The Ham Radio Operator Behind VoIP and FCC's Pulver Order WA2BOT

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  1. W1DED

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    Jeff Pulver agreed to talk to me about his experience operating K1TTT's remote super station in the 2022 ARRL SSB Sweepstakes. Not only did I get insight into ham radio contesting, and the Sweepstakes specifically, but I also heard a fascinating story about how ham radio opened up an amazing, unimaginable, world of success for Jeff. Watch the interview to hear exactly how a 9-year old’s fascination with amateur radio led to contesting which led to contesting software development and eventually put Jeff Pulver on the cutting edge of VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology and the regulatory decisions that created a new industry. If there ever was a story about how ham radio can contribute positively to a career path, this is it.

     
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  2. K4VL

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    Thank you Jeff for the work you have done.
     
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  3. KC7JNJ

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    I enjoyed this interview.
     
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  4. W6FRD

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    I haven’t listened to Jeff’s interview maybe I should IDK W6FRD.
     
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  5. WA2BOT

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    Thanks for watching!
     
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  6. WA2BOT

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    You are welcome! 73s Jeff
     
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  7. OK2ITY

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    Very good. I am glad we have more HAMs that use their knowledge!! I work on 802.11 Wireless technology in Ent/Gov and could not agree more with some statements - I had to learn it the hard way on 13 and 6cm :)
     
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  8. W2JDB

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    Watched some of the interview, but was much more impressed by the Wikpedia write up.
     
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  9. W1DED

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    Hi Sam, Thanks for watching some of the interview. Since I'd asked Jeff to talk about contesting, I felt obliged to have him talk about that first. The latter part of the interview gets into more of the info on the Wiki page. The topic definitely requires more time. Thanks again for your input.
     
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  10. W2JDB

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    I guess I will have to go back to the interview and fast forward a bit. His time at Cantor and the mention of his forced ouster prior to 9/11 was a grim reminder of that fateful day.
     
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  11. K9NUD

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    Fascinating stuff. I've been an early adopter of VoIP and currently provide services. It's awesome that Hams were (are) at the cutting edge of so many ubiquitous technologies!
     
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  12. AJ6VY

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    I remember Free World Dial Up back in the day. Must have been the early 90s. Definitely a pioneer.
     
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  13. F5VHJ

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    Enjoyed the interview and also reading the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Pulver article.
    Good explanation of the history of Sweepstakes and also operating in it.
    Also, a very positive outlook was refreshing concerning ham radio and life in general.
     
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  14. W1DED

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    Thanks for watching! Jeff's positivity is contagious. And, I also learned a lot about the history of the ARRL Sweepstakes.
     
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  15. W1DED

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    And, I'm old enough to remember it VERY well. Many of my younger ham friends can only read this stuff and scratch their heads!
     
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