HRN 406: Woolsey Fire and Ham Radio

Ben Kuo AI6YR visits in studio with David W0DHG to talk about how Ham Radio played a part in the recent Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Over 90,000 acres and 1400 structures, and 3 lives were lost

HRN 401: AREDN Inc.

Randy Smith WU2S joins David and Darren AJ6BL to talk about Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network.

Links from this episode: 


AREDN Baker to Vegas:

Trevor’s Bench”


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HRN 400: Gary's Top 10 Episodes

Gary joins David to reminisce about his favorite 10 episodes. Some good stuff here.  

Top Ten: (counting down in an order that Gary carefully selected)

10 - HRN 82: Dipole 33k views! Woohoo. Jeff AC4ZO, Bobbie KD4ZVW (a rare appearance), Cyndi KN4AQ and Gary build and hang a simple dipole at Jeff's QTH.

9 - HRN 288: Amodeo Unplugged. Gary's loooong interview with Last Man Standing Executive Producer John Amodeo NN6JA, as the show completes its 5th season (thus insuring a long life in syndicated reruns). They talk TV, and a little ham radio. Of course, the show (with John) has new life on the Fox network.

8 - HRN 359, EmComm Extra #18: Force of Two. David and Gary talk to Jeremy Dougherty NS0S and Michael Smith N5TGL about their experience in Puerto Rico as part of the ARRL "Force of Fifty" – not quite the story ARRL was telling.

7 - HRN 76: HamRadioNow Visits the KH6HME Hawaiian Beacon. Gary visits the legendary KH6HME Hawaiian Beacon on the side of the Mauna Loa volcano.

6 - HRN 345: Appliance Boy meets Circuit Girl. Gary nervously interviews silicon valley legend Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK and Jeri's friend Amy Hendron KM6FZE at the close of the 2017 TAPR DCC.

5 - Episode 152: Friday Night BS #1 (and HRN 209: BS #4 - Goodbye, Bill. WA6ITF, SK,) Gary was hoping to enlist the legendary Bill Pasternack WA6ITF, co-founder of Newsline, in a series of Bull Sessions on HamRadioNow. Unfortunately, that run ended at 3 when Bill passed away. In Bull Session #4, a group of Bill's friends and Newsline contributors came together to reminisce and pay respects.

4 - HRN 315: Do NOT Call CQ on Repeaters (Click Bait). A Reddit thread led to Gary's video essay on repeater etiquete.

3 - HRN 161: Yaesu's System (Con)Fusion. The title was more inflamatory than the video (and the name caught on some in ham-land). Gary demonstrates Yaesu's new digital voice mode with radios he was reviewing for QST, and then friends from the Charlotte Digital Group help him with a totally unscientific comparison of D-STAR, DMR, Fusion and P-25.

2 - ALL of the On The Road videos (lumped together). Who would have thought that long videos of a camera pointed out the window of Gary's Q-Mobile, driving cross country while Gary alternately monologs about ham radio and operates various bands and modes, would be really popular. But they were, and always received requests for more. The longest trip was from North Carolina to Seattle, Washington. There's a YouTube Playlist on the HRN YouTube channel that has all (most?) of the On The Road episodes:

1 – HRN 2, Part 2 – AMSAT (Lou McFadden W5DID – Working model of ARISS 1)


Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

Ham Radio Now Episode 1 - Orlando HamCation (starting after the terrible tack-on extra introduction)

HRN 270: Emcomm Extra - Hurricane Matthew Edition – David's First Show on HamRadioNow.

HRN 342: It Ain't Parity Until We Say It's Parity (on Ham Radio Now)

HRN 258: 5 Watt Field Day (or... Field of Beams) on HamRadioNow

HRN 182: World's Best Hobby - Dave Bell W6AQ (SK) on HamRadioNow

HRN 144 Part ONE - ARISS to the MAX - the CONTACT! (all 4 parts). A rural NC school has a great ARISS contact, and the participants dissect it in detail. Part Four is Gary's 1992 'documentary' of an early SAREX contact that his home club, the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, conducted.

HRN 136: CQ Magazine Update ('What the heck?'). CQ Magazine Editor Rich Moseson W2VU talks to Gary about the magazine's trouble publishing on time.

HRN 132-1: My Stupid Plan for 60 Meters, Part One (and part two). On second thought, this doesn't belong here! But it's kind of fun.

HRN 100: Big Whoop! (Just for Gary's Rush impression at the beginning)

HRN 91: AmateurLogicTV (The George & Tommy Show). Gary corners George and Tommy at the Huntsville Hamfest.

HRN 80: ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN 'Meets the Press'. Kay agreed to come by the HRn booth at Dayton for an interview. Little did she know Gary would take her prisoner.

HRN 69: Last Ham Standing (Review of Last Man Standing). Included because Gary had to fight Fox Inc. to keep the YouTube video 'on the air' after a takedown challenge for copyright infringement.

HRN 32 Part Two - TWiT Tour, Leo Interview (All 3 parts...). Gary and Cyndi vacationed in the Bay area, including a stop at the TWiT Brickhouse (home of Ham Nation and all the TWiT shows). Gary snagged an interview with Leo, and a tour of the studio. TWiT has since moved to somewhat less picturesque quarters.

HRN Episode 17 - Erin King AK4JG, Young Ham of the Year. Erin has since pretty much disappeared from public eye, but she did get to MIT, and interned on Google's Project Loon.

HRN Episode 14 - Simple Station/Antenna Launching Contest. Field Day Fun and useful instruction.

HRN Episode 12C Part 1 of 3 - Hamvention TOUR - FRIDAY (All 3 parts - Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Jeff AC4ZO and Gary produced an extensive series of "Tour" videos at the 2013 Hamvention.

HRN - Episode 7: DMR Digital Mobile Radio (Pre-Yaesu Edition). This early interview (just Episode 7) got the most complaints of any HRN show, with viewers upset that Gary "wouldn't let his subject talk". 

HRN 303: HamRadioNow2.0 from the HamCation (Katie WY7YL and Jason KC5HWB). This episode, shot in the SIB (Studio In a Booth) in Orlando, was just talk-show fun with Katie and Jason.

HRN 283: A Ham's Night Before Christmas - LIVE on HamRadioNow. How could we not include this version of Gary's legendary Ham Radio Christmas Poem? 

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HRN 399 7/8 ZumSpot setup

Darren and David setup a ZumSpot. We also made some changes in the studio in order to bring you better audio. This is the first episode to use the Wirecast Rendezvous feature, and it worked great!

HRN 399 1/2 CQ Field Day from WA6P

Gwen and David talk about their 2018 Field Day from San Vicente Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. We had a great time at Field Day, and hope that you did too. Please let us know in the comments what you did for Field Day!

HRN 399: N2RJ for Hudson Division Director

Ria Jairam N2RJ joins Gary and myself to discuss her announced plans to run for Hudson Division Director.  Ria has a lot of Amateur Radio experience and a great perspective on how to Make the ARRL Great Again!  Please check our show out and if you know someone in the Hudson division talk to them about Ria, she would be a great change.  You can find out more about Ria at the following sites: 




(Oh yeah, sound is hard...  There is an echo for the first 15 minutes or so, but then I fixed it)

HRN 398: Guess Who's Back

It's been a while, I've had a busy month, and a few issues getting guests, but I decided it's time to do a show, and I am trying out a sidekick (because several of you asked for one)… I hope you enjoy!

HRN 396: Field Radio Podcast

John Jacobs W7DBO from the Field Radio Podcast is my guest. We talk about his podcast, podcasting and how he got involved with HamRadio360. John builds awesome custom go boxes (  John and I discuss our experinces producing content for the internet about Ham Radio and Field Day! 


HRN 395: Baker To Vegas 2018

A combination show: On the road to the race, an interview with John Rosica KA2FND of NVIS Communications, and raw video from the race at Stage #9. It's a little rough copy, but you are hams, hopefully you can pull the good stuff out of the noise. Doing sound in the field is apparently hard... I am getting some equipment to make it better in the future. 

HRN 394: Radio Relay International

David W0DHG talks to Jim Wades WB8SWI and Joe Ames W3JY of Radio Relay International about the organization, it's beginnings, how it works, and why. Radio Relay International can be found at

I hope you enjoy!


The Audio version will be included next week....

HRN 393: Tech 'Enhanced'; Lisenco on the Hudson; What's Next

The Hudson Division Webinar, in full:

In Episode 393, Gary KN4AQ plays several 'highly edited' clips from the February 2018 ARRL Hudson Division 'Town Hall' webinar audio. His goal was to condense several comments made by ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB into 'listenable' sound bites, without changing Lisenco's intent or losing context.

This is the webinar audio in its entirety. The only thing edited out is about 15 minutes of technical prep at the beginning as they got things working. You'll still hear a few minutes of the guys getting things ready, but there are some interesting remarks in that time. After that, there are no edits, nothing rearranged or deleted. The primary speaker is ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB. You'll hear several other voices from ARRL officials in the Division and its Sections, and some Q&A from webinar listeners.

The source of that audio is this web site:  'Milen' is Milen Bourilkov KG2C. Thanks to Milen for recording the audio from the webinar. Unfortunately, Mike Lisenco had a very loud hum on his microphone. Gary ran it through noise reduction in Adobe Audition, so in this copy you'll only hear a few artifacts left over. There are a few spots where Mike spoke softly. The original audio left his voice obscured by hum, and the 'noise reduced' version is just difficult to understand in those few spots.

And here are the clips that Gary edited:

HRN 392: Yuma ARES and Agency Relationships

Curmudgeon hams will rant about how professional Emcomm agencies see no value in ham radio. And in some areas that's true.

The ARES forum from the Yuma AZ Hamfest - Roozy Moabery W1EH, ARRL DEC for part of the sprawling Los Angeles area, talks about how hams there have created a great working relationship with their served agencies.

This is a slide-show talk, but the slides are all text headlines for the topics Roozy covers, so the RADIO RATING is still A.

HRN 391: ARRL Director Dick Norton N6AA at the Yuma AZ Hamfest

Dick Norton N6AA, the ARRL SW Division Director, is at the center of the dust-up (Firestorm?) at the ARRL Board of Directors. He's the director who was censured in a special Board Meeting last fall for what the Board said were inappropriate comments at the Visalia DX convention the previous spring. He's also the Director that Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB said was partly responsible for a 'toxic environment' at the League. Lisenco's comments came during a Hudson Division web Town Hall in early 2018, with a link from this discussion. (Note that the audio recording of that webinar is pretty bad, but it's also pretty interesting if you can tough it out.)

In this episode, Dick Norton discussed his censure and the ARRL Board Code of Conduct at the ARRL Forum at the Yuma AZ Hamfest in February. HamRadioNow's host David Goldenberg W0DHG recorded the session.

Radio Rating: A

HRN 390: Huntsville Hamfest Update, Live from Orlando

Mark Brown N4BCD is the new chairman of the Huntsville Hamfest. A little birdie (named Michael Kalter) told him to cross the street and talk to that Gary guy for some free publicity, so we caught up on the latest from what's probably the #3 fest in the US after Dayton and Orlando.

Mark takes over after the passing of Charlie Emerson N4OKL, who we described as "the benevolent dictator of the Huntsville Hamfest" back in HamRadioNow Episode 29