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ARRL's Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic_podcast_logo.jpgEvery two weeks the Eclectic Tech podcast brings you news, interviews, and commentary about technology and science -- all with an amateur radio twist!

You can listen to Eclectic Tech on your iOS or Android mobile device, as well as on TuneIn and Blubrry.


ARRL's Eclectic Tech podcast is hosted by Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and sponsored by Icom -- for the love of amateur radio.Icom_Logo.jpg

Eclectic Tech Archive

  • 2021

    January 14, 2021 25 Generating incredible magnetic fields; hunting down noise with ARRL Assistant Laboratory Manager Bob Allison, WB1GCM
    January 28, 2021 26 A discussion of synchronous AM reception and an interview with Dave Tipping, NZ1J, about a novel approach to fox hunting.
    February 11, 2021 27  All about VERY slow CW, better known as QRSS, and a discussion of Virtual Audio Cables
    February 25, 2021 28 Receiving NOAA weather satellite images using software such as WXtoIMG and NOAA APT. Also, a chat with Nigel Vander Houwen, K7NVH, about using amateur radio aboard rockets and high-altitude balloons.

  • 2020

    February 13, 2020 1 QO-100 satellite, testing handhelds, Raspberry Pi remote, Solar Minimum
    February 27, 2020 2  Expensive Macs, Alexa and ham radio, sunspots and whales, HamSci.
    March 12, 2020 3  JS8Call, SSTV, arc-fault circuit breakers
    March 26, 2020 4 Treating Alzheimer's with RF, listening to the Sun, the WOW signal.
    April 9, 2020 5 A new distance record at 122 GHz, digital meteor scatter; wireless power transfer technolocy.
    April 23, 2020 6 A discussion of key clicks, and a discussion of artificial intelligence as it might apply to amateur radio contesting.
    May 7, 2020 7 NCDXF/IARU beacons, HF aeronautical radio, StarLink satellites, "Folding@Home"
    May 21, 2020 8 10-meter FM; "hotspots" for D-STAR, DMR, and Yaesu Fusion
    June 4, 2020 9 CW decoding software, Intermodulation Distortion, Understanding Blockchain
    June 18, 2020 10 Sporadic E, antenna modeling, computer espionage, spray-on antennas
    July 2, 2020 11 Shortwave Radiogram, remote receivers, PSKreporter and FT8
    July 16, 2020 12 Low frequency activity, and an update on NextGen TV.
    July 31, 2020 13 Hellschreiber, charging on the fly, the current state of Automatic Link Establishment
    August 13, 2020 14 Dealing with noise and a chat with David Hodge, N6AN, about his work with the radio astronomy team at CalTech.
    August 27, 2020 15 Shopping for HF transceivers with Bob Allison, WB1GCM
    September 10, 2020 16 A discussion about the 222 MHz band with Jon Jones, N0JK. Also advice on shopping for coaxial cable.
    September 24, 2020 17 Tagging HF digital modes with RSID; discussing the mysteries of Long Delayed Echoes with Bob Allison, WB1GCM
    October 8, 2020 18 A revolutionary new RF shielding material; storing software in the Arctic; a discussion with Al Rabassa, NW2M, about the importance of fan cooling.
    October 22, 2020 19 Eavesdropping on radiosondes; a discussion about power supplies with Bob Allison, WB1GCM
    November 5, 2020 20 A chat with ARRL Emergency Preparedness Director Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, about the future of amateur radio technology in public service. Also, a new power source using diamonds and nuclear waste.
    November 19, 2020 21 A novel undersea home for data servers; a chat with Nigel Vander Houwen, K7NVH, about HamWAN networks.
    December 3, 2020 22 Generating electricity with gravity; a discussion with Bob Allison, WB1GCM, about vintage vs modern transceivers.
    December 17, 2020 23 6th generation Mesh networking and a discussion with Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, about the technology in use at W1AW.
    December 31, 2020 24 Soild-state drive failures; a conversation with Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, about receiving signals from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter