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Ham Talk Live!

Thursdays at 9 pm Eastern Live call-in talk show about Amateur (Ham) Radio Hosted by Neil Rapp, WB9VPG Twitter: @HamTalkLive Facebook: facebook.com/HamTalkLive Email: contact@hamtalklive.com Web: HamTalkLive.com Call-in Line: (812) NET-HAM-1 Podcast replays are also on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeart Podcasts, Google Play, and YouTube Show Schedule: www.neilrapp.com/hamtalklive/schedule.html Thanks to our sponsors: Tower Electronics - www.pl-259.com ICOM America: www.icomamerica.com/amateur Go to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for information about events (like our LIVE broadcast from Dayton!) or updates from past shows.
  1. Our guests tonight are the members of the Pearson family from Brentwood, TN. They entered the realm of ham radio last year, upgraded right away, and haven't looked back! You may remember 10 year old Ryan, KN4VKW, winning the grand prize ICOM IC-7610 at the Huntsville Hamfest last year. We'll talk with them and share their adventures in getting started with ham radio.

    Plus, we'll have an update from the Huntsville Hamfest, which was cancelled this morning due to the pandemic.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  2. Paul Jaffe, KJ4IKI from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - NRL will take your questions about his research on collecting solar energy in space and beaming it back to Earth. Tune in to hear how his ham radio experience is helping with energy research.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  3. Christian Cudnik, K0STH from 100 Watts and a Wire and Hour:73 is here to talk about the show's annual "Tune Up" event in preparation for Field Day and tell us about his new podcast, Hour:73.

    Also, be sure to complete and share the State of the Hobby survey, which was featured on episode 199.
    https://www.radiosoth.org/2020/05/2020-state-of-hobby-survey.html

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  4. MISSING BEING AT HAMVENTION? Give us a call for open lines on Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern when we take a look at what we are missing at this year's Dayton Hamvention. We have some special reports, special guests, and YOU! We'll commiserate together.

    Be sure to CALL in with your comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your comments before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  5. Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Rob Macedo KD1CY, and Lloyd Colston, KC5FM from the Hurricane Watch Net and the VoIP Hurricane Net are here to talk about Hurricane Preparedness Week, Weather Observers Day, the 55th anniversary of the Hurricane Watch Net, and the 40th anniversary of the amateur radio station at the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  6. Hamvention may be cancelled for 2020, but you can still go to Contest University and participate in the Hamvention QSO Party during the former Hamvention weekend. Tim Duffy, K3LR, is here to tell us about the online edition of Contest University as well as the rules for the Hamvention QSO Party and take your questions LIVE.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

    For more information about the events discussed here tonight, visit contestuniversity.com and/or hvqp.org.
  7. Two guests are on the show tonight to talk about ways YOU can help COVID-19 research. Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, will be here to talk about how plasma donations can help with a project he is overseeing at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. To learn more about Scott's project, visit https://www.uscovidplasma.org/

    Sam Rose, KC2LRC, will be here to talk about Folding@Home, a way to help researchers make virtual molecular models of proteins to better understand diseases. Folding@Home has shifted all their distributive computing resources to COVID-19 research. Learn how you can install a simple program on your computer(s) to donate use of the processors in the background to help find a treatment. To join the Folding@Home team, go to foldingathome.org, and join group 59515, Clarkson University. Other groups you might be interested in joining include AMSAT (69710), Do Something Amateur Radio Club (258065), Amateur Radio - HAMS (72200), Amateur Radio Community (254089), Amateur Radio Operators for the Cure (262934), Amateur Radio Science Team (43146), Central Coast Amateur Radio Club VK2AFY (262870), Ham Radio Operators (341), Larry's List: KC Metro Ham Radio (254950), or N18 - HAM Radio Operators from Recklinghausen/Oer-Erkenschwick (258747). After you join a group, be sure to get a passkey.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  8. Dr. Jim Parra, N5HZ will be here to talk about his trip to northern Italy and his day long tour of the Begali key factory! He will take your questions live, and provide an update on how the factory is doing during the pandemic.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  9. Vance Martin, N3VEM will take your questions about the upcoming Parks on the Air "Support Your Parks" Plaque Event coming up in July. We'll talk about Parks on the Air, portable operation in general, and this specific event.

    Be sure to call in with your questions and comments at 859-982-7373 or tweet us @HamTalkLive during the second half of the show.
  10. Michael Kalter, W8CI, the spokesperson for the Dayton Hamvention is here to take your questions about the cancellation of Hamvention and a new event that will take its place this year - the Hamvention QSO Party.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  11. Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station international chairman, will be here to tell us all about the new radio on the ISS and answer your questions LIVE.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  12. Matt Bonadies, KB9YOJ, president of the Southern Indiana Amateur Radio Association, will take your questions about virtual club meetings! SIARA will be meeting virtually due to social distancing requirements from the coronavirus, and we'll discuss ideas about clubs, LIVE.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

    UPDATE: The free ZOOM videoconferencing for longer than 40 minutes is for only ARRL Affiliated Clubs IN THE HUDSON DIVISION. I was able to get more information since the show aired. If you're in the ARRL Hudson Division and your club is an ARRL affiliated club and your club wants to have the longer meeting time on Zoom, contact your director Ria N2RJ at n2rj@arrl.org. We are not aware of any other ARRL divisions having this ability at this time. But, the 40 minute ZOOM conferences are always free!
  13. Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO and Marty Sullaway, NN1C from Team Exuberance, an all star youth contesting team, will be here to talk about their latest event: CQWW WPX CW 2020! The team is bringing in the best youth CW operators from around the world to compete at the K3LR station in western Pennsylvania.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  14. Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB from CQ Amateur Radio Magazine is back with more exciting new kits! Be sure to call in with your questions about kit building during the show!

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

    To see the video from the Orlando ARC build from Chris, AA4CB go here:
    https://t.co/WTor7A3tnA?amp=1

    X-Tronic USA Soldering Stations: https://xtronicusa.com/
  15. Ham Talk Live! goes back to college and joins a fraternity! Maxwell Zines, WM4TH, will take your questions about a new ham radio club at a University of Tulsa fraternity!

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  16. It's time to party! Episode #200 of Ham Talk Live! is on the air! We'll take a look back at some of our favorite clips of the first 199 episodes, play some Ham Talk Live! Trivia, and give away tons of fabulous prize packs from ICOM America and Tower Electronics, and a $200 tuner for the 200th episode courtesy of LDG Electronics!

    Be sure to CALL to win and play Ham Talk Live! Trivia by calling 859-982-7373 live during the show.
  17. Dustin Thomas, N8RMA will be on Ham Talk Live! to take your questions about the 2020 State of the Hobby Survey that will be conducted soon! Dustin and I will take a look at the past surveys, talk about their relevance, and some of the statistics about amateur radio.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 859-982-7373 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

    Visit the 2020 State of the Hobby Survey at https://www.radiosoth.org/
  18. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW is on the show to talk about Bill's Birthday Bash coming up February 7-9. The informal special event will be the first for the Amateur Radio Newsline club call WA6ITF. Newsline Founder Bill Pasternak's 78th birthday would have been February 7.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-638-4261 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  19. The National Contest Journal is undergoing some major upgrades soon, and the Editor Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD is here to tell us all about it and take your calls LIVE!

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-638-4261 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  20. Michael Cauley, W4MCA, the chairman of Hamcation, is here to take your questions and to preview the Orlando Hamcation 2020! We'll talk about what's new, what's old, and what not to miss.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-638-4261 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.