“This Week in Technology,” or TWiT to add Ham Radio Show

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  1. KJ4IDH

    KJ4IDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Leo Laporte is adding a little ham flavor to his online techie stewpot.

    Netcasting network TWiT.tv will have a new show called “HamNation,” hosted by microphone maker and ham radio enthusiast Bob Heil. It will launch on Tuesday May 24.

    If you attended the ham reception at the recent NAB Show, you may have seen Laporte. He was the one followed by the gaggle of admiring fans.

    And if you know Bob Heil and ham radio, you won’t be surprised to learn that the first guest on “HamNation” will be rock star and fellow amateur Joe Walsh.

    “This Week in Technology,” or TWiT, was inspired by an earlier network called ZDTV or TechTV. The first program launched after radio host Leo Laporte got a strong response to audio commentary he posted online about Macworld Expo in 2005.

    Early on, fans provided money to pay for equipment and web hosting; the netcast network now is supported by donations and advertising. Laporte later began to produce other shows for the network, in both audio and video formats, all focusing on some aspect of technology. Shows are free and can be subscribed to via iTunes or other netcast/podcast programs.

    (The producers prefer the term “netcasting” over “podcasting” because no iPod or other MP3 player is required; you can listen or watch on a computer too.)

    “In time we hope to make TWiT a CNN for geeks, with 24-hour live streaming video and downloadable audio and video so you can watch and listen where and when it’s convenient for you,” it states on the site.

    — Paul McLane

    Original Here
  2. KK4AMP

    KK4AMP Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is 100% concentrated awesome!

    Since TechTV was essentially stripped to the axles by G4 TV, Leo has slowly been building an empire. It's great to know that amateur radio will now be on the TWiT! This will no doubt bring in some more enthusiasts from the tech savvy crowd that haven't delved into the airwaves before.
  3. K6BSO

    K6BSO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very cool!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Heil once and can attest to the fact that he's the perfect guy to be hosting a ham radio podcast.
  4. K5PO

    K5PO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    This is fantastic. As a regular viewer of Twit network shows, I've been following the development of HamNation since it was first mentioned, in passing, a couple months ago.

    One thing is for sure, if we tune in enough to keep the program running, it will expose our hobby to a great number of very technically inclined people. This is truly an opportunity for some of the most targeted exposure to a key demographic for healthy growth of the hobby. <O:p</O:p
  5. KC9EOQ

    KC9EOQ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    This is great news! I've been listening/watching Leo since the Tech TV days. He and Bob Heil were awesome in a netcast a few months ago about how Heil Inc. came to be. I'm a frequent viewer of several of his netcasts. Let's get him a ham ticket too. :)

    Dean, KC9EOQ
  6. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yeah, that would be cool. Leo knows quite a lot about ham radio, he could probably pass the test with about 30 minutes of study to catch up on regulations and such.

    I look forward to Bob's show!
  7. K4WGE

    K4WGE Ham Member QRZ Page

    More Techs for VHF/UHF repeaters, and what else, do you think?
  8. N9LVS

    N9LVS XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Looking forward to Hamnation

    Leo has alot of great shows. Hamnation will be fantastic for ham radio
  9. KD8OUR

    KD8OUR Ham Member QRZ Page

    there are other reasons for that. a great many i worked with (lab or electronic techs) had little desire for ham radio due to it's image among scientists and techs. hate to say it but the tech world views ham radio as; old, redneck, white trash and little more than racist ignorant truckers. this was the way people spoke of the hobby if it came up. i never understood that stigma until i got on the air.
    many who did show an interest had it quickly sour due to what they heard on the radio from other hams. i know several hams that are not active as result. people with a brain don't want to hear rants about jews, mexicans and atheists, nor do they want crazy far fetched ranting in general. they will instantly lose any respect they held once they hear that garbage as often as it is now, especially if they are a minority. yea this stuff exists everywhere, but i can tune my dial on at almost anytime of the day and hear a similar rant. because of this i wouldn't even let my kids get involved. there are hams that wonder why i don't talk to them anymore... there's your answer if you read this post.

    when that image is shaken then more techs will jump in and remain active. hopefully things like this turn that stigma around. there is a lot to radio to be enjoyed and we shouldn't let crazy gramp's low blood sugar spoil the fun. i got interested due to the home brew aspect and this is very popular among others like me. however we are a different culture than the baby boomers.

    more people do need to get involved before the hobby really declines. things like this will help.
  10. KB0OXD

    KB0OXD Guest

    Umm.....I always thought Leo had a ticket. Am I wrong on that?
    I do too :)

    Cheers :& 73 D
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