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AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts

AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts

By AD6DM Dennis
Hi, I'm Dennis, an FCC Licensed Amateur Extra Radio Operator, callsign AD6DM. Here I'll be talking about ham radio, electronics, software, and tinkering.

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KC7MSU Dan - Portable Ham
Episode 33: KC7MSU Dan likes Summits on the Air, and just as well because there are a lot of great peaks in Arizona. He's the co-host of the YouTube series All Portable Discussion Zone, and has been a previous guest on one of our Round Table episodes. We hear some of Dan's ham story, discuss some benefits of offgrid power and solar, and thoughts on building momentum in this hobby. Links: All Portable Discussion Zone YouTube series: https://www.youtube.com/c/RedSummitRF/videos?view=2&sort=dd&live_view=503&shelf_id=2 Dan KC7MSU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kc7Msu If you're using Apple Podcasts, please leave a review of this podcast! Also, please send in your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
48:32
February 24, 2021
Paying It Forward in Ham Radio
Thoughts on generosity and how it is sometimes at odds with self-reliance and independence in our ham radio preparedness mindset. I refer to the Radical Generosity video by Amalya (Ami) Campbell, and discuss happiness, some essential aspects of ham radio, and ways we can express sharing and thanks to the community. I welcome your comments via Anchor Message! Links: Ami Campbell's "Radical Generosity is a Way of Living, Not an Act of Giving" talk: https://youtu.be/0-tWiTvwv14. Some comments: The concept of "paying it forward" seems to be alive and well in ham radio. Wherever I can, I try to do my best to live up to that, as well... It feels essential. But in the sense that it is part of the essence of ham radio. - Rex KE6MT I have found the community is incredibly helpful and hams have gone out of their way to assist newbies like myself, both down US way and up here  in the north. Quite admirable! - Patrick VE7PJG If we were all selfish bastards I'd have quit long ago. Most people gravitate to generosity. Imagine what it would be like on the radio if  everybody was looking out for #1. Generosity is one of the things that breathes life into the hobby! - Charlie NJ7V When I was starting out in electronics/ham radio there was a ham a few doors down that always helped me. I tried not to bug him too much. - Dan AI6XG If you're using Apple Podcasts, please leave a review of this podcast! Also, please send in your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
24:33
February 17, 2021
T.O. Crossover with KM9G Steve
We're doing it live! I guest on the YouTube channel Temporarily Offline - Ham Nuggets where I get to talk to and get grilled by KM9G Steve in Wisconsin. Steve runs a very active YouTube channel about vintage electronics and ham radio, and is the organizer of Monday Night Ham Radio and Thursday Night Ham Radio. In this episode we get into the nitty gritty of batteries and soldering, as well as having too much stuff. Links: Ham Nuggets Livestream Episode: https://youtu.be/1txqIN6sZ98 Temporarily Offline on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCai-PmK8xOBOunwi6MoBgwQ Astro Leah on YouTube (KM9G Steve's daughter): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmr0XxVPxsf9ZBcnjNKfqQ Steve on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiloMike9Golf DenCo Batteries: https://denco.ad6dm.net/batts/ If you're using Apple Podcasts, please leave a review of this podcast! Also, please send in your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:34:26
February 10, 2021
Active Contester AA0Z Kyle
We talk with a very cool ham radio operator: AA0Z Kyle. Kyle is a chairperson for his local St. Louis ham club and has a comprehensive YouTube channel, where he not only talks about ham radio, but contesting, how-to's, gear, POTA, and field operations. Kyle is very active in the community, helping organize and gather hams from all over the region and the world. Links: Kyle AA0Z's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClX--0FpKY48h4cAXFPOWQQ Kyle's Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyleaa0z/ St. Louis & Suburban Winterfest: https://winterfest.slsrc.org/ NodeRED: https://nodered.org/ NodeRed-Hamradio Groups.io: https://groups.io/g/nodered-hamradio If you're using Apple Podcasts, please leave a review of this podcast! Also, please send in your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your  computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
58:24
February 3, 2021
TangoOscarMike N3WS
In today's episode #29, we talk with N3WS Tom. Tom hails from the East Coast and does QRP portable operation out in some seemingly extreme weather these days. He has a YouTube channel called Tango Oscar Mike N3WS, where he discusses his hiking trips to activate POTA, gear reviews, and ham operation. We discuss the overlap of prepping with ham radio. Links: TangoOscarMike - N3WS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCex-jLJaoDKw5wXSwSNHyyA Tom on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tangooscarmike73/ If you're using Apple Podcasts, please leave a review of this podcast! Also, please send your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:07:56
January 27, 2021
Round Robin Part II
Hamdom Thoughts goes group round-robin again where we answer some hypothetical radio- and prep-related personal questions, including power outage panic, what we'd design as a dream radio, and something we'd like to do again if we had the chance. Returning guests KE6MT Rex, NJ7V Charlie ("Red"), and new guests K8TSG Jason, and KC7MSU Dan. Links K8TSG Hammock Radio on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thatsiebguy Rex Vokey on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/multiblex Red Summit RF on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHriEQX4EK2b0QS7EgSvjmg KC7MSU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kc7Msu If you're using Apple Podcasts, please leave a review of this podcast! Also, please send your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:05:46
January 20, 2021
KT1RUN The Tech Prepper
In today's episode, we get to talk to Gaston, callsign KT1RUN. Gaston is known as The Tech Prepper on YouTube, where he not only talks about ham radio, but all topics related to preparedness. My kinda ham. We get into his ham software project, grid down stories, testing evac, and Winter Field Day. Links: The Tech Prepper's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetechprepper/ The Tech Prepper on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCacth3foPsjqgV4wW4kuDDw TheTechPrepper on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetechprepper1 Website: https://www.thetechprepper.com Pet Go Bags: https://youtu.be/R4xgO66VI1Q If you are on Apple Podcasts, I'd greatly appreciate a review of Hamdom Thoughts! Also, send your podcast topic ideas! What do you want to hear about in ham radio, electronics, software, and tinkering? You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:00:15
January 13, 2021
What are Your Ham Radio Goals?
This episode is just me, AD6DM Dennis, talking about my 2020 goals checklist and how they turned out, as well as some thing I want to do in 2021. What do you want to do in 2021 with amateur radio? What rigs do you want to use, things you want to build, contacts you want to make, contests you want to compete in, preparedness exercises and actions you want to execute? Share them by sending a message to Hamdom Thoughts. Links: The DenCo Batteries fake company website: https://denco.ad6dm.net/batts/ KK6USY Chuck's massive tower video: https://youtu.be/avJX6xso5us W5KV's tower climb: https://youtu.be/IafGqCiGy9I If you are on Apple Podcasts, remember to submit a review of Hamdom Thoughts! Also, send your podcast topic ideas! What do you want to hear about in ham radio, electronics, software, and tinkering? You can send messages back to AD6DM™  Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message"  button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your  comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
25:31
January 6, 2021
Get the Scoop from Ham Radio 2.0
Today we get to talk to one of the longest running YouTube hams that I know of, KC5HWB Jason, more popularly known as Ham Radio 2.0. Jason talks about anything that is new in amateur radio, and his reviews and discussions really do cover the gamut of ham radio topics. He also started the ham radio YouTube group The YouTuber's Bunch, and has helped many hams get their message out there, including this podcast. Links: Ham Radio 2.0 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kc5hwb Ham Radio 2.0 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hamradio2dot0 Jason's website: https://grapevineamateurradio.com/ Remember to submit a review of Hamdom Thoughts on your favorite podcast platform! Also, please send your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
53:33
December 30, 2020
Meet TheSmokinApe
Meet TheSmokinApe, a YouTuber who releases many helpful videos about many different aspects of ham radio and building, prepping, and EDC. The Smokin Ape has been around for years, and while he says he posts videos of things that are of interest to him, we find they are interesting to many of us viewers as well. Links TheSmokinApe on  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSmokinApe TheSmokinApe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSmokinApe Remember to submit a review of Hamdom Thoughts on your favorite podcast platform! Also, please send your podcast topic ideas! You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
49:02
December 23, 2020
The Round-Robin Episode
Hamdom Thoughts is joined with K5ATA Steve, AA6XA Jeff, and AI6XG Dan where answer some hypothetical radio-related personal questions, including what keeps the hobby interesting and what would you do with a million dollars for ham radio? A special episode to banter and share ideas. Links Goodgame Ham Radio and Outdoors: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeo_lBRLoYmIxjOGtOr0nKw Dan's site: www.AI6XG.com AA6XA's website The Long Green Tunnel: https://longgreentunnel.blogspot.com/ Remember to submit a review of Hamdom Thoughts on your favorite podcast platform! Also, please send your podcast topic ideas!  You can send messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts: Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
46:15
December 16, 2020
How We Stayed Connected in the 1900's
Radio was the lifeline of many in the early- to mid-1900's. In this short episode we hear some examples of radio and possibly feel the impact of what it was like to be glued to a speaker during huge world events. Links Some Old World Radio files: https://www.oldradioworld.com/ American Historic Speeches, top 100: https://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesbydecade.html Remember to submit a review on your favorite podcast platform!  Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
16:15
December 9, 2020
Warning: It's K6UDA Bob 😁
K6UDA Bob is a not-too-serious but funny and fun to watch personality on YouTube. His channel is K6UDA Radio - The Ham Radio Show Your Mother Warned You About. Bob livestreams, talks about cool ham radio gear, and often shows contesting and operation.. Join us we talk about off-topic things like why he's leaving California, 2nd Amendment rights, and striving for a more cinematic YouTube series. Links: K6UDA Radio YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bondobob Bob's Twitter: https://twitter.com/K6UDA_Radio Bob's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bob_s3films/ Bob's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/K6UDARadio/ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom  Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to  record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or  questions might even end up on the next episode!
52:15
December 2, 2020
W5KV Johnny - Signal Search
Johnny is a down-to-earth radio operator and creator of the YouTube channel Signal Search, one of my favorites. I knew him from his various gear reviews in the past, but more recently he's taken us on his journey toward building a completely new ham shack and erecting an antenna tower. He talks with us about experiences in the military, why he left YouTube for a while, his return, and what's in coming up in the future. Links: Johnny W5KV's YouTube channel Signal Search: https://www.youtube.com/c/SignalSearchW5KV/ Johnny's Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnnyw5kv Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
53:52
November 25, 2020
AA6XA Jeff the SOTA Scribe
Jeff, callsign AA6XA is an EE hailing from the SF Bay Area. He likes getting out there with a radio and writing about it. As one of the more active Summits on the Air hams in the area, if you look up peaks in the California area or Sierras, you'll probably find a trip report written by him. Jeff has traveled worldwide, and attributes his 400+ peak activations to "being young and single". With that, we hear about his weekly adventures from gear to documentation. Links: Jeff AA6XA's website: https://longgreentunnel.blogspot.com Jeff's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aa6xa.radio/ Jeff's Twitter: https://twitter.com/aa6xa1 Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
42:38
November 18, 2020
OH8STN Julian - Survival Tech Nord
Julian OH8STN is an expat who is very familiar with outdoor operation, and is well known for his deeply researched and well documented offgrid battery and solar builds with an emphasis on emergency communications. Julian's YouTube videos were some of the early ones I discovered that helped me on a journey toward building my own ham radio power solutions. Links: OH8STN Ham Radio on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SurvivalTechEU Julian's Blog: http://oh8stn.org/ Julian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OH8STN Julian's Patreon where you can have discussions and see previews: https://www.patreon.com/OH8STN Julian's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oh8stn/ Julian on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OH8STN/ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:18:49
November 11, 2020
WG0AT Steve and his Pack Goats
Steve WGØAT takes the idea of SOTA mountain goat to a whole new level, especially since his hikes often involve actual goats. Steve was an active Search and Rescue volunteer, a retired graphic designer, currently an outdoor adventurer, master CW operator, and an inspiration to hams all over the world with his operating activity and keen handcrafted radio gear. Links: The Elk Bone Paddle: http://youtu.be/jt4xUP-lwtM Typical SOTA Adventure: http://youtu.be/yUkM1uvWpxg Steve WG0AT on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wg0at Steve's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/goathiker Steve's Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/steve_wgoat/ Steve's Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/steve.wgoat/ Ten Essentials to Pack: https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htm Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:10:50
November 4, 2020
K8MRD Mike: Conjurer of Pileups
Mike was one of the first YouTubers I found online doing videos about ham radio. He's got a sweet radio voice, and can run a pileup like nobody's business. Since he's started, he's been finding creative ways to pay it forward in ham radio, but most of all we enjoy his fun-loving outdoor POTA activations. Links: K8MRD Radio Stuff on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/K8MRDRADIOSTUFF/ Mike's Twitter: https://twitter.com/k8mrd Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
58:04
October 28, 2020
KI6NAZ Josh and Ham Radio Crash Course
KI6NAZ, Josh Nass, also known as Hoshnasi, is one of the most prolific ham radio online personalities, producing weekly livestreams, countless other videos, a podcast, and a newsletter. He's a thought leader in normalizing this hobby, and has introduced thousands of people to the world of ham radio. Links: Ham Radio Crash Course (HRCC) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Hoshnasi Josh KI6NAZ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hoshnasi Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hoshnasi/ HRCC all the info: https://hrcc.link/ HRCC Podcast: https://hamradiocrashcourse.podbean.com/ Facebook: https://goo.gl/cv5rEQ Get some HRCC Merch: https://hamtactical.com/ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
01:13:49
October 21, 2020
Youth Ambassador N0SSC Sterling
Sterling N0SSC is a force in helping the younger generation build skills and foster friendships in ham radio. He wants to make ham radio a fun and worthwhile experience for young people worldwide. By day he works in RF Engineering, and all other times he's publicizing STEM initiatives and connecting hams through his videos and articles online. In this episode we hear about what he's accomplished and his creative plans for keeping ham radio relevant and alive. Links: Sterling N0SSC's website: https://n0ssc.com/ Sterling on Twitter: https://twitter.com/N0SSC Youth on the Air (YOTA) Americas: https://youthontheair.org Young Amateurs Radio Club: https://yarc.world/about/ Illinois Young Hams Club: http://ilyh.org/  Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
57:02
October 14, 2020
CWOps Instructor NN7M Ryan
Forget perfection and just operate! Ryan NN7M indirectly challenged me with his aptitude for CW in our shared CW Academy Level 2 class back in 2018. He is into SOTA, and managed to convince his whole family to get licensed as ham radio operators. Now he's paying it forward by being an instructor for CWOps, and runs an APRS digipeater for the West Seattle area. Peer pressure in learning CW is a good thing. Links: Ryan NN7M's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanNN7M CWOps CW Academy: https://cwops.org/cw-academy/ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
51:27
October 7, 2020
Banished from a Peak with AI6XG Dan
Dan AI6XG used to examine electronics at the sub-micron level. He's big into the DIY and Maker realm, and designs a lot of his own ham shack gear. We talk about his beginnings, how he feels about trespassing for SOTA, and operating remotely from anywhere in the world. Links: Dan AI6XG's website: https://www.ai6xg.com Dan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AI6XG1 Dan's Big Clock design: https://www.ai6xg.com/post/big-font-clock-relieve-for-old-eyes Our joint activation video of W6/NC-343 Wragg Ridge: https://youtu.be/bkUUWyhsI4k Photos of Dan's remote station can be seen on his QRZ page: https://www.qrz.com/lookup/ai6xg Re-trace your hiking path with Relive App: https://www.relive.cc Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
58:09
September 30, 2020
World Ham Shack: KB1HQS Stuart
Stuart KB1HQS treks the mountains of Maine in his quest for SOTA Mountain Goat. He is the author of the book Portable Operating for Amateur Radio, published by the ARRL. In this episode, he talks about his beginnings, his favorite modes and gear, his Summits on the Air journeys all around the country, as well as his thoughts on satellite communicators and Search and Rescue.  Links: Stuart KB1HQS's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KB1HQS Stuart's Twitter: https://twitter.com/KB1HQS Stuart's website: https://kb1hqs.com/ Portable Operating for Amateur Radio book: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Operating-Amateur-Stuart-Thomas/dp/1625950802/ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
39:01
September 23, 2020
Next Gen of Hams with K5ATA Steve
Steve K5ATA is an inspiration to us for getting youth into ham radio. He is a teacher for STEM and CS, a bee whisperer, and a Parks on the Air enthusiast (or perhaps just a POTA logger for his daughter who is an active ham). He had a scary fire incident at home and is now a Captain of a local volunteer firefighter department.  Join us as we talk about his projects with Goodgame Ham Radio and Outdoors.  Links: If you'd like to support Goodgame Ham Radio and his students: https://www.patreon.com/m/goodgamehamradio Steve K5ATA's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeo_lBRLoYmIxjOGtOr0nKw Goodgame's Twitter: https://twitter.com/goodgame_K5ATA Goodgame Ham Radio, Bees, and Outdoors website: https://www.goodgamebees.com/ Article by KB6NU on proposed new $50 FCC fee: https://www.kb6nu.com/fcc-proposes-new-fees-for-amateur-radio-licenses/ Article by K0LWC referenced in podcast: http://k0lwc.com/ham-radio-is-dying-no-its-not-its-evolving/ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
53:58
September 16, 2020
Dishing out Pi with KM4ACK Jason
Jason KM4ACK is a self-made linux hacker. He likes sharing his learnings on YouTube and has helped countless hams operate in the field with one of the smallest cheapest computers available: The Raspberry Pi. He's favors digital modes and QRO field stations. Let's learn how he came to create the Build-a-Pi script, what got him started in portable and EMCOMM operations, and POTA. Links: Jason KM4ACK's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jasonoleham KM4ACK on Twitter: https://twitter.com/km4ack KM4ACK's source code on Github: https://github.com/km4ack Version 3 Build-a-Pi video: https://youtu.be/l4M9VVqGxoc KM4ACK's favorite antenna: https://tn07.com/imd-109-go-anywhere-antenna Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
53:11
September 9, 2020
K6ARK Adam's Ever-Smaller Inventions
Adam K6ARK creates amazing things. His design engineering background led to some serious coveted antennas and complete tiny transceivers, many of which can fit in your pocket and only weigh several grams. A veteran Search and Rescue volunteer, Adam lends some great advice on failing forward and facing your fears. He also entertains my gear geekery questions, shares some stories, and talks about how he got started as an electronics creator. Links: Adam's YouTube Channel "K6ARK Portable Radio": https://www.youtube.com/user/Vector511c Adam's Twitter: https://twitter.com/akimmerly Recommended book: The High Sierra - Peaks, Passes, Trails: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0898869714/ Adam's End-Fed Random Wire BNC Transformer "Magic Antenna" video: https://youtu.be/kSQzUETRMlk Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on  the next episode!
54:32
September 2, 2020
Power Sloth Chaser K0EAP Eric
Eric K0EAP takes on ham radio operation like he does running a marathon. Consistent operation and breaking pile-ups with QRP, Eric shares his experiences on the chasing side of SOTA, POTA, DX, and general CQ. You'll find him doing Lunchtime on the Air (LTOTA) and hanging out in the CW portion of the bands. K0EAP is very humble but has done much to keep ham radio alive, dit by dit. Links: Eric K0EAP's Twitter where he talks to people often: https://twitter.com/KD0FZT Eric's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRpMAIrRvswb_7nvCblawgA CWOps CW Academy: https://cwops.org/  AD6DM's banned peak Wragg Ridge (now classified private property): https://youtu.be/bkUUWyhsI4k Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
43:05
August 27, 2020
W6RIP Kicks SOTA Butt and Saves Lives
Kevin W6RIP talks about how his YouTube channel came to be, the difficult and often untouched peaks of the SOTA W6 Southern Sierra Region, and his thoughts when he found himself in a precarious SOTA situation. He also shares how he got into the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team, and the things he learned about activating summits in retrospect. This badass ham was an early inspiration for AD6DM.  Related Links: W6RIP Radio Adventures YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/W6RIPRadioAdventures Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/W6RIP San Gorgonio SAR FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SanGorgonioSAR Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
48:56
August 21, 2020
Rock, Radio Videos, Chilis & Cheladas: KG5OCW Greg
The TechGearJunkie joins Hamdom Thoughts Podcast to talk about his many (Squirrel!) endeavors, post-operation food & beverage of choice, and how he's become a YouTuber. We take a brief departure from ham radio to hear some of his great music, and we banter about the creative process. Links: Greg (TechGearJunkie) KG5OCW's fantastic music: https://soundcloud.com/gmbeatnik Greg's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/TechGearJunkie Greg's Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechGearJunkie Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to   record your messages right from your  computer or phone. Your comments  or  questions might even end up on the  next episode!
48:58
August 18, 2020
Satellites, JerryNet, & BBS's with KK4QAM Don
Don KK4QAM is building an automated satellite tracking system, from microcontroller boards and 3D printed parts, to the antennas used to transmit and receive with amateur satellites. He's one of the original JerryNet members and we talk a bit about those beginnings. Don also built a HF radio BBS system that spans the southeast part of the country. An active builder, Don has helped me in many of my own ham hardware and software projects. Links mentioned in this podcast: KK4QAM on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonGibbs2 Making a multi-mode digital voice reflector: https://bit.ly/how2xlx Autonomous Satellite Tracker project: http://www.clearskyinstitute.com/ham/AST/ 3D design tool Don initially used: https://www.onshape.com/ Don's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr1_qCiq5x8Jht6-STc5wxQ KG6HQD Jerry's SOTA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFupjnMVW-4n3Gl3NWjkSaQ Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom   Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to   record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments  or  questions might even end up on the next episode!
40:48
August 17, 2020
KE6MT Rex, SOTA W6 Association Mgr
Managing a whole state's peaks for Summits on the Air, and hacking code: Rex KE6MT talks about some of his mountain-topping hikes, his tools, inventing a meter with Arduino, and muddy trail running with ham gear. We also talk a bit about my first SOTA activation, which he unknowingly took me on. Rex's website: https://www.ke6mt.us Rex's battery meter code: https://github.com/rexington/readvoltage Rex's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/multiblex A video of our joint activation: https://youtu.be/0puPiyyyN3M Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom  Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to  record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or  questions might even end up on the next episode!
48:05
August 14, 2020
NJ7V Charlie, SOTA Double Mtn Goat
A talk with Charlie NJ7V, a Summits on the Air (SOTA) 2x Mountain Goat award winner and profuse YouTuber (creator of Red Summit RF videos). Learn more about Charlie's journey to SOTA, how to get involved, how to stay safe, and other things in this extreme aspect of amateur radio. Charlie's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/RedSummitRF. Did you know you can send audio messages back to AD6DM™ Hamdom Thoughts? Visit https://anchor.fm/ad6dm and hit the "Message" button to record your messages right from your computer or phone. Your comments or questions might even end up on the next episode!
35:12
August 11, 2020
Digital Modes and Mystery (Number) Stations
Tuning around on the shortwave radio bands,  you can discover some cool unknown encoded sounds. Some of these sounds can be identified by sound pattern. In the first part of this episode we go over a few ham radio digital modes and guess what they are. In the second part, we hear a few mystery number stations transmitting their message to field agents worldwide. 
30:42
August 8, 2020
Hamdom Thoughts Introduction
Here I just ramble a bit about starting this ham radio related podcast. Hopefully more to come soon! For an intro on what is ham radio, please check out the Ham Radio Crash Course on YouTube: https://bit.ly/HRCCIntro.
02:35
July 26, 2020