Ham Nation

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Ham Nation is the TWIT show about ham radio. Bob Heil, with various co-hosts and guests, will cover the excitement and importance of ham radio - from tossing an antenna wire in a tree allowing you to talk to the world, to the importance of ham radio operators in time of disasters. Ham Nation premiered on May 24, 2011. The show currently airs live on Wednesday at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET with the on demand download available within 24 hours.




For details on contributing videos for potential play during Ham Nation, see this link http://www.hamnationvideos.info


Recent Episodes

Below are recent episodes you can download or watch.

  • Ham Nation 153 Field Day Preparations–Field Day Preparations and more.
  • Ham Nation 152 JOHN CLEMENS 90th birthday, Gordo ready's for field Day–A special birthday present for John Clemens, Field day with Gordo, soldering the iPhone to Icom HT interface and more.
  • Ham Nation 151 Sea-Pac–Seaside Oregon Sea-Pac Hamfest, QSLing with Valerie, George interviews Randy(K7AGE) and more.
  • Ham Nation 150 Six Meters is ALIVE!–Exploring the six-meter band, inside an IC-7000, constructing an inexpensive 10M Beam and more.
  • Ham Nation 149 How to Use Your Grid Dip Meter–Using a Grid Dip Meter, audio mixers, Dayton after dark, and more.
  • Ham Nation 148 We Survived Dayton!–News from Dayton HamVention, iPhone to Icom interface, extremely low noise antennas, and more.
  • Ham Nation 147 Dayton Preview!–Bob and Valerie report in from Dayton, 2009 Newsline Young Ham of the Year Andrew Koenig, mobile HF radio installs and more!
  • Ham Nation 146 We're All Off to Dayton!–APRS(Automatic Packet Reporting System), mobile beacon to Dayton, MFJ products, and more!
  • Ham Nation 145 K7AGE's Magic Drawing Board–Aluma Towers, running splits, sound card interfaces for PSK31, and more!
  • Ham Nation 144 Joe Walsh(WB6ACU) Enters Ham Radio–Joe Walsh(WB6ACU) returns to the show to talk about how he started with Ham radio, Field Day, questions from the chat room and more!
  • Ham Nation 143 Bob at NAB and DXing with Valerie–Bob's NAB experience, DX Code of Conduct, Arduino ID Timer, and more!
  • Ham Nation 142 Up on the Roof–Don's Solara mobile install, smoke and solder, show me your shack, and more!
  • Ham Nation 141 Joe Walsh WB6ACU Co-hosts!–In this special episode, Joe Walsh(WB6ACU), of the Eagles and the Ham Nation theme talks with the crew! Also Leo Laporte, Tim Duffy, Ray Novak and we announce an addition to the staff!
  • Ham Nation 140 Robert W0VMC Shows Those Monster Broadcast Transmitters–'Heavy Iron' Gurus, reviewing balanced and unbalanced audio, an elementary school ham club, and more.
  • Ham Nation 139 Flying High Over K9EID–Hexcopter flies over K9EID, Acadiana AARA Hamfest, Mobile HF wiring, and more.
  • Ham Nation 138 A World Class Contest Station–Anita and Fred's world class contest station, Green County Hamfest, measuring coax impedance, and more.
  • Ham Nation 137 The World Radiosport Team Championship–The 20-Meter Net Control, the World Radiosport Team Championship, George explains diodes, and more.
  • Ham Nation 136 DX Engineering Acquires Cycle 24 Antenna–Ham Nation from Dayton news, Gordo is on emergency storm watch, Bob explains ground loops, and more.
  • Ham Nation 135 Reel to Real–Bob shows off his old reels, coronal mass ejection expands the 10 meter band, Puerto Rico ARRL Convention, and more.
  • Ham Nation 134 Station Grounding–Bob is inducted to the Hammond Organ Hall Of Fame, how to make a career out of being a ham, compression f connectors, using radio for healthcare, and more.
  • Ham Nation 133 The 2014 Dayton Hamvention Award Winners–Hamvention award winner announcement, Bob's back from his trip with pictures, from CES the FLIR One, RF connectors, and more.
  • Ham Nation 132 Visiting Quartzfest–CES quadcopters, Quartzfest with Gordo, radio propagation 101, how Hams got their name, and more.
  • Ham Nation 131 Getting Wired–Vintage video of Amateur Radio Newsline, the Blizzard of '67, transmission lines, and more!
  • Ham Nation 130 Gordo's CES report, and Bob's AGC Receiver Adjustment–Gordo reports from CES, Proper AGC adjustment, keeping a log book, and more.
  • Ham Nation 129 The Mosley CM-1 History–A life saving Ham radio story, Bob interviews Mosley CM-1 Creator John Clemens, how to solder small chips, and more.
  • Ham Nation 128 Deck the Halls–A message from Santa in the North Pole, Heil 12 days of Christmas, QRZ Sweepstakes Winners, freeze your acorns off QRP event, and more.
  • Ham Nation 127 Live from DX Engineering–Bob is live from DX Engineering, humanitarian award goes to a HAM operator, Kempton Rally 2013, CES shots from Gordo, and more.
  • Ham Nation 126 Old Guys Rule–Smoke and solder gender bender, show me your shack, Cheryl's chat room, and more.
  • Ham Nation 125 Thanksgiving QSO–Smoke and solder power pole connectors, Thanksgiving message from Last Man Standing, transmitting from the beach and more.
  • Ham Nation 124 LIVE FROM: Midwest ARRL Convention–Live interviews with numerous people in Ham Radio
  • Ham Nation 123A recap of the Midwest ARRL Convention–We're back from the Lebanon convention, interview with Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, honoring our veterans, a don't try this at home video, and more.
  • Ham Nation 122Gordo joins Bob in the stage and lab at Pleasant Hope–Upcoming ARRL midwest convention, antenna and transmitter switches, Tokyo radio center, questions from the chat room, and more.
  • Ham Nation 121George builds an intercom and Happy Halloween!–Bob's been busy with the Wrecking Crew, how to make a cheap intercom, in depth with multi-band antennas, and more..
  • Ham Nation 120DX Engineering's Grand Opening–Measuring Xformer impedance, DX Engineerings grand opening, photos from Pacific-Con, and more.
  • Ham Nation 119We talk about proper microphone technique–Finish building the FM radio kit, Gordo is at Pacificon, win a chance to hear your callsign broadcast on Last Man Standing, and more.
  • Ham Nation 118Fred Loyd, Founder of QRZ is Bob's special guest–Bob interviews Fred Lloyd AA7BQ founder of QRZ, WA5KUB reports on the U.K. hamfest, the elmering challenge, and more.
  • Ham Nation 117Tim Duffy (K3LR) Discusses Towers and Antennas–FM radio kit part 1, busting antenna myths, news of Colorado floods, and more.
  • Ham Nation 116Analyze This!–Jamboree on the air, Antenna Analyzers, Ham made music video, and more!
  • Ham Nation 115A Tribute to Wayne Green W2NSD–Flooding in Colorado, how to get involved in commercial electronics, tribute to Wayne Green, and more.
  • Ham Nation 114Hallicrafters HT37–Echo link trouble shooting, Bob works Germany with a 1962 Hillicrafters HT37, tribute to John F. Kenndy, and more.
  • Ham Nation 113RF Demodulator–How to build your own RF Demodulator, tracking 20 meter transmitters, ham involvement with wildfires, and more.
  • Ham Nation 112How To Use an Oscilloscope–Monitoring with your scope, tracking down man-made noise, Joplin Hamfest report, and more.
  • Ham Nation 111Gordo Begins Teaching the Instructors –Final part of building your own 6 Meter Yagi, becoming a ham instructor, Young Ham of the Year presentation, and more.
  • Ham Nation 110Bob Shows How to Connect Your Scope to Your Transmitter–Part 2 of building a six meter Yagi, how to make your own a RF sampler, scope transmitters, and more.
  • Ham Nation 109Bob Finishes the Patch Panel–Proper audio cable preparation, building a six meter Yagi, Building an HF Tuner and more.
  • Ham Nation 108George Tests his TNC Raspberry Pi–Return from HAM Holiday, tracking mylar balloons, testing the TNC-Pi, and more.
  • Ham Nation 107Raspberry Pi and Audio –More on tropospheric ducting, hooking up a transceiver to a mixer, and setting up Raspberry Pi.
  • Ham Nation 106Gordo Explains VHF Tropo Ducting–connecting studio monitor speakers to your receiver, building the TNC-Pi and more!
  • Ham Nation 105Bob Launches Another Antenna –Viewer videos, Bob uses an air cannon to launch an antenna, George shows how to 'de-solder', and more!
  • Ham Nation 104Field Day was a big success –Wes Schum greets HamNation, Boy Scouts retire a flag, Alternator noise filter and more!
  • Ham Nation 103Fire Season –How to shoot videos, Greenville kids Ham station, Field Day with Gordo, OCF Dipole and more!
  • Ham Nation 102Dale tells us where to send videos –Amanda's photos of the Colorado fire, Nick and George talk about Field Day, Kit building with Joe Eisenberg and more.
  • Ham Nation 101Special Event Report –Winner of the PR40 signed by Joe Walsh, Megan the weather intern, after net control stations, final AM radio alignment, and more.
  • Ham Nation 100We Present Our 100th Show–Celebrate our 100th episode in style with special guest appearances from Joe Walsh and Larry Junstrom.
  • Ham Nation 99Hamvention, It's a Wrap –Video from Hamvention, Kenwood Senior Engineer Toshio Torii, part 7 of building an AM/FM radio kit, and more.
  • Ham Nation 98Dayton 2013 –Dayton special event plans, video from Greenland, news from around the world, and more.
  • Ham Nation 97Preparing for the Trip to Dayton – Getting ready for Dayton, how to install a mobile radio for a road trip, AM/FM radio continued, and more.
  • Ham Nation 96Congratulations to Jay Adrick for the NAB Award –Video from George's celebration dinner, and creating parts with Shapelock.
  • Ham Nation 95I'm Back!–Bob is back with video of Joe Walsh and Bob Seger, help needed at Dayton, Newsline update about Boston, and more.
  • Ham Nation 94Tim & Ray at Twit–Contest University2013, part four of building an AM/FM radio, and your ham questions answered.
  • Ham Nation 93Viewer Discretion Advised–FCC's possible elimination of indecency policies, Bob live from NAB, and your videos.
  • Ham Nation 92AES SuperFest & Smoke&Solder–Bob's on the road, Gordo demonstrates interference, and part two of building an AM/FM radio.
  • Ham Nation 91George builds an AM/FM radio kitBoy Scouts ham radio merit badge, video from IWCE, and more.
  • Ham Nation 90We Visit GigaPartsBob shows off the Yaesu FT 3000, Ham Radio Day at GigaParts, and a look at transformers.
  • Ham Nation 89George Receives Dayton's Special Achievement AwardHamvention award winners, contesting with vintage gear, and a transistor relay driver.
  • Ham Nation 88Ham Radio Featured on Tim Allen's Last Man Standing Behind the scenes look, Inductive Reactance and more.
  • Ham Nation 87Show Us Your Shacklook at ham shacks across the country, snow on antennas, all about how inductors work and lots of chat room fun.
  • Ham Nation 86A Tribute to Wes SchumHands-on with the TS-990, a tribute to Wes Schum, and a homemade outpost.
  • Ham Nation 85It's Valentines DayThe InnovAntenna, Bob's custom built gear, how to build a class-D audio amplifier and more.
  • Ham Nation 84Hams Attend NAMMThe NAMM show, a preview of the Winter 2013 edition of CQ VHF, cheap wire tricks from George, and more.
  • Ham Nation 83Where in the World is GordoWrap up of Quartzfest, Differences in PL259 connectors, and more.
  • Ham Nation 82The SoftRock PayoffShow Us Your Shack photos, fox hunting, and the Softrock RXTX Ensemble finale.
  • Ham Nation 81History of SSB Ham radio gear at CES 2013, history of single sideband, homemade solder paste, more.
  • Ham Nation 80Interest Your Wife in Ham Radio Photos from Hamfest, hands-on with the new Icom IC-7100, and getting your wife into Ham radio.
  • Ham Nation 79How Is Your Mic Cable? Preparing for CES, Gordon dunks a radio in water, and how to reduce RF interference
  • Ham Nation 78Merry Christmas From Ham Nation! HRO Appreciation Day in Atlanta, christmas poems, and turning a Raspberry Pi into an FM transmitter.
  • Ham Nation 77Cheryl's Ham Nation AnniversaryBob's tour of Voice of America, Quartzfest, working SoftRock receiver and more.
  • Ham Nation 76Gordon Receives the RCA AwardGordo's trip back East, Bob's antenna switching system, and more.
  • Ham Nation 75Our 75th AnniversaryLeo joins us for our 75th anniversary, Bob fires up an original 1956 Harvey-Wells, soldering aluminum and more.
  • Ham Nation 74Tower Safety and Coaxial DipolesMore about coaxial dipole antennas, tower safety do's and don't and more.
  • Ham Nation 73CW SweepstakesOld Ham newsletters, Bob's tower project, more SoftRock Building, and tracing coax cable with a cassette player.
  • Ham Nation 72Bob's Organ TransplantRecovery from Hurricane Sandy, George builds Reference Monitors, and more.
  • Ham Nation 71Hams On HalloweenImpact of Hurricane Sandy, video from the K6H PAPA System Special Event, and Building the SoftRock part 2.
  • Ham Nation 70CQ World Wide Phone ContestWAI4QT QRP FT817, Last Man Standing" Event, CQ WW SSB, SoftRock RXTX Ensemble Pt1, and more.
  • Ham Nation 69On the road again with Gordo and DonWe go on the road with Gordo and Don!.
  • Ham Nation 68George enjoys MFJ's 40th anniversaryBob's Birthday Party, Gordo on his way to Pacificon, MFJ 40th Anniversary, MFJ-913K 4:1 Balun and more...
  • Ham Nation 67Big doings in StarkvilleThe MFJ 40th anniversary, identifying broadband noise, building an OpenBeacon, and more.
  • Ham Nation 66Viewer VideosCapacitor and resistor substitution boxes, remote Ham radio operation, OpenBeacon part 2 and more...
  • Ham Nation 65Science of the Phased Arrayplus part one of building the etherkit.com OpenBeacon and more.
  • Ham Nation 64BullCowboy Bob and Clayton Cullen, Icom Contest award, Finish building a shortwave radio, and more.
  • Ham Nation 63After Isaac and Icom ContestBob's phased 75 meter dipoles, hurricane Isaac video, Building a shortwave radio, and more.
  • Ham Nation 62Hurricane PartyHurricane Issac coverage, Solder a Type N connector and more.
  • Ham Nation 61Huntsville HamfestCoverage of the 2012 Huntsville Hamfest, Joe Eisenberg on kits, and more.
  • Ham Nation 60Chatrooms And ContestsAmanda returns, back to school with Gordon, capacitive reactance, and more.
  • Ham Nation 59Meet The Net Control OperatorsAmateur Microwave Event, Introduction to Resistors, Icom Contest and more.
  • Ham Nation 58Lonnie W0GZV talks about Fi-FiThe B-29 bomber, Quantum Sphere batteries, grounding revisited, and more.
  • Ham Nation 57Tom, HQA RadioTom, KB4HQA recovers from Dayton accident, Maker Faire, Grounding, and more.
  • Ham Nation 56Mobile HF AntennasGoing HF mobile, Gonset Communicator restoration, Raspberry Pi, and more.
  • Ham Nation 55George's New StudioAnacapa balloon probe, Bob’s new antenna farm, constructing George’s new shack studio, and more.

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Show notes

Below are detailed show notes for released episodes. These are updated as soon as possible as time allows and/or as much community effort is put into them.

Additional show notes for Ham Nation can be found here.

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