In early 2012, I began a new on-line video podcast (television show, YouTube sensation) called HamRadioNow.
Now in the 5th year, I've produced well over 300 HamRadioNow programs (some episodes have more than one program in them). Many of them are talk shows, with in-depth interview/conversations. Some are more documentary-like field produced stories. And some are seminars and forums from hamfests, club meetings, and the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference. So yes, we're not quite sure what we are. They are all on the web, free to watch, but I ask for a voluntary contribution to allow me to do this nearly full-time, and still eat dinner a few days a week. I hope you'll sample the programs and see if you like them.
HamRadioNow is also an outgrowth of my DVD productions for something I called ARVN:Amateur Radio//Video News. I began ARVN in 2004, and produced several documentaries (ARDF, Digital Voice, The Last BIG Field Day); a bunch of seminars from the Dayton Hamvention® and the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conferences; and some tours of the Hamvention. These have all been on DVD, but I'm beginning to pull stuff from that archive and put them on the web, too. Today I shoot with up to four high-definition cameras. I edit with Adobe Premiere Pro, and I use Wirecast to live-switch my 'studio' recording.
In other news...
You'll also find my by-line in QST now and then. I've written several feature articles and some radio reviews, and a chapter of the Operating Manual and Handbook.
You'll find me on the air anywhere from 75 phone to UHF D-STAR and DMR, most likely mobile. Not much time to get on the air at home. I don't really have a favorite band – each one offers something unique. I do have a little extra love for 60 and 10 meters, and if they're busy, that's where I'll probably be. Oh, and 220 (and don't call it "222").
I was first licensed in 1965 at WN9NSO, then WA9NSO, at age 15 in the Chicago suburbs. In the 70's I was part of the Chicago FM Club, serving as VP, President, Newsletter editor and Radio Expo chairman, and doing some work on the club repeaters. I was frequency coordinator for the Chicago area for 2-meters about the time the band filled up in the big cities, so I got a little more than a ring-side seat at the dawn of the FM/Repeater phenominon, and I saw what 2-meters was like before repeaters (it was AM and a little SSB, and mostly vacant space).
I left Chicago in 1986, spent some time in Arizona and Tennessee (the KN4AQ callsign was born in Knoxville), and have been in the Raleigh, North Carolina area since 1990. That's where I met, and eventually married, Cyndi KD4ACW. I first saw her in a class where she was studing CW, but I didn't really meet her until a few months later at a public service event.
The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society is my home club. I've been president and newsletter editor, and tended the repeaters for about 10 years. I've had to limit my local club participation because HamRadioNow takes up an awful lot of my time. When I can, though, I enjoy participating in public service and emergency communications.
If you've watched either ARVN or HamRadioNow productions, it's no surprise that I've spend most of my career in the audio/video (television) production business. I'm sort of retired now, but I still freelance some as a video editor and audio engineer. My clients produce anything from local radio spots to national, network TV commercials. My professional media career began way back in 1969 at WDOR AM and FM in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. I was the worst DJ in the world. That led to a career editing video (starting on 2-inch "Quad" machines) in Chicago, but since going freelance in 2001 I've been doing mostly audio at SoundTrax in Raleigh and at the McKinney ad agency using Pro Tools.
Finally, I do a little voice-over announcing. You might have heard me as the announcer on the Travelocity "Roaming Gnome" TV and Radio commercials (my series ran from 2005 through 2007).
73, Gary KN4AQ
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