Bob Heil is a legend in the broadcast and music recording industry. He's also an amateur radio enthusiast. He is the creator of the Heil PR40 mic, which Leo uses on the radio show. Bob is currently doing an interesting project called the Pineboard Project, which teaches people how to solder electronics. The idea is to build electronics on a pineboard to design your gear. To date, he's had over 100 people involved.
Alan wants to get back into Ham radio and has heard about SDR, or software defined radio. Leo says that most modern radios are software defined and he can get back into it by just installing the software on his computer. Alan should check out EchoLink. He should also listen to Ham Nation on TWiT. He'll still need a license, but it's a good way to get back into it.
Joe is a HAM radio operator and he's been playing with a software defined radio. How can he recondition an old Ham Radio? Leo recommends watching HamNation on the TWiT Netcasting network. It'll give great tips and tricks from the guys who know.
Bob Heil and company join us from HamVention - the annual National Ham Radio Convention in Dayton, OH. Bob is the host of Ham Nation on the TWiT Network. This year, Bob reports that a record number of Ham Radio operators got their licenses and he says it's largely due to the popularity of the Ham Nation show on TWiT.tv.