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100 Watts and a Wire

100 Watts and a Wire is podcast about amateur radio. Launched on June 22, 2015, the show features topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at one mans journey of discovery through this important pubic service and hobby. Join Christian, K0STH at the intersection of life and amateur radio.

  1. On this episode, we look back at the Dayton Hamvention. Although Covid-19 forced its cancellation in 2020, we can look back at past visits and share the common appeal to this amateur radio event. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  2. On this episode, we visit with Ria, N2RJ. So many questions! How are things at the league? Will Field Day look the same in 2020? Plus, Steve, W7UDI gets us ready for the Tune Up. Have you assembled your team? This time, winner takes all. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  3. On this episode, we catch up with Steve, W7UDI. We talk about Washington State and the changes Covid19 has brought to amateur radio. We also consider a potential change coming to this year’s Field Day. If we have to adjust, Steve has an idea that we will put in play during the TUNE UP. Plus, Contest University goes online. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  4. On this episode, we check in on the state of life in our new world. Is this pandemic good for amateur radio? We also talk about linked dipoles. Are they an option for emergency communications? Plus, we introduce a new podcast. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  5. On this episode, we navigate life during a pandemic. There, I said it. As sweeping changes become the norm, we learn the fate of the 2020 Dayton Hamvention. It’s off. Are you really surprised? While you’re working from home, try and get on the radio. Communicate with others. Enjoy your family. Stay safe!
  6. On this episode, we encourage you to stay focused when it comes to Covid19. By all means, don’t panic. Plus, does our ham radio interests run in cycles? If we move on, do we always come back? Plus, we explore the viability of HF in emergency communications. Should we be testing the backup to the backbone? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  7. On this episode, we talk about the ICOM 705. This is a beautiful radio. But, is it on your wish list? Our panel breaks down the rumored price and potential market. Plus, the ARRL is asking for our support. Hear what’s on the table. What do you think about the proposals? Should Technician Class Licenses come with more HF band access? All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  8. On this episode, we talk about the importance of your local CERT Program. You do have a local CERT Program, right? We also talk about this course has changed my plans for Dayton. Plus, the Coronavirus. We’ll take a look at some of the numbers being collected by Johns Hopkins University. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  9. On this episode, we discuss the news coming from the ARRL. On Friday, the ARRL’s Board of Directors voted not to renew its Chief Executive Officer Howard Michel, WB2ITX. What are we being told? What are our sources saying? Steve, W7UDI joins me to unbox everything we know today. Plus. a special announcement regarding this Sunday’s NET. All of this and more on this special edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  10. On this episode, emergency communication and the digital modes. As we settle into 2020, training is the focus for K0STH. We’ll get an update on the courses and the plan. Plus, do you have an open mind when it comes to new amateur radio technology? Evan, W8KJR joins us to discuss digital modes. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  11. On this episode, we kick off the year with antenna issues! Will it be a simple fix? Or, is 160 headed to recycling? Come along as we brave the cold to troubleshoot. Plus, Steve, W7UDI stops by to talk about cable connectors and tower safety. Are you climbing a tower? You’ll want to hear this. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  12. On this episode, we take a look at what’s on your ham radio Christmas list. We also talk about go bags, coax and the things you need in the field. We also talk about YouTube and the potential for us in that landscape. Plus, we have an update on YOTA. All of this and more on the holiday edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  13. On this episode, a follow up to the Thanksgiving Antenna Massacre. We have learned of the damage. This time, we talk about the recovery. We also talk about YouTube. A recent appearance on Ham Radio 2.0 has raised questions about a 100 Watts and a Wire channel. Could we do it? Plus, we take a dip in this months QST and CQ Magazine. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  14. Winds reaching speeds of 50-60 MPH came through this part of Missouri over night. On this episode, we provide a heath and wellness check on the antenna garden.
  15. On this episode, we talk about the sweepstakes. Did you play? Does passing such an exchange give you anxiety? Let’s talk. We also learn about Youth On The Air Region 2. In 2020, it’s coming to the Voice of America. Details inside. We also follow Ed DD5LP on a summit and a recommendation on how to handle your weird uncle at Thanksgiving. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  16. On this episode, the hobby turns to service for K0STH. As of last week, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in St. Louis has gained a new member. We’ll talk about more about ARES and the expectations on the road ahead. Plus, Patrick WD9EWK teaches us more about satellites. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  17. On this episode we announce the winners of the 100 Watts and a Wire: FALL OUT. Plus, Offspring vs KC and the Sunshine Band. Hear me out. We also clarify the category of people who (QRM) intentionally interfere with a child. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  18. On this episode, we flashback to this year’s Fall Out. What are the takeaways? Are we ready for a major incident? Plus, a historic piece of audio from World War II is found in a New York basement. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.
  19. It’s Fall Out week! Prep your gear and get on the air. Thousands of dollars in prizes are available for stations who participate and earn twenty five contact points. Visit 100wattsandawire.com and click the Activities tab for more details. Let’s roll!
  20. On this episode, how getting caught up with a digital mistress can effect your relationship with your main squeeze. Plus, we have added another Special Op station to work during the Fall Out. Check the website for details and plan on getting on the air. We also plan to observe this weekend’s ARES/RACES training in St. Louis. All of this and more on this edition of 100 Watts and a Wire.