Field Radio Podcast Episodes

Index Of Podcast Episodes

EP23 - Getting Started With Amateur Radio In The Field


On this episode I discuss give a presentation on getting started with amateur radio field operations. I walk through the process of gear selection and preparation and avoiding the pitfalls with field operations.

EP22 - Lessons Learned From Public Service Events


On this episode Chris Fielding (KG7IVS) joins me in the studio to discuss lessons learned from public service events. The training item discusses how you can use your public service events to hone your skills for a real emergency.

EP21 - NVIS Part 2

Released: 5/06/2018

On this episode it is part two of the discussion on NVIS or Near Vertical Incident Skywave propagation used to make contacts within a typical skip zone. The training item discusses best practices for organizing creating a family emergency communication plan. The training item discusses best practices for programming your radio.

EP20 - Introduction To NVIS

Released: 4/20/2018

On this episode I discuss the NVIS or Near Vertical Incident Skywave propagation used to make contacts within a typical skip zone of long path HF. The training item discusses best practices for creating a family emergency communication plan.

EP19 - FLDIGI with PSK31 for Field Day

Released: 4/6/2018

Jeff McGrath N1SC presented using Digital Modes for Field Day at the Utah Digital Communications Conference. Jeff covers the use of digital modes, interfacing FLDIGI with N3FJP logging software, and shares his use of macro's.

EP18 - RaDAR Challenge

Released: 3/22/2018

Greg Lane N4KGL joins us on the show to give an introduction to the Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) Challenge. The goal of Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) is to practice communication via amateur radio under difficult circumstances, in many different ways, being ever ready, and independent of external resources until it becomes second nature. The unique aspect of RaDAR is adding movement to outdoor operating. That is stations rapidly deploy, move with all necessary gear and redeploy. This is a stress test of operating capabilities but can be enjoyable and rewarding when undertaken in the great outdoors.

EP17 - Lighthouses On The Air

Released: 3/6/2018

Our guest this week is George Dewar VY2GF of Prince Edward Island. His passion is activating lighthouses and is part of the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group. It was a pleasure speaking with George and hearing about Lighthouses On The Air, he gives us information on how they activate and how you can also get involved. Also, is a replay of the Ham Radio Workbench where I discuss with George and Jeremy the future of our programs after the end of the Ham Radio 360 network.

EP16 - Orlando Hamcation 2018

Released: 2/19/2018

I had the chance to attend the Orlando Hamcation this year. The Orlando Hamcation is the second largest hamfest in the United States next to the Dayton Hamvention in May. While there between scanning the swaps table and checking out new products I had the chance to interview some vendors that are related to field radio. Also a tour of the Brevard communications motor home.

EP15 - QST QST QST Exploring Cryptic Codes In Amateur Radio

Released: 2/8/2018

Chris Fielding KG7IVS is back on the show to help us understand the Q codes and Morse Code prosigns that are ingrained in our hobby. This is a good episode to listen to if you are a new operator and heard these terms thrown around the club meetings or on the air.

EP14 - Learning Survival Skills with Tyler White

Released: 1/25/2018

Tyler White is an amateur radio operator and a primitive survival skill expert. Tyler is the host of the TJack Survival YouTube channel that has a host of instructional videos on primitive survival skills. Tyler outlines the need for us to start thinking about the need to aquire some basic survival skills. He also discusses how amateur radio plays a roll in this skill set.

EP13 - Winter Field Day In Iowa

Released: 1/11/2018

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.

UP01 - 2017 Year In Review

Released: 12/28/2017

In this new year update, we take a break from the show to review the past 6 months since launching and look forward to new events in 2018. Contact to help provide feedback and show ideas.

EP12 - Raising Field Expedient Antennas

Released: 12/14/2017

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.

EP11 - Ultra Portable Operations

Released: 12/1/2017

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.

EP10 - Portable Ammo Can Repeater

Released: 11/16/2017

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. In this episode we also talk about the MTC Radio Help A Ham 2017 project to help some operators out with some equipment this holiday season. You can learn more about the project at

EP09 - Bioenno Power

Released: 11/2/2017

You may have seen the big blue batteries at your local hamfest, you may have heard about how LiFEPO4 batteries are changing how Amateur Radio operators operate in the field longer and lighter. 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.

EP08 - Operation Stable Mercury

Released: 10/19/2017

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.

EP07 - Emergency Communications

Released: 10/5/2017

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.

EP06 - Bicycle Race Communications

Released: 9/21/2017

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.

EP05 - HF Radio In The Field

Released: 9/7/2017

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.

EP04 - Total Solar Eclipse

Released: 8/24/2017

The United States recently experienced a unique total solar eclipse from coast to coast. We traveled up to Idaho to view the eclipse in totality. In the process, we turned our family vacation into a field radio opportunity. 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.

EP03 - VHF/UHF Radio In The Field

Released: 8/10/2017

As we continue our journey into field radio we’re reminded we need gear to take along. One primary means of field operation is the venerable FM Transceiver. In this episode of the Field Radio Podcast we’re joined by David Goldenburg (W0DHG) Co-host of the Ham Radio Now show to discuss selecting a VHF/UHF mobile radio for field portable use and other related items for field radio operations.

EP02 - SSTV With The ISS

Released: 7/27/2017

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!

EP01 - Introductions

Released: 7/13/2017

In this episode we catch up with Cale (K4CDN) the progenitor of all things Ham Radio 360. Cale and I chat about the Ham Radio 360 brand, his podcasting adventures and the Genesis of this Field Radio Podcast. Following that, Chris Fielding (KG7IVS) a friend and fellow field operator tells us about his field radio portable setup (shown below) and an interesting DX contact he got while at scout camp.

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