Phasing Line Podcast Episode 2: We’re Sweeping Up After Sweepstakes

Two thousand downloads what what what holy crap! I never would have imagined…that’s awesome! Thank you all for listening! 😀

Since this seems like it’s a pretty cool thing, we’ve decided to keep doing it and have released another episode. Marty and I ramble on about sweepstakes, contesting, operating massive stations, YOTA, college ham radio, etc. Et Cetera is kinda the main theme of this podcast…

Marty did most of the editing and I tried to spend less time mastering it than the last one, which took me about 8 hours straight to get all the levels and EQ just right. This time, didn’t do any of that. And it still sounds pretty alright! Adobe Audition is so much better than Audacity at quickly editing, trimming, and mastering audio, all collaboratively, plus I’m still technically a student so $20/month is killer for Creative Cloud! #iamashill

I’m working on problems with Stitcher and iHeartRadio but feeds are working fine on iTunes, Pocketcasts, Overcast, YouTube, RSS and at http://phasinglinepodcast.com.

I’m super pumped at the next few episodes – we already have a few guests lined up and some exciting news in the world of ham radio’s next generation.

So somewhere towards the end of this ep is a massive plug to give us money, and we both feel like we have to explain ourselves a lot because it’s like, the second episode and we’re already begging for your change. Well. Stuff’s not free. 🙁 But we think we provide value to you that is worth not only your download but your (voluntary) dollar. That said, we’ll never make this a for-profit pay-to-play show, and we’ll also refrain from extensive adverts and ridiculously long and annoying solicitations. We’ve got better things to talk about!

We’ve set up a Patreon account for listeners to contribute to the show so we can keep it up. Patreon is basically a fancy facade for Paypal, that lets us host rewards for your contributions. Marty has some t-shirts that need giving away!

Click the logo to go to the Phasing Line Patreon.
Click the logo to go to the Phasing Line Patreon.

Web hosting, Libsyn, email accounts, online storage, and Adobe Creative Cloud (we use Adobe Audition to collaboratively edit, and it saves us a whole heck of a lot more time than using Audacity) all told cost us about $50 a month. We’ve got a goal of only $30 a month. If we can’t recoup the costs, that would suck. The show will go on, but we’ll have to be creative in how we do stuff since we’re pulling all the nice things out for Phasing Line, but it would ultimately limit the growth of the show. 🙁

So, with 2000 downloads, we feel that at least a few of you would be willing to throw us a few coins. 🙂

Speaking of coin, if you prefer bitcoin: 1LCmJSb3CSdJSxEFdghRpSCC59gJq5HD5u

Disclaimer: We will be thoroughly open, honest and genuinely transparent regarding any contributions made to the show. All contributions will be read out on the show unless you wish to remain anonymous.

 

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How Many 1-Shot DX Contacts Can You Make?

To all hams who enjoy DXing, here is a challenge for you:

You only have one shot of calling DX.

If they don’t return to you in one call, then you have to try again after working another DX station with the same rule. Doesn’t matter the power or antenna situation – 1 watt or 1000.

Only.

One.

Shot.

How many can you make?

First of all, it can be done (I discovered this with 100 watts on CW with a G5RV with the 2009 Desecheo Island Dxpedition K5D), and secondly, it’s a testament to proper listening skills that allow you to do this – operating split, analyzing the operator’s technique, analyzing the technique of the callers, finding the open spots. Sure, your 5-beam stack on a hill 3 miles from the DX station would get in MUCH easier than my G5RV on the ground with dog poo all over it. But all things considered, it’s still a challenge for the most of us.

Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast Logo
Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast Logo

I heard this on an episode of the Foundations of Amateur Radio Podcast by VK6FLAB. It’s an excellent, 3-minute-or-so podcast that answers a question or poses a challenge like this. It’s definitely my favorite podcast because Onno, in his comedic deadpan attitude, always questions the status quo, presents an interesting challenge, or a fascinating discovery, with no overhead, no music, no pizazz.

Lol too many commas.

Listen to the Foundations of Amateur Radio podcast directly, on Overcast for iOS, or iTunes.

Also, listen to Onno’s former podcast – What Use Is An F-call? – which answers the question, what use is an F (for foundation license in Australia, equivalent to the technicians license in the US) call. There are 206 episodes, directly, on Overcast, and on iTunes as well.

Active Ham Radio Podcasts, Livestreams, and YouTube Channels

I feel like ham radio is experiencing a media Renaissance of sorts – there’s been a lot of new, really great podcasts and it appears social media interaction regarding ham radio is way up. However, it’s really interesting to see this big, long, gradual drop in interest over the last 11 years as measured by Google Trends:


Who knows what’s going on here – it’s a moot point between my observations and fact. Anyway, regardless of trends, I listen to a ton of podcasts, a majority of which are ham radio related. Two have been started within the last year and have been really well produced, listenable, and just good compared to other attempts

Back in the day (between 2011 and 2015) I used to watch Ham Nation, Solder Smoke, and AmateurLogic. Now, I choose not to spend the time sitting and watching an hour-long live-stream or recorded show, and at the same time I’ve been really put off by advertisements. They’re much more intrusive and jarring than they used to be. However, this doesn’t phase the primary demographic of retirees who have all the time in the world.

The chat’s were always fun but never really impactful, except for a few isolated occurrences where I found former WØEEE alumnus, young hams who needed advice on getting into the hobby, and meeting a handful of what I would call “famous” hams. I might make a list of those too.

Podcasting is the way to go. I can listen while I drive (which is at least an hour a day), listen while I work, listen while I clean, browse the internet, work out…anytime and anywhere where my full attention and hearing isn’t needed.

Here’s the big list of active media that has been updated within at least the last month as of September 2016:

Podcasts

I use Overcast on iOS to listen to podcasts. It is the best podcasting app ever made, much improved from the iOS stock podcast app. It’s best feature is “smart speed,” which compresses silences, and when combined with a 1.3x speed-up, it makes an hour podcast less than 45 mins long.

On Android, I recommend Pocketcasts. I’ve used it before and it’s pretty good too!

You can find all of these in your podcast app directory by searching the name. Otherwise, I’ve linked to their website or a link where you can go to listen them below:

  1. Ham Radio 360
  2. 100 Watts and a Wire
  3. ICQ Podcast
  4. Everything Ham Radio Podcast
  5. ARRL The Doctor is In
  6. Foundations of Amateur Radio
  7. The Two Way Radio Show
  8. Amateur Radio Newsline
  9. The Rain Report

Live Shows

All of the live shows listed also have recorded episode distributed through various means. All audio-only shows can be found in podcast apps (which is how I consume them) and video shows may or may not be in podcast directories but the links should take you to where you can find them.

  1. Linux in the Hamshack – audio only, listed on podcast directories
  2. W5KUB Live Stream – recorded shows are on YouTube
  3. Ham Talk Live! – Call in show, audio only, listed on podcast directories
  4. Ham Nation – Live Stream on Twit.tv, audio and video versions listed on podcast directories
  5. Ted Randall’s QSO Show – audio only

YouTube Channels

Work in progress…this is going to be a long list 🙂

  1. W2AEW
  2. HamRadioNow
  3. Dan Vanevenhoven
  4. KD8RTT
  5. theRSGB
  6. TinHatRanch
  7. GoatHiker
  8. K7AGE
  9. Jim W6LG

I’ll (probably) come back later and update the lists and provide links. Too tedious for now.

Last update: September 14, 2016