SOMETHING NEW IN HAM RADIO:
THE FIRST ECHOLINK PODCAST
Last year, broadcasters started converting their programs into small audio files (usually in the mp3 format) and making them available on the web. Listeners can play them on their computers, or download them into their mp3 players. This is “podcasting.”
For a few years, Mike, KL7R, and I have been having regular QSOs via the Echolink internet system. We usually discuss our homebrew radio projects. I mentioned the podcast idea to Mike, and the next thing I knew he had recorded one of our QSOs and converted the recording into an mp3 file. We were suddenly podcasters!
By August 2006
By August 2006we were up to edition #29 of SolderSmoke. We usually get around 500 downloads for each show. Our only direct pay-off is the fan mail we get; we consider ourselves well-compensated.
For those of you interested in
technical aspects of our
operation, it is very simple. Mike
records our QSOs using the record feature of the Echolink program. He then uses the (free) “Audacity” audio
program to edit our jabbering and add the musical background theme. The file is then made available for free
download on our site: http://www.soldersmoke.com
Listeners can subscribe to the show via a bit of software called I-podder (or something similar) – in this way any new shows will be automatically downloaded into their mp3 player. Our RSS feed is http://www.soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke.rss Or they can just visit our site, click on the desired program and listen through their PC.
We have been having a lot
with this. Mike is in
Just as Echolink
opened up a new way to link ham radio to
the web, there are clearly a lot of possibilities for our hobby in the
world of podcasting. Do you participate
in an interesting technical roundtable QSO? Why
not share it with a larger audience? What
about a podcast of that weekly QRP roundtable on
about some of those great AM QSOs on 75 and 160? Right
now they are all disappearing into the
ether, but with this technology, they could be essentially immortalized
made available to hams around the world, on demand.
How about a series of podcasts on that new
rig you just built… And remember, those little mp3 players also have
microphones in them. So you could do
some time-shifted transmitting. For example, we’d like to work some
participation into our show. So maybe if
you are listening to us someplace interesting (going through the
tunnel? 35,000 feet over the Pacific?) how about recording us a little
– we could then put it into the show and send it out to the world.
Please check out our show.
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