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ARRL's Eclectic Tech Podcast

Eclectic_podcast_logo.jpgBeginning in 2020, the biweekly Eclectic Tech podcast offered news, interviews, and commentary about technology and science -- all with an amateur radio twist!

The podcast series ended with episode 67 on August 25, 2022. However, you can still listen to any of the episodes by browsing this archive.

ARRL's Eclectic Tech podcast was hosted by Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and sponsored by Icom.Icom_Logo.jpg

Eclectic Tech Archive

  • 2022




    January 13, 2022


    H.P. Friedrichs, AC7ZL, talks about his new book "Marvelous Magnetic Machines" and the joys of "extreme homebrewing."

     January 27, 2022  52 Sal Defrancesco, K1RGO, discusses his 630-meter receiving loop antenna that was featured in the February issue of QST magazine. Also, a discussion of the new YubiKey Bio password protection device.
     February 10, 2022 53  Chatting with ARRL Radiosport manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, about the 222 MHz band.
     February 24, 2022 54 Barry Feierman, K3UEI, describes using the VARA digital mode with handheld FM transceivers. Also, the end of Google's "Project Loon."
     March 10, 2022 55 A conversation with Dave Slotter, W3DIS, about HamPi -- a free suite of amateur radio software for the Raspberry Pi.
    March 24, 2022 56 Everything you wanted to know about circuit simulation software with Steve Allen, KC1SA
    April 7, 2022 57 Using WSPR at nano-watt power levels with Carl Nord, WA1KPD
    April 21, 2022 58 A conversation with author Nick Tusa, K5EF, about his new book Wes Schum - Amateur Radio's Unsung Hero and the advent of Single Sideband.
    May 5, 2022 59 Speaking with ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, about the upcoming ARRL International Digital Contest
    May 19, 2022 60 Embedding small binary files within SSTV images: a proposal by Brian Callahan, AD2BA. Also, "lens" antennas for microwaves.
    June 2, 2022 61 A Dayton Hamvention 2022 roundup with QST Product Review Editor Pascal Villeneuve, VA2PV
    June 16, 2022 62 At Case Western Reserve University, they are exploring innovative applications for Coherent CW. David Kazdan, AD8Y, tells us all about it.
    June 30, 2022 63 Solar researcher and ARRL Central Division Director Carl Lutzelschwab, K9LA, discusses the 1859 super flare known as the Carrington Event. Could it happen again during the current solar cycle?
    July 14, 2022 64 A discussion with Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, about station downsizing and stealthy antennas.
    July 28, 2022 65 Chatting about lightning protection with Ron Block, NR2B
    August 11, 2022 66 Discussing VARAC, a new conversational HF digital mode that is gaining in popularity. Also, an innovative antenna for a mission to Europa and beaming power to Earth from orbit.
    August 25, 2022 67 Synchronizing clocks with cosmic rays, using graphene to generate electricity, multifrequency vascular antennas, and monitoring VLF atmospheric signals with NASA's Inspire project (

  • 2021






    January 14, 2021


    Generating incredible magnetic fields; hunting down noise with ARRL Assistant Laboratory Manager Bob Allison, WB1GCM

    January 28, 2021


    A discussion of synchronous AM reception and an interview with Dave Tipping, NZ1J, about a novel approach to fox hunting.

    February 11, 2021


     All about VERY slow CW, better known as QRSS, and a discussion of Virtual Audio Cables

    February 25, 2021


    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.

    March 11, 2021


    A discussion with Kristina Collins, KD8OXT, about how amateurs are assisting scientific research during solar eclipses. Check out the HamSCI 2021 workshop here:

    March 25, 2021


    AM is alive and well, as Clark Burgard, N1BCG, describes!

    April 8, 2021


    Rediscovering PSK31 and a chat with Phil Salas, AD5X, about Vector Network Analyzers

    April 22, 2021


    A discussion about 10 GHz activity with Paul Wade, W1GHZ. Also, the fascinating story of "Trainphone." (Click here to download an image of a Trainphone-equipped locomotive from the 1950s.)

    May 6, 2021


    Station troubleshooting with W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q

    May 20, 2021


    Chatting with Philip Gladstone, N1DQ, the creator of the PSKReporter website, one of the most popular websites among amateur radio digital enthusiasts.

    June 3, 2021


    Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, brings us up to date on amateur satellites, with some advice for ARRL Field Day as well.

    June 17, 2021


    A discussion of the current state of Digital Radio Mondiale, the approaching FCC deadline for analog TV broadcasters, and an interview with John Stanley, K4ERO, about some of the potential down sides of the rise of Cycle 25.

    July 1, 2021 37 The mysterious "Schumann Resonance," and a discussion with Grant Connell, WD6CNF, about his free Morse decoding application. For all of Grant's software, go to
    July 15, 2021 38 Dr Brian Callahan, AD2BA, chats about sending binary data using Morse code. Also, the pros and cons of turning your computer off every night.
    July 29, 2021 39 "Rediscovering" receive audio filters. A conversation with Bryant Julestrom, KC0ZNG, about his ac dummy load that appeared in the July QST magazine "Hints and Hacks." (Note: Click here to download the corrected Figure 1 schematic.)
    August 12, 2021 40 Using rockets to measure VLF signals, a new Universal Serial Bus standard, and a chat with Dr Daniel Fay, KG5VBY, about QMESH
    August 26, 2021 41 A discussion with Lin Holcomb, NI4Y, about his experiments on 8 and 4 meters under a recently issued FCC temporary authorization.
    September 9, 2021 42 ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, explains the changes to the FCC RF exposure rules.
    September 23, 2021 43 A chat with Glen Popiel, KW5GP, about his new book "More Arduino for Amateur Radio."
    October 7, 2021 44 A discussion with Steve Allen, KC1SA, about the current electronic parts shortages.
    October 21, 2021 45 Talking about the state of amateur radio television with Jim Andrews, KH6HTV. Also, a new "acoustic dampening screw."
    November 4, 2021 46 All about Beverage antennas with Ward Silver, N0AX
    November 18, 2021 47 The latest developments in chlorine battery technology and a chat with ARRL Central Division Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, about the 1921 Transatlantic Tests.
    December 2, 2021 48 Discussing the technical aspects of the 1921 Transatlantic Tests with Clark Burgard, N1BCG.
    December 18, 2021 49 Speaking with Ward Silver, N0AX, about the new edition of Grounding and Bonding, and the importance of station grounding in general
    December 30, 2021 50 All about ultra-sharp receive filters for multi-transmitter contest stations with Nelson Sollenberger, KA2C. Also, the "mystery" of computer POST beeps.

  • 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


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