  • 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.

Field Radio:  8 Operation Mercury Rising

  • 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.

Field Radio:  9  Bioenno Power – Batteries/Solar with Kevin Zanjani KI6DHQ

  • In this episode John has a in depth conversation with Kevin Zanjani the national sales manager of Bioenno Power. Learn about the technology behind LiFEPO4 and how well the out perform other battery technology.
    We also take a look at solar technology and what to look for when purchasing solar for your field setup.

Field Radio:  10   Portable Ammo Can Repeater w/ Mark Waggoner N6MRW

  • Mark Waggoner (N6MRW) is a relatively new amateur radio operator. Once licensed he became active in his local groups and emcomm related activities. Mark found the need for a portable, low cost, effective 5watt repeater. Mark took on the project to create an ammo can repeater, then had a successful deployment during a national guard exercise.

Field Radio:  11 Ultra Portable Ops w/ Stuart Thomas KB1HQS

  • Stuart Thomas KB1HQS, a friend of the Ham Radio 360 family, joins us to talk about his recent adventure operating mobile maritime and gives some excellent advice to those looking to operating ultra portable.
  • Stuart was the top activator for National Parks on the Air and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. This combination of his love for outdoors and Amateur Radio provides a great combination for ultra portable operations.

Field Radio:  12  Raising Field Expedient Antennas w/ Paul – KB7VML

  • Paul Cowley, KB7VML, from Iowa is back on the show to discuss the different methods and tools to use to get your antennas up in the air, how to keep them in the air, and how to bring them back down safely. This is an overlooked area of the hobby where you have to be inventive and adaptable to the situation.

Field Radio:  13  Winter Field Day In Iowa w/ Clint Miller KC0JUO

  • In this episode we discuss winter field day plans with Clint Miller KC0JUO. We also cover how events like this is a great tool to practice your emergency communication plans in an all weather environment.

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