Slowing Down and Diversifying


Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio Blog and Podcast. First off, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the listeners of my podcast and readers of my blog. Y’all have been absolutely great! In the past couple podcast episodes I have mentioned that I am changing when I put up my podcast episodes. Over the past over year and a half, I have been doing a weekly podcast and I have enjoyed it immensely.ETH Podcast - Diversifying

Here’s the thing though, doing a weekly podcast is A LOT of work. Even though, I recently changed from doing what is called a Solo-Head type show to an interview style show, it still takes a lot of work to research, record, edit and publish these podcast episodes. A good rule of thumb for any podcast is it takes 4-5 minutes for every minute of recording. So If an episode is an hour long, that means that it takes 4-5 hours worth of work to produce. That is a lot of time.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about how much work it takes, I enjoy every minute of what I do. My wife and kids on the other hand, are. As many of you will agree, family comes first, right? So I am dropping my podcast down to two episode a month, every other week. However, I will be filling in the gaps of the off weeks with blog posts.

You see, I can write blog posts pretty much anywhere I am. Be it at work, sitting in a McDonalds, or laying on the couch. So what I am thinking about this:

Over the upcoming quarter, I am going to be doing a series of blog posts on opposing Thursdays, that will answer some basic questions that new hams have. Things like:

  • How to program a radio
  • Different ways to mount antennas
  • Propagation
  • and more

Do you have a question that you would like answered? Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

PWRCheck Power Monitor from West Mountain Radio - Diversifying

New Side Job

OK, so I know that one of the reasons that I cut back to an every other week schedule on my podcast was because of time, but income is another major aspect of a family. With my wife being a stay at home mom, I am the sole provider for my family, so I have been trying to find a way to bring in a little extra money to be able to do some extra stuff with the family.

Bily N5EVD Plaque - Diversifying

After trying several different things, I think I might have something that is a right fit for me and will make a decent income on the side. I’m sure that most, if not, all of you know by now that I am making custom wooden signs for my swag store. Well, its more than just for my swag store. So far I have only posted an pictures of ones with the tower, like the one above, and with the HamRadio 360 Logo that I made for the HR360 guys, but I can do probably most anything. I will post other pictures next week on the facebook group and twitter of the ones that I finished last night.

If you would like your own custom wood plaque, shoot me an email to with the picture you want on it and what else you want on it (Name, Callsign, Etc). If you want the standard sized plaque, like the one above, you will then goto the swag store and purchase it there. If it is more customized that my standard sign, or a different size, or something special about it, I will send you a quote through paypal for you to purchase it with.

Callsign Desk Plate with Station - Diversifying

I am also making custom desktop name/call sign plates like the one in the picture above.

Just to be perfectly clear with everyone, the plaques and name plates are not just for amateur radio things, maybe you want a sign with your last name, and you and your spouses names. Maybe you want one for you business, or perhaps you want to buy your kids teacher something special, so get her a name plate for her desk. The possibilities are endless, so let me know what you are looking for and we can get it done!

That Wraps It Up

I want to thank all of yall for stopping by and reading this post. If you have any questions that you would like to have answered in a future blog post, please leave a comment below with the question or send me an email. Also, thank you all for yalls understanding of why I cut back on my podcast episodes and I hope you enjoy my blog posts as well.

Until Next Time…

73 de Curtis, k5clm

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