ETH066 – Perfect Example of Growing Up As A Ham and The Allstar Link Network


Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about Allstar with Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks.

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Tech Corner – Allstar with Jim Aspenwall, NO1PC

In this episode we talk with Jim Aspenwall, NO1PC, about how he got his start in amateur radio. His story is a picture example of what being an amateur radio operator at an early age can do for you. Basically being born into amateur radio, being dragged to meetings and events by his father, and learning about things at a young age, helped him to go far in his career.

He became a ham at 14, built his first repeater by the age of 16 and was the chief engineer of a paging company by 17. He later went into the IT field even though he dropped out of college(listen to learn why).

In the second segment we talk about what the Allstar Link System is and why he believes that it is better than things like DStar, C4FM, DMR and conventional RF linking. We talk about what is needed to get into talking on the Allstar Link network and introduce a new project that he has built.

In the last segment, we talk about his new project. It is basically a Allstar Link Network hotspot that you can use just about anywhere to get into the Allstar Link Network. All you need is a few components, power, an antenna and an internet connection. All you need to build this project is a Raspberry Pi, a Allstar and digital mode radio adapter, like this one for $35 W3KKC RA-35 Kit, and a radio. He uses a beufang BF-888 for the radio which is a measly. You can get this radio from Amazon by clicking here

If you would like to learn more about Jim and what his project is, how to build one of your own and many other topics, check out his website at :

For more information about the Allstar Link Network, including seeing a list of nodes that are already on the network, check out the Allstar Link Network site at:

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Ham Blog Spotlight

In today’s Ham Blog spotlight, the story is hosted on It is about Andrew Garratt, M0NRD and his experience activating his first every SOTA summit. Check out the story here.

Upcoming Events

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital 0001Z, Apr 29 to 2359Z, Apr 30
+ Helvetia Contest 1300Z, Apr 29 to 1259Z, Apr 30
+ Florida QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 29 to 0159Z, Apr 30 and 1200Z-2159Z, Apr 30
+ AGCW QRP/QRP Party 1300Z-1900Z, May 1
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, May 2
+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW 0001Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7
+ F9AA Cup, PSK 1200Z, May 6 to 1200Z, May 7
+ ARI International DX Contest 1200Z, May 6 to 1159Z, May 7
+ 7th Call Area QSO Party 1300Z, May 6 to 0700Z, May 7
+ Indiana QSO Party 1500Z, May 6 to 0300Z, May 7
+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7
+ New England QSO Party 2000Z, May 6 to 0500Z, May 7 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 7

*Information taken from the WA7BNM Contest Calendar









*Information taken from the ARRL Hamfest Calendar

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